10 Great Mocktails & Cocktails for the Season

10 Great Holiday Mocktails

10 Great Mocktails & Cocktails for the Season

Join me as I share my tasty, 10 Great Mocktails & Cocktails for the Season. Cheers to the holidays! 

Some of the feedback I have noticed on my holiday cocktail recipes has been that some of my followers can not drink alcohol at that time. This is mainly due to pregnancy, health issues or maybe it is just a “dry” function.   So I wanted to say “I hear you”, and I am sharing 10 Great Mocktails & Cocktails for the Season. These recipes make a great punch but can easily be converted to adult beverages with just a shot of liquor. First I want to give you just a quick overview of some of the ingredients that can be used. My entire goal was to pick items that are readily available and ones that you may already have in your pantry. This way if you have pop up events or if you have unexpected holiday guest drop by you can make these cocktails in a flash without even batting an eyelash. 7 Great Holiday Mocktails

 

1. Hot Caramel Apple Toddy

This is such an easy go to recipe for the colder months. You can either make your own Apple Cider or pre-purchase ready made cider. You will want to heat it up in a Crockpot or on the stove top and add the traditional Apple Pie spices, top it with a festive sliced apple and serve with an optional caramel drizzle. You can see my full recipe at Hot Caramel Apple Toddy 

2. Blackberry Sage Mule

A typical Moscow mule is comprised of ginger beer, lime juice and vodka. For this tasty mocktail treat I whipped up a batch of blackberry sage simple syrup and added it to ginger ale to replace the beer. I garnished it with candied ginger,  sage leaves and a blackberry. You can see the full recipe for this cocktail at Blackberry Sage Moscow Mules.

7 Great Holiday Mocktails 3. Sunshine In Glass

Sometimes during the cold winter months you may long for a warm beach vacation. This is my mocktail recipe for sunshine in a glass, to cure those winter blues. Over 21 additives could possibly include Rum, Vodka or Tequila. You will mix:

  • 2 oz Pineapple Juice
  • 1 oz Apple Juice
  • 1 oz  Orange Juice
  • 2 oz Lemon Lime soda
  • Lemon Seltzer Water
  • a splash of Maraschino Cherry Juice

7 Great Holiday Mocktails 4. Cranberry Sparkler

This is a simple but elegant drink option that is the mocktail version of a Cosmopolitan.  You can easily add vodka, tequila or gin to this mix. I have even tried adding this to half a glass of red wine which is also tasty. 

  • 2 oz Cran Cherry Juice
  • 2 oz Ginger Ale
  • 1 oz Fresh Lime Juice
  • garnish with frozen fresh cranberries (as ice cubes) and lime slices. 

7 Great Holiday Mocktails 5. An Elegant Citrustini

This is the perfect light spitzer for all your holiday celebrations. It is a crisp drink, not overly sweet and we have kept the ingredients fresh and simple. If you want to jazz this up, try adding in moscato, champagne for a fizzy option, or you can simply add a clear liquor of your choice. It is such a basic mix you can add almost anything to this spritzer.  

  • 2 oz Fresh Lime Juice
  • 2 oz Ginger Ale
  • 2 oz Fresh Lemon Juice
  • garnish with lime slice

10 Great Holiday Mocktails6. Pineapple Upside Cake

This is a super sweet option but the flavors are amazing. Plus the layered effect gives the impression of a real cocktail. Add in liquor options include a smooth Bourbon, Honey Whiskey, or a nice, dark, Spiced Rum which pairs nicely with these flavors. 

  • 2 oz Pineapple Juice
  • 2 oz Ginger Ale
  • a splash of Maraschino Cherry Juice
  • drizzle of honey on rim of glass 

7 Great Holiday Mocktails

7. The Peppermint Twist

This mocktail is a twist on a traditional Mint Julep, which is normally mint muddled in seltzer water and rum. For this recipe I created a Peppermint syrup by melting down peppermint candies and water. You can add Peppermint Schnapps along with a nice smooth bourbon of your choice. 

  • 2 oz Ginger Ale
  • 1 oz Peppermint Syrup
  • Fresh mint leaves
  • Crushed peppermint or Candy Candy stir stick

7 Great Holiday Mocktails 8. Is it Tomato Soup or a Bloody Mary?

So my spin on this classic cocktail is to spice up a basic tomato juice. Then use it as a warm appetizer by garnishing it with shrimp cocktail or even a finger sized grilled cheese sandwich stick. To make this a true bloody Mary you can add Vodka or if you like a Bloody Maria add in tequila. 

  • 2 oz Tomato Juice (Spicy V8 works great) 
  • 1/2 tsp Old Bay Seasoning
  • black pepper to taste
  • Serve warm or cold garnish with shrimp Cocktail, bacon or mini Grilled Cheese sandwiches.

7 Great Holiday Mocktails 9. Retro Cherry Limeade

I always love a good retro drink, and cherry limeade always comes to mind. The homemade version allows for a fresher lime flavor to cut down on the over all sweetness of this drink. If you want to add in the kick, I suggest either Vodka, White Rum, Tequila or Gin.

  • 1 oz Cherry Juice
  • 2 oz  Lime Seltzer Water
  • 1 oz Fresh Lime Juice

7 Great Holiday Mocktails 10.  The Bee’s Knees

Talk about retro, this is a cocktail from the 1920’s during the prohibition years. I brought this tasty treat back to life as one of the signature Mocktails for the Dillard’s Scentsational Speakeasy Event on November 15th. This a a fantastic mix: Lemonade, Ginger Ale and a simple honey syrup. It reminds me alot of a Lynchburg Lemonade, so of course my choice liquor list would include Jack Daniels either Old No.7 or the Honey Jack variety. However, a traditional recipe calls for Gin.  

  • 2 oz Lemonade
  • 2 oz Ginger Ale
  • 1 oz honey syrup

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7 Comments

  1. Pinning this as there are several mixes I am going to make throughout the holiday season. I have to pass on anything with tomato juice but oh my gosh I can not wait to mix up and taste the Blackberry Sage Mule and Retro Cherry Limeade. My daughters are going to love the Peppermint Twist, thanks for all the great recipes Jen! Your creativity in mixology and home decor is appreciated!

  2. These drinks look really tasty and fun to do! I’ll probably do one or two of these.. or maybe three :p

  3. Shar

    I enjoy drinking mocktails! When tasting different flavours, I often prefer those with tropical fruits.

  4. I love when you do posts like this! I’ll be trying the Citrustini, and the Cranberry Sparkler when we entertain this holiday season. Keep these lists coming!

  5. Karletta

    I’m going to try that Sunshine in a Glass! Actually, I’ll try a few others too – they look amazing!

  6. Thank You so much Lisa that means the world to me!

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