5 Mocktail Recipes To Try This Holiday Season

These 5 yummy mocktails are perfect for the sober curious and a more inclusive holiday party!
5 Mocktail Recipes To Try This Holiday Season: Hot Spiced Apple Cider with Cloves and Oranges, Pear Sparklers with Fresh Rosemary, Cinnamon Chai Tea Latte Mocktail, Cranberry Vanilla Bean Virgin Cosmopolitan, and Pink Grapefruit Sparkling Cider Punch

I know we’ve shared loads of deliciously boozy cocktail recipes here on the blog. But with more and more people becoming sober curious, I felt like it was time to share some mocktail recipes! Especially with so many holidays and opportunities for entertaining just around the corner. So I’m whipped up 5 tasty mocktails that are inspired by each upcoming holiday: Halloween, Thanksgiving, Hanukkah, Christmas and New Years Eve. I hope you enjoy them!

5 Festive Mocktail Recipes Perfect for Entertaining This Holiday Season

After writing this post, I realized how long it was! To make it easier for you to peruse, here’s a breakdown of each mocktail recipe. Simply click on the link and it will take you directly to the recipe.

  • Halloween: Hot Spiced Apple Cider with Cloves and Oranges
  • Thanksgiving: Pear Sparklers with Fresh Rosemary
  • Hanukkah: Cinnamon Chai Tea Latte Mocktail
  • Christmas: Cranberry Vanilla Bean Virgin Cosmopolitan
  • New Years: Pink Grapefruit Sparkling Cider Punch

Halloween Mocktail: Hot Spiced Apple Cider with Cloves and Oranges

As usual with Halloween, I have the feeling most of us pass out candy and hang out with friends. Because of that, this spiced cider recipe is perfect. It’s also served hot, making it a great way to keep your hands warm on a chilly fall evening!

5 Mocktail Recipes To Try This Holiday Season: Hot Spiced Apple Cider with Cloves and Oranges, Pear Sparklers with Fresh Rosemary, Cinnamon Chai Tea Latte Mocktail, Cranberry Vanilla Bean Virgin Cosmopolitan, and Pink Grapefruit Sparkling Cider Punch

Hot Spiced Apple Cider with Cloves and Oranges

Stay warm and cozy this fall with this deliciously spiced hot apple cider mocktail.
Prep Time 10 mins
Total Time 10 mins
Course Drinks
Cuisine American
Calories 1613 kcal

Ingredients
  

  • 3 quarts apple cider
  • 4 oranges
  • 36 cloves
  • 4 cinnamon sticks
  • 2 star anise pods

Instructions
 

  • Wash oranges, then stick whole gloves into them, spacing cloves out evenly around each orange.
  • Place oranges into a large pot, pour in the apple cider, and set over low heat. Add cinnamon sticks and star anise pods, then bring to a simmer.
  • Once the mixture is simmering, serve. Garnish with a cinnamon stick and orange peel. Keep warm over low heat to refill glasses as needed.

Notes

Use a ladle to serve into heatproof glass cups.

Nutrition

Calories: 1613kcalCarbohydrates: 399gProtein: 9gFat: 6gSaturated Fat: 1gPolyunsaturated Fat: 2gMonounsaturated Fat: 1gTrans Fat: 1gSodium: 135mgPotassium: 3978mgFiber: 28gSugar: 323gVitamin A: 1266IUVitamin C: 305mgCalcium: 635mgIron: 7mg
Keyword apple cider, mocktail
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Thanksgiving Mocktail: Pear Sparklers with Fresh Rosemary

I love a good Thanksgiving celebration because it’s a holiday revolving around food, my first true love. But it’s also a great time to gather friends and family, including those who have food sensitivities. That’s why I always include at least one nonalcoholic beverage option for guests! This mocktail recipe is truly lovely and pairs well with turkey, side dishes, and dessert!

5 Mocktail Recipes To Try This Holiday Season: Hot Spiced Apple Cider with Cloves and Oranges, Pear Sparklers with Fresh Rosemary, Cinnamon Chai Tea Latte Mocktail, Cranberry Vanilla Bean Virgin Cosmopolitan, and Pink Grapefruit Sparkling Cider Punch

Pear Sparklers with Fresh Rosemary

This bright and fizzy mocktail is refreshingly delicious and perfect for Thanksgiving!
Prep Time 5 mins
Total Time 5 mins
Course Drinks
Cuisine American
Calories 336 kcal

Ingredients
  

  • 2 cups pear juice
  • 5 cups sparkling mineral water plain
  • 1 Anjou pear thinly sliced for garnish
  • 8 sprigs fresh rosemary

Instructions
 

  • Place ice cubes in tall glasses and fill 1/4 of the way up with pear juice.
  • Top with sparkling mineral water and stir until fully combined.
  • Garnish with thinly sliced pear and a spring of fresh rosemary and serve.

Notes

To release more of the fragrant oils from the rosemary, slap it against your palm a few times. 

Nutrition

Calories: 336kcalCarbohydrates: 86gProtein: 1gFat: 1gSaturated Fat: 1gPolyunsaturated Fat: 1gMonounsaturated Fat: 1gSodium: 54mgPotassium: 857mgFiber: 6gSugar: 53gVitamin A: 68IUVitamin C: 175mgCalcium: 244mgIron: 1mg
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Hanukkah Mocktail: Cinnamon Chai Tea Latte Mocktail

Even though I don’t personally celebrate Hanukkah, many of my closest friends do! Because of that, I mayyy have gotten outside consultation on what flavors would best represent Hanukkah. The result is this delicious warm mocktail that is reminiscent of rugelach!

5 Mocktail Recipes To Try This Holiday Season: Hot Spiced Apple Cider with Cloves and Oranges, Pear Sparklers with Fresh Rosemary, Cinnamon Chai Tea Latte Mocktail, Cranberry Vanilla Bean Virgin Cosmopolitan, and Pink Grapefruit Sparkling Cider Punch

Cinnamon Chai Tea Latte Mocktail

This easy-to-make mocktail is perfect for making during Hannuakah and tastes just like a rugelach.
Prep Time 15 mins
Total Time 15 mins
Course Drinks
Cuisine American
Servings 2
Calories 7 kcal

Ingredients
  

  • 2 chai tea bags
  • 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground ginger
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground allspice
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground cardamom
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground nutmeg
  • 2 cups water
  • milk or milk alternative to taste
  • brown sugar to taste
  • whipped topping
  • freshly ground nutmeg to garnish
  • cinnamon sticks to garnish

Instructions
 

  • In a sauce pan over medium heat, combine water, spices, and teabags. Bring to a simmer, then pour into heat-safe glasses without the tea bags.
  • Stir in brown sugar, milk or milk alternative until the sugar has fully dissolved.
  • Top with whipped topping, a sprinkle of fresh nutmeg, and a cinnamon stick, then serve hot.

Nutrition

Calories: 7kcalCarbohydrates: 2gProtein: 1gFat: 1gSaturated Fat: 1gPolyunsaturated Fat: 1gMonounsaturated Fat: 1gSodium: 12mgPotassium: 17mgFiber: 1gSugar: 1gVitamin A: 5IUVitamin C: 1mgCalcium: 21mgIron: 1mg
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Christmas Mocktail: Cranberry Vanilla Bean Virgin Cosmopolitan

If there’s one flavor that immediately makes me think of Christmas, it’s cranberries! This traditional holiday ingredient is a perfectly tart ingredient for mocktails. I made this recipe even more festive by adding a touch of freshly made vanilla bean simple syrup. Think of this non-alcoholic drink as a modern twist on the classic Cosmopolitan… but without the booze.

5 Mocktail Recipes To Try This Holiday Season: Hot Spiced Apple Cider with Cloves and Oranges, Pear Sparklers with Fresh Rosemary, Cinnamon Chai Tea Latte Mocktail, Cranberry Vanilla Bean Virgin Cosmopolitan, and Pink Grapefruit Sparkling Cider Punch

Cranberry Vanilla Bean Virgin Cosmopolitan

This alcohol-free twist on the classic Cosmo is updated with a hint of vanilla bean.
Prep Time 15 mins
1 hr
Total Time 1 hr 15 mins
Course Drinks
Cuisine American
Servings 4
Calories 262 kcal

Ingredients
  

Vanilla Bean Simple Syrup

  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1 cup water
  • 1 vanilla bean pod split

Virgin Cosmopolitan

  • 1 cup cranberry juice
  • 1 cup orange juice
  • 1/4 cup lime juice freshly squeezed
  • sparkling mineral water
  • 1 lime for garnish

Instructions
 

Vanilla Bean Simple Syrup

  • Using a paring knife, split the vanilla bean down the middle.
  • Combine water, sugar, and vanilla bean halves into a saucepan over medium heat. Stir until the sugar has dissolved and remove from heat. Let cool for at least an hour before using.

Virgin Cosmopolitan

  • Fill half of a cocktail shaker with ice, then add cranberry juice, orange juice, lime juice, and 1 tablespoon of the cooled vanilla bean simple syrup.
  • Cover with the lid and shake vigorously for about 10-15 seconds. Strain into martini glasses about an inch from the top.
  • Top each glass with a splash of sparkling mineral water and garnish with a lime twist.

Notes

Store the vanilla bean syrup for up to a month in an air-tight container in the fridge, leaving the pods in the mixture.
Chill the martini glasses in the freezer for at least 30 minutes prior to serving.

Nutrition

Calories: 262kcalCarbohydrates: 68gProtein: 1gFat: 1gSaturated Fat: 1gPolyunsaturated Fat: 1gMonounsaturated Fat: 1gSodium: 6mgPotassium: 208mgFiber: 1gSugar: 63gVitamin A: 168IUVitamin C: 46mgCalcium: 22mgIron: 1mg
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New Years Eve Mocktail: Pink Grapefruit Sparkling Cider Punch

Hosting a New Years party at home is the best time to whip out this batch mocktail recipe because it’s sure to be a hit and is so easy to make… meaning you can enjoy spending time with your guests instead of playing bartender!

Pink Grapefruit Sparkling Cider Punch

Whip up a batch of this easy sparkling punch for a festive, non-alcoholic New Years Eve drink.
Prep Time 5 mins
Chill time 1 hr
Total Time 1 hr 5 mins
Course Drinks
Cuisine American
Servings 12
Calories 134 kcal

Ingredients
  

  • 1 bottle sparkling cider non-alcoholic
  • 4 cups grapefruit juice
  • 2 cups orange juice
  • 1 cup lemon juice
  • 1 cup lime juice
  • 1 cup sugar

Instructions
 

  • Combine sparkling cider and juices in the bowl, leaving room for the ice ring so it doesn't overflow. Gently stir in the sugar, stirring until fully dissolved.
  • Carefully at the ice ring right before you're ready to serve the punch.

Notes

To keep the punch cold, make an ice ring so that it slowly melts and doesn’t dilute the punch too quickly. Also, refrigerate the cider and juices before assembling the punch.

Nutrition

Calories: 134kcalCarbohydrates: 34gProtein: 1gFat: 1gSaturated Fat: 1gPolyunsaturated Fat: 1gMonounsaturated Fat: 1gSodium: 3mgPotassium: 265mgFiber: 1gSugar: 31gVitamin A: 100IUVitamin C: 56mgCalcium: 16mgIron: 1mg
Keyword mocktail
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5 Mocktail Recipes To Try This Holiday Season: Hot Spiced Apple Cider with Cloves and Oranges, Pear Sparklers with Fresh Rosemary, Cinnamon Chai Tea Latte Mocktail, Cranberry Vanilla Bean Virgin Cosmopolitan, and Pink Grapefruit Sparkling Cider Punch

So what do you think of these holiday mocktail recipes?? And do you want me to share more mocktails in the future? Leave a comment and let me know what you think!

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