Fun and festive hot and cold mocktails to make the whole winter season bright.
While champagne and a host of seasonal alcoholic beverages will be making their rounds, there are tons of ways to enjoy the winter buzz without the booze. Check out these fun and festive hot and cold mocktails that are perfect for those who don't imbibe, kids, and anyone else just giving their liver a break after the holidays!
Ginger Grapefruit Mocktail
This simple recipe with two easy ingredients really packs a punch. All you need is ginger beer, grapefruit juice, and grapefruit slices for a garnish. It also looks like it could be a boozy beverage, so you can fit in with the crowd. See the full recipe at Betty Crocker.
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Noel Spritzer (as seen on featured photo)
A wonderful mix of juice and sparkling water gives you the perfect drink to toast the new year! It Can be made with apple juice (or nonalcoholic wine), cran-apple juice, sparkling water, and garnishes. In just five minutes, you can have a refreshing drink without the hangover! See full recipe at Betty Crocker.
Lemon Lavender Mocktini
Elegance and flavor poured into a glass. This drink has a few more ingredients that may take some searching for, but it's worth it. You'll need fresh lemon juice, lavender simple syrup, grenadine, and bitters. You won't even miss the booze with this wonderful, citrusy drink in hand. See full recipe at The Merry Thought.
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Sparkling Cranberry Kombucha Mocktail
Enjoy a tasty sip and do your body good with this low-sugar, probiotic-packed festive mocktail! The drink is fun and fizzy and perfect for kids, those who don't drink, and even drinkers who want to mix it up a bit. This drink uses a lot of fresh ingredients and will take a little muddling for a rich taste profile. You'll need fresh ginger, a sprig of fresh rosemary, 100 percent cranberry juice, and your choice of kombucha (ginger or original is recommended). See full recipe at The Real Food Dieticians.
Non-Alcoholic Mulled Wine
Ideal for holiday entertaining or warming up after a day on the slopes, this recipe is ideal for all ages! It will take about 20 minutes to simmer all together and contains grape juice (or try a mix of grape, apple, and more; you can also try a sparkling grape juice), orange slices, star of anise, and cinnamon sticks. Feel free to add cloves and fruit to change it up. See full recipe at Julie Blanner.
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Hot Cranberry Wassail
Much like the mulled wine mocktail above, this recipe offers plenty of spice and everything nice. The blend of apple, cranberry, lemon, and pineapple juices are simmered to perfections with nutmeg, cinnamon, cloves, allspice, and ginger for a toasty drink that will warm you inside and out. See full recipe at Allrecipes.
A traditional cold cure, the hot toddy is fantastic for shaking off the winter chill. This version, sans the whiskey, can be made in a crockpot and blends herbal tea, cinnamon, ginger, lemons, and honey for a truly soul-warming sip. See full recipe at Elana's Pantry.
Hot Buttered Not-Rum
This tasty recipe substitutes apple cider for the traditional rum, and it does it beautifully! The butter in this beverage definitely adds a richness that you won't get in most drinks. You'll need apple cider, fresh lemon, and orange juice and zest, butter (of course!), cinnamon, cloves, and garnish if you choose. See full recipe at Taste and Tell.
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What do you think? Are there other fun mocktails you like to sip on during the winter months? Share them with us in the comments below.