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4 Sober Drinks to Enjoy for Summer

by Landmark Recovery

May 8, 2020
A sliced grapefruit. Grapefruit is used in many alcohol free drinks

If you or a loved one has given up drinking alcohol, you don’t need to feel that you’re missing out. You can still enjoy sober drinks.

Sober drinks look like they have alcohol in them, but they’re really alcohol-free.

People recovering from alcohol abuse need to stay away from alcoholic drinks as much as possible as well as improving nutrition and hydration. Getting a strong dose of vitamins and minerals can help balance overall health and mental health, both vital for preventing relapse.

A great way to enjoy drinks in the summer is to try some delicious and healthy mocktails. These are simply regular cocktails made without alcohol.

The Mocktail Project was founded in Louisville, Kentucky to provide a voice for the sober community. The Mocktail Project team creates and promotes delicious AF (alcohol-free) cocktails.

Today, we’ve got some creative sober drink ideas you’ll love. From tasty, refreshing and vitamin-packed mocktail recipes to cold refreshing AF beers, you’re spoiled for choice. There’s more to life than Diet Coke and water when you stop drinking alcohol!

4 Sober Mocktails To Enjoy

When you’re in recovery, getting the right nutrition is key for maintaining balance in your central nervous system.

If you’re lacking in vitamins and minerals, this could negatively impact your mood and raise the risk of emotional relapse.

So, if you fancy a drink at home or when you’re out with friends, a mocktail is a nutritious alternative to an alcoholic drink with none of the damaging alcoholic component.

Smooth Talker

A sliced grapefruit. Grapefruit is used in many alcohol free drinks

You’ll be enjoying this mocktail so much that you won’t be doing any talking, smooth or not!

Serve this in a chilled coupe glass for extra panache.


  • 2 parts grapefruit juice
  • 1 part water
  • ¾ part lemon juice
  • ½ part honey
  • ¼ part vanilla bean syrup
  • Pinch of salt


Shake all the ingredients in a shaker filled with ice.

Strain and pour into a chilled coupe glass.

AF Mojito

Fresh cut limes that can be used in an alcohol free beverage

This is the basic mojito recipe. With an AF Mojito, you skip the rum but still get the vitamin C.

Mint offers nutrients such as potassium and Vitamins C.


  • Juice of 3 limes
  • Soda water
  • 1 tbsp sugar
  • Bunch of mint
  • Crushed ice


Place the mint leaves and sugar in a bowl. Use the tip of a rolling pin or a pestle to mix them together and release the mint flavor.

Fill 2 tall glasses with the crushed ice.

Add the lime juice and mint mix then top with soda water.

Sober Sangria

Mixed fruit in a basket that are ingredients in an alcohol free sangria

Nothing says summer more than sangria.

Sangria is normally made with red wine. For a virgin version, just replace this with grape juice.

Packed with fruit, this summer drink will refresh and build immunity at the same time, perfect for the current climate with COVID-19 still everywhere around us.


  • Grape juice
  • Orange juice
  • Lime juice
  • 100g blueberries
  • Banana
  • Grapes
  • Apple
  • Cucumber
  • Oranges
  • Lime


To make a fruity coloured liquid, blend blueberries with grape juice, orange juice, and lime juice.

Chop the fruit into small pieces and place into a jug.

Add the juice and chill in the fridge for an hour.

To serve, add ice.

Pineapple Ginger Champagne Cocktail

A pineapple. Pineapples taste great in alcohol free cocktails

Bromelain is an enzyme found in pineapple which has great health benefits. It boosts digestion, immunity, and is found to help depression.

Ginger is anti inflammatory, while coconut water boosts electrolytes.

This super summer-booster is a must-try for an instant pick-me-up.

Serve in champagne flutes and garnish with some pretty lime and strawberry slices.


  • 250ml pineapple juice (freshly juiced if possible)
  • ½ inch ginger, peeled and grated
  • Juice of ½ lime
  • 150ml coconut water
  • 250ml sparkling elderflower cordial
  • ½ tspn honey
  • Lime and strawberry slices to garnish


In a cocktail shaker full of crushed ice, mix the pineapple juice, ginger, lime juice, coconut water, and honey.

Shake for 3 minutes until fully mixed.

Strain into champagne flutes until half full then top with sparkling elderflower cordial.

Slot some lime and strawberry slices onto the rim of each glass to garnish.

What To Do Next

You should find that after stopping alcohol and drinking more alcohol-free fluids, your health and skin will improve. There’s nothing to lose and everything to gain by rolling out some sober drinks during the summer. Be the best version of yourself rather than a watered-down alternative.

If you or a loved one need help with a drinking problem, call us at 888-448-0302   to speak to a recovery specialist, available 24/7. Our staff will guide you through the admissions process or give you information on overcoming alcohol use disorder. Visit our locations page to find a treatment center near you.

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Landmark Recovery was founded with a determination to make addiction treatment accessible for all. Through our integrated treatment programs, we've helped thousands of people choose recovery over addiction and get back to life on their own terms. We're on a mission to save one million lives over the next century. We encourage all those struggling with substance use to seek professional help.