Countdown to Pride: Mocktails in Every Color of the Rainbow

It’s two days until Pride, and I’m here to give you some beverage ideas and things to add to your grocery list ahead of any Pride gatherings where there might be sober folks! Whether you’re sober yourself or just have people in your life who don’t drink or go through periods of not drinking, there’s no reason the only nonalcoholic options on hand have to be canned seltzer! Sober pals will appreciate a little extra effort. And if you’re headed to a friend’s place and unsure if they’ll have anything fun for you to drink as a sober person, you should feel empowered to bring your own ingredients for a great mocktail or suggest alternative options to your friend! I love doing mixology at home, and any time I come up with a new elixir, I also think of an N/A version in case anyone requests! Below, you’ll find an array of mocktail recipes that fit different flavor profiles but are mostly made with simple ingredients you can pick up at the grocery store. They’re organized by color, with drinks in every shade of the rainbow, because listen, sometimes I just have to lean into being corny when it comes to Pride. Live laugh lesbian, and cheers queers!!!!!!!!

Virgin Strawberry Daiquiri

Raspberry Mojito Mocktail

Fizzy Cherry Mocktail

Watermelon Mint Mocktail

Citrus Orange Mocktail

Carrot Citrus Sunrise Mocktail

Carrot Orange Mocktail

Papaya Lemonade

Lemon Drop Mocktail

Pineapple & Lime Mocktail

Pineapple Mocktail Margaritas

Frozen Mango Pineapple Mocktails

Celery, Lime, and Mint Mocktail

Inside Out Virgin Mary Mocktail

Green Goddess Mocktail

Glowing Green Margarita Mocktail

Blue Lagoon Mocktail

Citrus Magic Blue Mocktail

Non-Alcoholic Blueberry Mojito

Lavender Lemonade

Violet Drink

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    Here is a recipe for making a Grimace Shake at home:

    Ingredients For Making Grimace Shake:

    1 cup frozen blueberries
    ½ cup frozen raspberries
    2 scoops vanilla ice cream
    ½ cup milk
    1 tsp blue spirulina powder (optional)
    Whipped cream, for topping
    Rainbow sprinkles, for topping

    Add the blueberries, raspberries, vanilla ice cream, milk, and spirulina powder (if using) to a blender.
    Blend until smooth.
    Pour the shake into serving glasses and top with whipped cream and sprinkles.


    For more intense purple color, you can add more spirulina powder.
    You can also use fresh raspberries instead of frozen raspberries. If you do this, you will need to mash the raspberries into a paste before adding them to the blender.
    If you don’t have spirulina powder, you can use a few drops of purple food coloring instead.
    Get creative with your toppings! You can add other fruits, such as strawberries or blackberries, or you can use different types of sprinkles.

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