5 Non Alcoholic Holiday Beverages

With holidays just almost upon us, it’s time to come up with some great non alcoholic drink ideas for you and your guests to enjoy when Thanksgiving or Christmas day rolls around.  These are lower in calories and fat and great for kids too! There are loads of cocktails that taste great without alcohol in them, including virgin Marys, virgin coladas and virgin caipirinhas. Try adding a touch of fresh ginger, fresh herbs, fresh fruit, or a squeeze of lime to give your cocktails a little bit of an extra Christmas kick. Here are 5 non alcoholic holiday beverage ideas:

1. Try natural soft drinks

Natural soft drinks like the Zeo soft drink are an easy and delicious alternative to alcoholic drinks. The Zeo drinks range comes in a wide variety of flavors and as they’re naturally flavoured and low in sugar are perfect for enjoying before or after your Christmas feast. 

2. Fresh fruit or juices

If you’ve got a juicer at home, this is the perfect opportunity to crack it out and create some delicious festive delights. Adding a touch of cinnamon and a dash of orange will help to make your juices smell and taste fantastic and will add a great aroma and color. Add fresh fruit to enhance the beverage. See my recipe for Blueberry Spritzer here.

 3. Alcohol free sparkling wine

There are some great alcohol free sparkling wines on the market now, many of which taste just as good as the traditionally made ones.

4. Hot apple juice or apple cider

Add fresh chopped apples to some good quality apple juice or apple cider along with fresh ginger and cinnamon and heat it gently on the stove and you’ll end up with a delicious warming brew that is perfect for cold wintry evenings.

5. Use green tea

Prepare warm or cold green tea and mix with honey, lemon and fresh herbs for a warm and healthy delight.

Holiday and Christmas Morning Cranberry Punch

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Who doesn’t love a hot beverage this time of year to beat the winter chill? This mixture of nutmeg, cinnamon, allspice and cloves spice up cranberry and pineapple juice to comfort you this time of year. My sister, Natalie, makes this punch every year during the wintertime holidays, so I thought I would share it among friends. It is very similar to a recipe I developed when I was a Food Editor with Southern Living magazine. It’s perfect to serve Christmas morning to set off the festivities in a warm cheerful tone. Cheers! 

 

Spiced Cranberry Punch

Prep: 5 minutes

Cook: 10 minutes

Yield: 12 servings

Ingredients

3/4 cup firmly packed brown sugar

1/2 teaspoon ground cloves

1/2 teaspoon ground allspice

1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon

1/2 teaspoon ground nutmeg

1 cup water

11/2 quart cranberry juice

1 (48-ounce) container pineapple juice

Preparation

1. Combine first 7 ingredients in a large 5-quart pan; bring to a boil. Add pineapple juice and bring back to a boil. Serve warm.

What to Serve with Thanksgiving Turkey Dinner-Prosecco and Pinot Noir

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So many friends have called in the past few days and asked me, “What are you serving with Thanksgiving dinner?” I suggest serving Prosecco and Pinot Noir since holiday meals feature a diversity of flavors. There is no single wine modeled for a certain dish. The joy comes from trying new possibilities. Prosecco is an Italian sparkling wine. It’s not expensive, and it’s clean, crisp and easy to drink. Pinot is the perfect table wine for the holiday season because of its low tannins, good acidity, and fruit-forward flavors. Cheers and happy holidays!

Pomegranate Margarita

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My friend, Steven, called last night and said he was having relatives in Wednesday before Thanksgiving.  He asked me for a food favor. He said they were preparing a Mexican-themed menu, and asked me to help him with a recipe for a Pomegranate Margarita which was highly requested by his wife, Bridget. I thought this sounded like a really nice idea since many of us will be entertaining family and friends next week. This recipe has the right mix of tequila, Triple Sec and pomegranate juice. I just recommend using my ultimately favorite “Patron Silver” for the tequila.


Pomegranate Margarita

Prep: 5 minutes

Yield: 8 servings

Ingredients

Lime wedges 

Salt or sugar for the rim

Ice

8 ounces white tequila

4 ounces Triple Sec

1 cup pomegranate juice

2 limes, juiced (optional)

1/2 cup club soda

Directions

1. Pour salt or sugar onto a plate or shallow dish. With a lime wedge rub along the rim of a glass and dip glasses upside down to salt the rim. Fill glasses with ice. In a cocktail shaker with ice place the tequila, triple sec, pomegranate juice, and lime juice. Pour into the salt-rimmed glasses and top off with club soda. Garnish with a lime wedges, if desired.

For tequila, see www.patronspirits.com