Whether it’s a hot summer day or for any gathering, this refreshing fruity mocktail recipe is the fun drink you need to serve.
Loaded with simple ingredients, this delicious drink is completely sans alcohol, allowing anyone and everyone to enjoy something refreshing and tropical.
Ingredients for the Perfect Non-Alcoholic Cocktail
Forget Shirley Temple! This non-alcoholic drink is perfect for any special occasion.
Whether you’re trying to keep up good habits for dry January, need refreshments for baby showers, or want everyone to feel included at the holidays, this tasty drink of pomegranate and orange makes for the perfect mocktail.
● Brown sugar
● Fresh rosemary
● Unsweetened pomegranate juice
● Orange juice
● Ginger beer
● Optional garnishes – rosemary sprigs, orange slices, and pomegranate seeds
The printable recipe with measurements and instructions is listed at the bottom of the post in the recipe card.
How to Make This Easy Mocktail Recipe
Gather your ingredients.
You’ll start by making a simple syrup. Add the brown sugar, water, and rosemary sprigs to a small pot over medium heat on your stove. Bring this all to a simmer, stirring regularly to help the sugar dissolve.
The simple syrup needs to simmer for three minutes. Then, you can remove it from the heat. It should be given time to cool down to room temperature. Once cooled, strain it into a jar or small bottle.
Next, add your pomegranate juice to a pitcher. Then add the orange juice, a little of the brown sugar syrup, and ginger beer, stirring to combine.
When you’re ready to serve it, add ice to a tumbler or a rocks glass, then pour in your fruity mocktail. You can garnish with orange slices, pomegranate seeds, and rosemary sprigs if you want it to look elegant and fancy.
If you’re making this for a crowd, it’s very easy to double or even triple the recipe for your event. Add it to a large punch bowl for everyone to dip in.
You can also make this ahead of time, though you will need to leave the ginger beer out of your pitcher until you’re ready to serve it.
TIP: Pouring the ginger beer into the mixture in advance will result in it going flat, so plan on doing it the next day instead.
Add Some Variety to Your Refreshing Fruity Mocktail Recipe
You can also swap out pomegranate juice with unsweetened cranberry juice if you’d prefer something a little less sweet, or if you can’t find pomegranate juice at your grocery store.
Switch things up with some pineapple juice, grapefruit juice, lemon juice, fresh mint leaves, or some club soda. You can make ice cubes into fun shapes for different occasions.
Tips for Making Flavorful Fruity Mocktail Recipes
- Focus on Fresh Ingredients: Use fresh fruits, herbs, and juices. Fresh ingredients make a more vibrant and flavorful drink.
- Experiment with Syrups and Sweeteners: Try making your own simple syrup with different flavors. You can infuse it with herbs, spices, or fruit for a unique twist.
- Consider texture: Add elements like crushed ice or pureed fruit for a frothy texture. This adds a new dimension to your mocktails.
- Garnish Creatively: A visually appealing garnish can elevate your mocktail. Think beyond the traditional slice of lime or lemon. Edible flowers, sprigs of herbs, or a sugar/salt rim can add flair.
- Carbonation Adds Excitement: Consider adding a splash of soda water, ginger ale, or tonic to give your mocktail a fizzy lift.
- Temperature Matters: Serve your mocktails at the right temperature. Use plenty of ice for chilled drinks, and consider warm mocktails for colder days.
What To Serve with Mocktails
Whether for your next party during the holiday season or on a hot day, the whole family can toast one another with this refreshing fruity mocktail recipe.
It is truly the perfect party drink, and even a designated driver can heartily partake without any worries.
Flavorful Fruity Mocktail Recipe
- ½ cup brown sugar packed
- ½ cup water
- 3 sprigs of rosemary
- 1 cup unsweetened pomegranate juice
- ½ cup orange juice
- 1 ½ cups ginger beer
- Optional garnishes: rosemary sprigs orange slices, and pomegranate seeds
- Add the brown sugar, water, and sprigs of rosemary to a small pot. Set the pot over medium heat. Bring the mixture to a simmer, stirring regularly to encourage the sugar to dissolve.
- Allow the syrup to simmer for three minutes, then remove it from the heat. Let the syrup cool to room temperature, then strain it into a small bottle or jar.
- Add the pomegranate juice to a pitcher, followed by the orange juice, ¼ cup (2 ounces) of the brown sugar syrup, and the ginger beer. Stir to combine.
- Serve in a tumbler or rocks glass over plenty of ice. Garnish with rosemary sprigs, orange slices, and pomegranate seeds if you like.
- If you’d like to make this ahead for a party, make sure to leave the ginger beer out until right before you’re ready to serve so that it doesn’t go flat.
- For a less sweet variation, use unsweetened cranberry juice in place of the pomegranate juice.
- This recipe can easily be scaled up to serve a crowd!
I’m Julie, and for over two decades, I’ve been the chief chef, recipe developer, and taste-tester in my own home – a bustling kitchen where love and flavors mix seamlessly. My journey into the world of cooking began simply by feeding my family. Now, I share easy recipes with readers to make their lives easier and more enjoyable.