Five Festive Non-Alcoholic Mocktails Anyone Can Enjoy
Christmas and New Year’s Eve are traditionally two days where a lot of alcohol is consumed. So when my friend suggested I make some mocktail recipes, I was immediately sold on the idea. I created 5 mocktail recipes, 4 very easy ones and one requiring a bit more effort. These mocktails are great for pregnant people, kids, and anyone who prefers not to drink alcohol. And the best part? You don’t need any crazy ingredients or equipment, that’s how easy they are!
I absolutely loved making these recipes. Drinks are not something I create a lot on my blog, but after making these mocktails I cannot wait to make some more. The hardest part about being a food blogger to me is making what you create look as good as it tastes. Seeing these 5 mocktails together for their “family photo” made me so happy as they all just came out looking as good as they taste. I hope you enjoy these recipes, and wish you all a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year!
- Non-Alcoholic Mimosa Mocktail
- Cranberry & Apple Spritzer Mocktail
- Virgin Clementine Mojito
- Grape & Rosemary Mocktail
- Ginger Beer & Pineapple Mocktail
This virgin mimosa or non-alcoholic mimosa is the easiest recipe I came up with. All you need is two ingredients: fresh orange juice and Sprite.
As the recipe is very easy, I made my non-alcoholic mimosa with fresh orange juice rather than store-bought. You can of course replace it with good-quality orange juice from the shop if you want to save time or are making this recipe for a lot of people. Avoid getting orange juice with pulp though, the less pulp we have in our non-alcoholic mimosa, the better! Serve them in a champagne flute glass for added elegance and style.
This is again a really easy recipe, and requires less effort than the Non-Alcoholic Mimosa Mocktail as there is no juicing involved in this one. All you need to do is add equal amounts of apple and cranberry juice and top it up with Sprite. Serve it with some fresh rosemary and some cranberries on a skewer. Note: fresh, raw cranberries are really bitter. Keep that in mind to either tell your guests or replace them with a sweeter alternative.
I absolutely love sweet drinks so this Cranberry & Apple Spritzer Mocktail is my favourite of the five mocktails I made. If you’re not that into sweet drinks there are two things you can do. You could add more Sprite which will tone it down. Or you can also use apple/cranberry juice with no added sugars. Will this cranapple spritzer be the star of your party? Check out the recipe below.
This Virgin Clementine Mojito is such a lovely twist on the original mojito. We are keeping the mint, sugar and lime but we’re also adding some clementine juice and little bits of clementine. I absolutely love clementines in Winter so they just had to be part of this Christmas mocktail. We are again focusing on freshness by juicing the clementines (can you even buy this in a shop?) and then adding some fresh mint, a key ingredient in any mojito. Make sure to stock up on crushed ice & clementines cause everyone will want more after drinking their first glass!
It’s time for the only mocktail that requires a bit more effort. But in fairness it still isn’t a whole lot of effort. Tthe other cocktails were mainly just “mix this and this and this”. This Grape & Rosemary Mocktail is slightly different as we are making our own grape syrup. We are going to cook some fresh grapes in Demerara sugar, lime juice and grape juice and rosemary. We are using grape juice instead of water to really bring out the grape flavour in this. By adding the rosemary this early on as well we can get a lovely hint of rosemary in our cocktail. Once we have our syrup cooked it’s just a matter of leaving it cool down and then adding the remaining ingredients on top, as with the other recipes.
And just like that.. it’s time for the very last mocktail! The first time I ever drank ginger beer (non-alcoholic) was on the flight to Australia. I had heard it really helps with motion sickness and the flight was fairly bumpy so figured I’d give it a go. What a lifesaver it was!
That being said, ginger beer does have a very strong flavour and not everyone might like it that much. A great alternative could be ginger ale, which is usually less strong. My advice would be to just buy a small bottle of what you are thinking of using. Have a sip and see if it’s what you like before committing to buying more. I used Fever-Tree Ginger beer myself. We’re combining this with pineapple juice, one of my favourite fruit juices. The finishing touches? Fresh mint, lime juice and cinnamon!