The 12 Best Non-Alcoholic Drink Recipes for Thanksgiving

updated Nov 1, 2023
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There are a number of reasons why it’s a great idea to have a festive non-alcoholic option on hand for Thanksgiving. Maybe there are a handful of kids in attendance or guests who have a long way to drive home after dinner, or perhaps there are simply a few friends or relatives who don’t imbibe.

Whatever the reason, having something special for everyone to sip on rather than leaving those who don’t drink to rely on just water or seltzer adds to the celebratory nature of the holiday. Here are 12 easy ideas.

Best Non-Alcoholic Drinks for Thanksgiving

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Maple Roasted Pear and Apple Mocktails Recipe
Infused with fall spices and made with sweet roasted pears and apples, this mocktail is topped off with bubbly ginger beer.
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Shrub-A-Dub-Dub (Sparkling Fruit Shrub)
Making a shrub allows you to preserve the freshness of seasonal fruits and veggies and a fun way to introduce a crisp bite to your glass without relying on citrus.
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Jamaican Sorrel Punch

While this punch is traditionally served around Christmas in Jamaica, there’s no reason you can’t start sipping it early. Leave out the white rum and it’s a tangy, spicy mix of hibiscus, citrus, ginger, cinnamon, and clove.

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How To Make Slow-Cooker Mulled Cider
A recipe for hot mulled cider that is made in the slow cooker and perfect for fall and winter gatherings.
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The Bright & Bitter

Nonalcoholic bitters turn a simple glass of orange and cranberry juice into one seriously complex and extra-refreshing mocktail.

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Blackberry & Sage Spritzers

If you can’t get your hands on fresh blackberries this time of year, don’t hesitate to swap in frozen blackberries or even frozen raspberries for these spritzers.

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Festive Cranberry Fizz

This three-ingredient mocktail barely requires a recipe: Muddle fresh rosemary in a glass, pour in pink grapefruit juice, and finish it off with a splash of seltzer.

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Pomegranate Tonics
Love G&Ts but want to skip the hangover? This herbal, fizzy mocktail delivers similar flavors with the help of tonic water and pomegranate molasses.
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Cranberry Mors

This fresh cranberry drink can be served hot or cold, depending on your mood. If serving warm, try simmering it with a cinnamon stick and a few strips of citrus zest.

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Hibiscus Ginger Punch

If you can’t find dried hibiscus blossoms, try making a strong brew with hibiscus tea bags to use as a base for this punch instead.

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English Garden Cocktail (Non-Alcoholic Pimm's Cup)

This simple, fruit-forward refresher is inspired by the Pimm’s cup, a quintessential British summer drink. The zing you get from the ginger syrup is softened by fresh and bright cucumber, as well as the sweetness from the strawberry

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Non-Alcoholic Sangria

The liquid is a combination of black tea and pomegranate juice, which approximate the sweetness, acidity, and tannins of red wine. It’s a beautiful substitute both flavor- and color-wise.

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