During the holiday season, social gatherings abound. Office parties, gift exchanges, and festive celebrations of every kind occupy your evenings and weekends. And while getting together with friends and loved ones to make merry can be a lot of fun, if you’re avoiding alcohol, it can also be a source of anxiety – especially when everyone else around you is drinking.
But there are plenty of delicious non-alcoholic alternatives to the traditional holiday cocktails. Whether you’re looking for a refreshing spritzer or a sweet treat, check out these ideas for drinks that you can bring to your next holiday soirée.
Mulled Cranberry Cocktail
Prepared with cinnamon and cloves, this mocktail invokes the warmth of the holiday season, and is an excellent substitute for the seasoned flavor of mulled wine. Get the recipe here.
A quintessential holiday classic, eggnog doesn’t have to contain alcohol to be enjoyable. This version can be made in big batches and stored in the fridge for up to three days. Get the recipe here.
Apple Cider Martini
Despite its name, there’s no alcohol in this mixed drink. Served in a cocktail glass and garnished with a cinnamon stick, it’s made of 100% juice – a healthy alternative to hard liquor. Get the recipe here.
White Hot Chocolate
Warm yourself up on a cold night with this rich, spicy take on traditional hot cocoa. Substitute low-fat milk for half-and-half to cut back on calories. Get the recipe here.
Trimmed with mint leaves, this bubbly beverage almost looks like a pear tree – without the partridge. It’s simultaneously sweet, tangy, and herbaceous, providing a burst of flavor when you need one. Get the recipe here.
Slow Cooker Gingerbread Latte
If you’re hosting a party this year, this is a super easy – and super delicious – brew to serve your guests. Topped with whipped cream and a cookie, it doubles as dessert. Get the recipe here.
Mock Tea Sangria
Red, rich, and thick with pureed fruit, this faux sangria is prepped by the pitcher, making it an excellent contribution for a holiday potluck party. Get the recipe here.
Blended with ice cream, this chilly treat will satisfy your sweet tooth. Rim your glass with crushed candy canes to make it extra jolly. Get the recipe here.
Santa would approve of this tropical interpretation of the traditional holiday beverage. A unique blend of fruit and spices, it’ll warm you from head to toe. Get the recipe here.
For a light fizzy drink, try this non-alcoholic spritzer in lieu of champagne. Refreshing and aromatic, it’s perfect for pouring in a flute and raising a toast. Get the recipe here.
If you’re struggling to enjoy the holidays without alcohol, reach out for help.
You don’t have to drink alcohol to have a good time at your holiday gatherings. But if you find it difficult to say no, reach out for help. There are many resources available to help you stay sober and healthy – through the holidays, and into the new year.