The holiday season is a time for family dinners, edible gift-giving, reflection and enjoying precious moments with our loved ones. Unfortunately, it can also be a period of excess including sleepless nights, sugary treats and boozy cocktails. Excess alcohol places pressure on the liver, impacts blood sugar, and can leave you with a killer hangover the next day. Why not skip the pain and try healthy mocktails instead?
Mocktails are highly underrated beverages. By using whole ingredients like fruits, natural sweeteners, herbs, bitters or fermented foods, you can blend or infuse a healthy holiday mocktail that is so delicious no one will miss that booze. And, instead of detracting from our health, these beverages will add to it.
And so, here are our 20 Best Healthy Holiday Mocktails. We hope you enjoy clinking glasses and sipping some of this goodness with your favourite people this year!
Pomegranate Ginger Storm Mocktail
The combination of tart juices, fizzy ginger beer and bright red colour makes this recipe one of the most refreshing healthy holiday mocktails around.
Ginger Pear Cider with Vanilla Bean
A delicious twist on traditional cider that uses pears instead of apples, a boost of anti-inflammatory ginger and the sweetness of vanilla bean. No press needed – this is a blend ‘n strain situation, which makes is super easy.
Strawberry Orange Mango Kombucha Cocktails
Kombucha is a fermented beverage and it actually has a faint boozy scent and odour to it, making it a perfect ingredient for healthy holiday mocktails. We love how this recipe tempers the fermented sourness of the kombucha with bright, sweet fruits.
Blueberry Lavender Fauxito
A gorgeous take on a non-alcoholic mojito using blueberries, lavender, lime and mint. A family-friendly recipe that has the digestive boost of mint and lime, as well as the nervous-system supportive properties of lavender. Perhaps this healthy holiday mocktail is the answer to family squabbles?
Jasmine Ginger Iced Green Tea
Everyone probably has a box of antioxidant-rich green tea in the cupboard, right? Brew up a batch and chill it to make this delicious and refreshing mocktail.
Grapefruit Cinnamon Soda
These healthy holiday mocktails combine the potent power of turmeric and grapefruit zest. Once you start making your own syrups, you will never be able to go back to pre-made drink mixes!
Rose Lemon Spritzer
How stunning and elegant are these healthy holiday mocktails? A beautiful addition to any holiday meal, or just because you want to treat yourself.
Red Wine Vinegar + Champagne Vinegar Shrubs
These two recipes using tart vinegar and digestive bitters are incredible pre-dinner digestifs that will help you get those digestive juices flowing. (And if you’re looking for good bitters, we suggest this one.)
Refreshing Cucumber Lemonade
This is a vibrant and tangy drink that is packed with lemons and cucumber – two amazing sources of cold and flu-fighting Vitamin C. So it’s a refreshing drink and immune booster wrapped up into one!
Spiced Pumpkin Seed Maple Horchata
This creamy and fragrantly spiced horchata uses a mix of rice, almonds and pumpkin seeds to create an amazing vegan alternative to eggnog. It’s a light and refreshing way to celebrate the holidays!
Probiotic Strawberry Soda
This mocktail recipe bottles up strawberry puree with water kefir (or coconut water kefir) so it gets nice and bubbly. With its probiotics that help with immunity and digestion, this healthy drink is an exponentially better alternative to sugary sodas.
Warm Triple Citrus Cider
Got five minutes? Then you can warm up a cup of this zingy cider. With grapefruit, lemon, orange, turmeric and honey, this is one drink that will totally brighten your day.
Frozen Blueberry, Lemon + Mint Agua Fresca
These utterly quick and easy healthy holiday mocktails are sure to be a hit at your next party. Make an enormous batch because everyone will want a cup.
Sober Festive Sangria
This beautiful sangria is so full of fruits and flavourful spices like cinnamon, clove, star anise, peppercorn and ginger that you won’t even notice there isn’t any alcohol in it.
Pomegranate Fennel Digestive Spritzer
A simple mix of pomegranate seeds, kombucha and fennel slices, which help with digestive issues like gas and bloating. It’s so easy that you can whip this one up in a jiff when unexpected guests drop by.
These three-ingredient healthy holiday mocktails are extremely kid-friendly, making them a great option for the little ones when they’re ready to shout, “Cheers!”.
Blueberry Ginger Bellini
A sweet bellini with a kick of spicy bite from the ginger. No chemicals, no fake drink mixes. Just pure blueberry bliss.
Cucumber Mint Fruit Cooler
This delightful green mix of cucumber, green grapes, lime, mint and kimi is naturally sweet enough that you don’t need to use any added sugar. Love it!
Pomegranate, Mint + Rose Spritz
This drink includes a recipe for a Middle Eastern-inspired homemade syrup with pomegranate molasses and sumac. We could probably drizzle that syrup on anything, but it’s amazing in these festive-looking healthy holiday mocktails.
Cranberry Spice Tea
Who needs cranberry sauce when this tart and delicately spiced tea is on the scene? We adore that this recipe has stovetop or slow cooker options – and it can be served chilled. It’s a multi-faceted healthy holiday mocktail!