How to Master the Holiday Mocktail

How to Master the Holiday Mocktail

Publish Date September 19, 2023 3 Minute Read
Author Kroger Health Team

What’s a Mocktail?

Mocktails are the best of both worlds. You can have festive and flavorful drinks to sip that are also completely guilt-free, alcohol-free and can be enjoyed by adults and kids alike. Read below to see how you can add mocktails to your holiday festivities.

Mocktail 101

Mocktails have all the fun and sophistication of a traditional cocktail but in a way that everyone can enjoy. Think of ingredients like fresh fruits, aromatic herbs, juices, syrups and fizzy elements that come together to look as beautiful as they taste. With minor adjustments, any cocktail can effortlessly embrace its mocktail counterpart. So, raise those glasses and bring on the holiday season.

How to Mix and Mingle to Create Mocktail Magic

There are scents we tend to associate with the holiday season. Whether it’s mulled cider and cinnamon spice, simmering sweet-tart cranberry or chocolate mingling with a tinge of peppermint, one thing is sure - these aromas have the power to envelop us in the comforting embrace of tradition and joy of the holidays.

When unraveling the secret behind the best mocktail to wow your guests at a holiday gathering, it’s not just about taste. It’s about crafting an experience that harmonizes with the heart of the season. From glass choice to adornments, this is the art that brings holiday mocktail alive. Each ingredient adds a touch of dazzle and delight.

These flavors and aromas have the power to envelop us in the comforting embrace of tradition and joy of the holidays.

Where to Start?

Begin by choosing your base to set the overall tone of the drink. Think fruit juices - perhaps cranberry or apple. Then add depth with aromatic herbs and spices like rosemary, sage, cinnamon or cloves. Add some sparkling water (flavored or not), tonic or ginger ale for that signature fizz. And finally, pick out the garnishes that give a holly-jolly touch.

Looking for Some Inspiration?

We could go on and on with concoctions that would make great additions to your holiday gathering, but to keep things short and sweet, here are our favorites for the holiday seasons:

  • Fall: Whether sitting by the fire while the kids run around or just piled under blankets on the couch, this Chai Spiced Apple Cider Cocktail will warm you from the inside out. Make sure to remove the bourbon to make it a true mocktail. If your party calls for a little more sophistication and less cinnamon spice, try this Cranberry Sage Cosmo.
  • Winter: This Candy Cane Mocktail is a festive delight when it’s time to embrace the season's spirit. This beauty makes a great addition to any party menu. It’s as refreshing as it is glamorous, served in a martini glass and rimmed with crushed candies. And if toasting is the main event of the evening, the Sparkle & Clink Mocktail is the perfect complement. With pomegranate blueberry fizz and aromatic rosemary sprigs, this mocktail elevates every moment of the celebration.

Share The Joy of Mocktails

With the decision-making over, the last and final part is the best - sharing the joy of a festive mocktail with your loved ones. Lift those glasses high, whether young or old, and celebrate the goodness and joy in your life.

Ready to find your signature taste? Try a few of our masterfully crafted holiday mocktails.

Disclaimer: This information is educational only and is not meant to provide healthcare recommendations. Please see a healthcare provider.