As the holiday season rolls around, holiday gatherings come with it. Even if you’re only gathering with your immediate family this year, there may be the temptation to have an alcoholic drink or fancy holiday cocktail.
You have other options that won’t single you out. There are plenty of fun “mocktails” that are holiday-friendly and tasty. Some are more traditional than others, but all of them can go over well at any holiday gathering, even without the alcohol.
We have a list of non-alcoholic drink recipes that won’t ruin the festivity and fun. Whether you’ve just gotten out of addiction treatment or mental health treatment, or you’re just committed to a sober holiday, we’ve got something for you. Keep reading and pick your favorites to make this year!
A hot toddy is a classic winter drink, even if we don’t often see it in the states. There’s no reason that you can’t have this warm and comforting beverage without the whiskey. If you need something to warm you up during a chilly outdoor party, this is one of our favorites. We replace the alcohol with tea so you don’t miss out on flavor.
Per serving, you’ll need:
- One cup of water
- One citrus-flavored tea bag (lemon is classic but we like orange here)
- 1-2 tablespoons of honey (to taste)
- 1 cinnamon stick
Brew your tea as normal and remove the teabag. Add the cinnamon stick to your mug and drizzle in honey as needed. You end up with a classic and hydrating winter drink, modified for your needs.
Cranberries are perfect holiday fruits. The tartness of the berry goes well with many kinds of drinks and offsets the sweets of the holiday season. Everyone will love this drink whether they choose to add their own alcohol after the fact or leave it as-is.
For each serving you’ll need:
- 2/3 cup of cranberry juice
- 1/3 cup of lemon-lime soda
- 2 oz of orange juice
- Granulated sugar
- Simple syrup
We prefer champagne glasses for this, but it’s your call. Add the cranberry and orange juice to a shaker full of ice. Dip the edge of your glass in simple syrup and then in your granulated sugar. Pour in your lemon-lime soda and add your juice mix over the top.
Consider adding orange zest to the top if you have it. You get a simple and sparkly drink that feels like a classy cocktail.
Who needs the whiskey in cider? Make your own apple cider at home and leave the bottled stuff behind. You won’t miss that well-known cinnamon whiskey if you have the right spices.
You’ll need a large pot and a lot of time for this. Expect it to take several hours to reach its full potential.
You’ll need (for a whole pot):
- 8-12 of your favorite apples. The amount will vary by the size
- 1 orange, sliced (+ thinly-sliced orange for garnish, if you choose)
- 6 cinnamon sticks
- 1 tablespoon pumpkin pie spice
- Nutmeg to taste
- Brown sugar (or maple syrup) to taste
Slice your apples into quarters and put them in the pot. Add in your sliced orange and all of the spices and sugar. You can add more sugar and spices later if you choose, so don’t worry about going too light. Cover everything with 3-5 inches of water and bring to a boil over high heat.
Once boiling, reduce to medium-low heat until you reach a steady simmer. Keep it covered while simmering for 2 hours, checking on it often. If it dries out, add more water.
In 2 hours your apples should be soft. Remove any hard spices and your orange and mash your apple with a fork or potato masher. If it needs more water, add it and put back onto the stove to simmer for another hour.
Strain your apples until they are a pulp in the strainer. Pour the resulting liquid back into the pot and taste for sweetness and spice. Add more water if it’s too thick.
We suggest keeping it on the stove on low and allowing people to serve themselves so they get the full hot-cider experience.
Not only is this drink delicious, it’s also got some vitamins and nutrients to boot. Is it healthy? Not exactly, but it has more nutritional value than most cocktails you’ll find at holiday parties.
It tastes similar to a pumpkin smoothie. Here’s how to make it. Note that there are a few variations that will decide how thick or creamy this drink is.
For ingredients, you’ll need (per serving):
- 2 tablespoons of pumpkin puree
- 2 oz of cream (or full-fat coconut milk)
- 3 oz of your favorite milk (dairy or non-dairy)
- 3-5 ice cubes. Adjust as necessary
- A dash of cinnamon
- Sweetener to taste
This is so simple! Add everything to a blender, blend, and pour it into your favorite cocktail glass. Add more of your milk if it’s too thick.
Unpopular opinion, but eggnog is better without the rum. Alcohol ruins the smooth and creamy taste of eggnog and the idea of curdling is always in the back of our minds. That’s not a pleasant holiday drink.
Make your own eggnog this year and skip the alcohol addition. If other people want to add it to their own cups, they can, but yours will be better.
Per pot (3-6 servings) you’ll need:
- 2 eggs and 1 egg yolk
- 1 cup of heavy cream
- 3 cups of milk
- 1 teaspoon of vanilla
- Nutmeg and cinnamon to taste
- 1/2 cup of sugar. We like mixing brown and white, but white is traditional.
Heat your milk and half of your cream in a saucepan over medium-low heat, making sure that it never reaches a boil. While this is heating up, whisk your eggs and egg yolk together with the sugar until they’re well combined.
Whisk 1/2 cup of your heated mixture into your egg and sugar mixture to ensure that your eggs don’t scramble. Add everything back to the pot and whisk. Add your spices and continue heating (stirring often) until the mixture thickens enough to stick to a spoon. Strain it and let it chill until cold.
Whip the remainder of your cream until it forms stiff peaks and whisk it into your cooled eggnog. You’ll have a thick and creamy drink that no one will be able to resist.
We Love These Non-Alcoholic Drink Recipes
Holiday drinks don’t have to be alcoholic to be festive. These non-alcoholic drink recipes are perfect for any holiday party or gathering. You won’t miss the alcohol.
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