Mocktails for a Sober Holiday Season

Let’s face it. Booze is a big part of the holiday season. And when you’re in recovery, it’s enough to make you want to hide in your closet until January 1st hits. But wait, before you go into isolation, there are some good, fun, festive ways to get through this sobriety testing time – mocktails.

Yes, mocktails. They are drinks that look like they are filled with the poison that sent you down the worst road you’ve ever been on, but they are innocent. There isn’t one lick of alcohol in these drinks, and they will allow you to hang out just like you did when you were an active drinker.

Okay, so let’s get started on the best mocktails we could find that are perfect for preserving your sobriety during the holidays.


1Watermelon Mockarita

This cool, sweet drink is just as good without the tequila!

All you need is:

  • 1 medium watermelon (seedless please)
  • ½ cup of lime juice
  • 4 teaspoons of sugar
  • 1/3 cup of sparkling water

Puree the watermelon until soft. Dip the rim of 4 glasses in the sugar. Pour the watermelon puree and sparkling water into the glasses. Squirt each with lime, and voila!


2Grapefruit Mockmosas

These are perfect for Christmas morning, and this time, it’s not to help your hangover from Christmas Eve night.

All you need is:

  • A grapefruit
  • Ice
  • Ginger soda
  • Fresh basil
  • Basil simple syrup

Juice the grapefruit into a pitcher. Add ice to the halfway point in the pitcher. Add 36 ounces of ginger soda, and then the simple basil syrup. Garnish with grapefruit pieces and basil, if you’d like.

The basil simple syrup is well, simple.

You just need a cup of sugar, a cup of water, and a cup of fresh basil (packed). Melt the sugar in a small saucepan with water. Add the basil and let it steep for about 20 minutes. Strain it and that’s it.


3Healthy Mango Mule

This mule won’t kick you on your butt.

All you need:

  • 4-5 slices of cucumbers
  • Honey syrup
  • Mango puree
  • Lime juice
  • Ginger beer
  • Ice

Smash the cucumbers and an ounce of honey inside of the cocktail shaker. Once that’s soft, add the mango puree (you only need about an ounce or two). Add in some lime juice (about 1.5 ounces) and then the ice. Shake it vigorously for about 10 seconds.

Strain the blend into a mule mug and add the ginger beer. Stir until mixed.


4Sangria Sobria

This sobriety sangria won’t only keep you honest during the holidays, but it’s loaded with antioxidants to help you feel strong and healthy.

All you need is:

  • Water
  • Black tea
  • Cinnamon sticks
  • Sugar
  • Pomegranate juice
  • Orange juice
  • Orange
  • Lemon
  • Lime
  • Apple
  • Carbonated water

Use two black tea bags and two cups of boiling water to make the tea.

In a pitcher, mix the tea, cinnamon sticks, both juices, and lemon, lime, and apple slices together. Refrigerate it for at least an hour, but overnight will make it better.

When you’re ready to serve it, add carbonated water. It’s best served over ice.


5Holiday Red Mockjito

The color in this alcohol-free mojito is perfect for the holidays – a nice, dark cranberry red!

This is what you’ll need:

  • Mint leaves
  • Lime juice
  • Maple syrup
  • Blueberry juice
  • Club soda
  • Frozen blueberries

Muddle the mint leaves just as you would with making a mojito. Add the lime juice, maple syrup (a tablespoon), and club soda to the glass. Add some ice and use the frozen blueberries for garnish.


62018 New Year’s Eve “Sham”pagne

Need an alternative to toasting with champagne at midnight? Say cheers to the New Year with this tasty alcohol-free champagne recipe!

All you need is:

  • Sparkling apple cider
  • Sparkling cherry mineral water
  • Cranberry juice

Mix about 1.5 cups of apple cider and mineral water together. Add about a cup of cranberry juice.  Pour the mix into glasses, and there you go!


7Bloody Mary Goes Sober

Yes, even Mary has decided to kick her habit, and is now sober.

All you need is:

  • Bloody Mary mix
  • Rosemary
  • Celery
  • Tabasco
  • Garlic powder
  • Black pepper
  • Worcestershire sauce
  • Green olives

Mix the Bloody Mary mix with a splash of Tabasco, Worcestershire sauce, garlic powder, and black pepper. Shake it and then pour it over ice. Place a celery stalk in it and some rosemary and green olives for garnish.


8The Better Eggnog

The better eggnog is the non-alcoholic eggnog. This one won’t make you tell Uncle Bob his turkey is dry, or Cousin Sheila that she’s gained a few two many pounds over the last year.

All you need is:

  • A cup of milk
  • An egg
  • Sugar
  • Vanilla extract
  • Nutmeg

Take the egg, milk, a tablespoon of sugar, and a quarter teaspoon of vanilla extract and pour them into a bowl. Use a hand blender to blend it all together.

Pour the eggnog into glasses and sprinkle each with nutmeg.

If you love nutmeg, add some before you mix it all together for a more nutmeggy taste.


Embrace the Non-Alcoholic Holidays

It’s time to really experience the holidays. There’s never been a real reason to drink during the holidays. Sure, people joke that they need it to calm their nerves or deal with Grandpa’s incessant bad humor, but all alcohol does is make you regret what you did while you drank it.

Embrace the holiday season in a new way by making these festive mocktails. They won’t only let you enjoy drinks with family and friends, but many of them will be great for your health.

HAPPY holidays to you and many wishes for a continued successful, sober recovery!