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Mocktail Thesaurus - Alternatives for the Word Mocktail

Many people have an extreme dislike of the word "mocktail," and a thousand and one Facebook discussions later, I've decided to put all the suggested alternatives for the word in one place.

So if you're looking for a new section heading for your bar menu, or you're a journalist writing the 4000th Dry January story and need some new words to use, this list is for you!


Non alcoholic menues
Menus from PrettyUgly (Toronto), North Shore Distillery (Chicago), Zona Mexicana (San Francisco), Zyankali Bar (Berlin), Sushi By Bou (Multiple locations)


Please let me know if  I missed something! 

      1. 0% ABV
      2. 86 ABV
      3. abstinence drinks
      4. alcohol free
      5. all ages show 
      6. almost cocktails
      7. barely legal
      8. baseless
      9. boozeless
      10. chauffeur's choice
      11. cocktail adjacent
      12. coolers
      13. designated drivers
      14. drinks for your endurance
      15. driver friendly
      16. driver's choice
      17. dry cocktails
      18. dry liquids
      19. even keel
      20. fauxtails
      21. free-spirited cocktails
      22. freetails
      23. g-rated
      24. immaculate concoctions
      25. jerk soda
      26. junior varsity
      27. kiddie cocktails
      28. lie-bations
      29. liver friendly 
      30. loopholes
      31. low test
      32. maternatinis
      33. minor indulgences
      34. no ABV
      35. nolo
      36. nocktails
      37. no knocktails
      38. non-alcoholic 
      39. nonnies
      40. nontoxicants
      41. no octane
      42. no proof 
      43. not just for kids
      44. not quite cocktails
      45. not-tails
      46. n.w.a. (nothing with alcohol)
      47. on the wagon
      48. pacers
      49. PG
      50. placebos
      51. preggatinis
      52. rated E for Everyone
      53. refrainers
      54. refreshers
      55. safe for work
      56. shallow end
      57. sober drinks
      58. soft cocktails
      59. soft drinks
      60. spirit-free
      61. teetotalers
      62. teetotaler tipples 
      63. temperance drinks
      64. tonics and refreshers
      65. uber juice 
      66. unleaded
      67. virgin
      68. volcano sacrifice
      69. Volstead approved
      70. without alcohol
      71. without proof
      72. zero alcohol
      73. zero-proof


Got other ideas? Let me know! 



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Alex Wregg

As a child, I would get a Virgin Mary when my father got his real one.

An air hostess called it "A Bloody Shame."

Sadly doesn't work for every drink.

Camper English

Hah! That's a good one.

David Nardolillo

A restaurant in my neck of the woods uses the label "free spirited cocktails" for its non-alcoholic offerings


That's great! I'm going to add it to the list, thanks.

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