4 Stunning Non-Alcoholic Drink Recipes for the Holidays

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Holiday party season has arrived and we are IN IT. If you’re hosting anytime soon, a beverage that your guests will rave over is a must.

No worries if alcohol isn’t your thing – holiday mocktails are just as beautiful and fun to sip on! And if you are serving “adult” beverages, it never hurts to offer a non-alcoholic beverage option for anyone exploring sober curiosity or not drinking alcohol for any reason.

These mocktails are stunning and tasty, without being over the top – looking at you, TikTok viral cocktail in an ornament. If you love that vibe but wonder if people really have time to host and create a drink so extra, they DO, but you don’t have to!

Serve these non-alcoholic drinks at your holiday party.

 

Promise the WOW-factor will still be there (and you won’t be washing or wasting ornaments).

Pomegranate Ginger Paloma

A traditional Paloma is made with tequila, grapefruit juice, lime, and sparkling water. This non-alcoholic holiday drink uses non-alcoholic tequila (I used Ritual Zero Proof), and adds an element of cheer with pomegranate juice and ginger beer in place of the sparkling water.

This bevvie is not only stunning, but I love the subtle spice that the ginger beer brings. It balances out the sweetness and literally adds a sparkle to your drink.

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Pomegranate Ginger Paloma

A holiday-inspired, non-alcoholic version of a paloma
Course Drinks
Keyword mocktail, non-alcoholic, non-alcoholic beverage, drink, holiday drink, paloma, ginger, holiday recipe
Prep Time 5 minutes
Servings 2

Ingredients

6 oz pomegranate juice4 oz grapefruit juicejuice from 1/2 lime4 oz non-alcoholic tequila I used Ritual Zero Proofginger beer to taste

Instructions

Run a lime wedge around your glasses and coat in sugar (or salt if you prefer). Add ice cubes and set aside.
Combine drink ingredients in a shaker (or jar) and shake to combine. Strain mixture into glasses.
Garnish with pomegranate seeds and fresh rosemary and serve.

Notes

If you want to try this as a cocktail, just swap the NA tequila for your favorite brand of alcoholic tequila.

Peppermint Espresso Martini

The espresso martini has become one of my favorite drinks, but I have to admit that until now, I’d never tried a non-alcoholic version. Typically this martini uses vodka, but I decided to replace it with Ritual Zero-Proof’s Gin Alternative. Then I added a little Torani peppermint syrup and a splash of heavy cream – this is optional, and you can totally use a dairy-free alternative.

When I tested this recipe, I learned that shaking the mixture is key to getting that luscious layer of foam at the top. Just brew your espresso over ice in a heat-safe mason jar so it’s already chilled, add your other ingredients, and shake away.

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Peppermint Espresso Martini

A non-alcoholic and wintry spin on a classic espresso martini
Course Drinks
Keyword mocktail, non-alcoholic beverage, holiday drink, espresso, martini, holiday party
Prep Time 5 minutes
Servings 1

Ingredients

2 Shots espresso2 oz non-alcoholic gin I used Ritual Zero-Proof1 oz peppermint syrup1 Tbsp heavy cream (optional)Coffee beans and crushed peppermint For garnish

Instructions

Brew espresso shots over ice.
Add non-alcoholic gin, peppermint syrup, and heavy cream (or other alternative, if using) to espresso
Pour mixture into a shaker (or brew right into a mason jar like me!). Cover with a lid and shake to combine, for about 10 seconds.
Pour mixture into a martini glass and allow the foam to settle at the top. Garnish with a few coffee beans and crushed peppermint.

Notes

You can absolutely make this a cocktail by swapping the NA gin for regular gin or vodka.

Winter Spiced Hot Toddy

This one is warm and soothing – perfect for serving after a day spent in the snow, or around a fire. I also love sipping on this non-alcoholic drink for a…um…different kind of holiday – a sick day, spent battling a scratchy throat. A hot toddy is the perfect way to find some relief.

To remove the alcohol without sacrificing the flavor depth, I used Monday Zero Alcohol Whiskey. It’s hard to explain, but this whiskey alternative is the key to adding that layer of warmth that alcohol usually brings. You’ll believe me when you try it!

Oh and please don’t be intimidated by the spiced simple syrup! It’s really easy to throw together and simmer on your stove. Bonus – it will make your house smell amazing.

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Winter Spiced Hot Toddy

A warm, soothing alcohol-free hot toddy made with zero alcohol whiskey and a mouth watering spiced simple syrup.
Course Drinks
Keyword mocktail, non-alcoholic, non-alcoholic beverage, holiday drink, holiday recipe, holiday party, hot toddy, winter spiced, cinnamon, warm beverage
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 10 minutes
Total Time 15 minutes
Servings 1

Ingredients

Spiced Simple Syrup

1/2 cup water1/2 cup brown sugar1 stick cinnamon or 1/4 tsp ground cinnamon1/8 tsp allspice or more to taste

Hot Toddy

2 oz Zero Alcohol Whiskey I used MondayJuice from 1/2 lemon1 cup hot water or enough to fill remainder of glass

Instructions

Spiced Simple Syrup

To make the spiced simple syrup: In a small saucepan over medium heat, combine water, brown sugar, cinnamon and allspice. Simmer for around 10 minutes.
Remove from heat and set aside.

Hot Toddy

To a mug, add 1 oz spiced simple syrup, Zero Alcohol Whiskey, and lemon juice. Fill the remainder of mug with hot water. Garnish with a lemon slice and cinnamon stick!

Notes

Make this a cocktail by swapping the NA whiskey for your favorite regular whiskey.

Apple Kentucky Mule

Mules are one of the most refreshing drinks out there. I’ve never tolerated vodka well though – even the thought of it makes me gag. This was sad when I discovered I love espresso martinis, and equally sad as I’ve avoided mules for my entire life.

UNTIL NOW.

Because not only did I master a non-alcoholic espresso martini, but I also crafted a mule with a fall/holiday twist…without vodka.

So, a traditional mule is vodka, ginger beer, and lime with lots of ice. To make this more holiday-friendly,  I used Monday Zero Alcohol Whiskey. Not only does the whiskey add a warmer flavor to this non-alcoholic drink recipe, but it adds exactly what the drink needed to take this from “why not just drink a soda” to a true cocktail alternative.

I also added apple juice! If you’re wondering if cider would work too, the answer is YES.

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Apple Kentucky Mule

The refreshing mule we all love, with a dash of holiday spirit. And zero-proof whiskey.
Course Drinks
Keyword mocktail, non-alcoholic, non-alcoholic beverage, holiday drink, holiday recipe, drinks, mule, moscow mule, whiskey
Prep Time 3 minutes
Servings 1

Ingredients

2 oz Zero Alcohol Whiskey I used Monday1 oz apple juice2 oz ginger beer or more to taste/fill cupJuice from 1/2 limeLime wheel, cinnamon stick, and fresh rosemary for garnish

Instructions

Fill a copper mug with ice (crushed is best). Add NA whiskey, apple juice, ginger beer, and lime juice.
Garnish with lime wheel, cinnamon stick, and fresh rosemary.

Notes

Feel free to make this with regular whiskey if you want a cocktail version.

Which of non-alcoholic holiday drink are you trying first?!

I’d tell you my favorite, but I want to know yours first!

Curious about other non-alcoholic drink brands? I tried several and did a full review here!

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