National Drunk and Drugged Driving Prevention Month: 5 Great Mocktails for your Holiday Party!

5 Great Mocktails for your Holiday Party!-min

Are you having a holiday party this year, where guests are driving home after? Make sure everyone gets home safe with these great “mocktail” ideas. They might look and taste like drinks with liquor, but none of them have any alcohol in them!

Sparkling Cranberry Apple Cider Mocktail

Recipe:

Apple cider

Cranberry juice

Soda water

Lemon juice

Sugar in a dish (for the rim)

Lemon slice or peel (optional)

Directions:

Dip the top of the flute in water and then immediately dip into sugar dish. Add ¼ cup of apple cider to the flute. Add ½ cup of cranberry juice to the flute. Add a splash of soda water for bubbles. Top with 1 tablespoon of lemon juice. Garnish with a lemon slice or peel (optional)

Non-Alcoholic Eggnog

Recipe:

2 cups of milk

5 whole cloves

1/2 tsp. ground cinnamon

1/4 cup sweetened, condensed milk

4 egg yolks

1/2 cup granulated sugar

1 cup heavy whipping cream

1 tsp ground nutmeg, plus more for garnish

1 tsp vanilla extract

Directions:

Combine milk, cloves, cinnamon and condensed milk over low heat in a deep saucepan until the mixture is no longer chilled and is heated through. Slowly increase the heat to medium and bring the mixture to a low boil, careful not to allow a rolling boil. In a medium bowl, combine the eggs and sugar. Beat eggs until lightened in color and fluffy. Slowly temper the eggs by adding about 1 tbsp. at a time of the hot milk mixture into the egg and sugar mixture. Once enough of the milk is in the egg mixture, pour it all back into the saucepan. Heat over medium heat for 3-5 minutes, stirring frequently, until thickened enough to leave a clean line on the back of a spoon. Add the heavy whipping cream, nutmeg, and vanilla extract to the mixture and heat through. Do not bring to a boil. Strain the mixture using a fine-mesh strainer to catch the spices. Place in an airtight container in the refrigerator and let cool for at least one hour, preferably longer. Serve cold. Garnish with additional nutmeg if desired.

Holiday Mule

Recipe:

.75 oz cinnamon syrup

.75 oz lime juice

.5 oz cranberry juice

Fever-Tree Ginger Beer

Directions:

Combine the cinnamon syrup, lime juice, and cranberry juice in a cocktail shaker and shake with ice. Pour into a collins glass over ice. Top with ginger beer and garnish with fresh cranberries and rosemary sprig sprinkled with a dusting of powdered sugar.

Non-Alcoholic Hot Buttered Rum

Recipe:

1/2 cup butter, softened

1 cup dark brown sugar

1 cup Monk Fruit In The Raw baker’s bag (or 24 packets of Monk Fruit In The Raw)

1 teaspoon ground cinnamon

1/2 teaspoon ground nutmeg

1/8 teaspoon ground cardamom

1/16 teaspoon ground cloves

Boiling water

Half and a half or heavy cream

Directions:

Combine the butter, sugar, Monk Fruit In The Raw, cinnamon, nutmeg, cardamom, and cloves in a mixing bowl. Beat with an electric mixer until thoroughly combined. Use immediately, or transfer to an airtight container and refrigerate until ready to use.

To make each drink, scoop 1 1/2-2 tablespoons of the buttered spice mixture into a small mug. Pour 1/4 cup of boiling hot water into the cup and stir or whisk to dissolve completely. Add 1-2 tablespoons of half and half or cream, and stir once more. Taste, add more water or cream, as desired.

Apple Barley Old Fashioned

Recipe:

1 oz strong-brewed chilled barley tea bag (poured from 10 oz of hot water brewed with two tea bags)

1/3 dropper Angostura bitters

5 dashes molasses bitters

.25 oz simple syrup

.5 oz apple cider

Splash of club soda – optional

Directions:

Stir ingredients and garnish with an orange swath and two Luxardo cherries.