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Sober October Sips: Mocktail Recipes for a Refreshing and Alcohol-Free Month

Pour yourself a refreshing mocktail and enjoy alcohol-free relaxation

Author Kari Hanson

Published on: October 04, 2023

Relax by the fire with a warm alcohol free drink during Sober October
Relax and refresh with a beautiful mocktail

Have you heard of Sober October? Started in the United Kingdom, this month-long sobriety challenge is now observed by people all over the world. It’s a great chance to pause and take a break from alcohol between the countless social gatherings of summer and the quickly approaching holiday season.

But don’t worry! Just because you are avoiding alcohol does not mean you have to say goodbye to yummy drinks for a month. Say hello to the world of mocktails. Mocktails are similar to cocktails with one significant difference – no alcohol. They are refreshing, look beautiful and can be enjoyed by everyone, kids and adults alike.

Here are a few easy mocktail recipes to try during Sober October.

"Two hot toddy drinks that you can make without alcohol"
A warm drink can be soothing when you feel under the weather 

Cozy Tea Toddy

A traditional hot toddy is often given to someone fighting off a cold or flu. The warm lemon and cinnamon can be very soothing when you find yourself at the mercy of a fall or winter bug. This nonalcoholic version features tulsi, also known as holy basil, as well as immune-boosting spices. Find all the details at Experience Life and kick those sniffles to the curb. 

"Hot Pumpkin Pie mocktail"
Hot Pumpkin Pie Mocktail. Photo credit A Pinch of Adventure

Hot Pumpkin Pie Mocktail

A pumpkin pie you can drink? Sign us up! This indulgent drink’s ingredients include milk, pumpkin puree and of course whip cream. Sounds more like a dessert, and we couldn’t think of a better way to enjoy fall’s most iconic flavor. You’ll find all the details at A Pinch of Adventure.

Non-Alcoholic Mulled Wine

With the nights growing longer and cooler, curling up with a warm drink becomes more enticing. This easy recipe for alcohol-free mulled wine will warm you up and fill your home with scents of the season. Head to The Mindful Mocktail for all the details.  

"Virgin Sunset drink"
The author and her son felt very fancy enjoying this drink. Photo credit: Kari Hanson

Sunrise Mocktail

A little orange juice, sparkling water (or non-alcoholic sparkling wine) and a dash of grenadine and you’ve got one lovely little drink. I made this one for my son and I and he has since made several on his own. They feel very fancy and it’s fun to watch the red grenadine swirl around the orange juice. Head to The Mindful Mocktail for all the details.

Alcohol-Free Mint Julep

This drink is simple and refreshing. You can make a batch of the simple syrup ahead of time to keep in your refrigerator. Then you’re always ready to pour this relaxing drink whenever the mood strikes. Learn more at All Recipes.

"Virgin pina colada"
Virgin Piña Colada. Photo credit: High Heels and Grills

Virgin Piña Colada

If you like piña colada… then you’ll like this! Enjoy the refreshing tastes of coconut and pineapple in this blended drink. Kick back, close your eyes and feel the vacation vibes even if it’s raining outside. You’ll never even miss the alcohol. Zach and Sarah at High Heels and Grills will give you all the details.

Blueberry Ginger Cooler

If you’ve got a freezer full of berries from your summer picking and you aren’t sure what to do with them, here is one delicious solution. Use some of your blueberries to make the syrup that is the base for this drink. Manali, at Cook with Manali, can show you how to put this lovely drink together.

This one requires some time and planning, but the results are well worth it. You can make a large batch of the syrup, so when guests arrive all you have to do is some quick mixing to impress them with this colorful, refreshing drink.

Margarita Punch

If you need drinks for a crowd, give this mocktail a try. You can mix up a batch ahead of time, put it out in a punch bowl or drink dispenser, sit back and enjoy your gathering. You’ll find all you need to know at All Recipes.

"Honey Blackberry Mint mocktail"
Honey Blackberry Mint Mocktails. Photo credit: Bowl of Delicious

Honey Blackberry Mint Mocktails

This easy mocktail recipe is sweet, refreshing and contains no refined sugar. The simple ingredients come together and make a refreshing drink that is great for all ages and is sure to be a hit at your next party. Bonus: You get to use all your fancy bartender tools (though you can make it without) when you muddle the honey, fresh blackberries and fresh mint leaves, mix with the liquid, shake it all together and strain it into glasses. Get the details from Elizabeth at Bowl of Delicious.

"Virgin strawberry daiquiri"
Virgin Strawberry Daiquiri. Photo credit: Mindful Mocktail

Virgin Strawberry Daiquiri

This delicious virgin version of the classic blended drink combines fresh and frozen strawberries, resulting in a drink that doesn’t separate as it melts, so you can take your time sipping. This drink is also surprisingly healthy, packed with Vitamin C and antioxidants. Nat at the Mindful Mocktail can show you how to whip one up.

Virgin Mango Margarita with Meyer Lemon

This fruity frozen drink with a (optional) sugar rim is sure to be a crowd pleaser. It’s made with real fruit and packs a lot of flavor. You can make the virgin mango margarita mix ahead of time and store it in the fridge for up to three days. Just mix it with bubbly water and voila, party time! Details on this easy mocktail recipe can be found on An Edible Mosaic.

"Pear Ginger Mocktail"
Pear Ginger Mocktail. Photo credit: The Merry Thought

Pear Ginger Mocktail

The ginger in this drink gives it a little kick, perfectly balanced by the sweetness of the pear juice. You can increase the spiciness by adjusting the amount of ginger simple syrup for a drink that tastes as good as it looks. Learn more at The Merry Thought.

Enjoy Sober October!  

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