Rosemary Thyme Out: Non-Alcoholic Citrus and Herb Cooler Recipe

Refreshing and invigorating, this non-alcoholic citrus, rosemary and thyme cooler is not your average mocktail.  Tart and juicy with subtle earthy and aromatic undertones, this cooler has layers of flavors to savor.

The syrup will need to be made in advance, but the herbaceous infusion makes a world of a difference in the final mocktail.  It’s well worth the time.

But, don’t take my word for it.  Try it yourself!


  • 2 oz. (60 ml) grapefruit juice
  • 1 oz. (30 ml) freshly squeezed lime juice (approximately one large lime)
  • 1 oz. (30 ml) freshly squeezed orange juice (approximately ¼ of a large orange)
  • 1 oz. (30 ml) rosemary and thyme syrup (see below)
  • 3 oz. (90 ml) soda water or sparkling water
  • Ice

For the herb syrup

  • 4 oz. (120 ml) agave syrup
  • 4 oz. (120 ml) water
  • 2 sprigs of rosemary
  • 3 sprigs of thyme


  • Small saucepan
  • Citrus juicer
  • Cocktail shaker
  • Jigger or measuring spoons
  • Highball glass


  1. First, make the rosemary and thyme sugar syrup.  
  2. Add the herbs to a small saucepan with the agave syrup and water.  Bring the mixture to a boil before turning down to a simmer for 1 minute.  Stir occasionally.
  3. Take the saucepan off the heat and leave the herbs to infuse in the cooling syrup for 30 minutes.
  4. Once cool, use a fine mesh sieve to strain the liquid.  Discard the herbs.
  5. Pour the syrup into an airtight glass bottle or container.  It can be stored in the fridge for up to two weeks.
  6. Now, it’s time to assemble the mocktail.
  7. Add all of the ingredients to a cocktail shaker.
  8. Throw in a handful of ice and shake for 10-15 seconds under the shaker is extremely cold.
  9. Strain the liquid from the shaker into a highball glass filled with ice.
  10. Top up with the soda water.
  11. Garnish with a slice of grapefruit and a sprig of rosemary.

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Rosemary Thyme Out FAQ

What is an alternative ingredient to the agave syrup?

If you don’t have agave syrup, there are several alternative sweeteners you can use in this mocktail.  

Honey has a distinct flavor that would complement the herbs in this drink.  Alternatively, the slightly nutty flavor of Maple syrup could add some interesting depth too.

For sweetness without added flavor, a simple syrup (1:1 parts water and sugar) shouldn’t overpower the other ingredients in the drink.  

Keep in mind that each alternative sweetener will impact the flavor of the mocktail differently, so experiment to find the one that works best for you.

Is there any caffeine in the mocktail?

No.  There isn’t any caffeine in the Rosemary Thyme Out mocktail.

Can the mocktail be made with dried herbs?

Yes, the mocktail can be made with dried herbs if fresh herbs are not available. Dried herbs tend to have a more concentrated flavor than fresh herbs, so you’ll need to use less of them.  Try a teaspoon of dried rosemary and a teaspoon of dried thyme for this recipe.  

Bear in mind that dried herbs will lose their aromatics over time and will impart less fresh herbaceous flavors into the agave syrup infusion.

Can I use flavored sparkling water instead of soda water?

Yes, you can use flavored sparkling water in the Rosemary Thyme Out mocktail if you’d like to add a different twist to the drink.

Keep in mind that the flavor of the sparkling water will impact the overall taste of the mocktail, so choose a flavor that complements the citrus, rosemary, and thyme. For example, a lemon or lime flavored sparkling water would likely pair well with the other ingredients.

If you aren’t looking to add any more sugar to the mocktail, you should opt for a sparkling water that’s unsweetened. The added bubbles will still give the mocktail a light, refreshing quality without the added sugar.

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