Holiday gatherings don’t need alcohol to be filled with joy. Plus, who needs the hangover the next day? We found some holiday mocktail recipes full of flavor and holiday magic worth sharing. non-alcoholic drinks holiday mocktails holiday mocktail recipes
Cranberry Pear Mulled Cider
When the temperatures drop, sometimes a cold drink is the last thing we want to sip on. But a warm cider both sweet and spiced? Yes please. Bonus: this recipe will fill your home with the most delicious scent. Did we mention it’s only 6 ingredients? Easy!
- 1 gallon high quality apple cider
- 6 whole cloves
- 4 cinnamon sticks
- 3 star anise
- 1 Bosc pear
- whole cranberries (optional, for garnish)
Add the apple cider, spices* and pear to a large, tall-sided pot. Warm over low heat to just below a simmer. Heat for at least 1 hour before serving. Serve straight out of the pot, ladle into mugs. Garnish with cranberries (optional)
Eggnog – Without the Alcohol
Controversial opinion: I love eggnog. I know the store-bought versions have developed a reputation for tons of sugar, the heaviest of creams, and a concoction of chemicals to mimic spice flavors, but this homemade one? With nutty holiday spices mulled together with condensed milk and cream over a warm stove? With a full body taste that strangely comforting and nostalgic even thought it is no one’s holiday tradition that I know of? Worth a try (and a lactaid pill). Just do it. Heck, call it a meal. It’s the holidays.
- 2 cups milk
- 5 whole cloves
- 1/2 tsp. ground cinnamon
- 1/4 cup sweetened, condensed milk
- 4 egg yolks
- 1/2 cup granulated sugar
- 1 cup heavy whipping cream
- 1 tsp ground nutmeg, plus more for garnish
- 1 tsp vanilla extract
Combine milk, cloves, cinnamon and condensed milk over low heat in a deep sauce pan until the mixture is no longer chilled and is heated through. Slowly increase the heat to medium and bring the mixture to a low boil, careful not to allow a rolling boil. In a medium bowl, combine the eggs and sugar. Beat eggs until lightened in color and fluffy. Slowly temper the eggs by adding about 1 tbsp. at a time of the hot milk mixture into the egg and sugar mixture. Once enough of the milk is in the egg mixture, pour it all back into the saucepan. Heat over medium heat for 3-5 minutes, stirring frequently, until thickened enough to leave a clean line on the back of a spoon. Add the heavy whipping cream, nutmeg and vanilla extract to the mixture and heat through. Do not bring to a boil. Strain the mixture using a fine mesh strainer to catch the spices. Place in an airtight container in the refrigerator and let cool for at least one hour, preferably longer. Serve cold. Garnish with additional nutmeg if desired. holiday mocktail recipes
Apple Barley Old Fashioned
This recipe will counterbalance the overwhelming sweetness of the omnipresent holiday treats. The bitters give this “Old Fashioned” a depth and complexity of flavor that will leave you (or your guests) smacking their lips and saying “mmm.” This is a real grown up mocktail for any occasion around the holidays.ay cocktail recipes
- 1 oz strong-brewed chilled barley tea bag (poured from 10 oz of hot water brewed with two tea bags)
- 1/3 dropper Angostura bitters
- 5 dashes molasses bitters
- .25 oz simple syrup
- .5 oz apple cider
- Splash of club soda – optional
Stir ingredients and garnish with an orange swath and two Luxardo cherries.
From SteakBar in Chicago via Town and Country Magazine.
Dublin Double Irish Coffee
Oh, baby. This will give you a jolt: a coffee-based mocktail with a little sweetness, a little cream, and a little complexity. Perfect to start the evening or as a dessert.
- 2.5 ounces Lyre’s American Malt
- 4 ounces hot brewed coffee
- ¼ ounces premium maple syrup
- 3 ounces whipped cream
Stir American Malt, maple syrup, and hot coffee into an Irish coffee mug. Once maple is mixed in well, add the whipped cream on top. holiday mocktail recipes non-alcoholic drinks holiday mocktails
Honorable Mention: Athletic Brewing NA Beer
No recipe here, just a great recommendation. If mocktails and alcohol aren’t your thing (or you just need a break), Athletic Brewing has changed the game when it comes to brewing non-alcoholic beer. From Hazy IPAs to golden ales to an “Extra Dark” stout flavor, these will satisfy your quench for a “cold one” to sip on without the side effects – or the flatness that can come with NA beers. Happy holidays, indeed.
- 1+ can
- Open can, pour into a chilled glass. Repeat as desired. holiday mocktails na beer nonalcoholic cocktails recipes
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We hope you enjoy these easy holiday mocktail recipes. Who knows, maybe one of these will become a new holiday tradition? Happy Holiday Cocktail -ing and sending you love from the Bidtellect family!
Charlotte Otremba is Director of Communications and Marketing at Bidtellect.