The holidays come with get-togethers, sparkly outfits and festive drinks. However, those pretty beverages often come with alcohol in the mix – sometimes leaving non-drinkers to miss out on the festive nature of the cocktails. Mocktails are a great spruced up drink option perfect for kids or those who prefer a non-alcoholic option. We’ve got you covered with two holiday mocktails the whole family can enjoy this New Year’s Eve.
Orange Cranberry “Mimosa” Mocktail – Serves 4
- 2 oranges
- 1 cup cranberry juice, no sugar added
- 1 tsp cinnamon
- 1/2 cup cranberries
- 12 ounces lemon (or other citrus-flavored) sparkling water
- Dried orange garnish
- In a bowl, mix juice from 1 orange juice with cranberry juice and cinnamon.
- Cut the other orange into slices, then into wedges.
- In an ice tray, place 2 cranberries in each along with an orange wedge. Pour over the juice mixture and freeze until solid.
- In a champagne flute, place two of the ice cubes and pour sparkling water over it. Allow the ice to melt into the drink slightly before drinking. Garnish with a dried orange slice (see recipe) if desired.
Apple Cinnamon Moscow Mule Mocktail – Serves 1
- 2 ounces apple juice, no sugar added
- ½ tsp cinnamon
- 1/2 ounce freshly squeezed lime juice
- 4 ounces ginger beer, non-alcoholic
- Optional – lime wedge or dried lime slice and cinnamon stick for garnish
- Pour the apple juice, lime juice and cinnamon into a copper mug or a glass filled with ice cubes. Stir well. Top with ginger beer and give it another light stir. Serve with a cinnamon stick and dried lime slice or lime wedge for garnish if desired.
Dried Citrus Garnish
- Oranges, limes, blood orange or lemons
- Preheat oven to 200 degrees F.
- Slice desired citrus into 1/8-inch-thick slices. Place on a lined baking sheet. Bake for 6-8 hours until fully dry. Use as a decoration or drink garnish. Store in an airtight container.
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