Family Friendly Mocktails

Family Friendly Mocktails

Offer your holiday guests some tasty alternatives to alcohol—perfect for kids and designated drivers!

Family Friendly Mocktails

Remember, not everyone indulges during the holidays. If you’re hosting a family gathering, it’s wise to offer non-alcoholic alternatives to make the whole party feel welcomed.

The holidays can be hectic, and no matter how you like to celebrate, everyone wants to be part of the fun. A good host should always plan ahead with alcohol-free options for children, non-drinkers and designated drivers. We suggest offering a few seasonal mocktails to include all your guests in the festivities.

Put your own twist on classic cocktail recipes by swapping out the booze:

Alcohol Alternatives

Vodka → Tonic Water

– Add a splash of effervescence and depth to your mocktail with some soda water.

Rum → Vanilla Extract

– Mixing 1 part vanilla extract with 2 parts water can simulate the flavors of rum.

Whiskey → Juice

– For fruit-based recipes, use 4 parts juice and 1 part vanilla extract. Or try 3 parts peach nectar and 1 part apple cider vinegar.

Gin → Juniper Syrup

– Combine lemon, juniper berries, black tea, sugar & water into a botanical syrup.

Tequila → Rose Essence

– Enjoy the floral taste of tequila without all the bite, adding a dash of honey and cinnamon for an extra kick.

Feeling inspired? Channel your inner mixologist with these family friendly recipes:

Top Holiday Mocktails

  1. Apple Cider Moscow Mule
    • 4 oz. apple cider
    • 1 bottle of ginger beer
    • Cinnamon sticks and apple slices for garnish

    Fill copper mugs with copper mugs with crushed ice. Fill mug with halfway with apple cider, top with ginger beer until full. Garnish & enjoy!

  2. Grapefruit and Rosemary Mocktail
    • ¼ cup homemade rosemary simple syrup *see instructions below
    • 4 c. sparkling water
    • 2 c. fresh pink grapefruit juice

    For the rosemary simple syrup: in small sauce pan add 1 c. water and 1 c. sugar over medium heat. Cook until sugar is dissolved—about 5 minutes. Pour mixture into heat-safe container. Add 3 sprigs of fresh rosemary. Let steep for at least 1 hour. For mocktail: In glass add ½ c. grapefruit juice, 1 Tb. rosemary simple syrup, and stir. Top with sparkling water until glass is full. Garnish with rosemary sprigs and serve chilled.

  3. Cranberry Clementine Mocktail Mimosa
    • 12 oz. of clementine juice
    • 2 Tbs. of fresh cranberries
    • 6 oz. flavored sparkling water—cranberry suggested

    Pour clementine juice into glass until halfway full. Top with flavored sparkling water. Garnish with cranberries & enjoy!

  4. Sparkling Apple Sangria Mocktail
    • 4 c. apple juice
    • 1 ½ c. lime juice
    • ¼ c. grenadine
    • 16 oz. club soda
    • Fresh apples, limes, and cranberries for garnish

    Pour ingredients into pitcher. Add in fresh fruit. Stir. Serve chilled.

  5. Cherry Christmas – This take on a classic cherry bomb is reminiscent of a Shirley Temple with a seasonal slant.
    • 1 cup grenadine
    • 1 liter lemon-lime soda
    • 10 maraschino cherries
    • 1 tsp cinnamon

    In a mixing glass, combine grenadine with soda and pour into chilled glasses. Add maraschino cherries and cinnamon, and stir well before serving.

  6. Apple Strudel Cider – Apple cider is already a holiday classic, but we’re heating things up by adding a little spice.
    • 1 ½ quarts apple cider
    • 3 tbsp brown sugar
    • 7 cinnamon sticks
    • 1 tsp ground allspice
    • ½ tsp ground cloves
    • ½ tsp fresh grated nutmeg
    • Pinch of salt

    In a saucepan, whisk together the cider, sugar, spices and salt. Simmer over medium-low heat, and stain into a pitcher. Serve in copper mugs garnished with cinnamon sticks.

  7. Peppermint Cocoa – There’s nothing more comforting than a cup of hot chocolate, especially when it’s served with candy canes!
    • ½ cup unsweetened cocoa powder
    • 1 quart milk
    • ½ cup chocolate chips, preferably semi-sweet
    • 6 peppermint sticks

    Place cocoa in a saucepan, and whisk with milk until smooth. Add chocolate chips and 3 crushed peppermint sticks, and let it simmer over medium heat with occasional stirring. Wait about 10 minutes until chocolate and peppermint have dissolved.

    Bring everything to a boil and then immediately remove. If desired, add a pinch of salt to cut the sweetness. Garnish each mug with peppermint sticks—serves 3-4 people.

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