4 Festive holiday mocktails to enjoy all season long

Dec 15, 2014 at 4:30 p.m. ET

Whether you're pregnant, choose not to imbibe or simply want a cheaper fancy drink, these virgin cocktails are right up your alley.

Since so many of my friends and I are pregnant this holiday season, I've been put in charge of coming up with fun and festive alcohol-free cocktails so we can still enjoy having drinks at our holiday parties.

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Both the blue Christmas and mango Bellini mocktails are sweet, punchlike recipes, while the virgin cranberry mojito and pomegranate spritzer are more on the tart side.

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Blue Christmas mocktail recipe

This alcohol-free cocktail gets its color from Berry Blue Kool-Aid powder. The only store I was able to find the powder in was Walmart, but if you can't find any, then you can add a few drops of blue food coloring and 1/2 teaspoon of lemon juice instead.

Serves 4

Total time: 2 minutes

Ingredients:

  • 1/4 teaspoon Berry Blue Kool-Aid powder
  • 1 cup pineapple juice
  • 1 cup white grape juice
  • 2 cups Sprite
  • 2 cups ice

Directions:

  1. Put the Kool-Aid powder into a pitcher, and stir in the pineapple juice, white grape juice and Sprite.
  2. Fill 4 glasses with ice, and pour the mocktail over the ice.

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Alcohol-free mango Bellini recipe

This virgin Bellini uses sparkling apple cider instead of Champagne for a sweet, flavorful, fizzy treat. I really love the Häagen-Dazs mango sorbet in this recipe. Use a cookie scoop to form a nice ball of sorbet.

Serves 1

Total time: 2 minutes

Ingredients:

  • 1 rounded tablespoon mango sorbet
  • 6 ounces sparkling apple cider, well chilled

Directions:

  1. Drop the ball of sorbet into a Champagne flute, and top with sparkling cider.

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Virgin cranberry mojito recipe

I chose to not add sugar to this recipe because I like the tartness of the cranberry and lime. If you want a sweeter drink, then try adding 1/2 teaspoon of raw sugar to your muddling ingredients.

Serves 1

Total time: 4 minutes

Ingredients:

  • Juice from 1/4 lime
  • 1 ounce cranberry juice
  • 5 mint leaves
  • 1/4 cup ice
  • 6 ounces Sprite
  • Mint sprig, cranberries and lime wedge, for garnish (optional) 

Directions:

  1. In a glass, muddle/crush the mint, lime juice and cranberry juice.
  2. Add ice, and top with the Sprite.
  3. Garnish with a mint sprig, fresh or frozen cranberries and a lime wedge if you'd like.

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Alcohol-free pomegranate spritzer recipe

Pomegranate juice is cooked down with lime and sugar to make a thick syrup for this alcohol-free spritzer. You can use bottled juice or make your own by blending and straining pomegranate seeds.

Serves 4

Prep time: 2 minutes | Cook time: 5 minutes | Total time: 7 minutes

Ingredients:

  • 8 ounces pomegranate juice
  • Juice from 1/2 lime
  • 1 teaspoon sugar
  • 4 cups club soda
  • 1 cup ice
  • Pomegranate seeds, for garnish (optional) 

Directions:

  1. In a small pot, stir together the pomegranate juice, lime juice and sugar.
  2. Bring to a boil for about 5 minutes, until the volume is reduced by half.
  3. Divide the syrup among 4 glasses, and stir a cup of club soda into each glass.
  4. Add ice, and garnish with pomegranate seeds.

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