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10 Low-Waste Mocktail Recipes That Are Good for You and the Planet

Sobriety is trending. Here's a selection of low-waste mocktails that benefit your body and the environment.

low-waste mocktail recipe
Written by
Calin Van Paris
The latest craze in
alcoholic beverages
? Those made with no alcohol at all.
From the millennials and zoomers skewing
"sober curious"
to those opting for an all-out eschewal of
, beer, and spirits, social time enjoyed sans cocktail is becoming more and more popular. But that doesn't mean we don't want something to sip!
Fortunately, a new guard of low-waste mocktail recipes is here to keep your alcohol-free lifestyle refreshing, fun, and excessively sustainable.

Why Make a Mocktail?

low-waste mocktail recipes
There are many reasons to trade your cocktail for a mocktail. In
terms of health
, even light drinking can lead to injury (due to drunkenness), high blood pressure, weakened immunity, memory problems, and more. And ditching the booze comes with some environmental upsides, too.
The production of alcohol features a substantial environmental footprint,
predominantly due
to water runoff from production coupled with carbon emissions and packaging waste from distribution. Plus, alcohol decreases
, diminishing our awareness of the impact of our habits and actions and diminishing our sense of connection to the planet and the people around us.
Lastly, mocktails made with attention to ingredients can serve as an opportunity to upcycle
food scraps
, further reducing your waste while enhancing your afternoon or evening. In short, this tasty trend boasts major benefits.
Here, 10 low-waste mocktail recipes to add to your beverage-making bio.

10 Low-Waste Mocktail Recipes

Virgin Mojito

An alcohol-free mojito provides the perfect starting point for your low-waste mocktail journey. This drink is incredibly easy to make and calls for only lime, mint, and soda water, though extra options (like natural sweeteners) abound.

Blueberry Basil Lemon Lavender Mocktail

This summertime sipper was crafted using a methodology we can get behind: it's just what the blogger happened to have on hand! Simple ingredients + the power of
= your new go-to beverage.

Grapefruit Rosemary Mocktail

Grapefruit and rosemary are two simple ingredients that combine for one refreshing and restorative mocktail. Between grapefruit's vitamin C and rosemary's antiviral qualities, this delicious sip is healthy, too.

Spicy Watermelon Jalapeño Mocktail

low-waste mocktail recipe
Food Banjo
Spicy and sweet, this mock margarita makes use of refreshing mint and melon, with a kick courtesy of jalapeños.

Summer Cucumber Mocktail

Need a quick cool down? Cucumber, lemon, lime, mint, and honey mix to provide instantaneous chill.

Lemon Lime Fizz

Improved gut health is a mere sip away. Lemon and lime meld with apple cider vinegar and a fizzy finish, the mocktail primed to improve your digestion.

Virgin Espresso Martini

Enjoy the latest cocktail trend without the buzz with this virgin
espresso martini
. As with the alcoholic version, this mocktail is the perfect means of upcycling your coffee grounds into a drinkable treat.

Sparkling Apple Cider

Autumn's well-loved apple cider gets a boost via fizz and fresh ginger. Toss in a cinnamon stick and soak up the spirit of the season—even (or especially) on its warmer days.

Sparkling Cherry Mocktail

Cherry's sweet taste and tart finish make for the ultimate mocktail base. Not only is this mocktail free of alcohol, it's low in sugar, too.

Orange Mocktail

Meet your mimosa replacement. Prep a pitcher of the vitamin C-packed crowd-pleaser for your next breakfast or brunch—no matter how early it may be!