Looking for non-alcoholic Christmas drinks to serve this season? Our yummy holiday mocktail recipes are perfect for kids and grown-ups!
‘Tis the season for sparkly drinks! From holiday celebrations and parties to fun family dinners and New Year’s Eve, it seems like there’s always a fun opportunity for a holiday drink this time of year.
If you’re skipping alcohol this year or sharing meals with non-drinkers or kids, we’ve got the Christmas mocktail recipes you need to celebrate in style while including everyone! (Mocktails = Non-Alcoholic Cocktails)
Whether you’re looking for a family-friendly mocktail to serve from a punch bowl at holiday parties, an elegant option to ring in the New Year or a sparkly sip for Christmas dinner, these non-alcoholic holiday mocktail recipes are here to add a little sparkle to your season.
Let’s start by jumping into seasonal flavors you won’t want to miss in these fun holiday drinks…
Our Favorite Holiday Mocktail Recipes, At A Glance:
What Flavors Are Great For Christmas Drinks?
During the winter, you don’t have the same abundance of fresh fruit you can enjoy, say, for summer mocktail recipes, but you still have plenty of delicious options to choose from in the winter and holiday season. Here are a few winter flavors to keep in mind as you’re mixing up non-alcoholic holiday drinks:
- Orange (including varieties like Blood Oranges and Cara Cara Oranges)
- Other citrus like clementines, tangerines, mandarins, kumquats, and more!
- Fresh Cranberries
- Apples (so many varieties to choose from!)
- Apple Cider
- Brown Sugar
Then, of course, you can mix and match with other year-round options like fruit juice (orange juice, apple juice, pomegranate juice, cranberry juice, etc.), grenadine, flavored simple syrup (like mint simple syrup and rosemary simple syrup!), sparkling water, soda, ginger beer, club soda, and so much more.
Now that we have some flavor inspiration, let’s dive into some delicious mocktails for your next holiday party or Christmas celebration!
Christmas Mocktail Recipes to Try This Year
Easy Grapefruit Mocktail (Virgin Paloma)
This non-alcoholic alternative to a classic paloma is one very merry mocktail! The flavors feel more grown-up and elegant–perfect with appetizers for a party or for New Year’s Eve!
Cranberry Moscow Mule Mocktail
This delicious drink is a fun winter spin on a classic Moscow Mule mocktail. With bright cranberries, spicy ginger beer (naturally non-alcoholic!), and a few fresh finishes, this crisp festive drink will definitely get you in the holiday spirit.
Citrus Orange Mocktail
This festive holiday drink starts with a bright citrus base and a layer of flavor from ginger-mint syrup that adds a special touch to this easy mocktail recipe.
Sparkling Citrus Pomegranate Mocktail
This crisp, bright pomegranate drink is a lovely sweet-tart flavor and just enough bubbles to make things fun. Plus, it’s tough to beat that festive red–A perfect Christmas mocktail recipe!
Moscow Mule Mocktail
This ginger beer mocktail is a delicious non-alcoholic twist on a classic Moscow Mule cocktail. It’s sweet, a little spicy, and SO refreshing. They make perfect party drinks!
Cranberry Lime Mocktail
With it’s red and green color palette, this is one of the best Christmas mocktails around! You’ll love how bright and light the flavor is, and the festive colors make it such a fun way to celebrate the season.
Sweet Sunrise Mocktail (Virgin Sunrise)
Serving Christmas brunch? This colorful virgin sunrise drink is the perfect drink to pair with holiday brunch favorites. (Try it with our homemade grenadine for even more amazing flavor!)
Easy Non-Alcoholic Sangria
This non-alcoholic version of classic sangria is a GREAT party mocktail, since you can make a large pitcher or punch bowl to serve a crowd. Don’t miss all the fun ideas for mixing up a seasonal sangria mocktail in the post!
Blood Orange Mocktails
These naturally sweetened blood orange mocktails are perfect for the holidays. The vibrant color looks so bright & inviting, and the fresh flavor will keep you coming back for more.
Classic Shirley Temple Drink
This is probably the #1 kids mocktail recipe around! (It’s tough to beat this sweet-tart flavor and maraschino cherries!)
Roy Rogers Drink
Don’t write this classic mocktail off! A roy rogers is the sibling mocktail to a Shirley Temple. It’s always a MEGA hit with kids, but I’ve got a few little flavor tricks that make it a fave with grown-ups!
FAQ + Tips And Tricks For The BEst Holiday Mocktails
What Are Good Non-Alcoholic Drinks To Serve At A Holiday Party?
This will definitely depend on who’s coming! For a big group, our Sangria Mocktail and Cranberry Moscow Mule Mocktails are easy to scale up. For a smaller group or more formal meal, I love the Cranberry Lime Mocktail and Grapefruit Mocktail for a touch of elegance. If you’re looking for a hot drink, this Spiced Cider is a great choice. You can even keep it warm in a slow cooker!
Stock Plenty Of Ice Cubes!
Even winter drinks need plenty of ice! You can even get creative by using this Christmas Tree trick for individual glasses, using fun shaped ice cubes, or freezing frozen fruit (like cranberries or citrus) into the ice cubes.
Don’t Forget Garnish!
Even one little garnish can make a BIG impact when it comes to Christmas mocktails! Try one of these festive ideas to elevate your holiday drinks even more this season:
- FRESH FRUIT. Try orange slices, pomegranate seeds, lemon slice, citrus wedges, or apples. Whatever plays up the flavor in your drink!
- FRESH HERBS. Or, add a sprig of rosemary, some fresh mint, fresh basil, or a little thyme for a pop of color!
- SUGARED CRANBERRIES. This elegant garnish makes everything look prettier! Add a few right before serving, or add a few to a cocktail pick for a sophisticated finish.
- SUGARED RIM. Dip the rim of the glass in some lemon or lime juice (or simple syrup!), then roll in coarse sugar.