15 Best Holiday Mocktail Recipes for the Family

Spread the Christmas Spirit in Nonalcoholic Drinks

Holiday pomegranate mojito recipe

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Mix up a spectacular seasonal drink with these fun holiday mocktail recipes. From warm and inviting beverages to sparkling nonalcoholic twists on favorite cocktails, there are many great mocktails to choose from for the Christmas season. These family-friendly drink recipes are simple, delightful, and guaranteed to be a hit at your Christmas gatherings.


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    Sweet Adeline

    Sweet Adeline Pomegranate and Black Tea Drink

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    Warm and soothing, the sweet Adeline recipe is an excellent way to spice up your tea routine. It is the perfect drink for cold days and incredibly simple. Made with fresh pomegranate juice and homemade cinnamon syrup, you'll also need a black tea with a spiced orange blend, hot water, and a cinnamon stick.

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    Pomegranate Mojito Mocktail

    Holiday pomegranate mojito recipe

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    The mojito is a great drink, but it doesn't have to be relegated to summer or include rum. This pomegranate mojito mocktail is filled with fresh mint, pomegranate juice, and lemonade, then topped with a light soda to give it a nice sparkle. Since pomegranates are in season, be sure to include the seeds for that perfect finishing touch.

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    Baby Bellini

    Baby Bellini Drink

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    The Bellini is a fantastic brunch drink that adds a fruity sparkle to the day, and it's easily transformed into a nonalcoholic delight. The baby Bellini features peach nectar and sparkling cider, and it's a simple pour-and-serve drink.

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    Margarita Mocktail

    Fresh Virgin Margarita

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    The holidays are a time to celebrate, and the margarita is a perfect party drink. A fun pairing with food, this margarita mocktail recipe skips the tequila and triple sec without sacrificing flavor. The liquors are replaced with a combination of freshly squeezed citrus juices, and it gets a stimulating sparkle from seltzer.

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    Egg Cream

    Egg Cream

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    A fizzy take on chocolate milk, New York egg cream is a fun drink to mix up. This soda fountain favorite no longer includes egg but simply requires milk, chocolate syrup, and seltzer. Sprinkle a little ground cinnamon or nutmeg on top, or garnish it with a candy cane or cinnamon stick for a holiday touch.

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    Maple Pecan Latte


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    A delicious coffee recipe, this maple pecan latte is perfect for the holiday season. Designed to replicate the coffee shop version, it comes surprisingly close. The key to this drink is the homemade maple pecan syrup, which uses maple syrup, pecan butter, brown sugar, butter, and cream. With that ready in the refrigerator, you just have to brew espresso, steam some milk, then mix it all together.

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    Hot Not Toddy

    Nonalcoholic Hot Not Toddy

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    Brew up the hot not toddy with your favorite tea for a soothing, warm drink. The recipe is simple, sweetening hot tea with honey, while a tart lemon gives it a refreshing twist. You can take it in many directions by customizing the drink with various teas and sweeteners or adding holiday spices like cinnamon, cloves, and nutmeg.

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    Virgin Mary

    The Virgin Mary: Spice Up Brunch With a Great Tomato Drink

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    There's something about a chilly winter morning that brings up the desire for a bloody Mary. A great choice while watching football or relaxing before the day's rush begins, skip the vodka and try a virgin Mary instead. You won't miss the liquor in this spicy tomato juice mix that includes Worcestershire and hot sauces, pepper, celery salt, and a splash of lemon.

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    Sparkling Peach Sunrise

    Sparkling Peach Sunrise

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    If you're in the mood for a very peachy drink, the sparkling peach sunrise is a great recipe. Inspired by the famous tequila sunrise, this drink skips the liquor and opts for peach juice over orange. Grenadine remains as the fruity sweetener that gives it the signature sunrise effect, and it's topped with your favorite citrus soda.

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    Sundowner Mocktail

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    An ideal beverage for holiday dinners, this sparkling drink is a pure pleasure that pairs perfectly with any food on the table. You can pour the sundowner by the glass or prepare an entire pitcher for holiday entertaining. The recipe requires white grape juice rather than the standard purple variety, and the only other ingredients you'll need are sparkling water and fresh mint.

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    El Submarino

    Argentinian Hot Chocolate

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    An interactive way to enjoy your hot chocolate, el submarino is a treat for the entire family. This recipe comes from Argentina, and it's a delightful kid-friendly drink. Rather than mixing up hot chocolate, you will warm milk and sweeten it with sugar and vanilla. You'll also need a quality chocolate bar, which is the "submarine" that's dunked into the steaming cup and slowly melts away.

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    Nonalcoholic Eggnog

    Non-Alcoholic Holiday Eggnog

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    Many eggnog recipes are available, and you can skip the liquor in most to create a family-friendly version. Yet, if you're looking for a tried and true nonalcoholic eggnog recipe, this one eliminates the anxiety of drinking raw eggs because the eggs are lightly cooked with sugar and salt before adding milk. It's not the quickest eggnog, but it is very satisfying.

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    Hong Kong Milk Tea

    Hong Kong Milk Tea Recipe

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    For a truly unique beverage, brew up a cup of Hong Kong milk tea this holiday season. It's a luscious, creamy cup of tea made with just three ingredients: You'll heat water and choose your favorite black tea, then add evaporated milk. To make it a little sweeter, use condensed milk or add sugar to suit your taste. It's easy to make and can be served either hot or cold, depending on your mood. 

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    Make Butterbeer at Home

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    Treat the entire family to a round of butterbeer! A fictional drink from the "Harry Potter" series, it's made with a creamy, spiced butter batter sweetened with butterscotch sauce, then topped with vanilla cream soda. You can serve it cold or warm it up for a yummy seasonal twist that's fun on movie night.

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    Apple Soda

    Homemade Apple Soda With Fresh Apple Juice
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    Homemade soda provides the opportunity to customize the drink's sweetness and flavor to your liking. It also doesn't come will all the additives of store-bought brands! Apple soda is a perfect place to begin for the chillier months of the year. The soda's made with homemade apple syrup that you'll simply need to top with carbonated water. Bottled seltzer or club soda works just as well as sparkling water from your favorite soda machine.