50 Non-Boozy Beverages For Sober Celebrations

If you go out to eat at any establishment other than a fast food chain or one that bills itself as family-style (Denny's, IHOP, etc), you are likely to be asked what you want to drink as soon as you sit down – and if you're over 21, then generally expect and intend for you to ask for a boozy beverage. It never fails to disappoint when you ask for non-alcoholic options and all you get in return is an eyeball roll and the answer "Pepsi products" (or Coke ones, for that matter – an equal letdown).

If you're enjoying an alcohol-free happy hour at home, though, you're not limited to the same old so-so soda. Instead, you have a wide range of different drinks to choose from, depending on the season, the time of day, or what you happen to be in the mood for. The best part about any and all of these drinks, though, is that you can have one, or two, or as many as you like, and you'll still be perfectly safe to drive. As a bonus, you can also look forward to a hangover-free tomorrow!

1. Fresh Fruit Smoothie

Smoothies in recent years have seemingly become more of an ordeal than a pleasure – who, after all, truly wants to choke down a concoction of spinach and protein powder first thing in the morning? If you're amenable to the idea of drinking a smoothie for pleasure, though, this classic fruit and yogurt blend is something you can actually enjoy despite its being fairly healthy. This recipe calls for plain Greek yogurt, but you can feel free to swap that stuff out for your favorite flavored yogurt (Greek or otherwise) and maybe even tweak the fruits used in order to match the yogurt.

Recipe: Fresh Fruit Smoothie

2. Matcha Latte

Matcha is popular for a number of reasons. It's got plenty of caffeine to wake you up, but it also offers a number of health benefits to help keep you going. The best reason for drinking the stuff, though, is its sharp yet earthy flavor. While this may be an acquired taste, it's one that grows on you pretty quickly. If you've grown to know and love matcha lattes at a coffee shop, you may be ready to take the next step: actually buying some matcha powder and making your own matcha drinks at home.

Recipe: Easy Matcha Latte

3. Homemade Watermelon Lemonade

Lemons are one of the most sociable fruits – by this, we mean that they get along well with many other fruits. Okay, maybe not bananas so much, but watermelons, most definitely. While watermelon juice can be too sweet on its own, add it to lemons and water and some (but not too much) sugar, and you've got a bright pink drink that tastes as refreshing as it looks. One note about this recipe: while the step-by-step instructions depict bottled lemon juice, you should really opt for the fresh-squeezed kind, instead as the bottled kind tends to have an unpleasant aftertaste.

Recipe: Homemade Watermelon Lemonade

4. Traditional Russian Tea

Russian tea is no more Russian than French fries are French or English muffins are English. While this recipe is traditional to an extent, the tradition it comes from, as Southern Living points out, is that of church cookbooks with recipes contributed by everybody and their Great Aunt Beulah. In fact, the recipe here actually veers away from the tradition a little bit as it is made with frozen orange juice concentrate as opposed to Tang. Just as well, really, since the astronauts' not-so-favorite beverage is somewhat less popular now than in decades past. The juices, tea, and spices used in our updated Russian tea, however, are all widely available in 21st-century supermarkets.

Recipe: Traditional Russian Tea

5. Milkshake Without Ice Cream

A milkshake without ice cream? Why yes, it's not that odd a concept if you think about it. After all, the word is a compound of "milk" and "shake," with no reference whatsoever made to any creamy frozen desserts. In fact, as The Dairy Alliance relates, early 20th-century milkshakes consisted of milk shaken (or perhaps stirred) with flavoring syrups. In 1922, however, a Walgreen's employee got the idea of adding ice cream to the malted milk served at the store's soda fountain and the idea soon caught on at other establishments. Our version of an ice cream-less milkshake is something that will not be unfamiliar to Starbucks patrons – it's basically vanilla-flavored milk blended with crushed ice and could easily double as a copycat vanilla crème Frappuccino.

Recipe: Easy Milkshake Without Ice Cream

6. Gingerbread Hot Chocolate

Gingerbread is a flavor typically associated with the winter holidays, while hot chocolate may well be the season's favorite beverage. Why not, then, combine the two flavors? This particular recipe is actually a vegan one as it calls for coconut milk, but you can swap that stuff out for dairy milk if you prefer. You may also wish to use light or dark molasses in place of the blackstrap used here as that ingredient, while very nutritious, has a flavor that most people find to be too bitter for cooking purposes.

Recipe: Gingerbread Hot Chocolate Recipe

7. Ice Coffee Oat Breakfast Smoothie

While this drink is billed as a breakfast smoothie due to the fact that it contains both coffee and oats, there's no rule against enjoying it as an afternoon pick-me-up, as well. You can even make it with decaf coffee to enjoy as a before-bed nightcap. We would not advise drinking it right after dinner, though, unless you're leaving the table hungry. The smoothie is packed with filling fruit as well as oats, so it's practically a mini-meal in itself.

Recipe: Easy Ice Coffee Oat Breakfast Smoothie

8. Peanut Butter Latte

Peanut butter and coffee might not sound like a natural pairing, but this recipe falls under the heading of "try it, you might like it." Even though the recipe calls for starting with whole coffee beans and grinding them yourself, there's no need to go to such lengths if you don't want to spend the time playing barista. Instead, just brew a strong cup of coffee, then mix it with milk flavored with peanut butter, vanilla, and honey (or sugar). As to how the drink tastes, well, you'll just have to see for yourself whether PB java is something that appeals to you.

Recipe: Best Peanut Butter Latte

9. Slow Cooker Apple Cider

The word cider can be a confusing term. Apart from the whole issue of what makes it different from apple juice (not a lot, in some instances), there's also the question of whether the stuff is soft or hard. As you can tell from its inclusion on this list, the cider we're talking about here is the un-fermented, zero-proof kind. The drink in this recipe is actually made from apple juice, although you can use a product labeled "cider" if you're a stickler for semantics. The juice gets slow-simmered with spices like cinnamon and cloves, lending it that perfect fall flavor that goes so well with fresh pumpkin donuts.

Recipe: Slow Cooker Apple Cider

10. Copycat Starbucks Toasted White Chocolate Mocha

At Starbucks, the drinks come and go with the seasons as well as the whims of the customers. What's more, there are probably issues with supplies, staffing, and other factors that may affect whether or not you're likely to find your favorite drinks on the menu on any given visit. If you're a fan of the coffee chain's Toasted White Chocolate Mocha but you'd rather not be at the mercy of your local franchise as to when (or if) you'll ever see it again, your best bet is to spend a little time and effort making a copycat version like this one. Bonus: DIY Starbucks doesn't cost big bucks!

Recipe: Copycat Starbucks Toasted White Chocolate Mocha

11. Banana Avocado Smoothie

Bananas and avocados may sound like quite an odd couple, but these ingredients actually work rather well together as neither one has a flavor that's particularly assertive. Bananas are the secret ingredient found in many smoothies as they add bulk and sweetness without overpowering the other fruits used, but avocados are gaining ground in this area as well since they add healthy fats and vitamins without tasting too "green." Besides the aforementioned produce, this healthy smoothie also includes milk to thin it out a bit and lime juice to give it a refreshing tartness.

Recipe: Simple Banana Avocado Smoothie

12. Coconut Cream Mocktail

One drink that's so delicious it transcends its alcoholic origins is the piña colada. While Puerto Rico's national drink in its original form consists of pineapple juice, coconut cream, and rum, people quickly discovered that you could leave out the rum and the drink would be just as tasty (or perhaps even more so). This particular mocktail keeps the piña colada's coconut cream and pineapple base and adds some extra liquid in the form of coconut milk. If you like things super-sweet you can also add some brown sugar, but this last ingredient can be left out if you find that the coconut cream makes for a sufficiently sugary drink.

Recipe: Refreshing Coconut Cream Mocktail

13. Horchata

While different countries have their own variants of horchata, including a Spanish drink made from tiger nuts and one from El Salvador concocted from gourd seeds, the kind we're most familiar with here in the U.S. comes from Mexico. Mexican horchata is rice-based, and many have compared its flavor to that of rice pudding. Our version here is particularly pudding-like as it is made with both evaporated and condensed milks, but if you want a lighter, thinner, less sugary version you can use milk instead.

Recipe: Easy Horchata Recipe

14. Classic Chocolate Milkshake

How would you make a chocolate milkshake? Well, one way would be to take some chocolate ice cream, add a splash of milk, then give it a few spins in the blender. There's another way, though, that will produce the kind of chocolate milkshake more familiar to fast food fans – one that starts with vanilla ice cream (which is often the only kind a restaurant chain's soft-serve machine will produce) and then adds some chocolate syrup to provide the flavor. This recipe is for the latter type, which means that it's also really easy to change it up. Make the milkshake with chocolate sauce one day, butterscotch the next, and strawberry syrup the day after that, or replace part of the chocolate syrup with coffee to make it a mocha shake. You could also go for a more intensely chocolatey shake by retaining the chocolate syrup but replacing the vanilla ice cream with chocolate.

Recipe: Classic Chocolate Milkshake

15. Orange Hot Chocolate

Not all citrus fruits play nicely with chocolate. You probably wouldn't drizzle chocolate syrup over lemon sorbet or top key lime pie with a scoop of chocolate ice cream, while chocolate-dipped grapefruit segments don't sound appealing at all. Oranges, however, are a notable exception. Those break-apart chocolate oranges that fit so nicely in the toe of a stocking are a Christmastime delight, and this orange-enhanced hot chocolate attempts to recreate that candy in liquid form. Not only does the drink taste fantastic, but the fresh-squeezed OJ it contains even provides a little vitamin C.

Recipe: Orange Hot Chocolate Recipe

16. Fig Smoothie

Not too long ago, figs were a fruit we only knew in Newton form, but they, like Brussels sprouts, bitter beer, and super-pricey coffee, have gotten the hipster treatment in recent years. Thanks to figs' new trendy status, you'll find them popping up all over the place. Blending this fruit into a smoothie may actually be one of the best things you can do with it, as the drink is not only healthy but has a rich, smooth, sweet flavor that's reminiscent of the cookie formerly known as Fig Newton.

Recipe: Easy Fig Smoothie

17. Spiced Brown Sugar Latte

Specialty coffee drinks do tend to be pretty pricey, especially if you like to drink them on a semi-regular basis rather than keeping them for a rare treat. The problem with so many DIY recipes, though, is that they can be pretty fussy to make if you don't want to futz around with roasting the beans and heating the water to a very precise temperature. If you just want a tasty coffee drink that a) won't cost half a mortgage payment and b) won't require an hour's worth of time or a degree in culinary arts or chemistry, you're bound to appreciate this spiced brown sugar latte. All you'll need to make it is instant coffee, milk, water, brown sugar, and cinnamon, and the recipe's so quick and easy you'll be drinking your latte in less time than it would take to place an order.

Recipe: Spiced Brown Sugar Latte

18. 3-Ingredient Copycat Chick-Fil-A Lemonade

While many fast food restaurants offer a pretty ho-hum selection of watery sodas as a beverage option, one of the things people love about Chick-fil-A is that it has appealing options, including iced coffee, iced tea (sweet and unsweet), and even fresh-squeezed lemonade. The one thing that would make the lemonade almost perfect, though, is the option to choose the amount of sugar, as we all have different levels of tolerance for sweetness. While you can't really expect customizable drinks from a fast-food establishment not named Starbucks, what you can do is make your own Chick-fil-A-style lemonade at home and tweak the sugar to suit your personal preference.

Recipe: 3-Ingredient Copycat Chick-Fil-A Lemonade

19. Chai Tea Latte

Do you like to drink chai tea after you do tai chi? If a chai latte is your go-to coffee shop order after a gym workout, you might also enjoy making this drink at home. You don't even need to know – much less have on hand – all of the numerous spices that go into a chai blend, as this shortcut recipe makes use of chai latte powder. An immersion blender is also not required despite its being mentioned in the directions. If you have a handheld coffee frother, great, but if not, you can stir the drink with a small whisk or fork, pour it into a lidded jar and shake it, or else just live with an un-frothy latte. In fact, if you're topping the drink with whipped cream as pictured here, chances are you won't even notice the fact that the milk is foam-free.

Recipe: Homemade Chai Tea Latte

20. Peanut Butter And Jelly Smoothie

PBJs are a childhood favorite of many, but how healthy are they, really? That probably depends on the amount of sugar in both the peanut butter and the jelly as well as what type of bread is used. In this peanut butter and jelly smoothie, however, there's no bread and, despite the name of the recipe, there's no actual jelly, either. Instead, the bread is swapped out for bananas and the jelly for strawberries, although the peanut butter, at least, remains. While this smoothie isn't very sweet, it is certainly nutritious thanks to the nut butter, milk, and fruit. If you think it needs a flavor boost, though, you can always add some honey or maybe even a spoonful of fruit preserves.

Recipe: Easy Peanut Butter And Jelly Smoothie

21. Non-Alcoholic Christmas Punch

Christmas, unfortunately, isn't always the most wonderful time of the year. As the Daily Mail reminds us, the holidays typically bring a huge spike in domestic abuse complaints driven in large part by over-consumption of alcohol. For a holiday celebration that's more jolly than stressful, we suggest serving a booze-free holiday punch that's not only tasty but side-effect free. Despite being nonalcoholic, this punch is no sickly-sweet kiddie drink. The tart cranberry and pomegranate juices and the astringent rosemary give it a sophisticated, adult-friendly flavor that manages to be festive without the use of intoxicants.

Recipe: Non-Alcoholic Christmas Punch

22. Copycat Starbucks Medicine Ball

What is a Starbucks Medicine Ball? If you're considerate enough to order off the coffee chain's regular menu, you may never have experienced or even been aware of this "secret menu" item. Well, actually, that's not quite true – you've probably seen it under its new name, chosen when Starbucks decided the best way to keep patrons from hassling its workers for this off-menu item was by officially adopting it and re-dubbing it Honey Citrus Mint Tea. Whether or not the tea has the magical cold-fighting properties that some have claimed, it's easy enough to make at home and try for yourself with no barista-badgering required.

Recipe: Copycat Starbucks Medicine Ball

23. Gingerbread Milkshake

Gingerbread cookies may be associated with the winter holidays, but with a simple name shift (and perhaps a shape change), this same cookie is a year-round favorite: Just call them gingersnaps, and they're just as appropriate in June as they are in December. Summertime, too, is a time for frozen treats like milkshakes, and this gingersnap – er, gingerbread – milkshake couldn't be much easier to make. Start with vanilla ice cream, add enough milk to make it liquidy, then crumble in some gingersnap cookies. Of course, you could always use gingerbread cookies, too, should you have any that are left over from Christmastime.

Recipe: Gingerbread Milkshake

24. Instant Pot Hot Chocolate

Got an Instant Pot? Are you getting enough use out of it? Perhaps not, since this much-hyped appliance turns out not to be a master of all trades (or cooking techniques). One thing that Instant Pots do fairly well, though, is serving hot beverages due to the "keep warm" setting that will allow the contents to do just that. If you prefer not to use (or do not own) an Instant Pot, though, you can make this same creamy hot chocolate in a slow cooker (which should also have a "warm" setting of its own) or even on the stovetop.

Recipe: Instant Pot Hot Chocolate

25. Copycat McDonald's Strawberry Banana Smoothie

McDonald's has a reputation for being all about unhealthy eating – in fact, the documentary "Super Size Me" deals with the detrimental effects of a Mickey D's diet on the health of a man who ate there every day for a month. Of course, with McDonald's, as with any other restaurant, whether or not you eat healthy depends in large part on the choices you make. The Golden Arches does have some good-for-you options, including a strawberry-banana smoothie that's made with the named fruits blended with low-fat yogurt and ice. Our copycat recipe for this drink calls for the exact same ingredients, and it also has slightly fewer calories than does the largest-sized McDonald's smoothie. The best part about making this drink yourself, though, is that there's no need to make a trip through the drive-thru.

Recipe: Copycat McDonald's Strawberry Banana Smoothie

26. Homemade Gingerbread Latte

Gingerbread lattes are something you'll see in almost every coffee shop during the winter holiday season, but if you want one come January, you may be out of luck and you definitely won't be able to order this item in June or July. What you can do at any time of year, though, is make the drink yourself. This recipe tries to recreate the gingerbread flavor pretty closely, down to using the ginger, nutmeg, cinnamon, and molasses found in the cookies. (Word to the wise: do not use blackstrap molasses! It has its health benefits, true, but the flavor is way too strong for cookies or lattes.) If you don't have an espresso maker, though, don't worry, as you can simply use strong brewed coffee, instead.

Recipe: Homemade Gingerbread Latte

27. Thai Iced Tea

If you order iced tea in a Thai restaurant, you may not get the same old sweet (or unsweet) tea we're used to. Thai ice tea, instead, is rich, sweet, and creamy due to the condensed and/or evaporated milk it contains. It is also favored with spices including star anise, cardamom, and tamarind seeds, but as Healthline points out, most people make it from a mix. That is the case with this recipe, as well. While you'll be adding the milks (both kinds) to the tea, the tea itself is the pre-spiced kind that can be purchased at an Asian grocery store or online.

Recipe: Easy Thai Iced Tea

28. Pumpkin Pie Milkshake

Once upon a time milkshakes were made with just milk (plus some flavorings), but over the course of time ice cream became practically de rigueur. Ever since the 20-teens, though, some now expect their milkshakes to come with add-ins such as cake, cookies, brownies, or pie. A bit over-the-top? Yes, but then again, just think of this pumpkin pie shake as a way for you to cut down on food waste. After all, a person can only eat so much pumpkin pie between September and December, but if you toss a slice of the stuff in the blender with some vanilla ice cream and milk, all of a sudden you've got a whole new treat.

Recipe: Pumpkin Pie Milkshake

29. Homemade Strawberry Lemonade

Strawberries are mostly sweet but a little bit tart, which is a description that could also be applied to lemonade. Therefore, it's no great stretch of the imagination to think of combining the two, which is exactly what we're doing in this recipe. Actually, though, what we're making here isn't strawberry lemonade, but rather a strawberry-slash-lemon syrup that can be diluted with water. This way, you have the option to make your lemonade by the glass or the pitcher, or you could even mix the syrup with club soda to create a homemade strawberry-slash-lemon soda.

Recipe: Homemade Strawberry Lemonade

30. Instant Pot Spiced Apple Cider

You can use an Instant Pot to make this mulled cider, but this recipe will work equally well with a slow cooker, just more slowly. You can also combine chopped apples, water, and seasonings in a pot on the stove. While the directions say to discard the apples once you've squeezed the juice out, there's no need to waste the cooked fruit like that. Once you squish up a bunch of boiled apples, what do you have left, after all? Yep, that's right: applesauce. Eat it as-is, sweeten it, or use it in baking and you'll have a zero-waste lagniappe to go along with your apple cider.

Recipe: Instant Pot Spiced Apple Cider

31. Margarita Mocktail

The margarita is all about three flavors: lime, orange, and salt. And yes, with the boozy version of the drink, there's tequila in there, too, but what makes the margarita so mocktail-friendly is that the tequila is something that can easily be left out, and you'll still have plenty of flavor. In this particular spin on a zero-proof margarita, the drink is made with bottled sweetened lime juice, orange extract, and grapefruit juice (the latter ingredient meant to mimic the bitterness from the missing booze), but you can use fresh lime juice in place of the first ingredient and swap out orange juice for the grapefruit juice and extract if you prefer a drink that's more tart than bittersweet.

Recipe: Margarita Mocktail

32. Whipped Lemonade

The early 2020s may go down in pop-culture history as the years when everyone learned to cook from TikTok, with decidedly mixed results. One of the safer food fads involved making whipped beverages – safer, that is, than trying to use a toaster inappropriately, as there's only so much trouble you can get into with a blender. If you're wondering how TikTokers gave lemonade the whippy treatment, the secret turns out to be replacing the water with cream and condensed milk. The result is less a regular beverage than it is a kind of super-sweet lemony milkshake – tasty, but more of a special occasion treat than an everyday refresher thanks to its astronomical calorie count. (Nearly 1100 per serving!)

Recipe: Whipped Lemonade

33. Copycat Chick-fil-A Cookies & Cream Milkshake

Chick-fil-A is justifiably famed for its chicken sandwiches and its waffle fries, but they also offer milkshakes that go above and beyond the usual fast-food standard. One of their most popular shakes is a cookies and cream-flavored one, and we do out best to reproduce it here. All you'll need for the shake is some vanilla ice cream, some chocolate sandwich (Oreo-type) cookies, some milk, and maybe a splash of vanilla extract if your ice cream is insufficiently vanilla-ish. If you want to dress up your shake CFA-style, though, you'll also need aerosol whipped cream and a maraschino cherry.

Recipe: Copycat Chick-fil-A Cookies & Cream Milkshake

34. Strawberry Hot Chocolate

Strawberries and chocolate go quite nicely together, and in fact, this combo seems to be the unofficial flavor of Valentine's Day. One problem with strawberry-flavored chocolate (or chocolate-flavored strawberry), however, comes when artificial strawberry flavoring is employed. Strawberry, like many fruit flavors, is difficult to duplicate without an unpleasant chemical aftertaste. With this hot chocolate, though, the flavor comes from real pureed strawberries which also help to thicken the drink. If strawberries aren't your favorite fruit, you can swap them out for raspberries, blueberries, or cherries instead.

Recipe: Strawberry Hot Chocolate Recipe

35. Pumpkin Pie Smoothie

While this smoothie contains no actual pie, pumpkin or otherwise, it is flavored with pumpkin pie spice and even includes some healthy, high-fiber canned pumpkin. These ingredients are blended with milk and a banana and sweetened with maple syrup. If you want to dress up the drink a bit without adding a single calorie, seeing as how it already comes in at just under 400 per serving, you can also sprinkle it with some extra pumpkin pie spice or use cinnamon, ginger, or nutmeg on their own.

Recipe: Pumpkin Pie Smoothie

36. Copycat Dunkin' Donuts Signature Latte

While a plain latte consists of nothing more than espresso and steamed milk, when is the last time anyone drank one of those? Back in the '80s, we'd guess, or at any rate at some point before Starbucks took over the entire United States and made inroads into colonizing the planet. Dunkin', too, has now been sucked into the coffee chain's gravitational pull with the result that it has morphed from a donut shop that brewed decent coffee to a specialty coffee drink chain where the signature caramel syrup latte is so sugary it makes any donut superfluous. Still, the drink does taste pretty good, and our copycat recipe even makes use of a few healthy ingredients like cashew butter and coconut oil to help offset all of the heavy cream, sugar, and syrup it contains.

Recipe: Copycat Dunkin' Donuts Signature Latte

37. Cold Brew Vanilla Soda

Cold brew soda? Yes, this is now a thing. While commercial ones are available straight out of the can, you can also take a more hands-on approach by opening two cans – one of non-carbonated cold brew, the other of cream soda – and mixing the contents together. You may want a few ice cubes, too (at least if you've forgotten to chill the drinks ahead of time), and you can add a dash of vanilla if you'd like to give the soda some extra flavor.

Recipe: Cold Brew Vanilla Soda

38. Slow Cooker Mulled Cider

The slow cooker may not be nearly as trendy as the Instant Pot, but it is also a lot less expensive. What's more, using it allows you the luxury to do something we all secretly enjoy: procrastinate! Let's say the idea of mulled cider sounds good to you, or maybe you want it for an afternoon or evening get-together. All you need to do is throw a few simple ingredients (apple juice, a sliced orange, and some spices) into your trusty slow cooker in the morning, and it will be warm and waiting later in the day with no urgent dings, dongs, or rushing to release the pressure.

Recipe: Slow Cooker Mulled Cider

39. Classic Shirley Temple

The mother of all mocktails would have to be the Shirley Temple, a drink that was said to have been created for the then-child star back in the 1930s. While the actress herself says she came to loathe the drink, numerous others have felt differently over the past nine decades. In fact, according to one survey, the Shirley Temple may be the most popular drink in the state of Nevada. While some Shirley Temple recipes call for lemon-slash-lime soda, with this one we're sticking to the classic version made with the less-sweet ginger ale. Splash in some grenadine (as much or as little as you like), and squeeze in some fresh lime to give the drink a dash of grown-up sophistication, but whatever you do, don't forget the maraschino garnish! The cherries on top of this drink are beloved by young and old alike.

Recipe: Classic Shirley Temple

40. Instant Pot Lemonade

Lemonade typically isn't cooked, so it doesn't seem like the kind of recipe that could easily be adapted to an Instant Pot. If you're curious as to how we do it, the truth is, this recipe won't actually result in lemonade straight out of the pot. Instead, what you are doing is making lemon syrup with juice, zest, and sugar. These ingredients are cooked in the Instant Pot – or on the stove if you don't want to wait for the pressure to build up and release – until the sugar melts. (In fact, you could even skip the cooking altogether, as the sugar will dissolve on its own given enough time in liquid.) Let the syrup cool and infuse for an hour, then strain out the zest if desired and combine the lemon/sugar mixture with water or seltzer.

Recipe: Instant Pot Lemonade

41. Copycat McDonald's Sweet Tea

McDonald's Sweet Tea is known for one thing – being really, really cheap since you can basically get a small bucket of the stuff for pocket change. Still, there are times when you don't want to bother going through the couch cushions for coins, much less waiting in a line of cars at the drive-thru. In this case, you can just brew up a pot of tea, add sugar to taste, then refrigerate the tea until it's cold enough to drink. Simple, easy, and amazingly enough, even less expensive than the sweet tea from Mickey D's!

Recipe: Copycat McDonald's Sweet Tea

42. Chocolate Peanut Butter Banana Milkshake 

Does a chocolate peanut butter banana milkshake sound like something Elvis would drink? Well, not this drink, as the King would probably go for a more indulgent version complete with ice cream, whipped cream, and maybe some bacon. This recipe, however, doesn't even use ice cream but instead could be considered as more of a smoothie since it's made with milk thickened by ice cubes, peanut butter, and bananas. The chocolate flavor comes from unsweetened cocoa powder, but the drink does get a little sweetness from a spoonful of honey. While the shake is still pretty calorie-heavy (over 450 per serving), at least you'll have the satisfaction of knowing that all of the ingredients are healthy.

Recipe: Chocolate Peanut Butter Banana Milkshake

43. Spiced Hot Chocolate

While the Aztecs are often credited with being the first civilization to discover cacao, it seems that the honor may belong to the Maya, instead. The Maya were also the first to make a warm drink out of the beans, as the Aztecs preferred to drink their cacao cold. Even though Mayan hot chocolate tended to be a bitter brew, they did make some attempts to enhance the flavor with spices including chiles. Our modern-day version of the drink retains just a pinch of dried chili powder but also includes sugar, cinnamon, nutmeg, and milk. We also swap out the cacao beans for some nice processed chocolate chips for a drink far more likely to appeal to 21st-century palates.

Recipe: Spiced Hot Chocolate Recipe

44. Copycat Starbucks Pumpkin Spice Latte

Starbucks may have invented (or at least popularized) the pumpkin spice latte, but they also turned it into a source of embarrassment for some. If you enjoy the PSL flavor but just can't get past the whole "basic" association, or it's the price tag that makes the drink an automatic "nope," you do have the option of making a very similar beverage at home. Our recipe is fairly easy as it uses a pre-mixed pumpkin spice blend as well as instant coffee granules. There's only one somewhat specialized ingredient called for in the directions, that being superfine sugar, but there's actually no need to use the stuff because plain granulated sugar will dissolve just as well in the warm liquid.

Recipe: Copycat Starbucks Pumpkin Spice Latte

45. Halloween Eyeball Punch

Halloween isn't just for kids anymore – in fact, this holiday now seems to be a major celebration for adults, as well. This party punch, while booze-free, is definitely meant for grown-ups, as it calls for a juice combination (cranberry, pomegranate, and orange) that is more tart than sweet. While the carbonation here comes from ginger ale, which is slightly drier than other sodas, a flavored seltzer can be substituted to make something even less sugary. The real piece de resistance with this punch, though, is the "eyeballs" made from lychee fruit and blueberries. While kids might prefer candy eyeballs, adults will be sure to appreciate the surprisingly sophisticated (and healthy) take on this spooky garnish.

Recipe: Halloween Eyeball Punch

46. Apple Cider Slushie

While some cider slushie recipes call for hard cider (the boozy stuff), this recipe is made with sweet cider instead. In fact, you could actually use plain old apple juice since there's not much difference between the two beverages. The fall flavors of this drink – cinnamon and nutmeg in addition to the apple – provide a fun contrast to the crushed ice texture of the slushie, making this a perfect transitional beverage as summer slowly gives way to autumn.

Recipe: Apple Cider Slushie

47. Classic Lemonade

Lemonade has been a favorite refresher for non-drinkers for a long, long time – back in the 19th century, FLOTUS "Lemonade Lucy" served it to White House guests during the alcohol-free Rutherford B. Hayes administration. While we don't have Lucy's exact recipe to work from, it was probably something very similar to this classic version: nothing but fresh lemons, sugar, and water. If you want to dress the drink up just a bit, fresh mint has long been lemonade's favorite partner. For a trendy contemporary spin, though, you could also go with basil.

Recipe: Classic Lemonade

48. Strawberry Sweet Tea

Sweet tea is a somewhat divisive beverage – some swear by the stuff, others swear at it, or at least consider it too syrupy-sweet to drink. The great thing about making your own sweet tea, though, is that you can customize the sugar levels to suit your own taste – make it half-sweet or even quarter-sweet if that's what you prefer. (Start with a smaller level, then work your way up, since with sugar you can always add but you cannot subtract.) With this recipe, you may not need much sugar at all as the drink gets a load of flavor and a certain amount of sweetness from the fresh strawberries it contains.

Recipe: Strawberry Sweet Tea Recipe

49. Copycat McDonald's Pumpkin Spice Latte

When pumpkin spice latte season is here, can fall be far behind? Well, maybe, since they seem to rush these popular drinks out earlier and earlier each year, just like back-to-school sales. While Starbucks may have been the one who made the PSL go viral, McDonald's made it affordable. You know what's an even better bargain, though? Making your pumpkin spice latte at home. You may have to drop a few bucks on the various spices and seasonings used here, but your investment will pay off pretty quickly if you plan to make multiple PSLs over the course of the season (or even – gasp! – out of season).

Recipe: Copycat McDonald's Pumpkin Spice Latte Recipe

50. Apple Pie Smoothie

To make a pie shake, you just drop a slice of pie in the blender along with the milk and ice cream. For a smoothie, however, you probably wouldn't want to do that since it would tend to defeat the primary point of such a beverage, which is to be somewhat good for you. This is all by way of explaining that this apple pie smoothie contains no actual pie, but it does have apples. It also has maple syrup, cinnamon, and even oats, lending it a somewhat apple pie-ish (or at least apple-cinnamon oatmeal-ish) flavor as well as providing some healthy fiber.

Recipe: Easy Apple Pie Smoothie