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10 Mocktails To Order at Any Bar

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We’ve all been there: wanting a night out with friends while trying to cut back on drinking. But with all the amazing mocktails on the scene, there’s really no need to choose between the two.

Whatever is driving you to mocktails –– whether it’s embracing a mindful drinking, being sober curious, following a lower-carb diet, or simply preferring non-alcoholic options –– we've got you covered. These sober-friendly sips won’t only tantalize your taste buds; they’ll also keep you feeling refreshed and engaged during your social outings.

Here are our top 10 mocktails, sure to add a burst of flavor to your nights out while supporting your mindful drinking journey.

1. Virgin Mojito

Like the original, the Virgin Mojito can transport us to a tropical paradise. This invigorating blend of muddled mint leaves, zesty lime juice, and a hint of sweetness will make you feel like you're lounging on a beach –– minus the alcohol, and all the negative effects that come with it. If you’re feeling especially saucy, and if the bar carries it, muddle some cucumber in there, too, for added coolness.

2. Sparkling Raspberry Lemonade

Quench your thirst with this delightful blend of fresh raspberries, zesty lemon, and sparkling water. It's a fizzy, tangy mocktail that'll keep you energized and engaged with the crowd. To order, see if the bartender can add some muddled raspberries (or fruit-based syrup) and a splash of soda water to the house lemonade. If a proper lemonade isn’t at the ready, this mocktail will also work with muddled fruit, lemon-lime soda, and a twist of lemon.

3. Fruit Basil Smash

Indulge in the sweet and delicious flavors of summer with a Fruit Basil Smash. This mocktail combines bright, fresh fruit with aromatic basil, creating a delightful and revitalizing beverage.

Our top contender here is watermelon as the fruit in the mix for its thirst-quenching effects and amazing pairing with basil. But if the bar doesn’t have fresh watermelon juice at the ready, it's easy to swap in strawberry, pineapple, or blackberries. These combine just as deliciously with basil.

Still or sparkling water? That’s up to you. That fear of hangxiety or a plain old hangover the next morning? A guaranteed no.

4. Virgin Bloody Mary

Imagine the savory, bold flavors of a Bloody Mary without the vodka –– or the hangover! This takes the base of the classic mix –– tomato juice, horseradish, Tabasco, celery salt, Worcestershire sauce, fresh lime, and pepper –– and serves it over ice. It’s a tangy way to start your day –– or put it behind you –– while getting some vitamin C, electrolytes, and booze-free joy in the process.

5. Pomegranate Spritzer

This delightful blend of pomegranate juice, sparkling water, and a hint of lime can send you to the Mediterranean. Plus, the makings of this mocktail are easy to find at most bars (and easy to recreate at home!). Packed with antioxidants, this vibrant mocktail is not only visually appealing but also a perfect choice for our mindful drinking journey. If you’re feeling a little extra adventurous, add a few mint sprigs for aroma.

6. Berry Blast Mocktail

Immerse yourself in a burst of berries with this flavorful concoction. This mocktail blends berries –– strawberries, blueberries, and raspberries work especially well –– with a squeeze of lemon for tang. The lemon brings out the flavor of the berries, making this vibrant mocktail a fruity explosion in every sip.

7. Ginger-Lime Fizz

For an invigorating experience, try a ginger-lime fizz. Ask for ginger beer, a twist of lime, and soda water. The spicy kick of ginger combined with the tanginess of lime and the effervescence of soda water will leave your taste buds tingling and your spirits lifted. This is especially great for digestion, thanks largely to the plant compounds in ginger.

8. Coconut Pineapple Paradise

Think “sober-friendly Piña Colada.” In other words, a tropical getaway in a glass. This mocktail combines coconut milk and cream with lime and pineapple juice over ice. The creamy coconut milk paired with the tropical sweetness of pineapple will transport you to a sunny beach –– minus the alcohol-induced haze.

9. Sober Gin and Tonic

Enjoy a 0% alcohol gin with a splash of tonic and a twist of lemon. All the botanicals, none of the booze. Ask your bartender if they carry this –– most do these days –– but be sure to be emphatic about the non-alcoholic gin over the din of the crowd.

10. Tranquila Sunrise

Like a Tequila Sunrise, but with none of the alcohol-related side effects. Tranquila, of course, means “tranquil” in Spanish –– but that’s not an official name. Your best bet is to describe it by its ingredients. Here, orange juice meets grenadine halfway down a tall glass effecting a gorgeous skyline. What’s best is the reminder of how great you’ll feel the next morning.

Why Drink Mocktails?

Many people prefer mocktails to alcohol-infused cocktails, and they’re only getting more popular. Some of us are cutting back our alcohol –– especially given the range of negative effects that come with even moderate drinking –– while others of us are drawn to refraining from drinking altogether. Others of us don’t drink due to pregnancy, medications, illness, religious reasons, or because we simply don’t enjoy drinking.

The great news is mocktails are for everyone –– those who drink, those who don’t, and those who can’t. Bartenders are beverage specialists, so if you’re ever in doubt, see if they’ve got their own booze-free specialty up their sleeve.

The Key Takeaways

Socializing doesn't have to mean compromising your mindful drinking goals. In fact, deepening our social connections can help us on our wellness path. With these 10 refreshing and sober sips, we can all enjoy nights out with friends without derailing our mindful drinking journey.

Remember, taking care of ourselves doesn't mean missing out on the fun. So, the next time you’re at a bar, ordering one of these mocktails is a great way to enjoy socializing –– and a refreshment –– while feeling proud of your progress. What’s best, look forward to a better night’s sleep!

Embrace the Joy and Thrive With Reframe

Changing our relationship with alcohol is one of the best things we can do to improve our quality of life. The fun awaits –– download Reframe right now and kickstart your journey to wellness.

The Reframe app equips you with the knowledge and skills you need to not only survive drinking less, but to thrive while you navigate the journey. Our daily research-backed readings teach you the neuroscience of alcohol, and our in-app Toolkit provides the resources and activities you need to navigate each challenge.

You’ll meet millions of fellow Reframers in our 24/7 Forum chat and daily Zoom check-in meetings. Receive encouragement from people from around the world who know just what you’re going through! You’ll also have the opportunity to connect with our licensed Reframe coaches for more personalized guidance.

The Reframe app is free for 7 days, so you don’t have anything to lose by trying it. Are you ready to feel empowered and discover life beyond alcohol? Then download our app today!

We’ve all been there: wanting a night out with friends while trying to cut back on drinking. But with all the amazing mocktails on the scene, there’s really no need to choose between the two.

Whatever is driving you to mocktails –– whether it’s embracing a mindful drinking, being sober curious, following a lower-carb diet, or simply preferring non-alcoholic options –– we've got you covered. These sober-friendly sips won’t only tantalize your taste buds; they’ll also keep you feeling refreshed and engaged during your social outings.

Here are our top 10 mocktails, sure to add a burst of flavor to your nights out while supporting your mindful drinking journey.

1. Virgin Mojito

Like the original, the Virgin Mojito can transport us to a tropical paradise. This invigorating blend of muddled mint leaves, zesty lime juice, and a hint of sweetness will make you feel like you're lounging on a beach –– minus the alcohol, and all the negative effects that come with it. If you’re feeling especially saucy, and if the bar carries it, muddle some cucumber in there, too, for added coolness.

2. Sparkling Raspberry Lemonade

Quench your thirst with this delightful blend of fresh raspberries, zesty lemon, and sparkling water. It's a fizzy, tangy mocktail that'll keep you energized and engaged with the crowd. To order, see if the bartender can add some muddled raspberries (or fruit-based syrup) and a splash of soda water to the house lemonade. If a proper lemonade isn’t at the ready, this mocktail will also work with muddled fruit, lemon-lime soda, and a twist of lemon.

3. Fruit Basil Smash

Indulge in the sweet and delicious flavors of summer with a Fruit Basil Smash. This mocktail combines bright, fresh fruit with aromatic basil, creating a delightful and revitalizing beverage.

Our top contender here is watermelon as the fruit in the mix for its thirst-quenching effects and amazing pairing with basil. But if the bar doesn’t have fresh watermelon juice at the ready, it's easy to swap in strawberry, pineapple, or blackberries. These combine just as deliciously with basil.

Still or sparkling water? That’s up to you. That fear of hangxiety or a plain old hangover the next morning? A guaranteed no.

4. Virgin Bloody Mary

Imagine the savory, bold flavors of a Bloody Mary without the vodka –– or the hangover! This takes the base of the classic mix –– tomato juice, horseradish, Tabasco, celery salt, Worcestershire sauce, fresh lime, and pepper –– and serves it over ice. It’s a tangy way to start your day –– or put it behind you –– while getting some vitamin C, electrolytes, and booze-free joy in the process.

5. Pomegranate Spritzer

This delightful blend of pomegranate juice, sparkling water, and a hint of lime can send you to the Mediterranean. Plus, the makings of this mocktail are easy to find at most bars (and easy to recreate at home!). Packed with antioxidants, this vibrant mocktail is not only visually appealing but also a perfect choice for our mindful drinking journey. If you’re feeling a little extra adventurous, add a few mint sprigs for aroma.

6. Berry Blast Mocktail

Immerse yourself in a burst of berries with this flavorful concoction. This mocktail blends berries –– strawberries, blueberries, and raspberries work especially well –– with a squeeze of lemon for tang. The lemon brings out the flavor of the berries, making this vibrant mocktail a fruity explosion in every sip.

7. Ginger-Lime Fizz

For an invigorating experience, try a ginger-lime fizz. Ask for ginger beer, a twist of lime, and soda water. The spicy kick of ginger combined with the tanginess of lime and the effervescence of soda water will leave your taste buds tingling and your spirits lifted. This is especially great for digestion, thanks largely to the plant compounds in ginger.

8. Coconut Pineapple Paradise

Think “sober-friendly Piña Colada.” In other words, a tropical getaway in a glass. This mocktail combines coconut milk and cream with lime and pineapple juice over ice. The creamy coconut milk paired with the tropical sweetness of pineapple will transport you to a sunny beach –– minus the alcohol-induced haze.

9. Sober Gin and Tonic

Enjoy a 0% alcohol gin with a splash of tonic and a twist of lemon. All the botanicals, none of the booze. Ask your bartender if they carry this –– most do these days –– but be sure to be emphatic about the non-alcoholic gin over the din of the crowd.

10. Tranquila Sunrise

Like a Tequila Sunrise, but with none of the alcohol-related side effects. Tranquila, of course, means “tranquil” in Spanish –– but that’s not an official name. Your best bet is to describe it by its ingredients. Here, orange juice meets grenadine halfway down a tall glass effecting a gorgeous skyline. What’s best is the reminder of how great you’ll feel the next morning.

Why Drink Mocktails?

Many people prefer mocktails to alcohol-infused cocktails, and they’re only getting more popular. Some of us are cutting back our alcohol –– especially given the range of negative effects that come with even moderate drinking –– while others of us are drawn to refraining from drinking altogether. Others of us don’t drink due to pregnancy, medications, illness, religious reasons, or because we simply don’t enjoy drinking.

The great news is mocktails are for everyone –– those who drink, those who don’t, and those who can’t. Bartenders are beverage specialists, so if you’re ever in doubt, see if they’ve got their own booze-free specialty up their sleeve.

The Key Takeaways

Socializing doesn't have to mean compromising your mindful drinking goals. In fact, deepening our social connections can help us on our wellness path. With these 10 refreshing and sober sips, we can all enjoy nights out with friends without derailing our mindful drinking journey.

Remember, taking care of ourselves doesn't mean missing out on the fun. So, the next time you’re at a bar, ordering one of these mocktails is a great way to enjoy socializing –– and a refreshment –– while feeling proud of your progress. What’s best, look forward to a better night’s sleep!

Embrace the Joy and Thrive With Reframe

Changing our relationship with alcohol is one of the best things we can do to improve our quality of life. The fun awaits –– download Reframe right now and kickstart your journey to wellness.

The Reframe app equips you with the knowledge and skills you need to not only survive drinking less, but to thrive while you navigate the journey. Our daily research-backed readings teach you the neuroscience of alcohol, and our in-app Toolkit provides the resources and activities you need to navigate each challenge.

You’ll meet millions of fellow Reframers in our 24/7 Forum chat and daily Zoom check-in meetings. Receive encouragement from people from around the world who know just what you’re going through! You’ll also have the opportunity to connect with our licensed Reframe coaches for more personalized guidance.

The Reframe app is free for 7 days, so you don’t have anything to lose by trying it. Are you ready to feel empowered and discover life beyond alcohol? Then download our app today!

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