While some people enjoy the taste of alcohol and can’t get enough of a perfectly aged whiskey or tequila, not everyone shares the same desire to taste their alcohol. These drinks that don’t taste like alcohol are the perfect way to have some boozy fun without an uncomfortable burn with every sip.
We’ve pulled together a list of alcoholic drinks you can enjoy at home or order in a bar without tasting the alcohol! Get inspired and start enjoying the fun of alcoholic beverages without worrying about the alcohol taste! From timeless classics to frozen fruity drinks, there’s something for everyone who wants a drink that doesn’t taste like alcohol.
A screwdriver is a two-ingredient cocktail that goes perfectly with a nice brunch or a night on the town. Making a screwdriver is insanely easy too! All you need is orange juice, vodka, and ice. Use two parts of orange juice and one part of vodka. Pour over ice, stir, and it’s done. Yes, it’s that simple!
A screwdriver tastes like oranges. Since vodka is so mild, it’s easily masked in this 2-to-1 ratio recipe. The only people who don’t love a good screwdriver are those who don’t like orange juice.
A cosmopolitan is one of the most well-known alcoholic drinks, popularized by none other than Carrie Bradshaw herself on the hit show Sex and the City. The classic cocktail is traditionally served in a martini glass and features a gorgeous pink color. Needless to say, this is a tasty alcoholic drink. You will feel classy drinking without having to taste the alcohol!
A cosmopolitan is prepared by adding citron vodka, Cointreau, fresh lime juice, and cranberry juice to a cocktail shaker with ice. Shake until combined, then strain into a martini glass and garnish with a lime wheel.
3. Fuzzy Navel
A fuzzy navel is a peachy take on a screwdriver that’s become a classic party drink over the years. Peach schnapps and orange juice are the only ingredients needed to prepare a sweet drink with fruity flavors and no detectable alcohol taste.
Combine over ice, stir, and garnish with an orange wedge. A fuzzy navel is quick to prepare and loved by all!
4. Sex on the Beach
A Sex on the Beach cocktail contains an impressive alcohol content with 3 ounces of liquor, but you won’t taste a drop. This is one of the alcoholic drinks that’s known for sneaking up on you. Before you know it, you’ve had a few, and it all starts to catch up with you. That’s not bad, but it’s something to keep in mind so you can drink responsibly!
To prepare a Sex on the Beach, you’ll need hurricane glass and ice. Fill the glass with ice, then add peach schnapps, vodka, orange, and cranberry juice. Stir before garnishing with maraschino cherries. Not only does this cocktail taste great, but it also looks like a beachy sunrise in the glass!
5. White Russian
Have you ever wished you could have a milkshake and get tipsy at the same time? Your wishes have come true! To make a boozy adult milkshake, a white Russian features Kahlua, vodka, and fresh cream.
The ingredients are served over ice, with the cream being added last. The visual effect of the cream settling over the coffee liqueur and vodka is stunning! You won’t taste the vodka, and you’ll have a decadent dessert to sip on.
6. Pink Gin Fizz
You can’t find a site talking about drinks that don’t taste like alcohol without finding a pink gin fizz on the list. The pink gin fizz gets its gorgeous color from the use of grenadine. Other ingredients include soda water, lemon juice, and gin. This refreshing concoction has tangy undertones with a mild flavor profile.
Turn this into an even more festive drink with a rimmed glass! Dip the rim of the glass in grenadine, then rimming sugar before pouring the cocktail. Garnish with a lemon wheel, and enjoy!
A mojito is a refreshing drink that’s perfect for hot summer days when you want a drink that doesn’t feel too heavy but offers nice summery notes of flavor. This cocktail has Cuban roots and simple ingredients, but it doesn’t taste like alcohol. Begin by grabbing a glass, muddler, and fresh mint leaves.
Muddle mint leaves and a lime wedge. Add another lime wedge and some sugar before muddling again. Your mixture will get more liquid as the juices are released from the lime. Next, add ice and rum before topping the glass with club soda. This cocktail lets the natural flavors of lime and mint shine to mask the flavor of white rum.
8. Mai Tai
A Mai Tai is a cocktail that will transport you to a tiki bar no matter where you’re drinking at. Okay, not really, but it tastes so good you’ll feel like you’re there! This refreshing summer cocktail is made with white rum, dark rum, fresh lime, orange liqueur, and orgeat. Orgeat is a type of almond syrup that amps up the flavors of a Mai Tai.
All the ingredients except the dark rum are combined in a cocktail shaker with ice, then poured into a rocks glass with ice. The dark rum is gently added last. This creates a layered effect that makes your cocktail look way fancier than it is! The tropical flavors of a mai tai ensure this is one of the drinks that don’t taste like alcohol, even if it contains three different types.
9. Cuba Libre
We’ve all heard of rum and coke, but what about a Cuba Libre? They’re very similar alcoholic drinks, but a Cuba Libre has more complex flavors. A Cuba Libre begins with angostura bitters and a lime wedge muddled in a collins glass. Then, the rum and coke are added with ice.
The result is coke with a powerful acidic zing from the lime juice and just the right amount of bitterness. The taste of alcohol is so mild you’ll forget you’re drinking a full-fledged cocktail!
10. Hurricane Cocktail
A hurricane cocktail is one of the most widely loved mixed drinks for one reason – it’s delicious! This tropical drink features passion fruit juice or puree and fresh orange juice for a fruity flavor that will transport you to spring break on a beach. White rum, dark rum, simple syrup, lime, and grenadine pair perfectly with the fruit juices to create a cocktail that doesn’t taste like alcohol!
Preparing this cocktail is easy too. Everything is added to a cocktail shaker with ice, shaken, then strained into a hurricane glass. Garnish with an orange wedge and a cherry for a cocktail that looks so good you’ll have to take a sip!
11. Strawberry Margaritas
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A margarita is a classic cocktail that never goes out of style. Many people even have a margarita as one of their first drinks! Margaritas come in all the flavors you can imagine, but a strawberry margarita is the best version if you don’t want the taste of alcohol. This recipe is frozen, but you can make it on the rocks if you don’t have a blender handy.
The frozen strawberries and limeade have strong flavors that make for easy drinking, as this strawberry margarita tastes more like a dessert in a glass! Combine ice cubes, tequila, triple sec, frozen sliced strawberries in syrup, and frozen limeade concentrate in a blender until smooth. Pour into a margarita glass with a salted rim.
12. Moscow Mule
A Moscow mule is traditionally served in a copper mug, making this cocktail easily recognizable. You can still prepare a Moscow mule at home without a copper mug, but it’s a worthwhile investment if you plan to make them often. This cocktail uses simple ingredients with no prep work required, so it’s great for someone just starting to drink alcohol or a seasoned sipper.
To prepare a Moscow mule, add ice to your copper mug. Then add vodka, ginger beer, and fresh lime. Garnish with fresh mint leaves to brighten the glass and add a refreshing flavor. Ginger ale can be used in place of ginger beer in a pinch, but it will lower the alcohol content per glass. Ginger ale is slightly sweeter than ginger beer, so it’s worth trying both versions.
13. Pina Colada
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A pina colada is one of the go-to cocktails when you want a drink that tastes good every time. The recipe is simple, so it’s a reliable drink to order when you’re out and a breeze to whip up at home! Many pina colada varieties feature different flavors, but the original lets pineapple and coconut run the show.
To make a pina colada, use 1 part Malibu rum, 1 1/12 part pineapple juice, and ½ part coconut cream. The ingredients can be combined and poured over ice or blended with ice for a frozen cocktail. No matter how you prepare your pina colada, it will taste great! Garnish with fresh pineapple for a tasty bite between sips.
14. Long Island Iced Tea
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The long island iced tea will always reign supreme in the world of classic drinks that pack a high alcohol content without compromising on flavor. A whopping five types of alcohol are used to create a long island iced tea, so how does it taste so good?
The answer is simple: it’s a well-balanced drink. The alcohol used all have distinct flavors that play well with the non-alcoholic ingredients to create a well-balanced cocktail that never gets old. To craft a long island iced tea, you’ll need white rum, gin, vodka, triple sec, and tequila Blanco. Coco-cola, lemon juice, lime juice, and maple syrup are the ideal blend of sweet and citrus.
Prepare this drink for a crowd by adding all the ingredients except coca-cola to a pitcher with ice and stirring. Once chilled, add a dash of salt, then top with coca-cola. The salt will enhance the sweetness of the non-alcoholic ingredients, and it’s an essential step to making the best long island iced tea possible!
A Paloma is a cocktail that has a lot in common with a margarita, but it’s lighter and more refreshing. Grapefruit and simple syrup taste so good you’ll be questioning if the alcohol was ever added! Pink grapefruit juice, silver tequila, simple syrup, and lime juice are first mixed in a cocktail shaker with ice. After straining into a collins glass, top with pink grapefruit soda.
Using pink grapefruit creates a bitter smack that’s evened out by the simple syrup and lime juice. The finished product should have strong summary notes with no taste of alcohol present.
Enjoy Your Drink Without the Burn!
Skip the strong flavors and enjoy a truly delicious, sippable cocktail with these easy to drink creations that don’t have the strong burn of alcohol. Discover more tasty cocktails from Cocktails Cafe to start planning your next night out or hosting an extravaganza. There’s something for every craving! Check back regularly for our latest product recommendations, recipes, and liquor history!