It's the most wonderful time of the year but the holidays can also be stressful with so many things going on. We wanted to make things a little easier and give you some cocktail recipes that will hopefully put you at ease for your next gathering. Kick back, enjoy your family and friends over some delicious non-alcoholic cheer that will be sure to delight all your guests. Check out the recipe ideas below to help you plan your next gathering, big or small we've got you covered. 'Tis the season to mindful drinking!
Spiced Cranberry Margarita
1.5 oz Ritual Tequila Alternative
½ oz Agave syrup
½ oz Non-alcoholic Triple Sec syrup
1 oz Lime juice
3/4 oz Cranberry juice
Method: Salt the rim of a glass and set aside. Add all ingredients to a cocktail shaker with ice and shake. Strain into prepared glass with fresh ice. Garnish with fresh cranberries.
The Cozy Season Sour
2 ½ oz Free Spirits The Spirit of Bourbon
2 tbsp Persimmon Purée (peel 1 super ripe Persimmon and mash up with a muddler)
½ oz Warm Spice Syrup*
½ oz Lemon juice
Cara Cara orange slice
Method: Add all ingredients to an iced cocktail shaker and shake briefly.
Pour out the cocktail into a rocks glass. Garnish with a Cara Cara orange slice and mint.
*FOR WARM SPICE SYRUP
In a saucepan add 1 cup sugar, 1 cup water and 1 tbsp pumpkin spice mix.
Heat until the sugar has dissolved. Allow to cool before use.
Lyre's Eggnog Cocktail
2 oz Lyre's American Malt
4 1/10 oz eggnog
1/5 oz premium maple syrup
3 oz whipped cream
6 fresh pineapple chunks
Method: Combine ingredients in a mug. Garnish with grated chocolate.
La Dolce Vita Punch
1 bottle of Three Spirit Livener
Fresh orange or tangerine juice 16
Wilfred’s (or other bitter non-alcoholic spirit) 10
Fresh lemon juice 8
Orgeat (or almond syrup, we used Monin) 6
1 bottle of sparkling of your choice (i.e. Noughty, seltzer, etc.)
Garnish: rosemary, orange, and lemon wheels
Method: The night before: Add a few rosemary sprigs to the almond syrup to infuse (optional but really makes the punch pop!)
An hour before your party: Combine Three Spirit Livener, orange and lemon juices, Wilfred’s and orgeat/almond syrup (remove infused rosemary and discard) in a punch bowl and gently stir to combine. Place a block of ice into the punch bowl and allow time for it to chill. Ladle over the ice for a little dilution.
Just before guests arrive: Pour half a bottle of your chilled sparkling gently over the top of the punch and add the garnishes (once the punch is about halfway consumed top it off with the remaining sparkling).
2 oz GinISH
3 oz Fever-Tree Mediterranean tonic
.33 oz Cranberry syrup
Garnish: Fresh cranberries and fresh rosemary
Method: Add GinISH and syrup in a shaker and shake with ice for 20-30 seconds. Strain into a highball glass with lots of ice and top with Fever-Tree Mediterranean Tonic.
Tropical Spiced Spritz
1.69 oz Caleño Dark & Spicy
.95 oz elderflower cordial
1/2 thumb sized piece of ginger, grated
1.69 low calorie tonic water
Gingerbread (to garnish)
Ginger slice (to garnish)
Cinnamon stick (to garnish)
Method: In a shaker add a handful of ice and pour over the Caleño Dark & Spicy, elderflower cordial and grated ginger and shake well. Strain using a fine sieve into a glass filled with ice and top with tonic water. Garnish with a slice of ginger, gingerbread and a cinnamon stick and en-JOY!
Chamomile & Lavendar Tea Mocktail (Nightcap)
2 oz of Grüvi Dry Secco
8 oz of hot water
1 chamomile tea bag
1 oz of lavender simple syrup *see notes below*
0.5 oz of lemon juice
Lavender Simple Syrup
3 tablespoons of dried culinary lavender
1 cup of sugar
1 cup of water
Add all of the ingredients for the syrup together in a small sauce pan and stir occasionally. Once it comes to a soft boil remove from heat and discard the lavender.
Method: Add the tea bag to the hot water and let it steep for a few minutes.
Remove tea bag and mix in Grüvi Dry Secco, lavender simple syrup, and lemon juice. Garnish with lemon slices. Enjoy warm!