16 Tasty Mocktails to Spice Up Your Holidays
December 10, 2020
Pregnancy sure has a way of taking the fun out of holiday cocktails. But you don’t have to completely say arrivederci to your Bellinis just because baby’s on the way—you can still enjoy the taste of your favorite—albeit without the alcohol. Here, some of our favorite mocktail recipes to spice up your holiday celebrations.
Mocktail recipes in this article:
Sparkling berry and pomegranate mocktail
Peppermint orange syrup soda
Ombré grapefruit mocktail
Ginger basil grapefruit mimosa
Safe sex on the beach
Peach buttermilk shake
Dirty Dr. Pepper
Lemon berry colada
Sparkling soda and fresh fruit
Good morning sunburst
Pink pomegranate sparkler
Soda water with cucumber and lemon slices
Holiday meals tend to be deliciously heavy. One way to balance it all? Keep things light and fresh with your mocktails. This one, from Casa de Crews, goes easy on ingredients but big on color and flavor.
- 2 12-ounce cans of Dasani Sparkling Berry Water, chilled
- 4 ounces fresh pomegranate juice
- 8 to 12 cranberries, for garnish
- 4 to 8 sprigs of thyme, for garnish
In a highball glass, add half the serving of Dasani Sparkling Berry Water, 1 ounce of the pomegranate juice and two to three cranberries. Top with one to two sprigs of thyme for garnish. Repeat to make three more mocktails (ingredients make enough for four in total).
Any menu of mocktails worth its salt better include a martini option. This one, created by dietician Lara Metz, RD, CDN, has all the makings of a cosmopolitan, without the vodka.
- 2 tablespoons fresh lime juice
- 1/2 cup raspberry flavored sparkling water
- A splash of all-natural cranberry juice or cranberry juice cocktail
- 1 tablespoon crushed raspberries
Pour first three ingredients into a martini glass, then slide a few raspberries onto a thin stirrer to garnish.
Nothing says the holidays like peppermint-infused mocktails. This wintery mocktail recipe calls for a zesty simple syrup to spice up some soda water.
- 4 cups soda water
- 1 3/4 cups water
- 3/4 cup sugar
- 4 teaspoons dried peppermint
- 1 teaspoon orange peel zest
- 1 iSi Classic Sodamaker
Heat 1 3/4 cups water and the sugar on medium heat and allow it to come to a boil, stirring occasionally, until the sugar has dissolved. Remove from stovetop, stir in the peppermint and orange zest and steep for 20 minutes. Strain and chill overnight. To make the soda water, fill the iSi Classic Sodamaker with cold water. Screw on one iSi soda charger and shake vigorously. The ensure the water is really fizzy, refrigerate for one to two hours. To serve, dilute the peppermint orange syrup with the soda water and enjoy.
4. Mock Sangria
In this version of Sangria, from Taz Bhatia, MD, an integrative health expert, berries and peaches are a fun alternative to the traditional chopped apples and orange slices. Mocktails, ole!
- 1/4 cup orange juice
- 1/4 cup apple juice
- 1/4 cup pomegranate juice
- 1/2 to 3/4 cup sparkling water (to taste)
- 1/2 cup chopped fruit
- 1 thin slice ginger (optional)
Stir together all of the ingredients and serve.
This mocktail recipe from Handmade Mood proves even mocktails can be works of art. The different densities of the ingredients create a beautiful ombré effect, perfect to wow your holiday guests. Served in a champagne glass, it’s elegant enough for an evening party but refreshing enough (thanks to the grapefruit) to suit a brunch as well.
- 2 cups grapefruit juice, chilled
- 1/4 cup simple syrup
- 1 can Sprite or 7Up, chilled
Add 1/2 cup grapefruit juice and two tablespoons of simple syrup to each glass. Top each off with the soda and a teaspoon of grenadine. You can add a stir stick or straw, but don’t stir until after it’s served (or else it will no longer be ombré!).
Cne of the most popular of the classic mocktails, this recipe from Laura Metz is sure to add some festive flair to any holiday gathering.
- 1/2 cup club soda
- 1/4 cup ginger beer or ginger ale
- 3 tablespoons fresh lime juice
Mix all the ingredients in a lined copper mug (if you have one) along with some crushed ice and garnish with a lime wedge.
Mimosa mocktails are the perfect way to kick off a festive family brunch. Infusing citrus, spicy ginger and herbs, this mocktail recipe—by 1-2 Simple Cooking—is sure to brighten your day.
- 1 grapefruit plus additional grapefruit for garnish
- 3 12-ounce cans of ginger ale
- 1/4 cup basil simple syrup (scroll down for recipe)
- Handful of fresh basil
Juice one large grapefruit and segment additional grapefruit for an optional garnish. Fill a pitcher halfway with ice. Pour the ginger ale, fresh grapefruit juice and simple syrup, and mix well. Garnish with grapefruit slices and fresh basil.
Basil simple syrup
- 1 cup sugar
- 1 cup water
- 1 cup loosely packed fresh basil
Warm the sugar and water in a small pan over medium heat until sugar is fully dissolved, about two minutes. Add the basil. Allow to steep for 15 to 20 minutes, then strain and discard basil. Place the syrup in a glass tupperware container or squeeze bottle, if you have it. Cover and chill for a couple hours.
Spice up your holiday mocktails menu with this Tiki Mai refreshment from the bartenders of Kimpton Vero Beach Hotel & Spa. This non-alcoholic holiday punch is reminiscent of a Mai Tai, minus the rum.
- 1 ounce pineapple juice
- 1 ounce orange juice
- A splash of grenadine
- 1/2 ounce pineapple simple syrup (store-bought or homemade)
Add the ingredients in a tin of ice, then stir and strain into a specialty glass over ice. Top with soda water and garnish with charred orange rind.
The lack of booze won’t stop you from falling head over heels for this cleverly named drink, created by Lara Metz. (Who doesn’t enjoy their mocktails with a side of humor?)
- 1/2 cup sparkling water
- 1/4 cup cranberry juice
- 1/4 cup grapefruit juice
- 1/4 cup peach nectar
Mix the ingredients together and pour into a martini glass.
Who says holiday mocktails can’t double as dessert? This non-alcoholic shake calls for a scoop of ice cream and is a sweet way to end (or even start) a scrumptious holiday meal.
- 150 ml buttermilk
- 150 ml white grape juice
- 1 peach
- A scoop of peach ice cream
- Soda water
- 1 iSi Classic Sodamaker
To make the soda water, fill your iSi Classic Sodamaker with cold water, screw on the soda charger and shake vigorously. Refrigerate for one to two hours to ensure the water is really fizzy. Peel and dice the peach. Place all the ingredients in a glass, then top with the soda water and garnish with fruit.
Why pour yourself a straight soda when you can make tasty mocktails in seconds? Pretty Providence offers up an easy way to add extra flavor to a glass of Dr. Pepper.
- 1 lime
- Dr. Pepper or Diet Dr. Pepper
- Torani Sugar Free Coconut Syrup
Throw a few ice cubes into your cup and add one slice of lime. Pour in Dr. Pepper and add about 1 teaspoon of coconut syrup for every 1 cup of Dr. Pepper.
Whether you’re spending the holidays beach-side or celebrating Christmas in July (for which mocktails are surely in order), kick back and relax with this fruit-filled tropical non-alcoholic drink from Bijoux and Bits.
- 8 parts lemonade
- 2 parts light coconut milk
- 1 part grenadine
- Frozen blueberries
- Frozen orange juice cubes
Mix together all ingredients in a glass. Garnish with some fresh-squeezed frozen orange juice cubes (these will keep the drink cold without watering it down) and serve cold.
It’s pretty exciting when a bartender serves up a fancy drink, complete with all the trimmings—but simple, refreshing mocktails can be just as tasty. This mocktail recipe from Lara Metz uses fresh fruit to add a touch of sweetness.
- 1 can of seltzer (flavor optional)
- Fresh fruit of your choosing (berries work well)
Pour seltzer water into glass over crushed ice, then slide fruit onto a skewer and garnish.
With so much to celebrate during the holidays, every morning is a good morning. Why not match the mood with a round of sunny mocktails? This Sunburst drink from The Worktop, with its bright colors and piney rosemary taste, is a perfect start to your holiday.
- 1/2 cup orange juice, frozen into ice cubes
- 8 ounces sparkling water
- 1 splash grenadine syrup
- 1 splash vanilla syrup (optional)
- 1 sprig rosemary
Place two orange juice ice cubes into a 12-ounce glass. Add in sparkling water, then slowly pour in the grenadine syrup. If you like, slowly pour in the vanilla syrup. Serve with a sprig of rosemary and a straw.
Another offering from Lara Metz, this is one of the easiest holiday mocktails to make (and simply delicious to drink)—just gather your ingredients and pour for a very merry time.
- 1 tablespoon pomegranate seeds
- 3/4 cup pink sparkling lemonade
- Splash of pomegranate juice
Pour pomegranate seeds into a champagne glass, then add sparkling lemonade and pomegranate juice.
After all that merry-making, sometimes you just need a simple, thirst-quenching drink. Mocktails to the rescue! This recipe dresses up your standard soda water with some lively lemon and cucumber.
- 1 iSi Classic Sodamaker
- Half a cucumber
- Half a lemon
Fill the iSi Classic Sodamaker with cold water. Screw on one iSi soda charger and shake vigorously. To ensure the water is really fizzy, refrigerate for one to two hours. To serve, cut the cucumber and lemon into slices. Place all ingredients in a glass, top with soda water from the Sodamaker and garnish with lemon.
Updated October 2017