In a culture obsessed with alcohol, it can be difficult to navigate the waters of sobriety around the holidays. If you don’t feel like having to explain to that uncle why you aren’t imbibing or you simply want a fun, non-alcoholic drink when you’re the designated driver, we’ve got you covered.
4 Fresh Mint Leaves (plus a few for garnish)
2 Tbsp. Simple Syrup
¼ cup Raspberry or Cran-Raspberry Juice
3 Fresh Raspberries (plus a few for garnish)
½ cup Sprite or club soda
Combine one part granulated sugar and one part water in a small saucepan, and bring to a boil for two minutes. Allow to cool before use.
Place fresh raspberries, mint leaves, and simple syrup in the bottom of a glass. Utilize a muddler (or a large wooden spoon) to mash the fruit and combine. Keep the mint leaves intact if possible.
Add ice to the glass.
Add Sprite or club soda.
1 can of Peach Juice
The Juice of Half a Lemon
2 Tbsp. Simple Syrup
Make simple syrup by combining equal parts granulated sugar and water in a small saucepan. Bring the mixture to a boil for two minutes. Allow the mixture to cool before use.
Pour some granulated sugar into a shallow dish or plate. Run a lemon wedge around the rim of a glass and place the rim into the sugar.
Add several ice cubes to your glass.
Combine 2 Tbsp. of simple syrup, the juice of half a lemon, and a dash of grenadine to the glass and stir to combine.
Top off with peach juice and garnish with a lemon wedge.
Frozen Holiday Piña No-lada
2 Cups of Ice
6 oz. Cream of Coconut
1 cup of Pineapple Juice
A dash of Cranberry Juice
In a blender, combine ice, cream of coconut, and pineapple juice. Blend until smooth.
Pour the drink into a glass, leaving room at the top for juice.
Top the drink off with cranberry juice.
Optional: garnish with a pineapple chunk.
The (Not-So) Dirty Bird
Black Food Dye
Sprite, Cranberry Sprite, or a lemon lime seltzer water
Mint Sprig for Garnish
Several hours before you plan to make your drink, combine a few drops of black food coloring with water and pour into a silicone ice cube tray and freeze.
Place a few black ice cubes into a glass. Pour in one part sprite or seltzer water and one part cranberry juice. Add a dash of grenadine.
Optional: garnish with a few sprigs of fresh mint.
The Nice List
Fresh Mint Sprigs
Pour granulated sugar in a shallow dish. Use lime or water to moisten the rim around the top of your glass. Place the glass in the sugar to coat the rim.
Add ice cubes to the glass.
Pour one part pomegranate juice and one part lemon-lime seltzer.