November 22, 2014

Be a liquor-less lush this holiday and try these tasty beverages instead!

Mock Champagne

mock champagne

Ingredients
2 parts ginger ale, chilled
1 part pineapple juice, chilled
1 part white grape juice, chilled

Directions
Combine ingredients in a champagne flute. Cheers!

Virgin Mojito

virgin mojito

Enjoy the refreshing flavors of mint and lime without rum (for now).

Ingredients
1 tablespoon mint leaves
1 teaspoon sugar
Lemon-lime soda
Lime

Directions
Muddle the mint leaves and sugar in a highball glass. Add ice and fill glass with soda. Garnish with lime wedge.

POM Fizz

Harness the power of pomegranate juice in this tart but sweet drink.

Ingredients
8 oz Pomegranate Juice
2 cans (24 oz) of Lemon-Lime Soda
1/4 cup fresh squeezed orange juice
Crushed Ice

Directions:

Combine juices and soda in pitcher. Stir. Serve over ice. Serves 4.

Cran-Dandy Cooler

cran-dandy cooler

You already know cranberry juice is good for you. Drink to your health with this refreshing, colorful drink.

Ingredients
¼ cranberry juice
2 tablespoons pineapple juice
2 tablespoons orange juice
3.4 teaspoon lemon juice
2 tablespoons ginger ale
Maraschino cherries, orange slices (optional)

Directions
Fill tall glass with ice. Add juices. Top with ginger ale and stir. Garnish with cherry and orange slices.

Quick Holiday Eggnog

eggnog

Dress up store-bought eggnog with spices and a healthy surprise ingredient. For once, steer away from the fresh stuff, since it contains raw eggs.

Ingredients
1 cup cold store-bought eggnog
1/3 tablespoon ground cinnamon
1/3 banana
2/3 tablespoon real maple syrup
1/3 tablespoon ground nutmeg

Directions
Blend ingredients in blender at medium speed 30 seconds. Pour into balloon glass and dust top with more nutmeg.

Mock Toddy

If the holiday party finds guests snuggling up with a hot toddies, make this cozy version that warms without whiskey or rum.

Directions
Combine hot water, lemon juice, honey, a pinch of cinnamon or nutmeg and, to add color and flavor, cranberry juice. Consider adding a sprinkle of cayenne. Serve in a mug.

Have you tried these or maybe would like to share some ‘mocktails’ of your own? Let us know what non-alcohol drink you like to indulge in around the holidays by leaving a comment. Cheers!

 

One Comment

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    Arlyne Demartino
    April 27, 2013

    Ginger produces a hot, fragrant kitchen spice.[5] Young ginger rhizomes are juicy and fleshy with a very mild taste. They are often pickled in vinegar or sherry as a snack or just cooked as an ingredient in many dishes. They can also be steeped in boiling water to make ginger tea, to which honey is often added; sliced orange or lemon fruit may also be added. Ginger can also be made into candy, or ginger wine which has been made commercially since 1740.’

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