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Aside from a company holiday party, a wedding may be the most booze-fueled event of them all. People at weddings are often looking for an excuse to party like it’s college again. They’re also looking for liquid courage to get on the dance floor. However, while everybody likes to celebrate, not everybody likes to drink adult beverages. Some of your wedding guests may not even be allowed to drink alcohol yet. (Shout out to your flower girls!) No matter your guests reasons for not drinking, these wedding mocktail recipes are sure to delight.
Having a mocktail at your cocktail hour is both inclusive and practical. Worried some of your guests might overindulge early in the night? You can pass them a mocktail to slow them down. You’ll also enjoy having a booze-free drink or two during the evening. (Especially since the goal is to remember the entirety of your wedding day.)
Even if your guests are big drinkers, they’ll appreciate a crisp, refreshing beverage that won’t totally dehydrate them. Especially if you’re having a summer wedding under the sun. And with that, we collected the best mocktail ideas on the internet for you to consider on your wedding day.
1. The Mango Mule
4-5 slices of Cucumber
1 oz Honey or Agave syrup
1.5 oz Mango puree
1.5 oz Fresh lime juice
1.5 oz Ginger beer
There’s no denying that copper mugs are festive. Treat your guests to a refreshing mango mule at cocktail hour. All you have to do if muddle the cucumber and honey syrup, add the mango and lime over ice. Then shake, pour, and top with ginger beer to complete the drink! See more about this Against All Grain recipe here.
2. The Tuscan Fresco
2 rosemary sprigs
1 ounce peach nectar
1 ounce white cranberry juice
1/2 ounce fresh lemon juice
1/2 ounce Simple Syrup
1 ounce chilled club soda
This recipe from Seis Kamimura of Seattle’s Boka Kitchen & Bar for Food & Wine is not to be missed! It’s the perfect combination of summer flavors. Simply mix one sprig of rosemary, lemon juice, white cranberry juice, and simple syrup and shake over ice, then top with club soda. Don’t forget to add the other rosemary sprig for garnish. Delish!
3. Rose Lemon Spritzer
2 tablespoons rose water
2 tablespoons fresh lemon juice
1-2 tablespoon honey
A few drops of blood orange or pomegranate juice for color (optional)
3/4 cup sparkling water or more to taste
Fresh roses for garnish (optional)
Half Baked Harvest’s Rose Lemon Spritzer has everything you want in a cocktail: bubbles, floral notes, and citrus. Yum! It also makes for a great mocktail if you skip the vodka. Combine the rose water (which you can purchase on Amazon), lemon juice, honey, and blood orange juice in a shaker filled with ice. Shake, add sparkling water on top, and top it with a fresh rose! Very romantic.
4. Blueberry Bourbon Vanilla Lemonade
Don’t worry, bourbon vanilla is just a type of vanilla, not a type of bourbon! Check out this recipe from Oleandar and Palm for a bourbon-free mocktail that will leave your guests’ mouths watering. In a large glass, combine the lemon juice, vanilla, simple syrup, and a few blueberries. Stir, then add crushed ice and top with blueberry seltzer. Voila!
5. Cucumber Lemonade
1 paper-thin, lengthwise slice of European cucumber, for garnish
1/4 teaspoon finely chopped dill, plus 1 dill sprig, for garnish
1 tablespoon agave syrup
1 tablespoon fresh lemon juice
1 tablespoon fresh lime juice
1/4 cup fresh cucumber juice (see Note)
1/4 cup chilled club soda
A cucumber lemonade is sure to delight any of the younger guests at your reception, as well as adults looking for something a bit more sophisticated than your traditional lemonade. This Food & Wine recipe is simpler than it looks. Add the cucumber to the inside of the glass, then muddle the dill, agave syrup, lemon juice, and lime juice, with a bit of water. Add cucumber juice, shake, and then pour over ice before adding soda. Take a sip — you’ll be instantly refreshed!