Festive Mocktail Recipes for an
Christmas almost upon us, many of us are beginning to stock up on
food and drinks to indulge in over the Christmas break. Chocolate
tins are filling up our cupboards and our fridges are getting full
with cheese selections, nibbles and drinks, not to mention the
ingredients for our hearty Christmas dinners. Whilst everyone else
is getting ready to eat, drink and be merry, some of us will be
missing out the drink part (or at least the alcohol). These
“mocktail” recipes will allow us to have a merry Christmas whilst
Why drink mocktails?
mocktail is a non-alcoholic cocktail. Everyone has their own reason
for choosing mocktails over alcoholic cocktails, but they have
benefits for everybody. Perhaps one of the best is that Christmas is
a time when many people decide to drink a little too much in the
name of Christmas spirit which not only results in a terrible
hangover the next day but can also be very dangerous.
Even if you want to drink alcohol yourself, it’s always a good idea
non-alcoholic drink alternatives for your guests because
they may not wish to or be able to drink alcohol. Plus, if you have
children visiting, they’ll love having something festive and
sophisticated to drink.
With festive mocktails, you can still enjoy a Christmassy drink
without paying for it afterwards. If you are inclined to drink
alcohol over the holidays, mocktails are great for drinking between
alcoholic drinks to stop you from getting too drunk. Plus, you’re
bound to be drinking a lot on New Year’s Eve, so why not be kind to
your body over Christmas and treat yourself to celebrate the New
This doesn’t sound very festive…
Mocktails actually make great Christmas drink alternatives because
you can use lots of different ingredients so you won’t have to miss
out of festive flavours such as cinnamon and mint, nor will you have
to sacrifice those pretty party colours that lots of cocktails come
in. There are hundreds of different mocktails available to buy and
even more recipes out there. If you want to be adventurous, you can
even make up your own.
you need some inspiration, take a look at the following recipes and
see what you can whip up to get your non-drinking guests in the
Non-alcoholic drink alternatives can be a lot more exciting than
simple juices with a bit of creativity.
Cranberry Sparkler Mocktail
You will need…
- White cranberry juice (2 ounces)
Blackberry puree (1 ½ ounces)
Sparkling water (2-3 ounces)
1 sprig of mint
First put the blackberry puree and cranberry juice together in a
champagne flute. Fill the rest of the glass with sparkling water.
This should mix the ingredients but if you want them to blend
together more you can mix them yourself. Then place a sprig of mint
on the top to garnish.
Mulled Apple Juice Mocktail
You will need…
Apple juice (1 litre)
Sugar or honey (add according to taste)
Orange peel strips
1 cinnamon stick
Simmer the apple juice together with the cloves, orange peel strips
and cinnamon stick for around 5 to 10 minutes, or until all the
flavours have combined. Add sugar or honey to sweeten the mixture.
Serve the drinks warm and garnish with a piece of cinnamon stick and
orange peel if desired.
Orange and Cranberry Spritz Mocktail
You will need…
Smooth orange juice (500ml)
Smooth cranberry juice (500ml)
Sparkling elderflower dink (400ml)
Mix up the cranberry juice with the orange juice in a jug. Add your
sparkling elderflower drink, but pour it in slowly to prevent the
drink from fizzing over. Serve the drink in tall glasses and add ice
if desired (although you may not need it if you’re drinking it at