Non-Alcoholic Holiday Comfort Cocktails

During the final months of the year, the majority of us attend some kind of gathering involving, family, friends, food, good music and, of course, drinks. The holidays are a great excuse to introduce a new friend to Johnny Walker Black Label as the ladies gossip over a bottle of Pinot Grigio. While passing drinks and offering beverages, you will most likely come across the “designated driver”, the person who gets queasy after just one glass of Chardonnay, or the one who simply does not find pleasure in the taste of alcohol. Whatever the reason may be for declining the bottle, the individual is usually seen later in the evening sporting a can of soda or heavily iced water. Just because you aren’t drinking, doesn’t mean you shouldn’t be able to enjoy a glass of refreshing flavors.

Be kind to your sober guests and keep them in mind on your trip to the market. Juices such as raspberry, apple, orange, pineapple and grapefruit taste great when mixed with spritzer, ginger ale or seltzer water. In the mood for a non-alcoholic margarita? Purchase fresh fruits or berries and sugar to create homemade simple syrup, combine with ice, garnish and serve in a cocktail glass. Homemade flavored simple syrup always tastes better than the bottled version. This holiday season, offer your sober guests more than just a warm can of ginger ale, give them options even the beer drinkers will suddenly crave. Pumpkin smoothie, vanilla almond milkshake, chai tea and apple caramel flavored coffees are only a few combinations of seasonal favorites. By using a few fresh and simple ingredients, you can turn what could have been a boring evening for the designated driver; into a refreshing night they are glad to be a part of.

Pumpkin Spice White Hot Chocolate- http://thelunacafe.com/pumpkin-spice-hot-white-chocolate/

Citrus Mint Punch- http://www.floras-hideout.com/drrecipes/recipes.php?page=drrecipes&data=a-e/Citrus_Mint_Punch

Ginger Mint Julep Mocktail Recipe- http://www.drinkalternatives.com/ginger-mint-julep-mocktail-recipe/

Mozzarella Martini w/ Fresh Tomato Consommé- http://whatscookingamerica.net/Beverage/TomatoMartini.htm

Rose Petal Tea- http://theherbgardener.blogspot.com/2011/10/how-to-make-rose-tea.html

White Sangria- http://www.tapas-recipes.com/non-alcoholic-sangria.html

Guilt-Free Eggnog- http://kellythekitchenkop.com/2008/12/jeannies-non-alcoholic-eggnog-recipe-easy-nutritious.html

Mulled Apple Cider- http://www.nataliemacmaster.com/recipes/recipe23.htm 

Kymberlee Fajardo is a freelance food writer and food culture photographer who grew up in Queens and Long Island, NY. Having always had an intense and rocky relationship/fascination with food, Kym was persistent in pursuing a career that involved her love for the culinary industry. At 19, she attended culinary school in NYC and graduated in the top 5% of her class. As a line cook she had experience in fine dining, South East Asian Street Market food in NYC, farm to table in upstate NY, as well as contemporary comfort food in NJ. Eventually she combined both her passion for writing as well as for all things culinary to pursue her career as a food writer. She maintains her own food blog Free Spirit Eater which contains original writing and photography. Kym also runs a culinary advice column on Bromography.com as well as contributing to MadlyJuicy.com.
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4 Responses to Non-Alcoholic Holiday Comfort Cocktails

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  2. Cucina49 December 13, 2011 at 3:33 pm

    Thanks for the ideas! This is always a challenge at this time of year. I have book group at my house this week and will try one of them.

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  3. Becca from It's Yummilicious December 11, 2011 at 7:14 pm

    I can’t drink alcohol, so these will be wonderful for the holidays. THANK YOu!

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  4. Kim Bee December 10, 2011 at 11:18 am

    Yeah, I love this one. I am a non drinker so I am always looking for booze-less drinks. Thanks for sharing these.

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