19 November 2021 (updated)

Mocktail Recipes: Drinks for Christmas and New Year's

Ready to get into the Christmas spirit....without any spirits? We have lots of ideas for non-alcoholic Christmas drinks! Try out some mocktail recipes that the whole family will love!

For those who don't ring in the holidays by drinking alcohol, it's easy to feel a little frustrated with your lack of fun beverage options. Luckily, that's where mocktail recipes for Christmas come in! A mocktail is a non-alcoholic mixed drink - or a beverage that is "mocking" a cocktail but without the alcohol.

You might also have heard of a Virgin Colada or Virgin Daiquiri. Those "virgin" options basically have the same recipe as their alcoholic variation, but the bartender leaves out the booze. Other mocktail recipes are originally created without any alcohol in mind.

Both are delicious options, so you and other non-drinkers will not miss out on the fun! Share your own ideas for some virgin cocktails on FamilyApp!

How Can You Make Non-Alcoholic Drinks at Home?

Whether you're choosing the alcohol-free lifestyle or not, mocktails can be a tasty addition to any holiday party!

The key to making a merry mocktail is creating the experience of a fancy drink sans alcohol. Here are some of our favorite substitutes for alcohol in festive drinks: 

Gin: Tonic water with a splash of citrus juice

Vodka:  Apple cider or white grape juice mixed with lime juice

Rum: Extra-spicy ginger soda with allspice simple syrup

Whiskey: Kentucky 47. Yes, they make non-alcoholic whiskey. 

Tequila: Club soda and citrus simple syrup

Sparkling wine: Sparkling grape juice

Whether you're pursuing the sober-curious lifestyle or just want to mix things up, it's time to grab the mixer and celebrate the festive season!

What Are Some Simple Virgin Cocktail Recipes?

If you're aiming for easy mocktail recipes at home, there are plenty of great drinks that are easy to whip up. Grab some sparkling water or soda and add a garnish for an easy recipe everyone will enjoy!

Sweet Christmas Mocktails

If you’re aiming for easy mocktail recipes at home, there are plenty of great drinks that are easy to whip up. Grab some sparkling water or soda and add a garnish for an easy recipe everyone will enjoy!

Shirley Temple – There aren't too many mocktails as popular as this classic. It was originally created and named for the famous child star who needed something fun to drink as she dined out with her parents and other celebrities. That means it's kid-approved! It's as simple as combining 4 oz. lemon-lime soda, 4 oz. ginger ale, and 1 oz grenadine. Garnish with a maraschino cherry and share your own version of this classic on your favorite family app!

White Chocolate Peppermint Mocktini – Nothing feels more like the Holiday season like a creamy, sweet, white chocolate mocktail. I like to imagine Bob, Betty, Phil, and Judy sipping on these in the train club car on their way to Vermont in White Christmas. For this, start by dipping the edge of a chilled martini glass in white chocolate syrup, then crushed peppermint. Add 3 oz. of white hot chocolate and 2 oz. of peppermint mocha coffee creamer to a cocktail shaker filled with ice. Shake, strain, and serve immediately garnished with crushed peppermints. 

Peppermint Julep – Do you love all things peppermint? We do, too. For this recipe, add 1 ounce of Peppermint Simple Syrup to the bottom of a glass, then add crushed ice. Top off with 2-3 oz. of Cranberry Ginger Ale. Add a sprig of fresh pine and a candy cane for holiday flair.

Hot Christmas Mocktails

Gingerbread Latte – This Starbucks copycat will have you wondering why you ever sat in that endless drive-thru line. Add 4 cups of milk, 3 cups of strong coffee, 1/3 cup sugar, 2 cinnamon sticks, 2 tsp powdered ginger, 1 tsp ground nutmeg, 1 tsp whole allspice, and 1/4 tsp ground cloves to a slow-cooker and set to high. Stir everything together, secure the lid, and cook for 2-1/2 hours (or 4 hours on low heat), stirring about halfway through. Serve hot garnished with whipped cream, caramel sauce, and a dusting of cinnamon sugar. 

Egg Nog Hot Chocolate – Hot or cold, egg nog is undeniably a popular festive drink of the season. Combine 4 cups of light egg nog and 1-3/4 cups of white chocolate chips in a saucepan and heat until simmering, but not boiling. Ladle into mugs & top with whip cream sprinkles & marshmallows. 

Slow-Cooker Apple Cider: This classic winter drink is perfect for parties or cozy evenings at home. Combine 64 oz. apple cider, 6 chai tea bags, 2 cinnamon sticks, and 1 vanilla bean (split) in a slow cooker. Cook on low 3-4 hours. Discard tea bags; stir in lemon juice. Serve warm with apple slices and garnished with a cinnamon stick.

Fruity Christmas Mocktails

Sparkling Cran-Apple Cider – This is a great combination of two of the season's flavors…apple cider and cranberries! And, you'll feel extra fancy walking around with your flute of sparkling goodness!

Sparkling Cran-apple Cider

A delightfully festive mocktail to brighten up the winter!

5 from 1 votes


PREP TIME

2 mins

COOK TIME

a few seconds

TOTAL TIME

2 mins





COURSE

Drinks

CUISINE

American

SERVINGS

1 people

CALORIES

80.0 kcal

INGREDIENTS

  • 1/4

    cup

    apple cider

  • 1/2

    cup

    cranberry juice

  • 1

    splash

    soda water

  • 2

    tbsp

    sugar

    in dish

  • 1

    tbsp

    lemon juice

  • 1

    lemon slice or peel

INSTRUCTIONS

  • Sparkling Cran-Apple Cider

    1. Dip

      Dip the top of the flute in water and then dip the rim into sugar dish.

    2. Add

      Add apple cider to the flute.

    3. Add

      Add cranberry juice to the flute.

    4. Add

      Add splash of soda water.

    5. Garnish

      Top with 1 tablespoon of lemon juice and garnish with slice or peel.

NUTRITION

Calories:

80.0 kcal

Carbohydrates:

15.0 g

Fat:

0.2 g

Serving Amount:

20

Serving Unit:

g

Sodium:

5.0 mg

Sugar:

12.0 g

  • Cranberry-Basil Spritzer- For this, you'll have to make basil simple syrup--but it's totally worth it. In a medium saucepan over medium-high heat, bring 1 cup of water and 1 cup sugar to a boil and stir. Add 1/2 cup of fresh basil leaves then remove the pan from heat. Let it steep for 20 minutes. Strain syrup and let cool for at least 1 hour. For the spritzer, grab a large pitcher and combine the syrup, 2 cups of unsweetened cranberry juice, 1/4 cup of fresh lime juice. Fill the rest of the pitcher with chilled club soda, then add 4 lime slices, 1 cup fresh cranberries, and 1/2 cup of basil leaves. To serve, pour spritzers over ice, top each with a splash more club soda, and garnish with basil.
  • Sparkling Honey Vanilla Blood Orange Mocktail: This refreshing drink is perfect for any season, but the notes of honey and vanilla make us think of the holidays. Start by squeezing the juice of blood oranges (8 oz) into a cocktail shaker. Add 1 Tbsp of honey and 1/2 tsp of vanilla extract to the juice and shake, then add ice. Pour into two glasses filled with ice and top with lime sparkling water and a slice of blood orange.   
  • Apple Pomegranate Mocktail: Make this perfect drink to sip by the fireside. In a cocktail shaker, combine 1/2 Tbsp lemon juice, 1 Tbsp grenadine, 1 oz. cranberry juice, 2.5 oz spiced apple cider, and a scoop of ice. Secure the lid, shake for 30 seconds, and strain into an ice-filled glass. Garnish with pomegranate seeds and apple slices

Very Merry Mocktails

The right mocktail can be a hit over the holidays no matter what kind of party it is! You don't even have to have a party to be sipping on these delicious mocktails. You could be cozied up by the fire, snuggled up for a movie, or just in need of a little pick-me-up! Do you have any great mocktail recipes? Share your favorite creations with the people you love on FamilyApp!



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