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Sober Christmas: Non-Alcoholic Holiday Drink Recipes For People in Recovery

Get into the holiday spirits without the spirits! Here are 6 festive mocktail recipes for those in recovery to sip on all season long.

It’s the holiday season, and we’ve got all kinds of ideas to make the season merry and bright! Whether you’re in recovery and looking for festive mocktails to sip alongside friends or family members while you carol around the Christmas tree, or just want to add a little something extra to your own beverage repertoire for an upcoming holiday party or brunch, these non-alcoholic holiday cocktail recipes are sure to delight!

1. White Grape Punch with Cranberry Ice

Even better with colorful ice cubes filled with extra pomegranate and mint. Just add some to your ice tray and allow to freeze overnight before plopping them in this refreshing & festive beverage!

  • YIELDS: 8 – 10 servings
  • PREP TIME: 0 hours 15 mins
  • TOTAL TIME: 0 hours 15 mins

Ingredients

  • 1 c. cranberries (fresh or frozen)
  • 24 mint leaves
  • 2 c. white grape juice
  • 3 c. seltzer or club soda
  • 1/4 c. lime juice (from about 3 limes
  1. For the ice: Divide the cranberries and mint among the holes of a large silicone ice cube tray. Fill with water to cover the fruit and herbs and freeze until solid.
  2. For the punch: Before serving, mix the grape juice, seltzer and lime juice in a large pitcher. Put a few ice cubes in each glass and pour in the drink.

by: Ree Drummond via The Pioneer Woman

2. Salted Dark Chocolate Truffle & Toasted Marshmallow Hot Chocolate

Elevating the classic chocolate concoction with a sweet & salty twist.

  • YIELDS: 4 servings
  • PREP TIME: 0 hours 10 mins
  • COOK TIME: 0 hours 5 mins
  • TOTAL TIME: 0 hours 15 mins

Ingredients

  • 4 c. Whole Milk
  • 4 packages (about 1 1/4 Oz. Packet) Dark Chocolate Hot Cocoa Mix
  • 4 Dark Chocolate Truffles
  • Maldon Salt Flakes
  • 1 jar (7 Oz. Size) Kraft Jet-Puffed Marshmallow Creme
  1. Heat milk in a large saucepot over medium-high heat and bring to a simmer. Add dark chocolate cocoa packets to the milk and whisk until well-combined.
  2. Drop 1 truffle into each mug, sprinkle with Maldon salt flakes. Pour hot chocolate over truffles and stir. Top each mug with marshmallow creme and toast marshmallow with kitchen torch. 

By: Meseidy Rivera via The Pioneer Woman

3. Homemade Non-Alcoholic Egg Nog

Includes bragging rights for ditching the dairy aisle at the grocery store and whipping up this holiday favorite all by yourself.

 

  • YIELDS: 8 servings
  • PREP TIME: 0 hours 5 mins
  • COOK TIME: 0 hours 15 mins
  • TOTAL TIME: 0 hours 20 mins

Ingredients

  • 2 c. whole milk
  • 3 whole cloves
  • 2 tbsp. plus 1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract, divided
  • 1 tsp. ground cinnamon
  • 3/4 tsp. ground fresh nutmeg, plus more for garnishing individual glasses
  • 1 pinch kosher salt
  • 6 large egg yolks
  • 3/4 c. sugar
  • 2 c. half-and-half
  • 1 c. heavy cream
  1. In a large saucepan over medium-low heat, combine milk, cloves, 1 teaspoon of the vanilla, cinnamon, nutmeg, and kosher salt. After mixture has warmed for 5 minutes, turn up heat between medium and medium-high. Stir regularly to avoid scorching, just until it comes to a boil. Turn off heat.
  2. In a large bowl, combine egg yolks and sugar. Whisk briskly until mixture is lightened in color and a bit fluffy, with visible ridges and ripples appearing when you whisk. Very slowly pour the hot milk mixture into the eggs, whisking vigorously all the while. You want to incorporate hot with cold slowly, to not “cook” the eggs to a scrambled consistency. Then pour everything back into the saucepan over medium heat. Stir constantly for about 5 minutes, until mixture is thickened and foamy. Do not allow mixture to boil. Strain to remove cloves. Let cool for about 1 hour.
  3. Stir in half-and-half, and remaining 2 tablespoons of vanilla. Refrigerate overnight to thoroughly chill and let flavors meld.
  4. Before serving, whip heavy cream until softly firm. Fold whipped cream into eggnog mixture. Pour into individual glasses and garnish with freshly grated nutmeg.

From Brenda Score via A Farmgirl’s Dabbles

4. Mulled Apple Cider

A staple for your stovetop all season long- for an added bonus, it also doubles as a live home fragrance!

 

  • YIELDS: 12 servings
  • PREP TIME: 0 hours 10 mins
  • TOTAL TIME: 0 hours 40 mins

Ingredients

  • 4 whole cinnamon sticks
  • 1/8 tsp. ground cloves
  • 8 whole allspice berries
  • orange peel from 1 orange
  • lemon peel from 1 lemon
  • 1/2 c. maple syrup
  • 6 c. unfiltered (fresh squeezed is great) apple juice
  • apple slices and orange twists, for garnish
  • optional: ginger spices
  1. Place the cinnamon sticks, ground cloves, allspice berries, orange peel and lemon peel in a medium saucepan.
  2. Pour in the maple syrup and apple juice, then bring to almost a boil. Reduce the heat to low and simmer for 30 minutes.
  3. Remove from the heat and serve in mugs with apple slices and orange twists for garnish. 

Adapted from AllRecipes.com

5. Peppermint White Russian Mocktail

Typically made with coffee liquor, a classic White Russian has a hint of coffee flavor. This mocktail version uses strong brewed coffee and vanilla extract in place of the alcohol, but it’s still just as cool, creamy, and delicious.

  • YIELDS: 1 serving
  • PREP TIME: 3 minutes
  • TOTAL TIME: 3 minutes

Ingredients

  • 2 ounces strong brewed coffee
  • ¼ teaspoon vanilla extract
  • ⅛ teaspoon peppermint extract
  • 2 ounces heavy cream or a little more to fill the glass
  • 1 peppermint stick optional garnish

ALCOHOL SUBSTITUTIONS

  • For the Coffee Liqueur, use strong brewed coffee with some vanilla extract added to it.
  • Heavy cream stays as is, but if you want a lighter version you can use half and half, milk, or nut milk.
  1. Fill the glass with ice
  2. Pour the brewed cold coffee over the ice
  3. Add vanilla and peppermint extracts
  4. “Float” Cream over the coffee. Stir very gently, add a peppermint stick as a garnish. Enjoy!

By: Chellie Schmitz via Art From My Table

6. Festive Snow Punch

Create a winter wonderland right in your cup! This creamy holiday punch is even more festive when you decorate the glasses with shredded coconut.

  • YIELDS: 10 servings
  • PREP TIME: 15 minutes
  • TOTAL TIME: 15 minutes

Ingredients

  • 1 cup freshly squeezed lemon juice
  • 5 medium ripe bananas
  • ¾ cup granulated sugar; superfine if possible
  • 2 cups half-and-half
  • 1 liter lemon-lime soda
  • ½ gallon vanilla ice cream or frozen yogurt
  • Optional Rim:
  • ½ cup sweetened shredded coconut
  • Canned vanilla icing or corn syrup
  1. Place lemon juice, bananas and sugar in a blender, cover and mix until smooth. Add half-and-half, cover and blend until smooth. Cover and refrigerate up to 1 hour.
  2. Just before serving, pour lemon/banana mixture into a punch bowl. Stir in soda and top with scoops of ice cream.
  3. Optional, but oh, so pretty; dip the rims of the glasses in corn syrup or vanilla icing then dip the coated rims in coconut. Enjoy!

By: Becky Hardin via The Cookie Rookie

It’s the season to be jolly, and if you’ve made the life-changing decision to become sober this year, or have been in recovery for years but still want to enjoy holiday drinks by the fireplace, you’ll want to get into the holiday spirit without putting yourself at risk of relapse.

As always, if you or a loved one are struggling with alcoholism or addiction and need help, All In Solutions is open and available to assist you 24/7, even during the holidays. 

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