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14 Mocktails to Spice Up Your Wedding Reception

14 Mocktails to Spice Up Your Wedding Reception

hands of groom and bride clinking cocktail drinks

Almost everyone expects alcoholic drinks at weddings. Part of what makes weddings fun is that people can let go of their inhibitions after a few drinks and party as much as they want. But not everyone needs alcohol to have fun. Whether you’re keeping your wedding dry to match your lifestyle or simply want options for non-alcohol drinkers, there’s a range of mocktail recipes for weddings to complement the intricate menu you’ve curated with your wedding catering.

Best Mocktails for Weddings

Just because you’re not serving alcoholic drinks doesn’t mean you should settle for boring drinks. Here is a list of wedding mocktails that add a sober twist to favorites and new concoctions to tickle your guests’ taste buds at the reception.

A Twist on Classics

Sometimes, we just want to sip on the classics – tastes we already know we love. You can still serve these well-loved drinks at your wedding without the booze.

hands of people toasting non alcoholic sangria

Non-Alcoholic Sangria

Sangria originated in Spain and Portugal. This tourist favorite traditionally consists of chopped fruits, red wine, and other spirits. With its sweet, summery flavors, Sangria is a great drink for warm weather, making it perfect for summer weddings in the Philippines.

While Spanish red wine is at the center of the Sangria, you can substitute it with a combination of juices and sparkling water.

To make a non-alcoholic Sangria, you’ll need:

  • Chopped fruits (e.g., grapes, oranges, tangerines, strawberries, blueberries, and apples)
  • Sparkling water
  • Grape juice
  • Cranberry juice
  • Chopped mint

Always serve this drink with ice!

two glasses of Shirley Temple drinks

Shirley Temple

This classic drink is made to be non-alcoholic. It was made for child actress Shirley Temple to drink while having dinner with her parents and other Hollywood personalities. It has become a go-to mocktail for both children and non-drinkers.

The Shirley Temple needs:

  • Grenadine syrup
  • Lemon-lime soda
  • Ginger ale

You could also mix it up by replacing lemon-lime soda with orange soda and adding an orange slice to your drinks. But it’s not quite a Shirley Temple without the maraschino cherry garnish.

two glasses of pink alcoholic mocktail with lemonade

Pink Champagne Mocktail

Girlies love a fizzy pink drink to pose with. This pink champagne mocktail, though, is more than a pretty drink. It’s sweet, light, and bubbly. Serve the drinks in a champagne flute and you have a win.

All you need for a Pink Champagne Mocktail are:

  • Cranberry juice
  • Ginger ale
  • Lemon-lime soda

Glass of sidecar orange mocktail decorated with lemon

Sidecar Mocktail

Another twist on the classic is the Sidecar Mocktail. The sidecar is a classic cocktail loved for its combination of Cognac and lemon juice. This classic mocktail for weddings has a sweet, tangy, fun flavor that’s perfect for weddings.

To replicate this classic cocktail without the Cognac, you’ll need:

  • Orange marmalade
  • White grape juice
  • Lemon juice
  • Vanilla extract

Boozy Frozen Pina Colada Cocktail with Coconut Cream

Virgin Piña Colada

No drink screams fun like this vibrant tropical drink, whether it’s alcoholic or not. Your guests can enjoy the creamy, citrusy taste of the Piña Colada without the potential hangover the next day.

If you’re having a beach wedding, a Virgin Piña Colada mocktail is a must!

This dreamy mocktail is made with:

  • Pineapple
  • Pineapple juice
  • Coconut milk
  • Brown sugar

Top with a pineapple wedge and maraschino cherries to complete the summer vibe.

Blueberry mint mojito on rustic wood background

Blueberry Mint Mojito

Mojito is another favorite drink, so this Blueberry Mint Mojito mocktail will surely be a hit at your wedding.

This mocktail recipe for your wedding adds a refreshing tart spin to the classic mojito. Here’s what you’ll need:

  • Blueberries
  • Lime juice
  • A sprig of mint or mint syrup
  • Carbonated water
  • Water

Subtract the blueberries from the recipe and you have a classic mojito mocktail.

bartender with glass of tasty Cuba Libre mocktail

Virgin Cuba Libre

Originating from Cuba, the Cuba Libre originally mixes rum, Coca-Cola, and lime juice. It’s a simple drink that everyone undoubtedly loves.

If you want to treat your guests to this Cuban classic, there is a non-alcoholic way to mix this drink. All you need to do is replace the rum with more Coca-Cola and add a little bit of vanilla extract.

close up of three glasses pineapple sunrise mocktail

Sunrise Mocktail

The tequila sunrise cocktail is probably one of the most vibrant drinks. The colors of this beverage come from a combination of orange juice and grenadine syrup.

The citrusy sweet and sour combination will give your wedding guests a boost of energy to dance all night.

Modern Crowd Pleasers

If you need something new on your menu, here are a few more fresh non-alcoholic drink ideas for a wedding:

Matcha mint julep with lime on a marble background

Matcha Mint Julep

This drink brings together two of the lushest flavors. Add a Japanese twist to the classic mint julep for a drink that’s both refreshing and earthy.

To make this non-alcoholic beverage for your wedding, combine:

  • Matcha powder
  • Fresh mint leaves
  • Lime juice
  • Ginger ale

two glasses of strawberry hibiscus mocktails

Strawberry Hibiscus Mocktail

Here’s another fruity and floral drink that wedding guests would love to sip on any season.

This mocktail gets its floral notes from the herbal flower Hibiscus, a local plant known for its vibrant blue petals. This, combined with the sweet tangy flavor of strawberries, makes for a symphony of refreshing flavors.

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To make the Strawberry Hibiscus Mocktail,

  • Hibiscus tea (steep dried Hibiscus flowers in hot water for five to 10 minutes)
  • Fresh strawberries
  • Lemon juice

two espresso martini mocktails with coffee beans at top

Espresso Martini Mocktail

Here’s one for the young bride and groom – a non-alcoholic rendition of the social media sensation Espresso Martini. The Espresso Martini drink in itself is a twist on the classic Martini cocktail, adding an energy-boosting shot of espresso.

All this drink needs are:

  • A shot of cold espresso
  • Simple syrup
  • Non-alcoholic coffee liqueur
  • Water

It’s a simple mocktail for a wedding reception, but it will surely be a hit among coffee lovers and those who need an additional push to enjoy the rest of the wedding.

Sampaguita Cooler

If you’re looking for a drink that screams Pinoy at your wedding, consider adding the Sampaguita Cooler to your drink menu.

It may come as a surprise for some, but the national flower of the Philippines is indeed edible. Muddle fresh sampaguita flowers to release their unique aroma, then combine them with these ingredients:

  • Simple syrup
  • Lime juice
  • Sparkling water

two glasses of Chili Lime Pineapple Soda with chili and lime slices

Chili Lime Pineapple Soda

Add a spicy, tropical twist to your beverage options with this Chili Lime Pineapple Soda. Sweet, tangy, and spicy are three flavors guests may not expect combined in a wedding mocktail.

This spicy little mocktail needs:

  • Crushed peppercorn
  • Dried chilies
  • Pineapple juice
  • Lime juice
  • Simple syrup or sugar

We suggest straining the drink to remove the peppercorns and chilies before serving.

top view of four glasses of Non-Alcoholic Aperol Spritz

Non-Alcoholic Aperol Spritz

Aperol Spritz is a trendy Italian drink made with bitter orange-flavored liqueur, Prosecco, and soda water. People love this cocktail for its refreshing and bubbly taste.

To make a non-alcoholic version of this bubbly Italian cocktail, prepare:

  • Non-alcoholic orange bitter liqueur
  • Soda water
  • Orange juice

The resulting drink is light and citrusy, perfect for sipping between bites of finger food for weddings.

Keep Guests Hydrated with Nuptials’ Fun Mocktail Recipes

Serving water, iced tea, and the usual array of sodas is a great way to keep guests hydrated, but why settle for boring drinks when you can serve fun and tasty mocktails for your wedding?

With this wide range of non-alcoholic drink options, there is surely a drink to satisfy all types of guests. Get inspired with more unique ideas for your wedding at Nuptials!


Lorainne Pangalangan
Author: Lorainne Pangalangan

Lorainne spends most of her days writing. When she's not writing, she reads novels and poems, watches theater, attempts watercolor art, and puts on a full face of makeup to watch another sitcom.

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