The winter holidays are rich in tradition, merriment, and cherishing our relationships. For those amidst their recovery it can also present new challenges to staying sober. Christmas parties, New Years, and family get-togethers can be fraught with triggers and temptations. For some people, replacing their former holiday cocktails with non-alcoholic holiday drinks helps in getting into the spirit of the season without inviting a relapse.
We’re providing these recipes as alternatives to mixed drinks, beer, wine and other alcoholic beverages during the holidays to enjoy. However, with that said, be aware of the potential for “mocktails” to trigger your cravings for alcohol. If this is you — stick with simple chilled water with a twist of lemon, a or a seltzer water with a twist of lime.
What is a Mocktail?
“Mocktail” is an alcohol-free mixed drink cocktail made with various combinations of fresh juices, spritzer, and soft drinks, ideally dressed up with fancy garnish. Below are some of our favorite wintertime mocktails to enjoy during the holiday season.
This no alcohol sangria recipe involves roasting fruit, boiling juices and tea and letting it sit overnight for a delicious non-alcoholic holiday drink so make sure to plan ahead and prepare this the night before. Optional garnishes include lime, pineapple, or cilantro.
- 2 oranges
- 2 grapefruits
- 1 cup cranberries
- 16 oz pomegranate juice
- 1 cup orange juice
- 2 chai tea bags
- 2 12-oz cans grapefruit-flavored sparkling water
Get the full recipe from ImmaEatThat.
White chocolate peppermint ‘mock’tini
A warm non-alcoholic drink that’s perfect for sitting around the fireplace or nuzzling next to a loved one. Dip a martini glass in white chocolate syrup, then in the crushed peppermint. Add white hot chocolate and coffee cream to a cocktail shaker filed with ice. Shake vigorously and then serve.
- 3 ounces white hot chocolate
- 2 ounces peppermint mocha coffee creamer
- White chocolate syrup
- Crushed peppermints for garnish (glass rim)
Get the full recipe from ThymeForCocktails.
Christmas non-alcoholic punch
Fruity with a fizzle finish, this Christmas punch is great to stir or blend in a blender. If using the blender, before adding the Sprite or sparkling water, try adding fresh or frozen fruit to add rich, smoothee quality to the drink.
- 4 parts cranberry juice
- 2 parts pineapple juice
- 2 parts orange juice
- 1 part Sprite or sparkling water
- Sugar for glass rims
Get the full recipe and instructions from Laurenslatest.
Slice tangerines and rub the rim of a cocktail or champagne flute with a slice, then dip in your favorite sugar. Add 3 parts orange juice and one part limeade or lemonade. Touch off with a splash of Sprite or your favorite soda spritzer for a mimosa fizz and enjoy!
- 3 parts orange juice
- 1 part limeade or lemonade
- Splash of Sprite or soda spritzer
- Cocktail rimming sugar
- Tangerines (for garnish)
Get the full recipe from ReluctantEntertainer.
Page last reviewed and medically fact-checked | January 27, 2020