18 Fruity, Spritzy, Bright Mocktails for Spring

It’s spring in south Florida, and that means rainy season is imminent but not quite here, so I’m enjoying as much time outside as possible before storms and unbearable temperatures arrive. During the winter season, I served up a hot list of warming winter mocktails, and now I’ve rounded up a bunch of recipes for nonalcohlic springy drinks. Tis the season for fruity, floral, spritzy, spicy beverages to sip by the pool, near a lake, at a picnic, etc.! And if you’re not drinking alcohol for whatever reason, I’ve got you covered. Lots of basil, mint, and berries garnish and flavor these springy drinks. Some of the recipes below require only two or three ingredients and some ice, while some get a little more complex. Consider getting into making shrubs, which are like drinkable vinegars and can be enjoyed on their own or mixed with club soda for a spritzy, flavor-rich spring treat! I tried to stick to drinks that come in shades of pink, orange, and yellow to celebrate the bright renewal vibes of the season. Let’s get spritzy!


Cucumber Jalapeño Margarita Mocktail

Elderflower Rose Mocktail

Blood Orange Rosewater Mocktail

Lemon Herb Spritzer

Ginger Basil Grapefruit Spritzer

Nonalcoholic Sangria

Watermelon Mocktail

Nonalcoholic “Aperol” Spritz

Lemon & Lime Mocktail

Sparkling Peach Sunrise Mocktail

Sparkling Rhubarb Lemonade

A glass of rhubarb lemonade
via Food52

Pineapple Ginger Shrub

Strawberry Spritzer

Grapes Of Life

Pink “Champagne” Mocktail

Coconut Mojito Mocktail

Nonalcoholic Piña Colada

Mango & Basil Fizz

Six glasses of mango and basil fizz mocktails.
via Food52

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Kayla Kumari Upadhyaya is the managing editor of Autostraddle and a lesbian writer of essays, short stories, and pop culture criticism living in Miami. She is the assistant managing editor of TriQuarterly, and her short stories appear or are forthcoming in McSweeney's Quarterly Concern, Joyland, Catapult, The Offing, and more. Some of her pop culture writing can be found at The A.V. Club, Vulture, The Cut, and others. You can follow her on Twitter or Instagram and learn more about her work on her website.

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14 Comments

  1. Love these – thanks Kayla! My partner doesn’t drink and I’m always on the lookout for cool mocktail ideas. I’ve been trying out seedlip-based mocktails recently but this list gave a lot of new ideas to play with. :)

  2. I have a ridiculously low tolerance for alcohol (1/2 beer makes me dizzy) so rarely drink alcoholic drinks, but feel left out when I see some of the interesting alcoholic cocktails out there.

    This is the perfect….honestly there is not one of these that doesn’t sound good!!

    I have started to gather the ingredients I have on hand to start mixing a few….perfect for a very sunny, Easter afternoon while I attend the smoker (smoking an Easter ham)…..

    All the best, <3

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  4. These look delicious! Thanks for sharing the non-boozy options, I rarely drink but I too want a nice fancy drink on occasion, to sit in the sun and enjoy spring. My friend is coming over for dinner so I’ll be making one of these tonight :)

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