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Five Healthy Non-Alcoholic Cocktails That Won’t Kill Your Memorial Day Buzz

May 19, 2020

As we approach another Memorial Day weekend (albeit, under much different circumstances this year), it can be tempting to go all out. From overindulging in snack foods to taking a few extra rest days, it can be easier to derail your fitness progress than you think. But we’re here today to help you find some healthy alternatives for your Memorial Day celebrations. Whether you love something light and refreshing or bold and juicy, we’ve rounded up five healthy non-alcoholic cocktails that won’t kill your Memorial Day buzz.

 

Not All Mocktails are Created Equally

Straight talk: mocktails can be boring. Plus, they can be loaded with unnecessary sugars and artificial ingredients. So while you might think that leaving the booze out of a drink means it’s better for you, the truth is that it might be just as unhealthy. We’ve talked about nutrition before, which is why the healthy non-alcoholic cocktails that we’ve put together won’t derail your fitness progress.

 

Crisp & Bright: The Cranberry Agua Fresca

Featured in a Popsugar collab with paleo fitness guru Cassy Joy Garcia, this drink will leave you feeling refreshed and energized throughout your warm Memorial Day celebration. Plus, it earns bonus points in our book for keeping it simple. You’ll only need a few easy-to-find ingredients that you might already have around your house.

Crisp & Bright: The Cranberry Agua Fresca

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What You’ll Need

  • 12 ounces (3/4 pound) fresh or frozen cranberries. If you’re going with frozen, defrost them first
  • 1/4 cup fresh mint (stems and leaves)
  • 3 cups water

How It’s Done

Place the cranberries, mint, and 3 cups of water in a high-powered blender. Blend on high for at least 3 minutes, or until completely smooth, and the mix has a deep red color.

Pour the mix through a nut milk bag, cheesecloth, or fine-mesh strainer into a large pitcher.

Serve over ice, garnish with fresh mint and cranberries, and enjoy!

 

Light & Tropical: The Coconut Fizz

As Jimmy Buffett says, if you like Pina Coladas, then you’ll love this drink. Ok, well, maybe that’s not exactly how that song goes, but this drink’s like a pina colada – minus all the unhealthy crap. You can find the original healthy non-alcoholic cocktails recipe here.

Light & Tropical: The Coconut Fizz

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What You’ll Need

  • 2 bags of green tea
  • ¼ cup coconut milk
  • 2 tbsp. Fresh lime juice
  • ½ cup coconut seltzer

How It’s Done

Pour ¼ cup boiling water over your green tea bags and let steep 5 minutes. Let the tea cool in the fridge.

Stir together cooled tea, coconut milk, and lime juice. Pour over ice and top with the coconut seltzer. If you’re feeling fancy, you can dust with matcha powder for garnish.

 

Spritzy Citrus: The Sparkling Lime-Mint Quencher

Lime and mint is a classic flavor combination. This mocktail is a great, healthy mocktail alternative for all you mojito lovers out there. If you’re craving a soda or mojito, this spritzy quencher can fit the bill. You can find the original recipe at SkinnyMs.

Spritzy Citrus: The Sparkling Lime-Mint Quencher

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What You’ll Need

  • 1/2 cup freshly squeezed lime juice
  • 1/2 cup fresh mint leaves, loosely packed
  • 2 cups sparkling seltzer water 
  • 2 tablespoons of your preferred sweetener, if desired
  • 1 cup ice

How It’s Done

Add the lime juice, mint, and sparkling seltzer water to a large mixing glass and give it a good stir. 

Divide into two glasses and pour over ice. Add more seltzer water and sweetener, if you’d like. While you’re at it, why not add a few lime slice garnishes, too.

 

Swapping Booch for Booze: Strawberry Orange Mango Kombucha Mocktail

Kombucha brings a whole new level of deliciousness to this healthy mocktail. Loaded with prebiotics and packed full of vitamins, this strawberry orange mango kombucha mocktail by The Roasted Root is just what your Memorial Day celebration needs.

Swapping Booch for Booze: Strawberry Orange Mango Kombucha Mocktail

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What You’ll Need

  • 2 16-ounce bottles of unflavored Kombucha. You could also try strawberry or citrus-flavored booch to amp up the flavor
  • 2 cups 100% orange-mango juice.
  • 1 ripe mango peeled, pitted, and chopped
  • 2 cups fresh strawberries chopped

How It’s Done

Add all ingredients to a large pitcher and stir. Serve over ice and enjoy! If you want to keep added sugars to a minimum, try making the orange-mango juice yourself. There’s nothing quite like freshly squeezed juice!

 

Herbal Remedy: The Grapefruit and Rosemary Mocktail

If you think herbs are just meant for cooking, we would beg to differ. Herbs can bring another dimension of flavor and complexity to your mocktails. That’s why we included this grapefruit and rosemary mocktail from Katie at the Casual Craftlete blog. You can find the full recipe here.

Herbal Remedy: The Grapefruit and Rosemary Mocktail

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What You’ll Need

Rosemary Simple Syrup:

  • 1 cup water
  • 1 cup granulated sugar
  • 3 sprigs of rosemary

Mocktail (makes 4 glasses):

  • 2 cups fresh pink grapefruit juice
  • ¼ cup of the rosemary simple syrup
  • 4 cups sparkling water

How It’s Done

Rosemary Simple Syrup: Add 1 cup of water and 1 cup of granulated sugar into a saucepan and place over medium heat. Dissolve the sugar for about 5 minutes. Do not let the mixture boil. Once the sugar has dissolved, pour the simple syrup into a heat-safe container. Add 3 sprigs of rosemary and let steep for at least one hour. If you aren’t planning to use it right away, you can keep it in the fridge for up to 10 days.

Mocktail: Add ½ cup fresh pink grapefruit into a serving glass with ice. Add 1 Tablespoon (1/2 oz) of rosemary simple syrup. Stir and fill the remainder of the glass with sparkling water. Enjoy after garnishing with an extra sprig of rosemary.

 

Conclusion

Look – mocktails can be boring. No offense, Shirley Temple, but we’re looking at you (the drink, obviously). That’s why we rounded up this list of deliciously irresistible recipes so you can find your favorite healthy non-alcoholic cocktails to help you celebrate your Memorial Day weekend in style.

Taryn W

Author

Taryn Willis is an avid fitness junkie. Born and raised in Indiana, she grew up playing sports and continues to this day. When she’s not spoiling her three furbabies, she’s busy kickboxing, running, doing some deep downward dog yoga, or playing intramural soccer. A creative mastermind and wordsmith by nature, she graduated from Indiana University in 2020 with a degree in Communication Studies. She currently writes for several publications as a freelance blogger and copywriter.