12 Spring Mocktails for Responsible Sipping

February 29, 2024 by

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To set the scene for languid afternoons and sun-drenched soirées, we’re embracing a kaleidoscope of springtime mocktails that range from zesty citrus blends to delicate rose-infused sips. Let’s raise our glasses and sip into the season with floral flair! 

1. Strawberry Ginger Virgin Mojito

Two Strawberry Mojito Mocktails with fresh mint and strawberry garnish

The best spring mocktails celebrate the flavours of the season, and we love that this strawberry-based drink has a little fiery kick of ginger to boot. To make a Strawberry Ginger Virgin Mojito, add a tablespoon of strawberry jam and 60ml lime juice to a cocktail shaker with ice. Shake until frosty and decant into a tall serving glass over fresh ice. Top off with 120 – 180ml ginger kombucha, leaving a little room at the top for a splash of strawberry-flavoured sparkling water. Garnish with some fresh strawberries and enjoy.  

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2. Fiery Golden Mango Tonic Pitcher

Three Fiery Golden Mango Tonic Spring Mocktails

Easy spring mocktails that are both zesty and mood-boosting? Yes, please! To whip up a pitcher of Fiery Golden Mango Tonic, start by steeping 4 bags of chamomile tea and a two-inch piece of fresh ginger (sliced) in a container with 4 cups of boiling water. Steep for 10 minutes, and strain into a large pitcher or glass jug.  

Next, add 2 tablespoons of honey, 1 teaspoon of ground turmeric, 0.5 teaspoon of ground cayenne pepper, 1 cup of pure mango juice, 0.5 cup of fresh lemon juice, and 2 tablespoons of apple cider vinegar. Stir, taste, and adjust the ratios according to your liking, then place it in the fridge to chill. Add ice and top off the pitcher with sparkling water just before serving.  

3. Rosemary Lemonade Batch Mocktail

A jug of rosemary lemonade with two empty glasses next to it on a table in a garden

We love mocktail recipes for spring that come to the party all dressed in florals. To make a batch of Rosemary Lemonade, start by making a rosemary simple syrup—you will need two cups. Once the syrup is cooled, add it to a pitcher with 1.5 cups of fresh lemon juice, 6 cups of cold water, and a few scoops of ice. Add some fresh lemon slices and let guests serve themselves.  

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4. Cucumber & Dill Cooler

Two Cucumber & Dill Cooler mocktails outside on a table in a light, bright, modern outdoor kitchen setting

These hydrating mocktails for spring have the perfect balance of cucumber, dill, and lemon. This sugar-free mocktail recipe is vegan, and very simple to make. Muddle 2 teaspoons of fresh dill, a tablespoon of lemon juice, and a touch of stevia (if preferred) in a cocktail shaker for about 20-30 seconds. Add 180ml cucumber juice and a few ice cubes then shake well. Double strain into an ice-filled glass and top with soda water. Stir gently, garnish, and serve.  

5. Creamy Watermelon Smoothie

Three Creamy Watermelon Smoothie Spring mocktails in a kitchen setting

This bright spring mocktail is a complete treat. The key is to freeze the watermelon cubes so it’s easier to blend. To make a batch of Creamy Watermelon Smoothies to serve four, add 4 cups of seeded, frozen cubed watermelon, half a cup of vanilla ice cream, half a cup of milk, and a tablespoon of sugar to a blender. Add a few fresh mint leaves for extra freshness, cover, blitz, and decant into serving glasses.  

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6. Derby Mocktail

Refreshing grapefruit mocktail served in a stylish glass, perfect for Dry January.

The classic Derby cocktail is a delightful old-school drink—a classic combination of grapefruit juice, bourbon, and honey syrup. The result is a sweet sipper that’s a real thirst quencher. To turn this dapper drink into a spring mocktail recipe, leave out the bourbon, add a squeeze of fresh lime juice, and a few drops of non-alcoholic bitters.   

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7. Virgin Strawberry Daiquiri

Virgin Strawberry Daiquiri

Not to oversell, but this Virgin Strawberry Daiquiri recipe is a total game changer. This spring mocktail is sweet, tart, refreshing, and delicious—ideal for daytime shindigs, lingering lunches, and when you’re hosting occasions with sober-curious friends and family in the mix.    

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8. Sparkly Pomegranate Kombucha

Two Sparkly Pomegranate Kombucha cocktails on a white tablecloth outside in a sunny courtyard with greenery everywhere

For a springtime clinker with a gut-healthy twist, try a Sparkly Pomegranate Kombucha. To make a batch to serve four friends, muddle a slice or two of fresh ginger in the bottom of your pitcher. Then add half a cup of pomegranate juice and 700ml of your go-to kombucha. Give it a stir and pour it into serving glasses and garnish with a few pomegranate arils. 

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9. Virgin Paloma

Two Virgin Palomas served in a garden setting

Filled with zesty notes of fresh ruby grapefruit juice and lime, the always-classy Virgin Paloma is very simple to assemble. Simply add 60ml grapefruit juice and 15ml lime juice to a serving glass over ice, top off with soda water and ice, and play with the ratio of the ingredients until it appeals to your tastebuds. Add a dash of simple syrup or agave syrup for a touch of sweetness. 

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10. Margarita Mocktail

Margarita Mocktails with salt and lime wheels

The classic Margarita Mocktail is one of our favourite springtime mocktails. Our tried and tested recipe brings a few unexpected flavours together that mimic the sharp taste of tequila. We like to combine freshly squeezed lime, lemon, and orange juice with a little olive brine over ice. You can sweeten it with a hint of agave nectar if preferred and top it off with some soda water for a little fizz. This is a real treat when paired with a plate of nachos or some chilli poppers.  

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11. Colour-Changing Magic Lemonade (Blue Purple)

Editorial style image of two Simple Color-Changing Magic Lemonade cocktails on a table outside on a veranda with a purple Wisteria in full bloom

This recipe is a little tricky, but the payoff is very much worth it. To make a batch of Colour-Changing Magic Lemonade that will serve six, start by combining a handful of butterfly pea flowers with 1 cup boiling water and steeping it for around 5 minutes.   

In a large jug, combine 1 cup of simple syrup, the steeped tea liquid, and two cups of water, along with a drop or two of lavender extract. Once cooled, pour into ice-filled serving glasses. Give each person a lemon half to squeeze into their drink, and watch it turn from blue to purple for a magical surprise.  

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12. Grapefruit Thyme Spritzer

Two Grapefruit Thyme Spritzer on a table inside a modern home lounge with sunlight streaming in through large windows

If you love springtime mocktail recipes that have plenty of flavour and personality, you’ve got to try this Grapefruit Thyme Spritzer. Start by making a thyme simple syrup, swapping sugar for stevia in the standard recipe if you want to go sugar-free. Once the syrup is ready and cooled, combine 1 tablespoon of the thyme syrup with 180ml fresh grapefruit juice over plenty of ice, and top it off with 60ml club soda. Garnish with fresh thyme and serve.  

What did we tell you? Blooming lovely! Now all you need to do is choose which spring mocktail you’ll mix up first. Remember to tag us in your Instagram pics so we can see how you (ahem) rose to the occasion! Before you saunter off, do yourself a favour, and click here to sign up for our newsletter, so you can be the first to know when we share more tasty things on here. 

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