34 Non-Alcoholic Thanksgiving Drinks And Mocktails To Be Thankful For

Bourbon-Cider Mule
PHOTO: VICTOR PROTASIO; FOOD STYLING: MELISSA GRAY; PROP STYLING: AUDREY DAVIS

This Thanksgiving, raise a glass and toast to what you’re grateful for, booze-free. Whether you’re avoiding alcohol or being mindful of those in your Thanksgiving crew who don’t drink, having an alcohol-free option is a smart choice. And thanks to our mocktails and alcohol-free sippers, non-drinkers don’t have to settle for water, soda, or store-bought juice. Browse our selection of fruity sweet teas, punches, mocktails, and cocktails that we’ve substituted the alcohol out of to add to your Thanksgiving menu.

Even though you don’t have to be 21 to sip these beverages, some may not be suited for kids. While Lemon-Lime-Rosemary Punch will be a hit for all ages, Lavender-Plum Shrub and Hot Spiced Tea may be a mature, acquired taste. No matter which drink you choose, what these recipes lack in alcohol, they make up for in flavor. With one of our zero-proof Thanksgiving drinks, Turkey Day can be spirited without the spirits.

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Sparkling Punch

Sparkling Punch
PHOTO: JENNIFER DAVICK

Southern festivities call for a sweet, tart punch, and this recipe has got you covered. A little of this, a little of that, and you’ll have a spruced-up, elegant version of crowd-pleasing pink lemonade.

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Ginger-Orange Mocktails

Ginger-Orange Mocktails
CAITLIN BENSEL; FOOD STYLING: EMILY NABORS HALL; PROP STYLING: CHRISTINA DALEY

Three ingredients are all you need for this go-to mocktail. Citrus flavors guarantee a refreshing sip, but ginger ale adds a delightful depth of flavor perfect for the season. A can of pineapple juice tops off the recipe.

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Apple Cider Shandy

Apple Cider Shandy
VICTOR PROTASIO; FOOD STYLING: MELISSA GRAY; PROP STYLING: AUDREY DAVIS

This recipe calls for a simple but significant twist on apple cider: Just add lime juice and some fruity garnish. Use half hard cider or stick to chilled sparkling apple cider.

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Tarragon-Hibiscus Spritzer

Tarragon-Hibiscus Gin Spritzer
GREG DUPREE; FOOD STYLING: EMILY NABORS HALL; PROP STYLING: CHRISTINE KEELY

Skip the gin and you’ve found yourself your new signature mocktail that Thanksgiving guests will look forward to at next year’s festivities. Hibiscus tea, tarragon sprigs, and tonic water stir together into a wonderfully unique drink.

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Hot Spiced Tea

Orange Spiced Tea Recipe
PHOTO: BECKY LUIGART-STAYNER

If you live somewhere in the South where Thanksgiving means cool weather (or even if you don’t—we’re looking at you, summertime hot coffee drinkers), this is the recipe you need. Brewed chai tea with fruit juices and cinnamon sticks, fresh cloves, or mulling spices will warm you and your guests right up.

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Lemon-Mint Sparklers

Lemon-Mint Sparklers
HECTOR SANCHEZ; STYLING: CAROLINE M. CUNNINGHAM

Prepare all the pieces of this drink ahead of time and mix it up right before serving. We love plating this drink as an engaging self-serve station so guests can choose from fresh lemon and mint leaves.

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Lavender-Plum Shrub

Lavender-Plum Shrub
PHOTO: HECTOR MANUEL SANCHEZ; PROP STYLING: MARY CLAYTON CARL; FOOD STYLING: TORIE COX

A vinegar-based drink? Don’t knock it until you try it. This tangy, fruity beverage can be enjoyed hard or soft with fresh lavender. If you’re looking to try something new and different this Turkey Day, this is the mocktail for you.

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Blueberry-Lemon Iced Tea

Blueberry-Lemon Iced Tea
VAN CHAPLIN; STYLING: REBECCA KRACKE GORDON

Adding fruity flavor is an easy way to spice up simple tea. We love blueberries and lemon juice for a refreshing beverage to sip on while catching up with loved ones.

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Classic Sweet Tea

Classic Sweet Tea
ALISON MIKSCH; STYLING: CAROLINE M. CUNNINGHAM

Thanksgiving hosts have enough to worry about, so why not stick with a no-fail classic? Sweet tea is a guaranteed crowd-pleaser for the whole family.

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Pineapple-Basil Tea

Pineapple-Basil Tea
IAIN BAGWELL

Thanksgiving gets an ever-so-slightly tropical taste with this take on sweet tea. It’s elegant and herbaceous with pineapple and fresh basil.

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Berry Splash

Berry Splash
BETH DREILING HONTZAS

Three ingredients are all you need for a sweet sipper the whole family will love. We like to garnish it with fresh mint sprigs, strawberry leaves, and fresh berries.

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Champagne Punch

Champagne Punch
HECTOR SANCHEZ

It may be surprising that a recipe with Champagne in its name can be non-alcoholic and still scrumptious. Substitute lemon-lime soda or seltzer water for the Champagne and gin, and serve it with juices so guests can customize their perfect drink.

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Ginger-and-Honey Sweet Tea

Ginger-and-Honey Sweet Tea
JENNIFER DAVICK

Classic sweet tea is a must at Southern gatherings. To give it a refreshing spin for the holiday, swap the sugar for honey. Grated fresh ginger adds zip.

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Lemon-Lime-Rosemary Punch

Cran-Raspberry-Vanilla Punch
ALISON MIKSCH

Using rosemary sprigs, this fragrant take on citrus punch gets a Thanksgiving boost. Top your herb-infused beverage with lemon sorbet and lime sherbet before serving.

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Berry Juniper Fizz

Berry Juniper Fizz
GREG DUPREE; FOOD STYLING: MARGARET MONROE DICKEY; PROP STYLING: KAY E. CLARKE

Show off your mixology skills without falling back on alcohol. Non-alcoholic gin is the secret ingredient in this ruby-red mocktail with pomegranate juice and sparkling cranberry juice.

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Sparkling Cherry Limeade

Sparkling Cherry Limeade
IAIN BAGWELL; PROP STYLING: ANNETTE JOSEPH; FOOD STYLING: CYNTHIA GROSECLOSE

Bursting with limey flavor like a margarita but without the tequila, this maraschino cherry-infused drink will be all the rage at your gathering. Line the glass with salt to complete the effect.

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Cranberry Mojito

Cranberry Mojito
IAIN BAGWELL; STYLING: HEATHER CHADDUCK

Skip the rum and rejoice in a fresh, seasonal beverage just the same. This no-jito gets its refreshing flavors from cranberry reduction (nix the bitters!) and fresh mint leaves.

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Spiced Hard Cider Fizz

Spiced Hard Cider Fizz
BECKY LUIGART STAYNER

To make this recipe alcohol-free, skip the bourbon and use soft cider rather than hard. Simple syrup spiced with cardamom, cinnamon, star anise, ginger, peppercorns, and fennel seeds guarantees that your substituted beverage certainly won’t be lacking.

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Strawberry-Basil Sweet Tea

Strawberry-Basil Sweet Tea
JOHNNY AUTRY; FOOD AND PROP STYLING: CHARLOTTE L. AUTRY

Add something special to your go-to sweet tea recipe. Jazz it up for the occasion with strawberry-basil simple syrup that adds subtle, elegant flavor.

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Sparkling Plum Punch

Sparkling Plum Punch
GREG DUPREE; FOOD STYLING: RISHON HANNERS; PROP STYLING: CHRISTINE KEELY

Who said plums had to be a summer fruit? We love this big-batch plum punch with sparkling cranberry juice for any special occasion.

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Rosemary-and-Ginger Mule

Rosemary-and-Ginger Mule
GREG DUPREE; FOOD STYLING: MARGARET MONROE DICKEY; PROP STYLING: KAY E. CLARKE

If you love Moscow mules, you’ll love this seasonal zero-proof take. Homemade rosemary syrup is the star of this herbaceous Thanksgiving mocktail.

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Vanilla-Rosemary Lemonade

Vanilla-Rosemary Lemonade
RALPH ANDERSON

Making this recipe with fresh-squeezed lemon juice is a game-changer. This lemonade flavored with vanilla bean and rosemary sprigs is so much better than anything you’ll find at the supermarket.

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Fizzy Cider Punch

Fizzy Cider Punch
PHOTO: HECTOR MANUEL SANCHEZ; PROP STYLING: KARIN OLSEN; FOOD STYLING: WILLIAM SMITH

This refreshing apple cider punch is as tasty as it is pretty. Use lemon-lime soda or seltzer water for the Prosecco and brandy.

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Sparkling Pomegranate Punch

Sparkling Pomegranate Punch
LAUREY W. GLENN

Skip the alcohol in this recipe, no problem. The result is a fruity, bubbly concoction fit for festivities without being too sweet.

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Cran-Raspberry-Vanilla Punch

Cran-Raspberry-Vanilla Punch
ALISON MIKSCH

Sorbet punch will be an instant hit. Add in the raspberry sorbet right before you serve up this festive, non-alcoholic mixture of cranberry-raspberry juice and vanilla extract to keep it fresh for thirsty guests.

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Latria’s Fruit Punch

Latria's Fruit Punch
LATRIA GRAHAM

You can’t go wrong with classic fruit punch. This version builds in layers of fruity flavor with dried hibiscus blossoms, ginger, and an assortment of juicy fruit.

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Lemon-Basil Spritzer

Lemon-Basil Spritzer
VICTOR PROTASIO; PROP STYLING: AUDREY DAVIS; FOOD STYLING: EMILY NABORS HALL

This recipe calls for sparkling wine, but we like it just as much with lemon-flavored seltzer water. This bright mocktail has lemon, fresh basil, and simple syrup, making it the perfect light complement for a hearty feast.

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Big-Batch Mulled Cider

Big-Batch Mulled Cider
VICTOR PROTASIO; FOOD STYLING: EMILY NABORS HALL; PROP STYLING: CHRISTINE KEELY

Prepare this crowd-pleasing drink up to three days early and wow guests come Thanksgiving day. Keep it alcohol-free and use fresh cider made with 100 percent apple juice as a base for warm fruits and spices.

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Comfort and Joy Mocktail

Comfort and Joy Mocktail
GREG DUPREE; FOOD STYLING: MARGARET MONROE DICKEY; PROP STYLING: KAY E. CLARKE

Like a warm whiskey drink but without the booze, this beverage uses non-alcoholic whiskey for depth of flavor. Apple cider, some sweetener, and a touch of citrus brighten up this festive drink that can be enjoyed cool or hot.

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Cranberry-Apple Cider

Cranberry-Apple Cider
VICTOR PROTASIO; FOOD STYLING: MELISSA GRAY; PROP STYLING: AUDREY DAVIS

Cranberry and apple cider are two of our favorite fall flavors. Mix them together, and you’ll have everyone’s new favorite Thanksgiving sipper. Leave the alcohol in this recipe out completely or offer it on the side so guests can mix their own cocktail if they choose.

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Bourbon-Cider Mule

Bourbon-Cider Mule
VICTOR PROTASIO; FOOD STYLING: MELISSA GRAY; PROP STYLING: AUDREY DAVIS

We nixed the bourbon in this autumnal cocktail to make an alcohol-free version bursting with all the same seasonal flare. Ginger beer adds just the right amount of spice to sweet cider inside a copper mug.

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Minty Lemonade Iced Tea

Lemonade Iced Tea
JENNIFER DAVICK

This big-batch drink starts with frozen lemonade concentrate. A hefty amount of mint steeps with the tea. You can make this a cocktail by adding rum or bourbon.

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Chocolate-Raspberry Milk Punch

Festive Milk Punch Recipes
IAIN BAGWELL

After the feast, sweeten the evening with this milk punch that’s good enough to serve as dessert. The chocolate-raspberry combination is inspired by a favorite truffle flavor. Add brandy for a spiked version.

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Merry Berry Christmas, Sugar!

Merry Berry Christmas Sugar!
RALPH ANDERSON

Christmas may be part of the name, but this festive drink is too good not to serve at any celebration. Made with fruit, mint, and ginger ale, it will give the kids at your gathering something special to drink.