A well-prepared Christmas dinner won’t be complete without drinks to match them. A bottle of wine or a bowl of cocktail punch is traditionally served but those are laced with alcohol. Children and pregnant women are not allowed to have it. Additionally, some family members might want their aperitif or digestif alcohol-free.
Non-alcoholic drinks are more appropriate to accompany a family feast if you want to keep the celebration wholesome. Here are some non-alcoholic Christmas drink recipes the whole family can share:
Sparkling Cranberry Mock Champagne
1/3 cup frozen cranberry juice concentrate (thawed)
3 cups sparkling apple juice or cider
Thin lemon slices
Pour 1 to 3 teaspoons of cranberry juice concentrate into each champagne glass; add half a cup of apple juice and finish with a twisted lemon slice. This is an easy non-alcoholic aperitif that makes about 6 servings.
4 medium eggs
2 cups milk
1 cup cream
¼ cup sugar syrup
1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
½ teaspoon ground cinnamon
½ teaspoon mixed spice
Combine 4 eggs into a bowl and whisk until frothy. Pour the sugar syrup then add the vanilla extract, ground cinnamon and mixed spice. Whisk until well blended. Gradually add the milk and cream while whisking at the same time. Pour in tumblers and serve. This traditional Christmas drink can be served with additional toppings such as grated nutmeg, chocolate curls or vanilla ice cream. This recipe serves about 6.
Christmas Eve Punch
4 cups clear apple cider
¼ cup lemon juice
2 medium red apples, cored
2 teaspoons whole cloves
½ cup raisins
6 cinnamon sticks
Orange and lemon slices
Slice the cored apples into ½ inch rings. Combine the apple cider, cinnamon sticks, cloves, apple rings and raisins in a Dutch oven. Once it boils, reduce the heat and simmer until the apples are tender (about 6-8 minutes). Pour in lemon juice and add the orange and lemon slices. Transfer into a punch bowl. Serve the punch in large mugs including every floating ingredient – an apple ring, citrus slices, some raisins and spices. This warm punch recipe serves about 6.
Minty Chocolate Crush
8 round peppermint candies
4 cups chocolate yogurt, frozen
4 cups cold milk
1 cup chocolate syrup
Crush peppermint candies in a blender or food processor. Blend in the frozen yogurt, milk and chocolate syrup until smooth. Serve in a tall glass with whipped cream, candy cane garnish and a straw. This minty drink is perfect for those living in snow-less states.
Sparkling Pomegranate Cheer
1 ½ cups pomegranate juice
3 cups sparkling non-alcoholic wine
5 sugar cubes
4 teaspoons pomegranate seeds
Stirrings Blood Orange Bitters
Place a sugar cube into the bottom of each champagne flute. Add a dash of blood orange bitters and allow the cube to soak for about 2 minutes. In a pitcher, combine the pomegranate juice and sparkling non-alcoholic wine. Pour mixture on the prepared glasses and add a teaspoon of pomegranate seeds. Serve immediately. This recipe is great for office parties. It serves about 5.
When you decide to serve non-alcoholic Christmas drinks, you don’t have to worry about hangovers and help to clean up the mess the next day.