No Need for Booze: These 4 Mocktails Are Festive Enough for the Holidays
New Year’s Eve and champagne go hand in hand like…
… St. Patrick’s Day and Guinness.
… Cinco de Mayo and tequila.
… Mardi Gras and hurricanes.
Sensing a pattern here?
Still, those who don’t drink shouldn’t be left empty-handed — literally — when it comes to holiday celebrations. People who abstain from alcohol want to party, too — and drink delicious refreshments while doing so.
And think of the money you’ll save by forgoing that trip to the liquor store.
Here are four festive mocktails to serve at your upcoming New Year’s Eve party.
Pink “Champagne” Mocktail
You can’t toast the New Year without the champagne. Fill your flute with this bubbly beverage when it comes time to clink glasses at the stroke of midnight.
The mix of juices — cranberry, pineapple and orange — create a pink appearance, and the ginger ale brings on the fizz.
Check out the recipe from Allrecipes.
Spiced Virgin Apple Martini
That’s spiced, not spiked.
This drink is a step up from your typical sparkling cider spritzer. It incorporates seasonal spices from cinnamon sticks and candied ginger into a simple syrup for added tastiness.
You’ll also need to grab frozen apple juice concentrate, sparkling cider, a lemon, an apple, sugar and gingersnap cookies to make this concoction.
Check out the recipe from Giada De Laurentiis on the Food Network.
Even if you’ve gotten your fill of eggnog for the season, you’re going to want to try this Puerto Rican take on it. This particular coquito recipe is not only nonalcoholic, it’s dairy-free and egg-free.
Made with coconut milk, bananas, maple syrup and nutmeg, you won’t even miss the rum. Maybe…
Check out the recipe from Serious Eats.
White Hot Chocolate
This isn’t your average hot cocoa. If you’re missing the added warmth alcohol gives, why not go for a heated beverage?
Make this drink with milk, vanilla extract and white chocolate pieces, and top it off with whipped cream or marshmallows.
Check out the recipe from The Recipe Critic.
Nicole Dow is a senior writer at The Penny Hoarder.