The holidays may drive many of us to drink, but lots of people don’t opt for alcohol for a variety of reasons, and good for them! When you’re stocking the bar for your holiday party, Christmas dinner, etc., don’t forget about the folks who don’t imbibe, and be sure to pick up stuff to make these easy mocktails, the best holiday mocktails you can make with just a couple of ingredients each.
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Cranberry Juice & Ginger Ale
Everyone knows cranberry juice and ginger ale go together like peas and carrots (sorry for quoting Forrest Gump). Hell, Canada Dry even makes a cranberry version of its classic ginger ale. Ocean Spray Cranberry Juice Cocktail, which took the top spot in our cranberry juice taste test, isn’t so sugary that it’ll be too sweet with ginger ale, and it has enough tang to make an impression. And Canada Dry Bold Ginger Ale is the perfect mixer because it’s bitey, but not as bitey as ginger beer. You’ll get plenty of cran and ginger flavor from this easy mocktail. Drink this over ice with a twist of lime.
Lemonade & Strawberry Spindrift
I absolutely love Spindrift sparkling water. Rather than relying on artificial or even natural flavoring like other brands, Spindrift adds actual fruit purees to its canned beverages. If you like strawberry lemonade, you’ll love this combo. Newman’s Own Virgin Lemonade, the best lemonade we tried during our taste test, gets a boost of fizz from the Spindrift, and just a touch of pleasant strawberry flavor. This might read a little summery, so toss a sprig of rosemary in the glass for a holiday mocktail touch.
Orange Juice & Tangerine LaCroix
Clementines are a classic holiday gift, but if your crummy family forgot to stuff your stocking with citrus fruit, this sparkling bev will scratch that itch. Great Value Orange Juice with Pulp, our favorite pulped orange juice, adds a little bit of texture, while the Tangerine LaCroix adds a little fizz and that sweet tangerine essence (minus the actual sweetness). If you love Orangina as much as I do, this easy mocktail is a fun dupe. Serve it in a rocks glass with ice and a maraschino cherry.
Sparkling Apple Cider & Chai Tea
Think of this easy mocktail as mulled cider without the fuss and a little fizz. Mulling spice and chai spice have a lot in common, namely cinnamon, clove, nutmeg, and allspice. Brew a bag or two of Bigelow Spiced Chai and then put the brewed tea in the fridge to cool. Add the cooled tea to a champagne flute of Martinelli’s Sparkling Apple Cider (aka the best sparkling cider on the market) to taste and voila.
Cola & Pomegranate Juice
If you loved a Roy Rogers as a kid but can no longer tolerate the sweetness of grenadine, try Coke with a splash of POM pomegranate juice. I picture this over ice in one of those cute glass eggnog mugs (bonus points if it’s shaped like Marty Moose). If you have citrus on hand, a squeeze of lime would work well, too.
Pineapple Juice & Raspberry Sherbet
This is a pared-down version of a classic party punch. Simply add a spoonful or so of raspberry sherbet (we recommend Talenti’s tart, delicious Roman Raspberry Sorbetto—it’s one of the best Talenti flavors) to a tall glass of good pineapple juice, and stir it up with a swizzle stick. It’s an easy mocktail with a little bit of an indulgent creamy quality, and if you’re going to indulge, you’re probably going to do it during the holidays.