The holidays are all about food and family and tasty drinks. I think we all take it for granted that holiday eating equals boozin’. So it wasn’t until Casey of Dressed to Code requested to see a mocktail version of a drink I posted that I realized I should really put together a mocktail roundup. I’d thought about it before but didn’t know if there were curious readers out there looking for some. I’m so glad she spoke up! Since I’ve done a variety of holiday cocktail posts already (here, here, and here), a holiday themed mocktail post sounded like a great idea. During the holidays we all overdo it, either with drinks, food, or just a really busy schedule, so it’s nice to treat yourself to something tasty without the alcoholic enhancement. It’s also good to keep a few mocktail recipes up your sleeve for the non-drinking guests at your party. And I’m talking going beyond sparkling water and some pomegranate juice. All of these drinks would be tasty with or without alcohol so consider using them for your parties and having an alcohol and non-alcohol version to satisfy the needs of all your guests.
8 Tasty Holiday Mocktails
Paloma Cocktail & Mocktail (Paleo & AIP) | Sweet Treats
Palomas are so refreshing on their own that this mocktail version with some extra LaCroix taking the place of vodka seems like a no brainer. While I think this qualifies as a great refreshing mocktail for the holidays, it’s delicious year round.
The Italian Bramble (Non-Alcoholic Cocktail) | The Artful Desperado
Most mocktails are not as labor intensive as cocktails but this drink (which calls for juniper berries!) requires some time and effort. You’ll still feel like a mixologist after concocting this delicious berry drink.
Grapefruit Ginger Lemonade Mocktail | Slap Dash Mom
This ain’t your regular sidewalk 25 cent lemonade! The grapefruit gives it brightness and the ginger gives it some kick. It also uses bitters to further the illusion of a cocktail.
Holiday Pomegranate Mojito Mocktail | The Butter Half
Oooh anyone else a huge mojito lover? I love mint in drinks. So darn tasty. But the pomegranate makes it festive and fun. And pretty if you garnish with a few of pomegranate seeds.
Virgin Ginger Mimosas | In Sonnet’s Kitchen
Holidays with my family usually feature mimosas. I’m usually not ready to drink that early so this virgin mimosa is a great idea. You still have the bubbly but no midday headache. Plus a little ginger to wake up your senses.
Blackberry, Lemon, & Thyme Soda | Reclaiming Provincial
Blackberry and thyme are a popular winter cocktail combination so I really wanted to find a great mocktail featuring these ingredients. This drink combines muddled blackberries and raspberries for a yummy treat.
Maple Apple Cider | Half Baked Harvest
Nothing says winter quite like some hot apple cider. It almost seems silly to put cider on here because cider is already so good on its own but with the addition of maple syrup this was too good to omit.
Sober Festive Sangria | Use Your Noodles
Ah yes! A non alcoholic sangria! I searched high and low for one that was worthy. Sangria is a special thing so this needed more than fruit and juice to blow your socks off. And this one ups the ante with the spices – star anise, cloves, peppercorns, and ginger.