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Free for the holidays: 6 Tasty mocktails

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Drinks for everyone

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Throwing a holiday party? Add some of these festive alcohol-free mocktails to your menu so you can offer all guests some delicious, easy-to-make beverage options. As a bonus, these drinks won't bust your budget.

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Sparkling Punch

This pretty punch is great for a crowd. Mix the juices ahead of time so the flavors have time to blend, then add the bubbles just before serving so your guests can enjoy the fizz.

Ingredients:

  • 3 cups orange juice, chilled
  • 3 cups cranberry juice, chilled
  • 2 cups pineapple juice, chilled
  • 1 liter ginger ale, chilled
  • 1 liter club soda, chilled

Directions:

  1. Mix the juices in a large bowl and refrigerate for at least two hours.
  2. Add the ginger ale and club soda just before serving.

Caroler's Delight

This spicy drink uses all the best flavors of the season. Serve it warm as the perfect way to warm up from the cold, or chill it for a refreshing treat.

Ingredients:

  • 3 cups apple juice
  • 3 cups cranberry juice
  • 1/2 cup orange juice
  • 3/4 cups sugar
  • 4 cloves (whole)
  • 4 cinnamon sticks
  • 3 cups water

Directions:

  1. Place all of the ingredients in a medium saucepan and simmer until the sugar dissolves, stirring constantly.
  2. Bring it to a boil, then reduce heat and cook on low for about 30 minutes.
  3. Remove the cinnamon sticks and cloves before serving. Serve hot or chilled.

Santa's Spiced Punch

This festive punch is family-friendly and perfect for a holiday party.

Ingredients:

  • 4 cups cranberry juice
  • 2 tablespoons honey
  • 4 cloves
  • 3 cinnamon sticks
  • 1 teaspoon nutmeg

Directions:

  1. Mix all of the ingredients in a medium saucepan and cook over medium heat until the punch is warm and the honey has dissolved.
  2. Remove the cinnamon sticks and cloves before serving.
  3. To make it look more festive, garnish each glass with a cinnamon stick.

Pearberry Sipper

This drink is served warm, straight from the stovetop. The fresh berries and pears add great taste and a festive look, while the touch of vanilla gives it that special holiday touch.

Ingredients:

  • 1-1/2 cups water
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1 small piece of ginger, peeled and sliced
  • 3 medium pears, peeled and chopped into 1-inch pieces
  • 8 cups apple cider
  • 1 lemon, sliced
  • 1 tablespoon allspice
  • 2 cups fresh cranberries
  • 3 tablespoons vanilla extract

Directions:

  1. Place the pieces of one pear in a large pot and add water, sugar and ginger. Bring the mixture to a boil then reduce heat and simmer until the sugar is dissolved and pears begin to soften, about 10 minutes.
  2. Remove the solids from the mixture and return the liquids to the pot. Add the rest of the pears, along with the cider, lemon slices and allspice. Cook over medium heat for about 15 minutes, stirring frequently.
  3. Add the cranberries and vanilla, and simmer over low for about 10 minutes, just enough to warm it through. Serve immediately.

Raspberry Delight

This refreshing drink is great to serve any time of the day. Pour it into clear glasses so your guests can enjoy its beauty, and add straws for easy drinking.

Ingredients:

  • 6 cups club soda, chilled
  • 2 cups frozen raspberries, slightly thawed
  • 10 ounces raspberry-flavoured syrup
  • Ice cubes
  • Fresh mint

Directions:

  1. Stir first three ingredients in a large pitcher.
  2. Pour over ice.
  3. Garnish with mint.

Cinnamon Holiday

(Courtesy of LCBO's Deflate the Elephant)

Ingredients:

  • 1 ounce apple juice
  • 1 small piece cinnamon
  • 2 ounces cranberry juice

Directions:

  1. Add all ingredients to a cocktail shaker filled with ice.
  2. Shake and strain into a martini glass.
  3. Garnish with a candy cane.

Quick Tip

Make big batches of warm drinks and keep them in a slow cooker so you don't have to reheat.

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