One taste and you’ll fall in love with this Love Potion mocktail – a sparkling pink non-alcoholic drink recipe that’s perfect for Valentine’s Day, baby or bridal showers, or any special occasion!
🥂 The perfect non-alcoholic mocktail
Love Potion Number 9 isn’t just a catchy little song you hear on the oldies station — it’s also a delicious pink punch!
This is one of my favorite drinks to make when I’m hosting a shower or a brunch. It’s easy, versatile, absolutely delicious, and, with its frothy pink color, also extremely cute! Here are a few reasons you’ll fall in love with this love potion:
- It’s non-alcoholic, so the whole family can enjoy
- You only need five ingredients
- It has a fresh, vibrant raspberry flavor from both raspberry puree and sherbet
- It’s bubbly and pink, so you’ll feel 38.5% fancier when you drink it
Of course this punch is delicious year-round, but it’s especially fun to make this for Valentine’s Day! Serve it with some of our favorite Valentine’s Day dessert recipes, like these popular Valentine’s Day Sugar Cookies, adorable mini Chocolate-Covered Strawberry Cakes, or elegant Truffle-Topped Heart Cake.
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🧾 What You’ll Need
This party punch is a 5-ingredient wonder, and 2 of those ingredients are optional! Here’s what you’ll need to pick up to make your love potion: (Links are affiliate links and I earn a small commission from qualifying purchases.)
- Raspberries: Ripe, juicy fresh raspberries will give you the best flavor, but sometimes it’s hard to find good berries in the off-season. You can substitute defrosted frozen berries if that’s what you have.
- Sugar: Sugar and lemon juice are both optional, but they help bring out the sweet-tart flavor of the raspberries. I add them when my berries are a little lackluster, or if I’m using frozen berries.
- Lemon juice: Fresh lemon juice can really perk up boring berries. If you’re skipping the sugar, you’ll probably also want to skip the juice, unless your berries are really sweet.
- Raspberry sherbet: Don’t skip the sherbet! It accentuates the raspberry flavor and makes the punch wonderfully creamy.
- Sparkling pink lemonade: Top up your drinks with a little pink bubbly! My absolute favorite is Fentiman’s rose lemonade – the combination of raspberry and rose flavors in the punch are incredible. But you can use sparkling berry lemonade or regular sparkling lemonade if you prefer. Want to make this more of a cocktail and less of a mocktail? Check out the FAQ section below for some suggestions.
No special equipment here — just a fork, a scoop, and some cups. Because I regularly get questions about the glasses and drink picks in the photos, I’m sharing some recommendations if you want to complete the look:
- Gold-rimmed glasses: These are French champagne glasses from Crate & Barrel. (They no longer carry the gold-rimmed version, but you can still get the plain glass version here.) Get a similar effect with these beautiful gold-rimmed stemless champagne flutes.
- Gold cocktail picks: This is probably the most-asked question! Unfortunately the double-heart picks were purchased years ago and I can’t find them online. But here are a few alternate Valentine’s cocktail picks that would work well: gold heart-shaped cocktail picks, gold arrow cocktail picks, and “love” cocktail picks.
- Edible gold sprinkles: Edible gold sprinkles are completely optional, but if you love being extra (like me!), pick up some edible gold hearts here.
📋 How to make this love potion
Just a few simple steps and you’ll be enjoying your pink drink in no time! Here’s how quickly it comes together:
- Combine fresh (or frozen defrosted) raspberries in a bowl with a bit of lemon juice and sugar.
- Mash them with a fork until the berries have broken down and you have a sweet-tart raspberry puree.
- Optional: If you don’t like the thought of raspberry seeds in your drink, you can strain the puree through a wire mesh strainer.
- Fill the bottom of your glasses with a generous spoonful of fresh raspberry puree.
- Next add a scoop of raspberry sherbet. I love the way sherbet melts into this drink and makes it so fun and frothy.
- Top up the glasses with sparkling berry lemonade or sparkling rose lemonade.
- Add a garnish of fresh raspberries, and enjoy!
- Optional: add a sprinkling of edible gold hearts on top right before serving if you want to really take things over the top!
💡 Tips and FAQs
Yes, you can easily adjust it up or down for however many servings you need. Adjust the slider in the yield section of the recipe card to customize the servings.
Yes! If you’re making drinks for a big crowd, you probably don’t want to be assembling each drink individually. To make this in a punch bowl, first combine the raspberry puree and sparkling lemonade in a punch bowl and whisk them together. Next add scoops of sherbet, and stir briefly so the sherbet melts a little and the drink gets creamy. Ladle into cups and you’re good to go!
Definitely. Any kind of sherbet works, and you can experiment with different fruit purees as well. I think mango fruit puree and orange sherbet would be a really fun orange punch for Halloween!
The star sprinkles are made be Wilton and are totally edible. Sometimes you can find them in the grocery store, but I found mine on Amazon.
You have a couple different options for adding alcohol: swap the sparkling lemonade for your favorite champagne or sparkling wine. Use sparkling rosé to keep the pink theme going! Alternately, if you want to keep the lemonade flavor, prepare the recipe as written, then stir in a shot of vodka at the end. (Vanilla vodka is especially delicious.)
This drink is best shortly after it’s made, when the sherbet is still melting and the punch is still bubbly, so it’s not a good make-ahead recipe. However, you can make the raspberry puree up to 4 days ahead of time. Store it in the refrigerator, and when it’s party time, just whisk the 3 ingredients together and you’re all set. Have some punch leftover? It won’t have the magic of partially melted sherbet and fizzy bubbles, but the flavor will still be great. Keep it in the refrigerator for a few days – sadly I can’t be more precise, because it never lasts that long in my house!
💕More Delicious Desserts
Valentine’s Day Sugar Cookies
Sprinkle Heart Valentine’s Day Cupcakes
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Love Potion Valentine’s Day Drink
- ½ cup fresh raspberries, see Note below
- 1 TBSP granulated sugar
- 1 TBSP lemon juice, freshly squeezed preferable
- 1 pint raspberry sherbet
- 3 cups sparkling berry lemonade, see Note below
- Combine the fresh raspberries, granulated sugar, and lemon juice in a bowl, and mash them together with a fork until you have a berry puree.
- Place a generous spoonful of puree at the bottom of 6 glasses. (I used 7 oz French champagne glasses). Top with a small scoop of raspberry sherbet, and fill the cups to the brim with sparkling berry lemonade. Garnish with a few more fresh berries, if desired, then enjoy!
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