Oranges and orange juice are must-haves for any home bar. Home bartenders always create delectable mocktails with orange juice, so they must have oranges on hand for parties and events, whether creating a mimosa or utilizing an orange wheel or wedge as a garnish.
If you’re looking for that happy place where simplicity meets delicious, you’ve found it! We’ve gathered a collection of drink recipes to help you make your favorite mocktails with orange juice.
How Orange Juice Made its Way to Our Kitchens
Before giving you some recipe ideas for mocktails with orange juice, let’s talk about how orange juice was invented. It all began in the late 1920s in the orange plantations of Florida. Orange juice was previously considered a luxury, something to be enjoyed seasonally and freshly squeezed.
The difficulty with oranges is that they do not ripen when picked; rather, the process of degradation and loss of flavor begins practically immediately. However, as farming industrialized, orange production experienced an unparalleled surge. So orange juice was created as a marketing strategy to take advantage of orange overproduction.
Orange juice has now spread worldwide, with Brazil becoming the biggest producer of citrus beverages.
Homemade Orange Julius
An Orange Julius is a typical food court item from the 1990s. It’s made with frozen orange juice concentrate, milk, vanilla extract, sugar, and ice. While delicious, the traditional Orange Julius is extremely heavy in sugar. The good news is that you can prepare a cheaper, healthier version of an Orange Julius at home in minutes that tastes exactly the same.
Homemade Orange Julius
- 5 Cups milk of choice. Cow, unsweetened nut, soy or oat milk (we prefer soy milk because it gets nice and frothy)
- 12 Ounces frozen orange juice concentrate
- 1 Tsp alcohol free vanilla extract (buy at Trader Joe's)
- Add the milk first.
- Add orange juice concentrate and vanilla.
- Blend until smooth. Add ice as desired. Always add ice last because it pushes other ingredients down and it won't get stuck in the bottom and burn out the blender motor. You know what I'm talking about.
- Pour into a margarita or martini glass. Serve whilst in lounging in your hammock. Pinky up.
Sparkling Blood Orange Mocktail
One blood orange contains more than a day’s worth of Vitamin C, which may improve immune function – something we all need throughout the winter months. Vitamin C is required for healthy cells and wound healing. Blood oranges are also high in fiber, which helps control cholesterol levels.
This delightful winter spritzer is a simple mocktail recipe from Marisa Moore that’s ideal for Dry January and a lovely, non-alcoholic cocktail for a girls’ night!
- 8 oz. blood orange juice, freshly squeezed
- 1 tablespoon honey
- ½ teaspoon vanilla extract
- 4 oz. lime sparkling water
- blood orange slices for garnish
- Squeeze the blood orange into a cocktail shaker or a mason jar with a cover. Combine the honey and vanilla extract with the unchilled juice. Shake, then add ice.
- Pour evenly into two glasses filled with ice.
- Top with a slice of blood orange and a splash of sparkling lime water.
- Serve right away. Cheers!
Virgin Orange Mojito Mocktail
This orange mojito mocktail recipe from LoveToKnow is a game changer and a hidden weapon. Mojito with orange juice is a very favorable combination. Remember that you can do a lot if you’re making a mojito mocktail. Check out our compilation of the best mojito mocktail recipes.
- 3-4 fresh mint leaves
- ¾ ounce simple syrup
- 1½ ounces non-alcoholic silver rum (optional)
- 1 ounce freshly-squeezed orange juice
- Club soda
- Orange wedge and mint sprig (for garnish)
- Muddle mint leaves with simple syrup in a cocktail shaker.
- Add ice, orange juice, and non-alcoholic rum if preferred.
- Shake well to cool.
- Pour into a highball glass filled with fresh ice.
- Finish with a splash of club soda.
- Garnish with an orange wedge and a sprig of mint.
Here’s another way you can make an orange juice mocktail with almost the same ingredients by Eiliyah Kitchen on YouTube.
Cranberry Orange Mocktail
This light, crisp, and delightful cranberry orange mocktail is a recipe from Dessert Now Dinner Later. It hits the spot without being overly sweet, making it an excellent companion for brunch or Christmas dinner. It’s similar to a non-alcoholic mimosa!
While putting up the Christmas tree or watching a movie marathon, sip on this 3-ingredient cranberry orange mocktail. It will undoubtedly brighten and liven up your activity!
- 3 cups Simply Cranberry Cocktail, chilled
- 3 cups Simply Orange Lt Pulp Free, chilled
- ½ (2-liter bottle) Sprite Cranberry Zero, chilled (about 4 ¼ cups)
- Add the cranberry and orange juices to a large punch bowl.
- Pour in the cold soda gradually and stir gently.
- Serve immediately in glasses with ice.
- Garnish with cranberries and orange slices, if preferred.
Orange Blossom Mocktail
This Orange Blossom Mocktail from This Mama Cooks! is perfect for kids or when you don’t want to drink anything alcoholic. Make a large batch of this non-alcoholic Orange Blossom drink in a pitcher for parties, or serve it in a punch bowl for children and non-drinking adults.
- ½ cup orange tangerine juice
- ½ cup sparkling apple juice
- ½ cup natural ginger ale
- ⅛ teaspoon Angostura Bitters
- Mix the ingredients in a small pitcher.
- Serve with or without ice.
A Cinderella mocktail is made with citrus juices, pineapple juice, grenadine, and sometimes Angostura bitters. In this recipe from Savor The Flavour, orange, and lemon juice for the citrus are used, but you could also use lime if you want.
Imagine orange juice with different fruit juices blended in to get a sense of how it tastes.
- ¼ cup unsweetened pineapple juice, 2 fl oz
- ¼ cup freshly squeezed orange juice, 2 fl oz
- 2 tablespoons freshly squeezed lemon juice, 1 fl oz
- 1 tablespoon grenadine, 0.5 fl oz
- 3 dashes Angostura bitters, about 0.6 tsp
- 1 ¼ cup sparkling mineral water, 10 fl oz
- 2 ice cubes
- 1 orange slice per glass (for garnish)
- 1 maraschino cherry per glass (for garnish)
- Squeeze the juice of 1 large orange and 1 large lemon.
- Combine ¼ cup orange juice and 1 tablespoon lemon juice.
- Fill a 15.5-ounce highball or Collins glass halfway with pineapple, orange, and lemon juices. Stir well.
- Fill the rest of the glass with sparkling mineral water (approximately ¼ cup or 10 fl oz), then add the grenadine and Angostura bitters.
- Serve with an orange slice and a maraschino cherry as a garnish.
Tequila Sunrise Orange Mocktail
This is a delightful, non-alcoholic four-ingredient, cold, and refreshing drink with peach and orange flavors that are simple to make and beautiful! It is easily adaptable to your taste preferences. Brunch is complete with this cocktail, crispy tater tot breakfast casserole, German pancakes, and the finest French toast!
- 1 ½ cup Simply Orange Juice or your choice of orange juice Pulp free
- 1 cup Simply Peach or your choice of peach juice
- 6 tbsp lemon soda
- 6 tbsp grenadine
- Fill two highball glasses with ice, orange juice, peach juice, lemon soda, and grenadine syrup in this order. As you sip it, the grenadine will sink to the bottom of the glass and then rise to the top.
- If desired, garnish the mocktail with cherries and oranges.
Triple Citrus Kombucha Fizz
A Kombucha mocktail is an ideal beverage. It’s wonderful for the winter citrus season, incredibly refreshing, and tastes like you’re having a fun, bubbly cocktail!
This refreshing drink from How Sweet Eats combines freshly squeezed juices, cold kombucha, and ginger beer. Your kombucha flavor can be anything you choose, but this recipe contains kombucha grapefruit, citrus, and ginger.
- crushed ice for serving
- salt + sugar + chili powder for the rim
- 1 lime sliced
- 1 orange sliced
- ½ grapefruit sliced
- 2 ounces freshly squeezed orange juice
- 2 ounces freshly squeezed lime juice
- 6 ounces grapefruit or citrus kombucha
- 2 ounces ginger beer
- Combine the salt, sugar, and chili powder on a small plate.
- Each glass should be rimmed with a lime slice and dipped in the salty chili sugar.
- Fill the glasses halfway with crushed ice and chopped citrus.
- In each glass, combine the juices and kombucha.
- Finish each drink with a splash of ginger beer.
Strawberry Orange Mimosa Mocktail
Everyone likes mimosa mocktails because they are light and refreshing. Weekend breakfasts are essential because our lives are so hectic, with our 9-5 jobs and household tasks.
A classic mimosa is a cocktail recipe commonly served at brunches, baby showers, and other sophisticated parties. It’s made using fresh orange juice and sparkling wine in equal portions. Now, Hug For Your Belly recreates this elegant brunch cocktail with a mocktail that can also be served in champagne flutes.
- 3 cups orange juice
- 1 cup frozen strawberries
- 3 cans Lemon Lime Zevia
- Combine all of the ingredients in a medium-sized pitcher. Stir everything together, then pour into wine glasses or champagne flutes.
- Serve with fresh strawberries and orange slices as garnish.
Orange Kiwi Ginger Mocktail
This kiwi and orange cocktail is a new favorite you might make throughout the summer. It has a thick, almost smoothie-like consistency. But no blending or food processing is required!
This mocktail recipe from Orchids + Sweet Tea is also free of refined sugars and vegan-friendly. The most crucial aspect of this drink recipe is that it uses ripe, sweet, and fresh fruit.
- 4 medium kiwis, peeled + sliced
- ½ cup freshly-squeezed orange juice
- 3-4 tbsps Agave syrup
- ginger beer for topping
- Crushed Ice (optional)
- Sliced kiwis (optional)
- Orange wedges (optional)
- Rosemary sprigs (optional)
- Add the sliced kiwis and orange juice to a mixing bowl, mulling (crushing) everything together until the kiwis are mostly broken down.
- Stir in the Agave until well mixed.
- If necessary, add more sweetener.
- Fill the glass halfway with crushed ice.
- Add 3-4 tablespoons mulled kiwis to the bottom of the glass, then ⅓ cup mulled kiwi-citrus mixture, and top with ginger beer until the glasses are ¾ full.
- Garnish with sliced kiwis, orange wedges, and rosemary sprigs.
Mango Orange Virgin Mojito
This Mango Orange Mojito summer drink from Eazy Peazy Mealz is delicious. It’s a spin on a mojito that’s been left non-alcoholic, so you may drink as much as you want, and it is kid-friendly. It’s a wonderful combination of fresh mint, citrus, and mango.
This Mango Orange Mojito is delicious because the mango adds a mellow flavor, and the citrus adds a flash of flavor. The mint completes the picture, and happiness ensues.
- 1 cup tightly packed fresh mint
- ¼ cup sugar
- 1 cup orange juice
- 8 ounces mango juice
- 1 Tbs fresh lime juice
- 12 ounces seltzer water
- 1 orange sliced
- 2 cups ice
- Using a muddler or a wide-handled wooden instrument, muddle the mint.
- Crush the sugar into the mint leaves and set aside.
- Stir in the liquids to mix.
- Each glass should be garnished with orange rings and ½ cup of ice.
- Pour one cup of virgin mojito over ice.
- Serve and have fun!
Passionfruit Orange Mocktail
Passionfruit Orange Mocktail is a tasty and delightful drink ideal for summer. It’s mildly sweet, completely rejuvenating, and guaranteed to make guests smile.
A refreshing beverage ready to give your guests, such as this Passionfruit Orange Mocktail recipe from The Fed Up Foodie, is a lovely way to say welcome. Make it ahead of time and serve over ice with fresh mint and citrus curls.
- 3 cups good quality water
- 7 heaping tsp passion fruit tea
- 1 ¼ cups fresh squeezed orange juice (about 8 juice oranges)
- fresh mint leaves (for garnish)
- orange curls
- Bring 3 cups of water to a boil in a medium saucepan over high heat. Turn off the heat, add the tea, and steep for about 10 minutes.
- Meanwhile, squeeze the oranges into a small half-gallon pitcher.
- After the tea has steeped, pour it through a fine mesh strainer and add it to the pitcher with the juice.
- Fill the remaining pitcher halfway with water. Refrigerate for 6 hours, stirring occasionally.
- Before serving, give it another good stir. Garnish with mint leaves and orange curls, and serve over ice.
Sparkling Blood Orange Mocktail with Turmeric
Pour yourself a chilled glass of sparkling blood orange mocktail! Each sip contains beneficial nutrients such as turmeric, ginger, freshly squeezed juice, mint, and rosemary.
Turmeric is a golden orange spice with a spicy, earthy flavor. This pulverized root has anti-inflammatory properties and is used in dishes like curries. Let’s see how it goes with this recipe from Jessica Gavin.
- 1 cup blood orange juice, plus 2 orange slices for garnish
- ½ teaspoon ginger powder
- ½ teaspoon turmeric
- 1 cup club soda or sparkling mineral water
- honey, maple syrup, or agave if desired
- 4 mint leaves
- 2 springs rosemary
- Whisk together the blood orange juice, ginger powder, and turmeric powder in a medium-sized mixing bowl.
- Fill each glass halfway with ice.
- Pour ½ cup blood orange juice combination and ½ cup club soda into each glass.
- If desired, add sweetener and mix.
- Fill each glass with mint, rosemary, and an orange slice.
Nigerian Chapman Drink
Nigeria’s favorite non-alcoholic cocktail, this Nigerian Chapman drink is a more natural version of the pleasant beverage with the same amazing taste!
Chapman drinks are commonly created with grenadine syrup or a blackcurrant drink concentrate (typically Ribena), orange soda (typically Fanta), lemon-lime soda (typically Sprite or 7-Up), angostura bitters, and citrus fruits and cucumber slices as garnish. This version from Yummy Medley will demonstrate how to make Chapman utilizing some natural alternatives to these drinks. While this drink is not a low-calorie option, it has fewer chemicals and no artificial coloring while tasting just as fantastic!
- 1 liter chilled sparkling orange juice
- 1 liter chilled sparkling lemonade
- 1 liter chilled sparkling limeade
- 0.25 liter chilled black currant juice concentrate (Ribena, for instance)
- A couple of dashes of Angostura bitters, probably about 20-25 for this amount
- 1 orange sliced into rounds
- 1 lemon sliced into rounds
- 1 grapefruit sliced into rounds
- ½ a cucumber sliced into rounds
- Place all of your cut fruits in a big pitcher.
- Pour the black currant juice concentrate, sparkling lemonade, sparkling orange juice, and sparkling limeade over the fruits.
- Stir in the dashes of Angostura bitters and serve chilled over ice.
Citrus Lavender Schorle
This citrus lavender schorle is an effervescent, non-alcoholic classic German sparkling beverage comprising lemon and orange juices and a wonderful sweet flavor and smell of lavender simple syrup. This recipe from The Simple Green yields enough lavender simple syrup to enjoy this schorle all summer long!
For the Lavender Simple Syrup:
- 2 tablespoons organic lavender flowers food grade
- 1 cup filtered water
- ⅓ cup organic cane sugar
- ⅓ cup maple syrup
For the Schorle:
- 3 large lemons
- 3 large navel oranges
- ⅓ cup + 3 tablespoon lavender simple syrup
- 3 cups sparkling water
- ice cubes
- fresh lavender for garnish (optional)
Prepare the Lavender Simple Syrup:
- Bring the dried lavender and filtered water to a boil in a small saucepan.
- Reduce to a simmer and mix the cane sugar and maple syrup until the sugar dissolves.
- Allow steeping for 1 hour at room temperature after simmering for 15 minutes.
- To remove the lavender blossoms, strain the syrup through a fine mesh screen (or cheesecloth).
- Refrigerate for at least one hour.
Prepare the Schorle:
- Lemons and oranges should be cut in half and juiced with a citrus reamer.
- If preferred, strain the juice through a fine mesh sieve to remove the pulp.
- Pour the juice into a serving pitcher and add the lavender syrup to taste.
- Refrigerate until completely cooled.
- Mix in the sparkling water just before serving and serve over ice.
Mocktails With Orange Juice FAQs
What non-alcoholic drinks to serve at a brunch?
A classic mimosa is a cocktail recipe commonly served at brunches, baby showers, and other sophisticated parties. It’s made using fresh orange juice and sparkling wine in equal portions. Now, mocktails with orange juice are perfect to be served in brunches. Try recreating Cranberry Orange Mocktail, Tequila Sunrise Orange Mocktail, or Strawberry Orange Mimosa Mocktail.
Can you mix orange and cranberry juice?
Of course, orange and cranberry juices are a great combination. A light, crisp, and delightful cranberry orange mocktail recipe from Dessert Now Dinner Later hits the spot without being overly sweet, making it an excellent companion for brunch or Christmas dinner. It’s similar to a non-alcoholic mimosa!
What non-alcoholic spirit goes with orange juice?
Non-alcoholic rum or vodka can go well with orange juice. If you’re planning to make mocktails with orange juice, a Virgin Orange Mojito Mocktail is the way to go. It is a game changer and a hidden weapon.
Mojito with orange juice is a very favorable combination. Remember that you can do a lot of flavor variations if you’re making a mojito mocktail!
How do you make lavender simple syrup?
After bringing the dried lavender and water to a boil, then simmer and mix the cane sugar and maple syrup until the sugar dissolves. Steep for 1 hour at room temperature after simmering for 15 minutes. Remove the lavender blossoms, strain the syrup through a fine mesh screen (or cheesecloth). Refrigerate for at least one hour.