From eggnog at Christmas to champagne on New Year’s Eve, alcohol has long been considered a central part of celebrations throughout the holiday season. Over the last few years, however, the sober curious movement has been picking up steam, with some polls estimating that up to one-third of Americans are interested in cutting back on booze. While it may take some getting used to, going alcohol-free during the holidays doesn’t have to be boring. Read on for some fun and festive mocktails that are sure to be a hit at any holiday soiree.
Decadent Gingerbread Eggnog Mocktail
Eggnog tends to be one of those things that people either love or hate, but you can be sure that even the biggest nog skeptics will be coming back for seconds of this drink by Orchids + Sweet Tea. You can use any brand of plant-based or regular eggnog you prefer—the secret is in the homemade Kahlua substitute. Top with plenty of whipped cream and crushed gingersnap cookies to really give it a decadent, party-worthy feel.
Easy Virgin Christmas Mules
If you prefer something a little less sweet, this recipe by The Mindful Mocktail is sure to hit the spot. Pomegranate juice and ginger beer serve as a fruity and flavorful base, while a splash of lime juice keeps things light. Add some pomegranate seeds and a slice of lime for a pop of festive color.
Candy Cane Christmas Mocktail
No holiday party would be complete without a few candy canes. Whether you’re just starting to get into the Christmas vibe or want to finish up the last of your candy before the new year begins, you can’t go wrong with this sweet and snowy recipe by This Vivavious Life. Made with just a few simple ingredients and some crushed canes for garnish, it’s the perfect way to pay homage to the spirit of the season.