Many mocktails are pale imitations of the harder stuff, but we've been collecting recipes for a few favorite alcohol-free options, perfect for teetotalers or for sipping between rounds of something stronger.
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I've paired pumpkin with a natural fall partner: apple cider vinegar. The flavors are pumpkiny with a hint of cinnamon and ginger to very gently remind you of pie season, without hitting you over the head with the Pumpkin Pie Spice flavors that are so common at this time of year.
This extra-thick milkshake has all the flavors of a classic Snickers bar: caramel, chocolate, and peanuts. Unsweetened cocoa powder works to add a punch of chocolate flavor without amping up the sippable dessert's sweetness.
I set out to improve upon the unimprovable, to somehow capture the spirit of the Reese's Cup in drinkable ice cream form.
Smooth peanut butter and butter pecan ice cream create layers of nutty flavor in this sweet, salty take on the classic peanut butter cup.
Kefir is great straight out of the bottle, adding yogurty tang and lots of richness to a smoothie. But freezing it helps you make frosty, incredibly creamy milkshake-like smoothies with fresh fruit—without the diluting affects of water-based ice cubes.
A thick, frosty blueberry shake made with frozen kefir cubes and fresh ginger.
A sophisticated take on peaches and cream, this 3-ingredient smoothie combines fresh peaches, basil, and frozen kefir cubes.
Fresh raspberries and mint are blended with cubes of frozen kefir plus a little honey for balance in this frosty, fresh smoothie.
This shake has a generous amount of goat cheese, layers of flavor, and is topped off with a few big turns of freshly ground black pepper for a perfect savory finish.
Figs and balsamic vinegar are a classic pairing, and make a remarkably delicious soda.
This subtly sweet smoothie gets a flavor boost from matcha powder and extra creaminess from frozen banana.
This subtly sweet vegan smoothie makes the perfect summer breakfast: ultra-creamy with a hint of grassy green tea powder, it's delicious enough to double as dessert.
I maintain that green smoothies should be fun, friendly, and easy to like. This combination of frozen banana, fresh peach, coconut water (or pineapple juice), and mild but plentiful baby spinach is jazzed up with lime and cilantro. It's creamy from the banana and just the right thickness to sip through a straw.
The balanced and decidedly tropical flavors of this friendly green smoothie are just the ticket to a relaxed state of mind.
Summer's the time to break out the blender for morning smoothies—the weather's hot and the fruit is ripe. Get out of your berry-and-yogurt rut with this ultra-creamy smoothie using a usually-savory ingredient: avocado.
This breakfast drink blends your morning joe right in there with the fruit and nuts.
When the weather's warm, a cold blender drink makes the perfect breakfast. This one even blends your morning joe right in there with the fruit and nuts.
This fizzy non-alcoholic drink gets full flavor from a tangy rhubarb syrup that's accented with fresh ginger and orange zest.
This refreshing non-alcoholic pitcher drink takes spicy ginger beer and pairs it with a tangy rhubarb syrup and plenty of fresh lime. It's a great option for a brunch crowd.