6 Tasty Holiday Mocktails to try This Season
It's that time of year again already, isn't it? The season when every other day there is an excuse to throw a party until basically New Year's. Christmas parties. Fundraisers. Work parties. Family dinners. Dinner parties. All the parties... But, with all of the excuses to throw a party, come with invites and obligations to said parties. There is often one common denominator to all of these parties, too, that is no secret... Alcohol. There are countless reasons to choose not to drink but we, of course, had pregnancy in mind. Whether you are hosting a pregnant employee or you yourself are headed to an alcohol saturated dinner party, here are six basic yet delicious ideas to enjoy your night!
Cranberry Mimosas- Kitchen Fun With my 3 Sons gives a great spin on mimosas! They really add in that holiday effect with choosing cranberry flavor. Their recipe calls for champagne, but sparkling water would make the perfect NON ALCOHOLIC substitute. The ingredients are simple.
Champagne (sparkling water)
Candy Cane Crush- To really hit the spot with traditional candy cane consumption, PARENTS Magazine shares this tasty peppermint drink to enjoy. Put crushed candy canes on a saucer. Wet the outside of the rim of a chilled martini glass with water. Hold the glass by the stem and rotate to coat with candy. In a shaker, add all ingredients with ice and shake. Strain into glasses.
2 oz. strawberry soda or punch
4 dashes of white non-alcoholic crí¨me de menthe
2 ½ oz. cranberry juice
Dirty Dr. Pepper- The Bump gives us an excellent idea to take a soda and spice it up into a mocktail for any occasion! It's as easy as throwing a few ice cubes into your cup and adding a slice of lime. Pour in Dr. Pepper and add about 1 teaspoon of coconut syrup for every 1 cup of Dr. Pepper.
Dr. Pepper or Diet Dr. Pepper
Torani Sugar Free Coconut Syrup
Preggo Punch- Who doesn't love the chance to have a good punch? Kitchenability gives us a delicious recipe for punch that everyone will fall in love with. All you do is combine all the liquids in a glass and mix well. Then, top with fresh blackberries and lime to serve.
½ cup raspberry flavored seltzer water
¼ cup wild cherry flavored seltzer water
1½ Tbsp mojito mix
Virgin Pina Colada- Just about everyone has either had something pina colada flavored or heard of pina coladas. Bellybelly shares an excellent twist on the classic pina colada. Simply mix the pineapple juice and coconut syrup together in a jug of crushed ice. Serve in a lowball glass with a chunk of pineapple to garnish.
1 cup pineapple juice
1 cup coconut syrup
1 cup crushed ice
Pineapple chunks to garnish
Snow Punch- Tis the season for some snow punch! The Cookie Rookie introduces us to this festive punch that will really get you into the winter spirit... I mean, it includes ice cream. This recipe has a few more steps to it. Put lemon juice, bananas and sugar in a blender, cover and mix until smooth. Add half-and-half, cover and blend until smooth. Cover and refrigerate up to 1 hour. Then, just before serving, pour lemon/banana mixture into a punch bowl. Stir in soda and top with scoops of ice cream. For aesthetic purposes, dip the rims of the glasses in corn syrup or vanilla icing then dip the coated rims in coconut.
1 cup freshly squeezed lemon juice
5 medium ripe bananas
¾ cup granulated sugar; superfine if possible
2 cups half-and-half
1 liter lemon-lime soda
½ gallon vanilla ice cream or frozen yogurt
½ cup sweetened shredded coconut
Canned vanilla icing or corn syrup
Not sold on these mocktails? Follow the links provided throughout these recipes for more delicious and fun ideas to celebrate with this holiday season! Happy Holidays!