Whether you’re preparing for Dry January or have completely given up alcohol, there are various mocktails to mix up this winter. These are our favourite festive holiday mocktails that are easily made at home.
Enjoy this fabulously refreshing mock clementine mojito this Christmas.
- 1 clementine
- ½ tsp demerara sugar
- 1 lemon wedge, chopped
- Small handful of mint, woody stalks removed
- A few drops of orange blossom water
- Sparkling water, to top up
Juice half the clementine and chop the other half into small pieces. Pour the juice into a glass and stir in the sugar. Tip in the chopped clementine and lemon, then crush using a muddler. Add a handful of ice, the mint and orange blossom. Top up slowly with sparkling water.
Serve guests this fruity, fizzy and very festive passionfruit and elderflower spritz.
- 50ml passion fruit juice
- 25ml lemon juice
- 2 tsp elderflower cordial
- 150ml sparkling water
- 1 tsp passion fruit seeds or a lime leaf (optional), to serve
Make sure all the ingredients are well chilled before you start. Pour all of the ingredients into your glass and then stir gently. Drop in a few passion fruit seeds to garnish and a lime leaf, if you like.
This popular non-alcoholic drink is bold but creamy and can be served at any time. It’s particularly good as an after-dinner cocktail.
- 55ml cream
- 110ml whole milk
- 55ml dry Sparkling vanilla soda
- 30-55ml ounces coffee or kahlua flavored syrup (depending on sweetness add less or more)
- fresh cranberries (optional)
- fresh rosemary sprigs (optional)
- 1 drop peppermint oil (optional)
Add Dry Sparkling vanilla soda (or any other vanilla creme soda will do) together in a rocks glass with ice. Add the coffee flavoured syrup or coffee. Add the cream or whole milk and then stir. Finally, add some peppermint drops or simple syrup for additional sweetness.
This sophisticated soft drink is a herbal twist on homemade lemonade and can be served all year round.
- 45g caster sugar
- 3 rosemary sprigs, plus extra to garnish
- 5 lemons, 4 juiced, 1 sliced to serve
- 2 oranges, juiced
- 1ltr bottle soda water, to serve
- Ice cubes
Put the sugar in a small pan with 150ml water and 2 rosemary sprigs. Bring to the boil. Reduce to a simmer and cook for 1-2 mins until the sugar dissolves. Remove from the heat; set aside to cool. Remove the rosemary.
In a large jug, mix the lemon and orange juices with the cooled sugar syrup. Divide between 6 tall glasses filled with ice. Top up with soda water. Serve with rosemary sprigs and lemon slices.
This classy cooler, prepared with ginger syrup and garnished with rosemary, is an excellent alcohol-free party alternative.
- 25ml cloudy apple juice
- 1 tsp apple cider vinegar
- 1 tsp of the syrup from a jar of stem ginger
- 100ml sparkling rhubarb soda
- 1 rosemary sprig, to garnish
Fill a tumbler with ice, then pour in the apple juice, cider vinegar, stem ginger syrup and stir. Slowly top up with the sparkling rhubarb soda. Stir again with a sprig of rosemary and leave it in the drink as the garnish.
Please guests with this fresh and fruity white sangria recipe that can be made in under ten minutes.
- 1 bottle 750 ml non-alcoholic white wine
- 1 bottle 750 ml sparkling pineapple, pear or apple non-alcoholic cider
- 2 cups of seedless watermelon cubed
- 1 cup of strawberries sliced
- 1 cup of blueberries
- 2 green apples
Method: Add all fruit but the green apple to your glass pitcher. Slice the green apples horizontally about 1/2 inch thick so that you get a star shape in the middle, remove any seeds carefully. Using a star cookie cutter, cut out star shapes from the sliced apple disks. Add the extra pieces of apple that came off the stars into the pitcher. Add the non-alcoholic wine to the pitcher. Next, add the sparkling cider. Top with your apple stars, saving one for each glass to serve.
The pomegranate mocktail is the ideal combination of wintery spice and fresh citrus.
- 355ml ginger beer or tonic water
- 2 tbsp pomegranate juice
- 1 tbsp pomegranate arils
- 1 lime
- 2 cinnamon sticks
- Dash of nutmeg
- Drizzle of agave syrup optional
Fill your cups with large pieces of ice. Pour 1 tbsp pomegranate juice in each cup over ice. Pour half of the ginger beer or tonic water over ice in each cup. Squeeze each cup with half lime and stir gently to combine. Top with a dash of fresh ground nutmeg, cinnamon stick and a drizzle of agave syrup if desired for more sweetness.