10 Festive Non-Alcoholic Drinks to Serve This Holiday Season

updated Sep 24, 2020
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We’re halfway through December — and the holiday season is in full swing. Between office holiday parties and get-togethers with family and friends, boozy punches and cocktails are often what keep these festivities afloat. But don’t forget about non-alcoholic options!

For those who aren’t imbibing, having something to sip besides water can make any and all holiday parties a whole lot more fun. These 10 festive recipes are so quick and easy to assemble, you’re guaranteed to turn to them time and time again all through the holiday season.

While this traditional Jamaican Christmas punch calls for rum, omitting it won’t make this vibrant combination of hibiscus, ginger, cinnamon and cloves any less tasty.

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This punch is as festive as can be. It’s sweetened with a fragrant syrup of fresh cranberries, ginger, and rosemary, and made complex with black tea and pomegranate molasses.

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Reach for any mix of your favorite citrus fruits, like oranges, grapefruits, and lemons, to make this sweet and tangy syrup that’s then diluted with still or carbonated water to make a refreshing drink.

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Non-alcoholic bitters add spice and aromatic depth to this mocktail to make it far more interesting then simply a blend of fruit juices.

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Hot apple cider, spiced with cinnamon sticks, cloves, and fresh ginger, is a welcome treat throughout the colder months. Keeping it warm in a slow cooker makes it fit for any gathering you might be having.

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Muddle a bit of fresh rosemary with grapefruit juice and top with a splash of cold seltzer for one of the most refreshing post-dinner drinks we know.

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This honey-sweetened mocktail is as tasty served cold as it is served hot. To make a spiced mulled drink, just simmer the strained mors with a cinnamon stick, a few strips of orange zest, and a couple of cloves for a few minutes over low heat.

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Skip the gin but keep the pomegranate molasses for this simple and elegant tonics.

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Hibiscus has a floral, citrus flavor that pair well with warm spices. Opt for dried hibiscus leaves rather than bagged hibiscus tea for this punch.

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This delicate jasmine tea based cocktail perfectly fills the glass slippers of Champagne beautifully. If you can’t find golden syrup, substitute a delicate honey instead.