November 29, 2012 | in Nanny
The holiday season brings an abundance of holiday parties and social events, which usually means that inevitably a few holiday-inspired drinks will find their way into your hands. However, alcoholic options aren’t for everyone, whether you’re the designated driver or just abstaining from alcohol. If you’re planning a holiday party, or want to bring a nonalcoholic – but still festive – drink option to an event you’re attending, try one of these tasty non-alcoholic holiday drinks. The holidays are all about spending quality time with family and friends, and these mock-tails will be a nice and refreshing addition to any party:
- Cranberry Splash – Fill a tall glass with ice cubes. Next, fill the glass half full with tea (any flavor) and top off the glass with Sierra Mist Cranberry Splash. Garnish with a wedge of lime and a few floating cranberries for a pretty and festive drink.
- Cherry Bomb – Bring 2 cups of water to a boil, then remove from the stove and add 1 cup of grenadine, stirring to combine. Once combined, use the mixture to fill ice cube trays and freeze for at least 2 hours. To make the drink, fill the glass with the grenadine ice cubes and top with a lemon lime soda. Garnish with several maraschino cherries on a sword or toothpick laid across the top of the drink.
- Grape cider sparkler – Combine ¼ cup of grape juice with 2 tablespoons of lemon juice. Split this mixture between 2 glasses, then fill up the glass with sparkling cider. Finish it off by garnishing the glass with a lemon peel. This drink can be made with cranberry or black currant juice in place of the grape.
- Apple pie spiced cider – You can create this warm and soothing drink in place of a hot toddy. In a medium pan, whisk together 1 ¼ quarts of apple cider, 3 tablespoons of brown sugar, 1 teaspoon of allspice, ½ teaspoon of ground ginger and ¼ teaspoon of cloves. Add a pinch of salt and bring the mixture to a simmer over medium-low heat. Grate some fresh nutmeg over the pot. Stir and allow to simmer for 10 minutes. Serve in mugs and garnish with a whole cinnamon stick.
- Sparkling breakfast punch – This mock-tail works well for holiday brunches. In a pitcher, pour 3 cups of orange juice, 2 cups of pineapple juice and 3 cups of pomegranate juice. Stir and chill for at least 2 hours. Right before serving, pour juice mixture into a large punch bowl and add 1 liter of ginger ale and 1 liter of club soda. Stir to combine and serve over ice.
- Citrus Kiss – Watch out for the mistletoe with this holiday mock-tail! Rim martini glasses with sugar by running a wedge of lemon or lime around the rim of the glass and dipping the rim onto a plate full of superfine sugar. In a cocktail shaker, mix together 1/3 cup of blood orange sparkling cider, 1 tablespoon of mandarin orange juice, 1 tablespoon of lime juice, 1 tablespoon of lemon juice and 2 tablespoons of simple syrup. You can make simple syrup by mixing together equal parts of sugar and water and bringing the mixture to a simmer until the sugar dissolves. You’ll want to allow the syrup to cool before using. Fill the shaker with ice and shake for about 1 minute until very cold. Strain the drink into the rimmed glass and serve.
- Poinsettia Sipper – In a medium saucepan combine 2 cups of cranberry cocktail, 2 cups of apple juice, ½ cup sugar, 2 tablespoons of orange juice, 3 whole cloves, 2 (3-inch) cinnamon sticks and 2 cups of water. Bring the mixture to a simmer and cook for 30 minutes. Remove the spices, then chill the drink for 1 to 2 hours. Serve with an orange peel curl.
Just because you don’t want to imbibe in an alcoholic beverage doesn’t mean you have to skip the festive drinks! These mock-tails are just the ticket for those times, and can even be served to kids who want to have a fancy holiday drink too. Remember, it’s all about the garnish!
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