Readers often ask us for the best mocktail recipes—and we certainly have lots of nonalcoholic drinks on Epicurious. But, like many bartenders who have been working to create more flavorful and delicious booze-free cocktails, we’d prefer to do away with the word mocktail altogether. These zero-proof drinks aren’t a joke or something lesser. They’re refreshing and balanced, sometimes savory or spicy, with flavor complexity contributed by bitterness, tartness, tannic teas, and/or fresh herbs. Some of these beverages lean on the long list of mostly new nonalcoholic bottlings, while others require only the groceries you likely already have at home. Scroll down to pick an option for your next barbecue, dinner party, or backyard brunch.