I’m obsessed with this thyme citrus cooler, which contains olive oil and citrus skin, both of which will make your skin glow! Plus, it’s the perfect healthy mocktail for Spring or Summer. Did you know that alcohol actually stuns your stem cells, leading to dull skin? Switching to a sober curious lifestyle isn’t just great for your health, it’s also an amazing natural beauty hack. This Creamy Olive Oil Citrus Thyme Cooler is super easy to make and tastes wonderfully balanced and complex thanks to the fresh citrus, herbs, and healthy fats. Cheers to drinking less, and making your life SO much better!

creamy olive oil citrus thyme cooler

I know what you might be thinking: olive oil in a mocktail? It might sound crazy, but the richness it adds is unparalleled, transforming the drink into a creamy, luxurious and restaurant-worthy beverage. My olive oil-in-mocktail journey started with my creamy olive oil strawberry lemon collagen mocktail. And the result was just so nice, I had to make it twice. This time, in a citrus thyme cooler. At the heart of this mocktail is the bright, zesty appeal of citrus which perfectly balances the smoothness of olive oil. I think you’re going to love it!

My tips on drinking less

If you really want to transform how you feel about your body, you should consider drinking less. I call myself an “intentional drinker” because I’m not completely sober, but rather, I bring a sense of intentionality to my drinking. I’ve noticed cutting back on drinking has had some amazing benefits, physically and emotionally for me. But giving dry a try comes with a learning curve. However, I rounded up some of my top tips for enjoying drinking less alcohol which pair nicely with this Creamy Olive Oil Citrus Thyme Cooler, which I’ll get into more below.

  1. Figure out ways to truly rest. From my experience, alcohol is just often masking what I truly need at the root—REAL stress relief. I keep a list on my phone of ways that work for me to TRULY unwind, like getting a 10 minute foot massage, doing a yoga session, putting on a podcast and cooking, reading a great book, or calling a friend to chat while I walk outside.
  2. Plan activities that facilitate conversation. It surprised me how much more FUN my life got when I started drinking less. Instead of defaulting to bars and restaurants, my friends and I went hiking, did game nights, used the Healthy Convo Co conversation cards (which is a passion project of mine) that aims to create deeper relationships.
  3. Swap your boozy beverages for something equally tasty and non-alcoholic, like this healthy mocktail. Intentional drinking does not mean suffering through bad-tasting beverages. In fact, I like my non-alcoholic beverages MORE than what I used to drink. I LOVE homemade mocktails so much because you can make them functional—add IN health benefits rather than just taking the alcohol OUT.
  4. Realize it doesn’t have to be all or nothing. My brain doesn’t do well with extremes, which is why I call myself an intentional drinker—I still drink full-strength alcohol, I just always have a WHY when I do it versus mindlessly drinking just because I’m out with friends or because it’s the end of the workday.
  5. Remember that you are the person you think that drinking lets you be. You ARE that sparkling conversationalist. You are that flirty. You are that silly and fun. And the more you build proof points that that’s YOU, not alcohol, the easier it will be for you to let them out.

Now, let’s get into how to make this delicious mocktail that’ll help you love drinking less alcohol!

What are the health benefits of this citrus cooler?

If youthful, glowing skin is what you’re after, start sipping on this vitamin-rich mocktail. We use the whole lemon and the whole orange because the zest is where a ton of the healthiest compounds actually are, and the white part adds a hint of bitterness. Plus, olive oil, a staple of the Mediterranean diet, is loved for heart health and anti-inflammatory properties.

How to make this healthy mocktail

Simply blend all ingredients in a blender until smooth, then strain it through a fine mesh strainer. Shake with ice, then pour the liquid into cocktail glasses. Garnish with an extra swirl of olive oil and a citrus peel or dried citrus fruit, if desired.

Can I make it ahead of time?

One thing I love about this mocktail recipe is that it’s perfect to serve at a small gathering or to be made as a part of your meal prep! This recipe will make four to six mocktails, served up. You can prepare this drink up to four days ahead of time—just store it in the fridge in a big mason jar so you’ll have something fun to sip on (that’s not alcohol) all week long!

I hope you love this thyme citrus cooler mocktail as much as Zack and I do! Enjoy, and tag me if you make it on Instagram (@lizmoody)—I can’t wait to see!

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Creamy Olive Oil Thyme Citrus Cooler

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  • Author: Liz Moody


  • 1 lemon, skin on (so buy organic and/or wash really well!), seeds removed (don’t stress on it, do as much as possible)
  • 1 orange, preferably organic, skin on, seeds removed
  • 3 sprigs fresh thyme, thick stems removed
  • 2 tbsp olive oil
  • 2 tbsp honey
  • pinch of fine grain sea salt
  • 2 cups cold water


  1. Blend all ingredients in a blender until smooth.
  2. Strain through a fine mesh strainer.
  3. Shake it with ice, then pour into cocktail glasses. Garnish with a swirl of olive oil and citrus peel or dried citrus, if desired. 

More healthy mocktail recipes to try:

Strawberry Basil Margarita with Honey Salted Rim

Lemon Thyme Fauxito

Strawberry Cinnamon Mocktail

Blueberry Lavender Lemonade

2 responses to “Creamy Olive Oil Thyme Citrus Cooler”

  1. Melanie Avatar

    What’s the good olive oil you recommend?

    1. Liz Moody Avatar
      Liz Moody

      Hi Melanie!

      In this episode of the pod, we get into the best kind of olive oils for health according to Dr. Li who’s one of the world’s leading experts on longevity. It’s definitely worth a listen. The main thing is to look for monovarietal olive oil, so it only comes from one source. I’ve enjoyed and used Graza olive oil, which is monovarietal!

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