The holidays are a cheerful, warm, and cozy time to get together with friends and family, and what better way to celebrate the cheer than with a delicious holiday mocktail in hand?
Whether you’re not a drinker, don’t like the taste of alcohol, are too young to drink, want to save calories for the holiday dinners, or simply want non-alcoholic options at your next holiday party or event, holiday themed mocktails are a great option.
Not only do they look and taste festive, but they’re also usually pretty easy to make. Often, it’s as simple as making the related cocktail and forgoing the booze.
Whether you’re looking for something fruity, chocolatey, or even minty, there’s a holiday mocktail out there for everyone.
Non-alcoholic sangria is one of the best holiday mocktails for a group of people who prefer not to drink alcohol because you can make a bunch at once and pass it around with pitchers — my favorite way to drink sangria!
To make a pitcher of non-alcoholic sangria, combine red grape juice, white cranberry juice, seltzer water, and orange juice in a pitcher.
You can also add some fresh fruit like grapes, oranges, or cranberries for garnish or extra fruity flavor.
I love this mocktail because it’s easy to make, and you can tailor it to your taste. If you want it to be a little sweeter, add more juice or some simple syrup.
If you want it to be a little tart, add less juice or more seltzer water.
Either way, it’s a delicious and festive drink that’s a hit at holiday events.
Moscow mules are great for mocktails because ginger beer is already such a delicious drink on its own!
If you want to make a tasty Moscow mule mocktail, I suggest using ginger beer, lime juice, and seltzer water.
You can add a little bit of simple syrup if you want it to be on the sweet side.
I also enjoy adding fresh mint leaves for the finishing touch because it perks up the flavors even more while simultaneously giving the drink more “holiday cheer.”
Because it isn’t as sweet as some of the other mocktails on this list, a Moscow mule is my favorite for holiday lunches and dinners to eat with food. Try it with cranberry brie bites or cauliflower gratin.
Alcohol tends to cut some of the sweetness from a drink, and without it many cocktails are just too sugary in my opinion.
Luckily, using kombucha can cut some of that sweetness, which is why I love this cranberry kombucha mocktail.
If you like kombucha, mix a classic flavor (I like ginger) with cranberry juice, ice, and garnishes like fresh ginger, rosemary, and whole cranberries.
You can sip this mocktail and enjoy the holiday festivities without any alcohol necessary.
Best Holiday Mocktails
Apple Cider Mocktail
Candy Cane Mocktail
Ginger Basil Grapefruit Spritzer
Moscow Mule Mocktail
Peppermint Hot Chocolate
Cranberry Kombucha Mocktail
When the holidays come around, many people see it as an opportunity to eat, drink, and be merry—and there’s nothing wrong with any of those things.
But if you’d prefer your “drinking” to be non-alcoholic, you shouldn’t have to forgo the festivities and delight of sipping on lovely tasting and beautifully-designed beverages. That’s why non-alcoholic cocktails or “mocktails” exist.
The best holiday mocktails contain all of the flavor and fun of traditional cocktails without any of the alcohol.
So if you’re searching for a delicious and festive way to celebrate the season, try one of these mocktails. You won’t be disappointed.
Erin lives in East Passyunk and enjoys checking out the local restaurants in South Philly and beyond. Her favorite restaurants are those with spicy food and outdoor seating so that she can bring along her dog, Miss Piggy.