Mocktails: Safe spring break alternative drinks

Mocktails are a non-alcoholic alternative to cocktails. Fairly popular for people who can’t drink or chose not to partake in alcohol. During spring break many indulge in fruity alcoholic beverages, but for those wanting a non-alcoholic choice, try out these fruity spring time drinks to kick off spring break.

Mixed berry spritzer

For a more balanced taste make sure that equal parts of all berries are used. Since Strawberries are bigger than the blackberries and raspberries, fewer strawberries were used in the purée. (Daniel Rodriguez)


  • Fresh berries (any kind)
  • Lime juice (squeezed from ½ a lime)
  • Mint
  • Club soda
  • Honey or agave (optional)
  • A blender
  • Shaker
  • Strainer (optional)


This mixed berry spritzer can have a different flavor depending on the berries used to make it. For this example, use a mixture of raspberries, blackberries, and strawberries. This particular mix gives the spritzer a refreshing tang. 


  1. Add the berries, lime juice, choice of sweetener and mint in the blender. Set to purée and let it blend till it’s all mixed. 
  2. Pour desired amount of the purée into a cup. Then pour club soda till it’s almost full.
  3.  Pour the mixture into the shaker.
  4.  Keep shaking until the purée and club soda properly mix. 
  5. Pour back into the cup and serve.

Grapefruit mojito

Pink grapefruit was used to make the mojito. For a sweeter fruit try using ruby grapefruit as an alternative. (Daniel Rodriguez)


  • ¼ cup of pink or ruby grapefruit (cut into chunks)
  • 2-3 teaspoons of honey
  • Mint (roughly torn)
  • Mineral water
  • Shaker (optional)
  • Blender


A bit on the tart side, a grapefruit mojito can be a bit intense if not properly sweetened. In this example extra honey was used to increase the sweetness. However, less honey can be used if a more intense grapefruit taste is desired .


  1. To start, add the grapefruit, honey, and mint to the blender and set to purée. 
  2. Once properly blended add half the mixture to a cup. Add ice if desired.
  3. Then gently pour the mineral water into the glass till it’s full.
  4. Add mint as garnish on top if desired.

Ginger lemon drop

For the ginger lemon drop, the slivers used to make the syrup can be recycled. Set them to the side till they cool and sprinkle with sugar to have candied ginger as a garnish. (Daniel Rodriguez)


  • ½ cup of lemon juice
  • Ginger root (cut into slivers)
  • 1 ½ cups of water
  • ¾ cup of sugar
  • Seltzer water
  • Ice
  • A stove
  • A pan


The mixture of sweet ginger mixed with the sour tang of lemon juice gives this drink the refreshing snap of a lemon spiked ginger ale. This drink takes a bit longer to prepare than the previous ones.


  1. To start, add the ginger, water, and sugar to the pan. 
  2. Heat to a boil and stir till the sugar dissolves. 
  3. Lower the heat and let simmer for 20 minutes. 
  4. Scoop the ginger out and let cool for ginger flavored syrup.
  5. Pour desired amount of lemon juice into cups.
  6. Pour ginger syrup on top of the lemon juices.
  7. Add ice to the cup.
  8. Slowly pour seltzer over the ice to fill the cup
  9. Stir the drink and serve

Sparkling ginger lime

This drink, while simple to make, can be customized to better suit taste preferences. The size of the cup also needs to be taken into account when portioning out ingredients. (Daniel Rodriguez)


  • Lime juice (freshly squeezed)
  • Ginger root (grated)
  • Liquid sweetener
  • Sparkling water


A bit on the sour side, a sparkling ginger lime can be easily overwhelmed by the taste of lime. For the recipe only ¼ slice of lime was used for juice and 12 drops of sweeteners was added to balance it out.


  1. Peel the ginger root.
  2. Grate the ginger for the desired amount of ginger.
  3. Squeeze the lime over the grated ginger.
  4. Add drops of sweetener.
  5. Slowly pour the sparkling water till the cup is filled.
  6. Stir till properly mixed and serve

Italian cream soda

The instructions used to make the raspberry syrup can be used for any other type of fruit as well. Mixing fruits together is also an option if mixed berry syrup is desired. (Daniel Rodriguez)


  • 1 cup of berries
  • Sparkling mineral water
  • 1 cup of water
  • ¼ cup of sugar
  • Heavy cream
  • Stove
  • Pan


A sweet and creamy drink. The Italian cream soda is a customizable drink and its flavor depends on the type of syrup used. This recipe uses raspberry syrup.


  1. Add the berries and water into the pan and boil. Keep boiling till the berries lose their texture.
  2. Strain the berries out and return the liquid to the pan.
  3. Add the sugar and continue boiling till the sugar dissolves, then let cool for a few minutes.
  4. Scoop the syrup into a glass and add ice.
  5. Pour the water till the glass is mostly full.
  6. Add heavy cream to the top.
  7. Mix till cream, water, and syrup combine and serve