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The holidays are here again, and that means winter parties and gathering with friends! While there will likely be many creative and delicious beverage options served at these get-togethers, it's always prudent to offer some non-alcoholic options as well. These are some delectable, festive and unique alcohol-free drink options, otherwise known as 'mocktails,' to offer your guests this season, or even to try for yourself!
1. White Russian Mocktail
White Russians are known for their sweet, creamy and delectable flavor that's perfect for a festive winter get-together. This recipe's blend of luxurious flavors including coffee, peppermint, and vanilla will provide all of the enjoyment with none of the alcohol.
- 1/4 cup cream
- 1/2 cup whole milk
- 1/2 cup dry sparkling vanilla soda
- 1 to 2 ounces coffee
Full recipe from This Vivacious Life
2. Non-Alcoholic Mulled Wine
I never thought I would find a substitute for my favorite winter beverage, warm mulled wine, but with this recipe it's easy to forget that what you're drinking is zero proof! The blend of citrus flavors and potent spices give aroma, texture and full sensory enjoyment.
- 2 large oranges, divided
- 64 ounces cran-grape juice
- 6 whole cinnamon sticks
- 4 whole star anise
- 8 whole cloves
Full recipe from Garnish With Lemon
3. Frostbite Mocktail
For a spin on a lighter drink, this wintery combo is sweet, citrusy, and sure to be a hit at any holiday party this season. The combination of fruity flavors and bubbly texture is reminiscent of a champagne mimosa or other sparkling cocktails, minus the post-brunch hangover. Serve up this bubbly beverage at any daytime event, or as a delicious alternative for that New Year's Eve toast!
- 1 ounce lime juice
- 1 ounce pineapple juice
- 2 ounces white grape juice
- Fresh mint leaves
- Fresh blueberries
- 3 ounces Sierra Mist Natural
Full recipe from the Little Kitchen
4. Lemon Ginger Fauxtini
For another take on the 'martini sans-liquor,' this refreshing option is sure to wow any guest, and is just as enjoyable in the comfort of your own home as well. The citrus and spice combine beautifully to excite the pallet and wake up the senses. The sweet and sharp aroma will entice you to enjoy more than one - without any worry of overconsumption. Serve in a martini glass with a lemon wedge or in a champagne flute for added flair!
- 2 ounces ginger juice homemade or store-bought
- 2 ounces lemon juice fresh pressed
- 2 ounces soda water
- Fresh ginger (optional)
Full recipe from Always Use Butter
5. Christmas Punch
Every holiday party needs a delicious punch to set the tone for the event. Made with ample fruit juice, this alcohol-free option also has the added bonus of being packed with vitamin C! Feel free to make a large batch in your favorite punch bowl, or enjoy a glass on the couch while watching your favorite Hallmark movie.
- 2 cups pulp-free orange juice
- 1 cup grapefruit juice
- 1 cup pomegranate juice
- 1 (25.4 oz) bottle sparkling white grape juice
- Orange slices, grapefruit slices, pomegranate seeds and rosemary for garnish (optional)
Full recipe from Finding Zest