Three cheers for boozy whipped coffee (and frozen hot chocolate for them).
Three cheers for boozy whipped coffee (and frozen hot chocolate for them).

5 Fun Mocktail Recipes for Kids Celebrations

We're re-releasing our list of the top mocktails for kids just in time to celebrate 2021 and say bye-bye and good riddance to 2020! We love the inclusivity of mocktails. Now kids, pregnant mamas, and teetotalers can safely get in on the cocktail countdown fun.

From pink-hued sangria (with Shirley Temples) to mojitos (and minty limeade), we have five yummy cocktail-mocktail pairings for parents and kids to enjoy together.

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Fresh mint "makes" the mojito.

1. Classic Mojito Recipe 


  • 4 ounces white rum
  • 6 mint leaves, muddled
  • 1 ½ ounces lime juice, freshly squeezed 
  • 1 ounce simple syrup
  • Splash of club soda, to finish


  • Add the muddled mint, rum, lime juice, and simple syrup to a cocktail shaker with a handful of ice. Give it a brief shake.
  • Strain into two highball glasses and top with a splash of club soda.
  • Garnish with a lime wedge, a sprig of mint, and enjoy!

Kid-Friendly Mocktail Recipe: Lime-Min-Ade

Omit the rum from the classic mojito recipe and increase the amount of club soda to transform the mojito to a kid-friendly version, dubbed by my 6-year-old as a lime-min-ade. We also like to sub 7-Up for the club soda.

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2. Rosé Sangria Recipe


  • 1 bottle rosé wine
  • 1 cup grapefruit juice, freshly squeezed
  • ½ cup orange juice, freshly squeezed
  • 2 ounces simple syrup
  • Fresh fruit, to taste (I used a sliced lemon and a pint of raspberries)
  • ¼ cup fruit-flavored liqueur, to taste (i.e. Cointreau, raspberry liqueur, fruit-flavored vodka)
  • Club soda, for serving


  • Sangria is a great fix-it and forget-it punch to serve a crowd, or nurse slowly throughout the weekend. Mix all ingredients, aside from the club soda, in a pitcher and refrigerate for at least one hour before serving; the longer it sits, the more intense the flavors become. When ready to serve, pour over ice and top with a splash of club soda.

Served in a special glass, Shirley Temples make any kids' gathering a fancy party.

Kid-Friendly Mocktail Recipe: Classic Shirley Temple


  • 4 ounces clear soda, like 7-Up, Sprite, or Ginger Ale
  • ½ ounce grenadine syrup
  • Maraschino cherries


  • Fill a glass with ice, top with soda and grenadine, and add a cherry (or three! four! more!) on top.

This year's "it" coffee drink is even more amazing with a splash of Kahlua.

3. Boozy Dalgona Coffee Recipe


  • 4 tablespoons instant coffee granules
  • 4 tablespoons sugar
  • 4 tablespoons boiling water
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract (optional)
  • 4 ounces Kahlua (or liqueur of choice; Irish Cream would also be a good fit!)
  • 8 ounces milk or milk alternative (we used almond milk)


  • Fill two glasses ⅔ of the way full with ice; add liqueur and almond milk, leaving top ⅓ of cup empty for coffee.
  • In a medium-sized bowl, combine the instant coffee, sugar, vanilla (if using), and boiling water. Using a hand mixer, whip the mixture until frothy, medium peaks form. Note: You can do this by hand using a wire whisk, but it will take 8-10 minutes to reach the right consistency.
  • Spoon coffee mixture atop the glasses of ice and milk and enjoy.

Kid-Friendly Mocktail Recipe: Frozen Hot Chocolate


  • 2 cups milk
  • 3 packages instant hot chocolate mix
  • 3 cups ice
  • Not so optional toppings: whipped cream, chocolate shavings, or chocolate chips


  • Combine the milk, hot chocolate, and ice in a blender and process until it reaches the consistency of a smoothie.
  • Pour into two glasses.
  • Add a swirl of whipped cream, if using, and sprinkle with chocolate shavings or chocolate chips.

A citrusy paloma hits the spot on a hot day.

4. Paloma Recipe


  • Kosher salt
  • ½ cup grapefruit juice, freshly squeezed
  • Juice of 1 lime, freshly squeezed
  • ½ ounce simple syrup
  • ½ cup tequila
  • ½ cup club soda


  • Spread salt on a plate. Rub the rim of two highball glasses with a wedge of grapefruit and turn upside down in the salt to create a salt rim.
  • Combine the grapefruit juice, lime juice, simple syrup, and tequila in a shaker with ice. Shake to combine.
  • Strain into the prepared glasses and top with a splash of club soda.

Kid-Friendly Mocktail Recipe: Virgin Paloma

Omit the tequila from the paloma recipe above, and increase the club soda to transform this into a kid-friendly beverage.

A juicy fruit garnish is the perfect topper for watermelon lemonade.

5. Watermelon Lemonade Coolers


  • ½ cup sugar
  • ½ cup water, plus 3 cups water for mixing lemonade
  • 4 cups watermelon, cubed
  • ½ cup lemon juice, freshly squeezed
  • 2 ounces vodka, per serving


  • Make a simple syrup: Combine ½ water and sugar in a small saucepan over low heat, bring to a slight boil to ensure sugar is completely dissolved, about 5 minutes. Let cool slightly.
  • In a large pitcher, combine simple syrup, lemon juice, and 3 cups cold water to make lemonade. Stir to combine and refrigerate until ready to serve.
  • Just before serving, add the watermelon to a blender and process until pureed.
  • To assemble, place ice in a tall glass, add 3 tablespoons watermelon puree, 2 ounces of vodka, and fill the remainder of the glass with lemonade. Stir to combine.

Kid-Friendly Mocktail Recipe: Watermelon Lemonade

Follow the recipe above, omitting vodka in the final step, and adding an extra splash of lemonade instead. Garnish with a slice of watermelon for a fruity, fun twist.

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