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Delicious, Non-Alcoholic New Year’s Refreshments

There are many reasons you might prefer a non-alcoholic drink while you ring in the New Year. Just because you pass on the alcohol, doesn’t mean you can’t enjoy a delicious, festive drink. Here are 8 mock-tails guaranteed to quench your holiday thirst.


Cranberry apple cider

This delicious Cranberry Apple-Cider Punch is refreshing and has a bit of fizz thanks to Ginger Ale.


Grapefruit and rosemary mocktail

Adding fresh herbs takes any drink to the next level- rosemary and grapefruit is a combo sure to please those ringing in the New Year with you. Citrus is a nice counterpart to the often rich flavors of holiday meals and treats.


Thai iced tea

It’s always exciting to try something new. If you have never tried Thai Iced Tea, the New Year is the time to check it off your list. A delicious combination of black tea and coconut milk, it’s perfectly paired with any leftover treats from the holiday.


Blackberry lemon mocktail

Simple, tangy, and refreshing, this Blackberry Lemon Drink is a winner for any gathering, regardless of the season. If you are trying to avoid soda and other sugary drinks throughout the year, this is a great option to make in batches and have ready in the fridge for when the craving hits for a delicious drink.


Old fashioned non alcoholic eggnog

A classic that everybody can enjoy- this Non-Alcoholic Egg Nog is a must. You can adjust the spices to your preference, and if people opt to, alcohol can be added without interfering with the texture. Traditionally, eggnog is made with raw eggs (but store bought is pasteurized), to avoid any food mishaps, this eggs in this recipe are cooked.


Peppermint hot chocolate

While it may be best to substitute this for dessert, this Peppermint Hot Chocolate is a classic treat- doesn’t peppermint always bring to mind the holiday season? This is a fun drink to make together- kiddos can add their toppings (peppermint, marshmallows, chocolate shavings) for a fun activity.


Rudolph punch

A fun drink for the kiddos and adults- this Rudolph Punch has ginger ale and cranberry juice, and is topped off with green sprinkles for holiday cheer. This is an incredibly easy recipe- only two ingredients, with optional cranberries that can be added in. You can’t go wrong!


Cranberry pear cider

Cranberry Pear Cider is tough to beat. This recipe uses a slow-cooker, so you can set it and take care of everything else on your holiday list. Pears add sweetness, so as the author of the recipe suggests, you may be able to skip the maple syrup, avoiding additional sugar and calories. The combination of spices give this cider a beautiful depth- the warm treat is sure to be a winner.


Enjoy!

dsc_0323-1    –Dr. Courtney


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