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​Five holiday mocktails to bring on the holiday cheer​

We all deserve a fun drink to celebrate the end of 2021. If you’re going out as part of your celebrations and planning to drive, please consider keeping those fun drinks non-alcoholic to help yourself and others get home safely. And no, when we say “fun non-alcoholic drinks,” we don’t mean water, store sodas or eggnog. We mean mocktails — finely crafted concoctions that are easy to make and can be enjoyed by all. Try out these five simple recipes and bring the holiday cheer straight to your tongue:

Candy Cane Mocktini 

Ever wanted to drink candy? Of course you have. Wow your guests with this stylishly rimmed mocktail that’s sweet and refreshing with a hint of tartness. 

Prep time: 10 minutes
Servings: 4​

Ingredients 

  • 355 ml (1 can) club soda 
  • 355 ml (1 can) cranberry juice 
  • 4 tbsp grenadine 
  • 8 mini candy canes 
  • Simple syrup​

Instructions 

  1. Crush 4 candy canes and put them on a plate  
  2. On a new plate, lightly coat the rim of your martini glasses in simple syrup 
  3. Rim the martini glasses by dipping them into the crushed candy canes 
  4. To make the drink, stir together the club soda, grenadine and cranberry juice
  5. Pour the mixed drink into the rimmed martini glasses 
  6. Garnish each glass with 1 unwrapped mini candy cane

Grinch Punch 

Here’s a drink that could win over the green man himself. Tangy and sweet, it goes easy down the throat and will have people coming back for more. 

Prep time: 10 minutes 
Servings: 6 

Ingredients 
  • 1 litre water 
  • 1 3g packet lemon-lime Kool-Aid 
  • 200 ml pineapple juice 
  • 200 ml frozen lemonade concentrate (thawed) 
  • 250ml sprite 
  • Red sugar sprinkles for glass rim (optional) 
  • Ice (optional)​

Instructions 

  1. On a plate, lightly coat the rim of your glasses in water
  2. On a new plate, dip the rim of your glasses in the red sugar sprinkles
  3. In a large pitcher or bowl, add 1 litre of water and the kool-aid packet. Stir until dissolved 
  4. Add pineapple juice, lemonade concentrate and sprite. Stir lightly until mixed 
  5. Add ice to your rimmed glasses and pour the mixed drink into them​

Ginger Apple Mocktail 

Perfect for a cold December night, the warm spiciness of this mocktail will make you feel like you’re cozying up right by your favourite fireplace. 

Prep time: 5 minutes 
Servings: 4 

Ingredients 
  • ​​250 ml apple cider, chilled 
  • 250 ml ginger beer 
  • 2 tbsp maple syrup 
  • Ice 
  • Apple slice and cinnamon stick to garnish (optional) 

Instructions 

  1. In a large pitcher or bowl, add apple cider, ginger beer and 2 tbsp. maple syrup 
  2. Mix lightly until the syrup dissolves 
  3. Add ice to your glasses and pour the mixed drink into them 
  4. Garnish with an apple slice and cinnamon stick​

Orange and Rosemary Holiday Mocktail 

A crowd favourite! This sophisticated beverage isn’t just tangy and citrusy, but is also infused with a woodsy aroma. 

Prep time: 5 minutes 
Servings: 4 

Ingredients 
  • 250 ml orange juice 
  • 50 ml lemon juice 
  • 1 rosemary sprig
  • 1 tbsp agave syrup 
  • 250 ml club soda 
  • rosemary sprigs & orange slice for garnish (optional) 

Instructions 
  1. Put the sprig of rosemary and agave syrup in a cocktail shaker and muddle well 
  2. Add the lemon juice, mix well, and strain into a small pitcher 
  3. Add the orange juice and club soda 
  4. Add ice to your glasses and pour the mixed drink into them 
  5. Garnish with rosemary sprigs and orange slices (optional) 

Sparkling Raspberry Mocktail 

Jazz up your holiday celebrations with this light and bubbly refreshment, perfect for those who want fun without too much sweetness. 

Prep time: 10 minutes
Servings: 4 

Ingredients 

  • 250 ml raspberries 
  • 1 lime 
  • 500 ml club soda 
  • Agave syrup 

Instructions 

  1. ​​Cut the lime into 4 pieces 
  2. In a small pitcher, squeeze 1/2 lime into the pitcher, then add 1/2 of your raspberries and agave syrup and mash together 
  3. Add the club soda to the pitcher with the lime and raspberries and stir gently to mix 
  4. Add agave syrup to taste and stir again 
  5. Place raspberries in each glass, then top with ice​

Have fun and drive safe this holiday season 

This December, let’s all help keep the holidays happy by encouraging everyone to drive safe. If you’re attending a party with family or friends, consider sending the organizer these mocktail recipes. If you’re organizing some festivities yourself, try putting a few of these on the menu for designated drivers, and don’t be surprised when everyone starts wanting some! 

When people drive after drinking alcohol, they not only risk their own lives, but the lives of others on the road. Even one or two drinks can affect motor skills behind the wheel. If you or someone you know will be drinking alcohol, please plan ahead by calling a taxi or rideshare, arranging a designated driver or taking transit. Learn more about alcohol-impaired dri​​​ving​.​