Every week we pull together some great Canadian recipes from Canadian food bloggers around the web featuring one main ingredient or dish. When you're entertaining during the holidays it's a must to make sure you have some festive non-alcoholic drinks on-hand and we've got 7 of them for you.
Everyone loves a fun, festive holiday cocktail to kick off a party. But a good host knows it's just as important to have something booze free that's equally delicious and festive to sip on! Don't force your guests who choose not to drink to settle for a boring diet soda or sparkling water. Not when we can do so much better than that!
If You Want To Keep it Simple
If you want to keep things simple make a big batch of non-alcoholic punch that guests can serve themselves. A virgin Sangria is a great one to make. Use seasonal fruits like cranberries, citrus fruits, apples, pears or pomegranates, mixed with sparkling water and some citrus juice. Add in some cinnamon simple syrup or a spiced simple syrup to give it a winter aroma.
You know we love our simple syrups here and you can make these ahead of time in just minutes. Get creative with winter flavours. You can add them to sparkling water, hot herbal teas or hot chocolate for more easy options.
Make an effort with glasseware and garnish just like you would for alcoholic drinks. Sliced lemons, limes, mandarin or tangerine pieces or cranberries on skewers, cinnamon sticks, rosemary sprigs and fresh mint are all easy to prep.
And here are more ideas with these 7 non-alcoholic drinks for holiday entertaining this winter!
1. Ginger Honey Sparkler
The combination of honey & ginger with sparkling water in these Ginger Honey Sparklers by Cooking in My Genes creates the most delightful sip! And the ‘frosted’ rosemary sprigs are a perfectly festive garnish!
2. Simple Pineapple Ginger Kombucha Cocktail
This Pineapple Ginger Kombucha Cocktail from Flavour & Saovur is a refreshing non-alcoholic drink made with probiotic-rich kombucha. It's quick and easy to make with store-bought kombucha and quick and easy is always a plus during the holidays.
3. Slow Cooker Pumpkin Spice Hot Chocolate
Everyone needs a special hot chocolate recipe that works for a crowd and this Slow Cooker Pumpkin Spice Hot Chocolate by The Olive Blogger fits the bill. It's lusciously creamy and the spices mix beautifully with the white chocolate and it comes together effortlessly with enough to serve 8-10 people.
4. Homemade Eggnog
Is it really a Christmas party if there's no eggnog? Not in our books! Enter Chef Heidi Fink's non-traditional Homemade Eggnog. It's free of rum and kid friendly and, best of all, she says it tastes like melted nutmeg ice cream. Yum!
5. Cranberry Cosmo Mocktail
If you want your alcohol free guest to feel utterly fabulous then make a batch of these Cranberry Cosmo Mocktails from Food Meanderings. They'll be kicking up their heels in no time at all!
6. Orange Spiced Mulled Tea
This Orange Spice Mulled Tea from Maple + Mango will warm up your guests in no time and has the added bonus of making your home smell amazing before guests arrive! Festive indeed!
7. Sugar-Free Grapefruit Ginger Mocktail
This sugar-free, non-alcoholic Grapefruit Ginger Mocktail from Flavour and Savour is an easy 3-ingredient refreshing drink for adults and kids alike! It's one you could easily make a batch of for easy serving!
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