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11 Festive Non-Alcoholic Drinks for the Holidays

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non-alcoholic drinks for the holiday season

Often people in recovery fall into the trap of believing that in order to stay clean, they have to say goodbye to playfulness, spontaneity, and fun.

As it turns out, when you disown any aspect of yourself, you only slow down your healing.

Journalist, author, and recovering alcoholic Neil Steinberg said it well in our conversation about The Adventure of Recovery:

"if Keith Richards can create this mythos of a heroin addiction, then why can't we create a mythos of recovery? To me, recovery is an adventure. I don't want to live a dull life.”

We agree. Giving up alcohol doesn’t mean giving up on fun, festivity, and good cheer. On the contrary, you can enjoy yourself even more without the guilt, shame, and hangovers!

So just say “no” to Diet Coke and sparkling water this holiday season, and say “yes” to one (or more) of these festive concoctions.


10 Festive Non-Alcoholic Drinks

Here they are...enjoy!

wassail bowl punch photo by Taste of Home1. Wassail Bowl Punch

What is wassail, anyway? Traditionally, it’s a spiced ale or mulled wine drunk during celebrations for Twelfth Night and Christmas Eve.

This version lets you celebrate without the alcohol content.


  • 4 cups hot brewed tea
  • 4 cups cranberry juice
  • 4 cups unsweetened apple juice
  • 2 cups orange juice
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 3/4 cup lemon juice
  • 3 cinnamon sticks (3 inches)
  • 12 whole cloves


  1. In a 5-qt. slow cooker, combine the first six ingredients.
  2. Place the cinnamon sticks and cloves on a double thickness of cheesecloth; bring up corners of cloth and tie with string to form a bag.
  3. Add to slow cooker.
  4. Cover and cook on high for 1 hour or until punch begins to boil.
  5. Discard spice bag.
  6. Serve warm.

Yield: 3-1/2 quarts

Courtesy: Taste of Home

2. Hot Spiced Cider

hot spiced ciderThis cozy beverage is the perfect choice to warm you up in cold winter weather!


  • 1 gallon apple cider or apple juice
  • 1 cup orange juice
  • 1/4 cup maple syrup
  • 1/2 teaspoon orange extract
  • 1/2 teaspoon lemon extract
  • 4 cinnamon sticks
  • 2 teaspoons whole cloves
  • 1 teaspoon whole allspice


  1. In a Dutch oven, combine the first five ingredients.
  2. Place the cinnamon sticks, cloves and allspice on a double thickness of cheesecloth; bring up corners of cloth and tie with string to form a bag.
  3. Add to the pan.
  4. Cook, uncovered, over medium heat for 10-15 minutes or until flavors are blended (do not boil).
  5. Discard spice bag.

Yield: 4-1/2 quarts

Courtesy: Taste of Home

3. Nojito Mojito

nojito mojito concoction This non-alcoholic spin on a classic drink adds a bit of excitement to a party.


  • 12 to 14 small mint leaves or 6-8 big ones
  • 1 ounce fresh lime juice
  • 3/4 tablespoon imitation rum extract
  • 2 tablespoons brown sugar
  • 4 ounces club soda (Sprite works, too)


  1. Put the mint leaves, lime juice and brown sugar in a tall cocktail glass and muddle the leaves.
  2. Fill the glass with ice cubes and add the rum extract and club soda.
  3. Stir to mix up the sugar.
  4. Garnish with another mint sprig.
Courtesy: Mix That Drink

4. Virgin Mary 

virgin mary concoctionA non-alcoholic take on the traditional Bloody Mary.


  • 4 ounces tomato juice
  • 1/2 ounce beef stock or bullion
  • Dash of lemon juice
  • 2 drops of Tabasco (or, to taste)
  • Pinch of celery salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon Worcestershire sauce
  • Pinch of fresh ground black pepper (optional)


  1. Pour everything right into the glass and stir well.
  2. Serve with a celery stalk.
Courtesy: Mix That Drink

5. Sparkling Cider

sparkling-ciderOne of the easiest of all. Martinelli's is a great brand, along with surprisingly good house versions from Trader Joe's, Whole Foods, and Costco.

Always keep a few bottles chilled and ready to go when guests drop by.





6. Bella Bellini 

bella belliniThis non-alcoholic mocktail substitutes sparkling white grape juice for champagne.


  • 1 tablespoon peach puree (or peach nectar)
  • 1 ounce mineral water
  • 1/2 ounce lemon juice
  • Fill with sparkling white grape juice


  1. Put the peach puree in the bottom of a champagne flute.
  2. Squeeze in the lemon juice, then slowly pour in the mineral water and grape juice so it all stirs together.

7. Poinsettia Champagne Mocktail

poinsettia drinkThis mocktail is designed for raising your glass for holiday toasts!


  • Ginger ale
  • 1/2 ounce - 1 ounce orange juice
  • 3 ounces cranberry juice


  1. Put the orange juice and cranberry juice in a chilled glass flute.
  2. Stir them and top the rest of the way with ginger ale.

Courtesy: Mix That Drink


8. Party Time Hot Cocoa

party time cocoa drinkThis is certainly the prettiest, most colorful drink of the roundup! If you want your chocolate and sprinkles fix, look no further.


  •    1/2 cup white chocolate chips
  •    1/2 cup Betty Crocker™ Candy Shop decors rainbow chips
  •    2 tablespoons Betty Crocker™ Decors rainbow mix candy sprinkles
  •    2 tablespoons Betty Crocker™ Decorating Decors nonpareils rainbow
  •    2 tablespoons Betty Crocker™ star decors
  •    2 cups prepared hot cocoa


  1. Melt chocolate chips in a large, shallow bowl.
  2. Stir until smooth.
  3. Combine rainbow chips and sprinkles in a large bowl.
  4. Dip the rims of two hot cocoa glasses into the melted chips, then dip into sprinkle mixture.
  5. Place in fridge until chocolate rims are set, about 5 minutes.
  6. Serve with hot cocoa.
Courtesy: Tablespoon

9. Sparkling Pear Punch

pear punchThis a light, delicious punch free of alcohol but with plenty of flavor.


  •    2 cups pear juice
  •    Juice of 1 lemon
  •    1/2 cup sugar
  •    2 liters ginger ale
  •    Sliced fresh pear


  1. Pour pear juice into large punch bowl.
  2. Add lemon juice.
  3. Stir in sugar.
  4. Mix in ginger ale and top with fresh sliced pear.
Courtesy: Tablespoon

10. Non Alcoholic Sangria 

SangriaSangria is the traditional Spanish mash-up and go-to party drink. Wow your guests with this non alcoholic version.


  • 4 cups cranberry-grape juice
  • 1 cup orange juice
  • 1⁄4 cup fresh lemon juice
  • 1 pear, diced
  • 1 apple, diced
  • 3 cups carbonated lemon-lime beverage


  1. In a large pitcher, combine cranberry-grape juice, orange juice, fresh lemon juice, diced pear, and diced apple.
  2. Refrigerate for at least 2 hours.
  3. Just before serving, stir in the lemon-lime soda and some ice.
Courtesy Genius Kitchen

11. Christmas Mocktails 

cranberry mocktailThis recipe has been shared over 23,000 times … so it must be good! Give it a whirl this holiday season.


  • 4 cups cranberry juice
  • 2 cups pineapple juice
  • 2 cups orange juice
  • ice
  • sprite or sparkling water {optional}
  • sugar, for glass rims


  1. Stir juices and ice together in a pitcher.
  2. Dip damp edge of glasses into sugar, if desired.
  3. Pour into glasses and serve.

 Courtesy: Lauren’s Latest

 Happy Holidays and Merry Christmas from The Clearing!


Caroline McGraw

This post was written by Caroline McGraw

In addition to her work as "the voice of The Clearing", Caroline Garnet McGraw writes about trading perfectionism for possibility at A Wish Come Clear. Visit and receive your free Perfectionist Recovery Toolkit today!

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