Plan Ahead: There’s Life After the Party (Non-Alcoholic Beverages)

Drive Safe Hampton Roads is a non-profit regional coalition whose mission is to increase the community’s involvement and awareness of traffic safety issues. This organization is made up of individuals with an interest in preventing crashes, injuries, and fatalities on our roadways.

By designating a driver and planning your celebration with safety in mind, you’ll help prevent needless alcohol-related tragedies. Here are a few tips to help you celebrate life this season:

  • Have plenty of non-alcoholic drinks available.
  • Use party games and dancing to take the focus off alcohol.
  • Serve plenty of high protein, non-salty foods with your alcoholic beverages.
  • Avoid having an open bar.
  • Stop serving alcohol early. Wind down with alcohol-free drinks.
  • Remember, only time can decrease intoxication. Coffee, exercise, or
    cold air will not have a sobering effect.
  • Take responsibility. Be the Designated Driver. Call a taxi or invite the person who has been drinking to spend the night.
Plan Ahead -  Non-Alcoholic Beverage recipes

People who agree not to drink alcohol so that everyone can get home safely are doing us all a favor. That’s why the Designated Driver should be treated to non-alcoholic beverages which are just as enticing as drinks with alcohol.

Encourage all of your guests to try these exciting alcohol-free refreshments.

Drive Safe Hampton Roads
Celebrate Safely

 Non-Alcoholic Mocktail Menu

 Non-Alcoholic Beverage Recipes

All recipes yield one serving unless otherwise noted.

5-Calorie Raspberry Lime Margarita Fizz



  • ice cubes
  • salt or sugar for rimming the glass, optional
  • 4 oz. Raspberry-Lime  Sparkling  Water
  • 4 oz. Sugar-Free Margarita Mix
  • 1 fresh lime, sliced thin optional for garnishing
  • fresh raspberries, optional for garnishing

DIRECTIONS:  Add ice to glass. Optionally dip a chilled glass into salt or sugar to coat the rim. Add sparkling water and margarita mix to glass. Garnish with other lime slices or raspberries.


Amelia Island Punch
AAA Tidewater

Serves 8 - 10


  • 2 cups cold water
  • 1 packet (makes 2 quarts) lemonade flavor drink mix
  • 1 46 oz. can chilled pineapple juice

DIRECTIONS:   In a punch bowl mix lemonade mix with water until the mix is dissolved. Stir in pineapple juice.  Refrigerate until chilled. Serve.


Cran-Raspberry Tini


  • 2 tablespoons fresh lime juice
  • 1/2 cup raspberry flavored sparkling water
  • A splash of all-natural cranberry juice or cranberry juice cocktail
  • 1 tablespoon crushed raspberries

DIRECTIONS:  Pour first three ingredients into a martini glass, then slide a few raspberries onto a thin stirrer to garnish.


Designated Driver’s Delight
from Drive Safe HR 


  • 2 ½ oz. orange juice
  • 1 ¼ oz. pineapple juice
  • 2 scoops vanilla ice cream
  • 1 ¼ oz. cranberry juice
  • ¾ oz. frozen strawberries

DIRECTIONS:  Mix in blender until smooth. Serve in a hurricane glass with orange slice and a strawberry.


Espresso Mocktini


  • ice
  • 2 fl. oz. espresso
  • 1 fl. oz. vanilla syrup
  • 1 fl. oz. water
  • pinch of salt
  • coffee beans (garnish)

DIRECTIONS: Make your favorite espresso (2 fl oz) and cool it in the fridge. Put some ice in your cocktail glass to cool the drink down. Fill a shaker with ice cubes. Pour the vanilla syrup, the water, the espresso, and a pinch of salt into the shaker. Shake your Espresso Martini Mocktail and strain into the glass. Finish off with one or two coffee beans and serve. 


Faux-ito (Mojito mocktail)


  • ice
  • 6 to 10 fresh mint leaves, rinsed and dried
  • 2 ounces fresh lime juice
  • 1 teaspoon powdered sugar
  • 4 ounces club soda
  • Lime wedges for garnish

DIRECTIONS: In a rocks glass, muddle mint leaves, lime juice and sugar until sugar is dissolved and mint is fragrant. Add ice. Pour in club soda. Garnish with lime.


Frost Bite Faux-tini


  • 1 oz. lime juice
  • 1 oz. pineapple juice
  • 2 oz. white grape juice
  • fresh mint leaves
  • fresh blueberries
  • 3 oz. lemon lime soda

DIRECTIONS:  Mix lime juice and pineapple juice, and add white grape juice, mint and blueberries.  Using the back of a spoon, crush a couple of the blueberries.  Mix all ingredients well and strain into a large glass filled with ice. Top with lemon-lime soda.


Good Morning Sunburst


  • ½ cup orange juice, frozen into ice cubes
  • 8 ounces sparkling water
  • 1 splash non-alcoholic grenadine  syrup
  • 1 splash vanilla syrup (optional)
  • 1 sprig rosemary

DIRECTIONS:  Place two orange juice ice cubes into a 12-ounce glass. Add in sparkling water, then slowly pour in the grenadine syrup. If you like, slowly pour in the vanilla syrup. Serve with a sprig of rosemary and a straw.


Jalapeño Paloma (Zero-Proof)


  • 1/4 jalapeno
  • 1/2 tablespoons agave syrup
  • 1-1/2 teaspoons water
  • 1/3 cup red or pink grapefruit juice
  • 1 tablespoons fresh lime juice
  • Sparkling water or grapefruit Lacroix to top
  • 1 grapefruit wedge for serving
  • Optional: Sea salt, kosher salt, or Tajin seasoning for the rim

DIRECTIONS:  Salt the rim of the glass. Cut a small slit into the grapefruit wedge and rub it along the rim of the glass to moisten it, then roll it in the salt until coated.   Gently tap away any excess.  Chop the jalapeno (leave the seeds and pith to make it a little spicier; remove them for milder) and add them to a cocktail shaker or sturdy glass along with the agave syrup. Use a muddler or the handle of a wooden spoon to gently mash the jalapenos (muddle), then add the grapefruit and lime juices. For a spicier drink, let it infuse for at least 15 minutes.  Fill the glass with ice and pour in the cocktail, jalapenos and all. Top with sparkling water, 1/3 to 1/2 cup or to taste. Serve with the grapefruit wedge.




Piña Colada


  • 6 oz. fresh pineapple juice
  • 2 oz. coconut cream
  • 1 cup ice (crushed)
  • pineapple for garnish (optional)

DIRECTIONS: Add all 3 ingredients into a blender and blend well.   Garnish with fresh pineapple


Pineapple-Passion Lemonade
Serves 3 to 4


  • 4 cups passion fruit juice
  • 4 cups store-bought or homemade lemonade
  • 2 tablespoons fresh lime juice
  • 3 cups fresh or canned pineapple chunks
  • 1 pint fresh strawberries, rinsed, hulled and frozen overnight
  • Lemon slices for garnish

DIRECTIONS:  In a large pitcher or bowl, combine pineapple and passion fruit juice. Cover and let chill for at least 2 hours. Remove from refrigerator. Add in strawberries and lemonade. Serve over ice with lemon slices.


Red Delicious Punch
from Drive Safe HR


  • 2 bottles of non-alcoholic sparkling cider
  • 1 quart of cranberry juice
  • 1 frozen ice ring 

DIRECTIONS: Pour 2 bottles of non-alcoholic sparkling cider into a punch bowl. Mix in one quart of cranberry juice. Float a frozen ice ring and garnish with sprigs of mint.


Sparkling Virgin Cosmo


  • ice
  • 2 oz. cranberry juice
  • 1 oz. freshly squeezed lime juice
  • 5 oz. club soda or lemon-lime soda
  • Lime wedges for garnish
  • Sugar for frosting (optional)

DIRECTIONS:  Pour ice into a shaker or tall glass. Add cranberry juice, fresh lime juice and club soda. Shake to combine. Run a lime wedge over the outside rim of a chilled martini glass. Pour sugar onto a small plate or flat surface. Dip the rim of the glass into sugar until covered with a thin border. Strain carefully into a chilled martini glass. Garnish with lime.


The Divine Unwine
from Drive Safe HR  


  • 4 oz. chilled white grape juice
  • 1 tablespoon non-alcoholic grenadine syrup.
  • 4 oz. raspberry ginger ale

DIRECTIONS:  For each serving, fill a large wine glass half-way with chilled white grape juice.  Stir in non-alcoholic grenadine syrup.  Then fill with cold raspberry ginger ale.


Tiki Cooler

  • ice cubes

  • 1 (6 ounce) can pineapple juice

  • 6 fluid ounces coconut milk

  • 3 limes, juiced

  • 2 tablespoons almond-flavored syrup (such as Torani®)

  • 1 cup club soda, or as needed

    4 pinches ground nutmeg

  • 4 lime wheels

  • 4 sprigs fresh mint

DIRECTIONS:  Place a few ice cubes in a pitcher; add pineapple juice, coconut milk, lime juice, and almond-flavored syrup and stir until chilled. Strain mixture and pour into 4 glasses. Top each glass with club soda; mocktail will foam up.  Dust with nutmeg. Garnish with a lime wheel, and sprig of mint.

Tornado Twist
from AAA Tidewater



  • 4 oz. Cranberry Raspberry 100% Juice (or Cranberry Pomegranate 100% Juice)
  • 4 oz. Lemon-Lime Soda
  • Lime, sliced so each glass gets a rim slice

DIRECTIONS:  In glasses pour Cranberry Juice and Lemon-Lime Soda over ice and serve.


Virgin White Sangria

Serves 3 - 4


  • 3 cups Ceres “Secrets of the Valley” juice, or white grape juice
  • 1 bottle sparkling apple cider
  • 2 tablespoons fresh lemon juice
  • 1 apple, cubed
  • 1 cup fresh or canned pineapple chunks, juices drained
  • 1 orange, sliced thin
  • 2 drops vanilla extract
  • ice
  • Extra fruit for garnish

DIRECTIONS:  In a large pitcher or punch bowl, combine juice, cut fruit and vanilla extract. Cover and let chill for at least 2 hours. Remove from refrigerator. Add in sparkling cider.  Serve in wine glasses or champagne flutes with plenty of ice and fruit for garnish.






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