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8 Italian Mocktails We Actually Drink In Italy (And How To Make Them)

Last updated on April 3rd, 2024

Are you looking to cool off with a non-alcoholic beverage? Whether you are in Italy at a cafe or back home looking to recreate an Italian mocktail, you have come to the right place. 

I have been living in Italy since 2012 and with four pregnancies under my belt and too many blazing hot summers to count, I am confident in sharing the best non-alcoholic Italian mocktails to try and make at home.

These are my 8 favorite Italian mocktails, all of which are 100% non-alcoholic, satisfying and refreshing. 

They’re great options if:

  • you’re looking for a lighter version of your favorite Italian cocktail
  • you’re hoping to make it through dry January
  • you’re pregnant
  • you’re craving a refreshing, non-alcoholic drink

What Are Italian Mocktails?

Italian mocktails are non-alcoholic Italian aperitifs that are enjoyed with small snacks before dinner in Italy

Italian mocktails are 100% free of alcohol but are just as complex and interesting as any other Italian cocktail, made with several ingredients including tonic water, soda water, fruit syrups, juices and/or citrus. 

Non-alcoholic Italian mocktails are typically found at the back of any menu in Italy labeled as cocktail analcolico but if you don’t see a specific list, just ask and any bar or cafe knows how to help. 

Nice To Know: Italian mocktails are equally enjoyed by those who drink alcohol in Italy. Although drinking is a large part of Italian culture, non-alcoholic Italian beverages are often enjoyed in Italy by even people who drink as an alternative for aperitivo

Why Drink An Italian Mocktail or Non-Alcoholic Beverage?

Italian mocktails are one of the best alternatives to drinking alcoholic beverages without compromising flavor. They are refreshing, cool you off and won’t knock you over the head like traditional Italian cocktails.

Italian mocktails tend to be lighter than traditional alcoholic beverages, making them ideal for anyone looking to enjoy a special treat and stay fit at the same time. 

Who Is An Italian Mocktail (Non-Alcoholic Beverage) For?

The quick answer is anyone. Italian mocktails are particularly good for people who cannot drink alcohol such as pregnant women or minors.

For underage children, it’s important to follow to the Italian law, all of which you can read about in

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Hugo Spritz Mocktail

Close up of a wine glass with a hugo spritz outdoors garnished with lime and mint.

A Hugo Spritz mocktail is a virgin cocktail similar to the traditional Hugo Spritz made with non-alcoholic sparkling wine flavored with elderflower syrup, the defining ingredient in a traditional Hugo Spritz. Finished with a squeeze of lime and a sprig of mint, this Italian mocktail is a refreshing, citrusy drink best enjoyed by anyone looking for a Spritz alternative.

  • Ingredients: 3 fl oz non-alcoholic sparkling wine, 1 fl oz elderflower syrup, 1 fl oz soda water, squeeze of lime. 
  • Preparation: Fill your glass with ice and pour in the syrup and non-alcoholic wine, topped with the soda water, lime and garnish.
  • Serve: On the rocks, garnished with a sprig of mint
  • Glass: Globe or wine glass

Italian Cedrata Long Mocktail

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An Italian Cedrata Long Mocktail Recipe is Italy’s non-alcoholic version of a Mojito made with muddled sugar, mint and lime but finished with Cedrata, a carbonated non-alcoholic Italian beverage not dissimilar to a lemon soda. 

  • Ingredients:  ½ lime, mint, 1 teaspoon sugar, 1 bottle Cedrata (6 oz)
  • Preparation: Muddle the lime and mint with the sugar in the bottle of a glass. Fill with ice and top with Credrata
  • Serve: On the rocks garnished with a sprig of mint
  • Glass: Long drink tall tumbler glass

Make A Cedrata Long Drink: Learn how to a Cedrata long mocktail with my easy to follow Cedrata Long Drink Italian Mocktail recipe.

Apertass Italian Mocktail

Hand holds up glass with orange liquid and slice of orange - an apertass mocktail.

An Apertass Italian Mocktail is a virgin Apertass made exactly the same as regular Apertass (a citrusy light Spritz made with citron soda) but with non-alcoholic bitters such as San Bitters or Crodino instead of Campari or other Italian bitter. 

  • Ingredients: 2 Oz San Bitters, 8 oz Cedrata
  • Preparation: Fill a glass with ice and add the Cedrata and the San Bitters. Mix well 
  • Serve: On the rocks, garnished with a slice of orange
  • Glass: Medium height tumbler glass 

Make An Apertass Italian Mocktail: Follow my step-by-step instructions in Apertass Italian Mocktail Recipe.

Italian Lemon Ginger Mocktail

Hand holds glass bottle of limonata above glass, sliced lemons and whole ginger root.

An Italian lemon ginger mocktail is a refreshing non-alcoholic Italian drink made from sparkling Italian lemonade (sometimes called lemon soda) spiced up with fresh ginger muddled with lemon. 

  • Ingredients: ¼ lemon, 3 small slices of ginger, 1 bottle or can of Limonata (Italian sparkling lemonade)
  • Preparation: Muddle the lemon and fresh ginger in the bottle of a glass. Fill with ice and add the Italian limonata.
  • Serve: On the rocks garnished with a twist of lemon 
  • Glass: Long drink tall tumbler glass

Make An Italian Lemon Ginger Mocktail: Follow my step-by-step instructions in Italian Lemon Ginger Mocktail to create this non-alcoholic Italian mocktail at home. 

Non-Alcoholic Peach Bellini

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A non-alcoholic peach bellini is a simple Italian mocktail best enjoyed during peach season in the Summer made from 1 part fresh peach puree, a squeeze of lemon juice and 2 parts sparkling water or non-alcoholic sparkling wine. 

  • Ingredients: 2 oz (1 part) fresh peach purée, 4 oz (2 parts) sparkling water or non-alcoholic sparkling wine, ½ oz simple syrup
  • Preparation: Pour peach puree into chilled flute with a small squeeze of lemon juice. Add the sparkling water or non-alcoholic sparkling wine and simple syrup
  • Serve: as is 
  • Glass: Champagne flute

Limonata Italian Mocktail

Glass with liquid, ice, lemon slice and mint leaves - a limonata.

Italian limonata is an easy recipe similar to classic lemonade but made with sparkling water instead of still. It contains zero alcohol, making it the perfect Italian mocktail in the summer. 

  • Ingredients: 1 ½ oz freshly squeezed lemon juice, 1 ½ -2 oz simple syrup, 4 oz sparkling water
  • Preparation: Mix the lemon juice and simple syrup in the bottom of a glass. Fill with ice and top with the sparkling water.
  • Serve: On the rocks garnished with a slice of lemon or a sprig of mint
  • Glass: Long drink tall tumbler glass

Make A Limonata Italian Mocktail: Follow my step-by-step instructions in Limonata Italian Mocktail to create this non-alcoholic Italian mocktail at home. 

Aperol Spritz Mocktail

Hand holds up Aperol spritz in wine glass.

An Aperol Spritz mocktail is a non-alcoholic Italian mocktail created to substitute a classic Aperol Spritz but made with orange juice instead of prosecco and a non-alcoholic bitter instead of Aperol.

  • Ingredients: 3 oz (3 parts) orange juice, 2 oz (2 parts) non-alcoholic bitter such as Crodino or San Bitters and 1 oz (1 part) tonic water or sparkling water
  • Preparation: Mix the orange juice with the non-alcoholic bitter in a glass. Fill with ice and top with the tonic or sparkling water. Mix well. 
  • Serve: On the rocks, garnished with an orange slice
  • Glass: Globe or wine glass

Make An Aperol Spritz Mocktail: Follow my step-by-step instructions in Aperol Spritz Mocktail to create this non-alcoholic Italian mocktail at home. 

Crodino Spritz 

Hand holding empty small bottle of Crodino next to wine glass with crodino, ice and orange slice inside.

A Crodino Spritz is a non-alcoholic aperitif made with Crodino, tonic water and garnished with orange served over ice.

  • Ingredients: 1 bottle Crodino Rosso or Biondo 100 ml, 2 fl. oz. tonic water or non-alcoholic sparkling wine, a splash of sparkling water
  • Preparation: Fill a large glass with ice cubes and pour one small bottle of Crodino (Biondo or Rosso) into the glass followed by the tonic water and a splash of soda water. Mix well.
  • Serve: On the rocks, garnished with a slice of orange
  • Glass: Globe or wine glass

Make A Crodino Spritz: Follow my step-by-step instructions in Crodino Spritz – Italy’s Non-Alcoholic Spritz Made Easy to create this non-alcoholic Italian mocktail at home.