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28 mocktail recipes that aren't boring

Booze-freedom doesn't need to mean boredom.
/ Source: TODAY

A new year is upon us, so you might be looking to cut down on drinking. But while you might be willing to give up the booze, you're not willing to give up flavor.

So if you — like Blake Lively, among many others — just want the fun of sipping while socializing without dealing with the effects of alcohol, meet these snazzy mocktails and refreshing nonalcoholic drinks. Booze-freedom doesn't need to mean boredom.

Hops & Peel

Hops & Peel

Maureen Petrosky

"This recipe uses one of my favorite shrubs that’s made with plenty of orange peel," says Maureen Petrosky, author of "Zero Proof Drinks and More: 100 Recipes for Mocktails and Low-Alcohol Cocktails."

"I like to make this with a non-alcoholic IPA-style beer, which is high in hops (hence the name). Perfect for any beer-lover, this refreshing sip is great for tailgating or just kicking back outdoors."

Matcha Sour

Matcha Sour

Maureen Petrosky

Matcha powder has lots of health benefits, including antioxidants, and is said to have a calming effect on the body. So this little green cocktail is the perfect zero-proof pick for a healthy and relaxing happy hour. Typically, sours call for an egg white, but this recipe uses aquafaba instead. You achieve identical results — rich texture and a pretty froth on top — without the worry of raw eggs.

Paloma Punch

Paloma Punch

Maureen Petrosky

The Paloma, a tequila cocktail that hails from Mexico, gets a sober makeover here that is just as salty, sweet and perfect for cooling down any hot day. The bubbly grapefruit seltzer gives body to this gorgeous sip and a big batch will keep the party going.

Zero-Proof Michelada

Zero-Proof Michelada

Maureen Petrosky

Everyone has a take on this Mexican beer-tail. No matter if you make it spicier or less spicy than this recipe, serve this refreshing sip for brunch or lunch or even an early happy hour.

Orange Spritz

Orange Spritz

Geoffrey Zakarian

This is an Aperol-less spritz. The orange and tea is to mimic the Aperol with bitter tannins, and the fresh orange juice is good base for this drink, which usually doesn't have any orange juice in it, and the orange slice is a typical garnish for the drink.

Gold Rush Jr.

Gold Rush Jr.

Geoffrey Zakarian

This is a take on a drink I came up with at my restaurant, the Lambs Club, with bourbon honey and lemon juice," says Geoffrey Zakarian. "Here, I use spiritless whiskey, honey simple syrup, lemon juice and egg white. It tastes almost like a whiskey sour."

Rum Swazzle

Rum Swazzle

Geoffrey Zakarian

The rum swazzle is my version of a Manhattan, one of the greatest drinks ever. It's a simple but elegant take on a classic drink. And the cherry makes it!

Best Limeade

Best Limeade

Jordan Salcito

A great margarita is nothing without lime. This homemade lime simple syrup hits all the notes you want from a stellar margarita. To give this mocktail even more of margarita flavor, add a salted rim to the glass before pouring in the drink.

Spicy Ginger Mule

Spicy Ginger Mule

Jordan Salcito

The ginger is still the star of the show in this alcohol-free version of a classic Moscow mule. The lime adds acidity and combining the two in an easy-to-make syrup brings out a touch of sweetness.

Grapefruit Spritz

Grapefruit Spritz

Jordan Salcito

This is a riff on Jordan Salcito's low-proof grapefruit wine spritz — just made to be non-alcoholic. Grapefruit is always refreshing in a spritz, an extra dry ginger ale keeps the drink bright and the bitters ensure balance.

Giada's Strawberry-Basil Agua Fresca

Transport yourself to paradise with Giada's strawberry-basil agua fresca. Experiment with your favorite fruits and herbs to make your own customized version of the nonalcoholic drink.

This fizzy alcohol-free spritzer is slightly bitter, has a touch of sweetness and perfect for sipping when you want something crisp and refreshing but are refraining from rosé all day.

Ginger-Orange Mocktails

Looking for something in lieu of morning mimosas? A special drink sets the tone for a great meal. This fizzy drink will help keep any brunch light and lively.

Gunner Cocktail

Gunner Cocktail

Maureen Petrosky

This bubbly, ginger-laden sip hails from Hong Kong. It's brightly flavored with naturally spicy ginger beer, ginger ale and a little lime juice.

Chai is one of those cold-weather flavors that bring back memories and keep us warm, especially when steeped with a bit of honey. Tiffanie Barriere created this mocktail to bring the seasonal flavors and feel without any booze for parents trying to keep up with their kids.

Grapes No Wrath

Grapes No Wrath

Maureen Petrosky

Frozen grapes make a pretty, simple and delicious alternative to ice cubes because they keep drinks cool without watering them down. Not only do frozen grapes keep this sparkling grape and citrusy sipper cold, they're also a nice treat to snack on.

Spicy Watermelon Sip

Spicy Watermelon Sip

Maureen Petrosky

This zero-proof drink has a delicious tart, tangy and citrusy flavor thanks to the lemon-lime shrub. If you like a spicy margarita, try this on for size. It just might become your new go-to drink.

Bubbles and Cran

Bubbles and Cran

Vivian Chan

Bubbles aren't just for Champagne and seltzer. This drink is inspired by the beautiful wreaths decorating the shopfronts of New York City during the holidays. It will wake up your palate with the fiery kick of ginger.

Kumquat Fauxhito

Kumquat Fauxhito

Vivian Chan

This is a wintry twist on a classic summer cocktail. Vivian Chan loves kumquats because they are tangy with a hint of sweetness. When in peak season, they're so juicy they explode with freshness to wake you up from the winter blues.

This espresso "martino" is the perfect pick-me-up at the end of a heavy winter meal. The warm spices bring this mocktail to a whole new level.

Ginger Hibiscus Mocktail

This mocktail is a typical agua fresca in Mexico made from hibiscus flowers — with the spicy addition of ginger.

Juniper & Tonic

Juniper & Tonic

Jordan Salcito

Gin and tonics are a classic because the combo allows the botanicals of a great gin to ring through. By subbing juniper tea for gin, you still have juniper and botanicals on full display in this drink without adding any alcohol.

Apple Cider Pitcher

Apple Cider Pitcher

Garvey Alexander

Whether served cold or hot, apple cider is a staple for the winter season. The homemade spiced syrup in this recipe elevates and adds the complexity needed to wow anyone drinking it. This batch is perfect because the whole family can enjoy it together as a nonalcoholic beverage.

Mojito Iced Coffee

Mojito Iced Coffee

Alejandra Ramos

Add a refreshing, vacation-like twist to your morning cold brew with this mojito-inspired coffee drink.

Baobab Ginger Beer

Baobab Ginger Beer

Zoe Adjonyoh

The floral and citrusy flavor of baobab powder makes this invigorating ginger beer even more refreshing. Using fresh and ground ginger really amplifies the naturally sharp zing of the aromatic root.

Yuzu Lemonade

Yuzu Lemonade

Candice Kumai

"This refreshing summer treat reminds me of visiting my grandma in southern Japan," says Candice Kumai. "I have so many memories with her and cherished summers with yuzu and kabosu."

Sparkling Cherry Limeade

The combination of sweet and sour cherries makes this limeade a standout sip.

Sobolo (Sorrel Juice)

This is an incredibly refreshing drink made from the vibrant dried flowers of the red sorrel plant, which is reputed to offer many health benefits including reducing blood pressure and calming nerves. The flowers have a sharp-sour punch, but the juice from the petals once sweetened with sugar resembles cranberry juice.