Thanksgiving, Christmas, New Year’s Eve – the holidays all typically involve family gatherings or parties. While some people use the holidays as an excuse to go a little overboard, alcohol doesn’t have to be involved in holiday parties – especially if you’re in recovery.

 

Non-Alcoholic Drinks

Just because others are drinking during holiday parties, doesn’t mean that you have to. We have a few non-alcoholic, or mocktail, recipes to enjoy.

 

Pink Champagne Mocktail

Champagne is a popular choice, especially on New Year’s Eve. But just because you aren’t drinking doesn’t mean you can’t join in on the fun. For this festive and fruity twist on a non-alcoholic beverage, you will need ginger ale, cranberry juice, pineapple juice, and orange juice concentrate.

For 20 servings:

  • 2 quarts ginger ale
  • 1 (46 ounce) bottle of cranberry juice
  • 1 (46 ounce) bottle of pineapple juice
  • 1 (12 ounce) can of frozen orange juice concentrate
  • Ice

 

Peppermint Pick Me Up

Peppermint has become a popular holiday flavor. This sweet mocktail will give you that taste of peppermint without being overwhelming. You really only need three ingredients for this drink.

For 1 serving:

  • 1 (12 ounce) can of sparkling water
  • 4 ounces of unsweetened coconut milk
  • 2 drops of food grade peppermint oil

 

Cranberry Mocktail

Cranberries are everywhere during the holidays! For those cranberry lovers, we have a mocktail for you. This recipe does involve some cooking and doesn’t just throw together like our previous mocktails.

For 8 servings:

  • 1 cup Fresh Cranberries (Ocean Spray is great)
  • 2 cups Cranberry Juice Cocktail (Ocean Spray)
  • ½ cup of pomegranate juice
  • ½ cup of water
  • 5 cups of club soda
  • 3 lemons (juiced)
  • 10 mint leaves (optional)
  • Ice

Steps:

  1. Add water, cranberry and pomegranate juice, and sugar to a medium saucepan over medium heat, stirring until the sugar has dissolved.
  2. Stir in cranberries and mint leaves and bring to a boil.
  3. Reduce heat and simmer until cranberries are soft, about 4-5 minutes. Turn off heat and let it cool.
  4. Discard of mint leaves and cranberries once it has cooled.
  5. Strain the mixture – we recommend using a cheesecloth.
  6. Take the mixture and pour it into a large pitcher. Add the club soda and whisk to combine.
  7. Add your garnishes (optional) of cranberries, pomegranate seeds, and sliced lemons.

 

Non-Alcoholic Eggnog

The holidays may not seem complete without eggnog. Here’s an eggnog recipe that will satisfy your craving while keeping you sober. Here’s what this festive holiday mocktail needs:

For 12 – 16 servings:

  • 6 large eggs
  • 2 large egg yolks
  • ½ cup plus 2 tablespoons sugar
  • ¼ teaspoon salt
  • 4 cups whole milk
  • 1 tablespoon vanilla extract
  • ½ teaspoon grated nutmeg
  • ¼ cup heavy cream
  • Additional grated nutmeg for garnish (optional)

Steps:

  1. Combine the eggs, egg yolks, sugar, and salt in a heavy 3-or 4-quart pan and whisk until well-combined.
  2. Continue whisking while you slowly pour the milk in. Be sure to keep this as a steady stream until it’s completely combined.
  3. Heat at the lowest possible setting. Stir the mixture continuously until an ​instant-read thermometer reaches 160 F and the mixture thickens enough to coat the back of a spoon. This is a long step, so be patient – it should take about 45 – 60 minutes.
  4. Once thickened, strain it through a fine sieve into a large bowl to remove any possible small, cooked bits of egg leftover.
  5. Add the vanilla extract and nutmeg – stir until combined.
  6. Pour the mixture into a container – pitcher or otherwise – and cover with a lid or plastic wrap. Let it chill for 4 hours or overnight. (You can chill for up to 3 days if needed.)
  7. When ready to serve, take the heavy cream and pour it into a bowl. Whip until it forms soft peaks. Fold the whipped cream into the cold custard mixture until combined.
  8. Add the sprinkle of nutmeg to the top for garnish (optional) and serve.

 

Mock Champagne

If you like the bubbly part of champagne, but don’t want the alcohol, try this non-alcoholic twist on a classic. No cooking on this one! Just add all the ingredients to a pitcher and stir.

For 8 Servings:

  • 1 (2 liter) bottle of chilled ginger ale
  • ½ can of frozen white grape juice concentrate (thawed)
  • 1 small basket of raspberries (rinsed and drained)

 

The holidays can feel a bit overwhelming with all of the alcohol at parties. But you don’t need to drink alcohol to have fun. You can be festive and fun with a delicious, non-alcoholic beverage in hand.

 

Help at Holland Pathways

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