Whether you abstain from alcohol by choice or necessity, the holidays can be difficult for us non-drinkers. Water is dull and I’m not a child, so I don’t always want a soft drink (although I do love a Shirley Temple — extra cherries).
So I’ve rounded up 10 mocktails to put the Jolly in your Holly Jolly Holiday this year. Use it as inspiration for your next party or mix up a batch and bring it to the next soirée. People appreciate a non-alcoholic option!
1| Sparkling Blood Orange Mocktail
Not only is this Sparkling Blood Orange Mocktail visually appealing, but it’s also chock-full of vitamins. Who doesn’t need an immunity boost during the winter?
2| Candy Cane Mocktail
Five ingredients is all it takes to make this Candy Cane Mocktail. I love sugared rims, and this certainly puts one in the spirit.
3| Holiday Punch
Hosting a party? Create a Holiday Punch with three simple ingredients for everyone to enjoy.
4| Apple Cider Mocktail
Nothing like hot apple cider on a cold winter’s day. This Apple Cider Mocktail takes less than five minutes to make. Serve in these gorgeous Lustered Coupe Glasses.
5| Ginger Basil Grapefruit Spritzer
I love this flavor combo and the presentation is stunning. This Ginger Basil Grapefruit Spritzer could work as a Christmas or New Year’s Day drink. Serve in these swoonworthy flutes.
6| Baby Bellini Mocktail
No mimosas, no problem! These Baby Bellini Mocktails provide a brunch libation that’ll make you feel fancy.
7| Peppermint Julep
When I think of Juleps I envision big hats and racing horses, but this Peppermint Julep definitely invokes visions of sugarplum fairies dancing in my head. What I love about this recipe is it provides alternatives for any palate.
8| Cranberry-Orange Punch
Looking for a punch (but hold the sherbet)? Try this Cranberry-Orange Punch. A feast for all senses!
9| Lamplighter Inn
For an after-dinner drink with a little caffeine, try the Lamplighter Inn. A tad more elevated, but you deserve it.
10| Sparkling Winter Berry Holiday Cocktail
This Sparkling Winter Berry Holiday Cocktail puts me in a festive mood just looking at it. It’s easy to tweak for non-drinkers and drinkers, alike.
I abstain from drinking because I’m an alcoholic. And the holidays are tricky, especially the first year of sobriety. Having a signature drink, even if I had to bring it with me and leaving parties early both helped me stay sober during the holidays. You can have a holiday filled with cheer — hold the hangovers.