A good host remembers to stock up on beer, wine and liquor, but a great host remembers to provide a non-alcoholic option, too. From family-friendly punches to mocktails and virgin cocktails, we’ve got just the thing to keep everyone at the party happy and in good sips.
Punch Bowls: Serves 15+
If there’s an easier way than punch to make sure everyone has a drink and can help themselves to more, we don’t know what it is. Punches are the secret to stress-free entertaining and we’ve never met one we didn’t like. Try any of these four at your next party for guaranteed success.
Pro tip: for guests over the age of 21 who wish to imbibe, we’re big fans of setting out a tray of airplane-sized bottles of liquor, or small glasses with premeasured amounts that can be added to their glasses.
Refreshingly sweet with a tart, citrus twist—you had us at punch. This big-batch drink takes a little more prep time since it needs to freeze overnight, but it’s worth the wait. Trust us!
If you thought sherbert was just for dessert, think again. It’s the star of this sunset-hued tropical punch that serves a whopping 24 people. And yes, you should offer paper umbrellas with it.
This cherry-infused punch pops with Dr. Pepper™ flavor! (See what we did there?) To make the ice ring, freeze a portion of the punch (leaving out the Dr. Pepper™) in a Bundt pan. When everyone arrives, add the ice ring to the punch, pour in the soda and you’re good to go!
We’re all about small tricks that make a big impression, and whole slices of pear do just that in this delightfully different punch. Tip: using a mandolin slicer makes it easy to get uniform slices.
Pitcher Drinks: Serves 6-10
Pitcher drinks are basically scaled-down punch recipes; they still serve a good number of people and they go a long way in saving you time mixing individual cocktails. Win-win. Here are four can’t-fail, non-alcoholic drink recipes we recommend for your next soiree. Ready, set, pour.
Fresh enough for spring and summer, spicy enough for fall and winter, this delicious drink is a year-round go-to for every party we can think of.
There is no such thing as too many sangria recipes, and this one is totally unique. Not only does it skip the wine, it makes gorgeous use of star fruit and kiwi. How’s that for impressive?
Instead of diluting your drink with ice, make your garnish do double duty! Frozen grapes keep this non-alcoholic pitcher drink cold and provide a bonus snack at the end of your sip. Cool, eh?
Limeade is the perfect way to cool off on a hot day (or any day, really), and this citrus-kissed mocktail is no exception. Served with layers of colorful fruit, it’s a fruity and fresh taste of the rainbow.
Virgin Cocktails: Serves 1-2
Here’s how to knock back a few of your favorite cocktails without so much as a buzz. These virgin drinks are packed with refreshing flavor and cute garnishes that everyone can enjoy. Break out your favorite barware and get to work, you’ve got mocktails to make.
This delicious margarita comes with all the flavors you’ve come to expect (lime, orange and a salted rim), a few new surprises (grapefruit and almond) and one notable omission: tequila.
Make these quick and simple booze-free bellinis the star of your next brunch or baby shower. Our trick is to chill the ingredients ahead of time so the sweet flavors won’t be diluted by ice.
Based on looks alone, this drink is a winner. Serve this at any party and you’re guaranteed to receive extra points for originality and charm. Oh and did we mention it’s delicious? It really is.
You didn’t think we’d do a mocktails roundup and NOT include a Moscow mule, did you? Of course not! We’ll take any excuse we can to break out those gorgeous copper mugs.
Updated Classics: Servings vary
For your next party, you may be tempted to reach for an old non-alcoholic standby (looking at you, soda, lemonade and tea) but don’t do it. With just a little bit more effort you can provide one of these delightful alcohol-free bevys and win major points for going above and beyond.
Forget iced tea as you know it, this fresh new take is party-perfect with its hit of mint, splash of lime and extra helping of sparkling water. Your mouth is watering, isn’t it? Ours are too.
Think of this as your standard Arnold Palmer, but with party pants on. We’ve said it before and we’ll say it again: it’s the little twists that make for a big difference. Here’s looking at you, mint.
We don’t have to convince you that lemonade is a brilliant option for a party libation (especially in the summer), but we do want to heavily suggest you try it with this extra-fresh twist.
Here’s another example where presentation is everything. We dare you to find a more unexpected and impressive way to serve up watermelon punch at your next outdoor party.
For the Kids (and Kids at Heart): Servings vary
If you’re hosting a family affair, it’s safe to assume at least one kiddo will be on the guest list. These four kid-approved drinks are a sure-fire way to earn your way into their heart—and probably a few grownup hearts, too.
Make a batch of these mall food-court classics and prepare to blow everyone’s minds. It’s everything you love about the classic, but easily made at home with cute garnishes to boot.
If you’re looking for an in with the young kid and tween set, sprinkles are the answer. Especially when you’re talking hot cocoa and an ultra-cool, sprinkled rim upgrade. And no, there are no rules against doing the same thing with chocolate milk in the summer.
You could make regular Shirley Temples and it would be a total success, but since we’re all about adding a Tablespoon twist wherever we can, we recommend you give this updated creamsicle version a try—you won’t be disappointed!
Last, but certainly not least, are these brilliant layered sodas. Can you even stand how cute the ombre-like layers are? Us either. Sherbert, ginger ale and cranberry juice are all it takes—really!