DIY Vacation Mocktails

It’s just not vacation until you have an ice-cold drink with a wedged fruit in hand. While many of us like to enjoy a cocktail every now and then, sometimes you need something sans alcohol (sadly, we can’t live on spicy margaritas alone). Whether you are traveling abroad, or throwing a staycation-inspired dinner party, it’s time to upgrade your no-alcohol mixology game. These recipes are a crowd pleaser, even if you’re not a drinker or you just need a break from the booze, because these 5 mocktails will *not* disappoint. Keep reading to discover your new favorite breezy refreshment that will make you (or your guests) feel like you’re sipping away on a Mexican beach.

Grapefruit Kombucha Agua Fresca

Author: Renee Shuman (Will Frolic for Food)
Recipe type: Drinks
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Serves: 2 servings
Tangy-sweet and lightly herbaceous. This is one for the grapefruit lovers!
Ingredients
  • 1 cup 100% grapefruit juice
  • 1 cup unflavored kombucha, like GT’s trilogy
  • 1 teaspoon maple syrup + more to taste
  • 2 sprigs fresh rosemary
  • optional: pure sparkling water
Instructions
In a pitcher or 2 cup measure, combine the grapefruit juice, kombucha and maple syrup. Stir to combine. Fill two glasses with ice and pour the drink over top. If your kombucha isn’t naturally effervescent, top each glass off with a little sparkling water. Rub each sprig of rosemary between your hands to help release the oils on the leaves. Pop a sprig in each glass. Adjust sweetness, to taste. Enjoy!

SPICY GRAPEFRUIT MARGARITAS (A MOCKTAIL!)

YIELD: MAKES 1 MOCKTAIL; EASILY DOUBLED, TRIPLED, AND BEYOND

INGREDIENTS:

spicy margarita mocktail
1 slice fresh H-E-B hatch chili, cut into 1/4″ wide rounds
3 oz fresh squeezed grapefruit juice
3 oz store-bought limeade
3 oz bubbly club soda or seltzer water

salt rim
1 tsp salt mixed with 1 tsp chili powder

garnish
lime wedges
grapefruit wedges
fresh H-E-B hatch chilis cut into 1/4″ wide rounds

DIRECTIONS:

Rub the rim of a glass with a lime.  Then spread salt-chili powder mixture on a plate and dip glass rim into it.  Add your hatch chili round into your glass and muddle.  Then add in all remaining spicy margarita mocktail ingredients into your glass.  Add ice and garnishes.  ENJOY!