2020 has been rough, but every New Year calls for a celebration with close friends and family with mocktails in hand — even if it means standing six feet apart from each other and wearing masks or (even safer!) celebrating over Zoom.
Of course, not everyone is a fan of mocktails or the idea of re-creating alcoholic recipes. In fact, there is a bit of controversy over this in the sober community and whether the term “mocktails” is demeaning. But for those of us who enjoy indulging in non-alcoholic cocktails, a little celebration is okay.
Whether you prefer something savory or sweet, below are ten delicious alcohol-free recipes for you to enjoy before the ball drops for the New Year, and we all gladly welcome 2021. From kombucha to Shirley Temples, to mocktinis and mermaid punch — there are so many drinks to choose from for your signature beverage. Choosing just one will be a problem!
It wouldn’t be right if we didn’t kick this list off with the most sophisticated and elegant mocktails known to humankind, mock champagne! This recipe is kid- and adult-friendly, and perfect for any New Years’ occasion. It only requires three (3) ingredients so you can whip it up in no time. Serve it in luxury champagne flutes to really impress your guests.
This Sparkling Cranberry Kombucha Mocktail is not only delicious — it is healthy, too! It is low in sugar and full of probiotic goodness. The combination of herbs and cranberry juice makes it perfect for any New Year celebration! So no matter your getup or diet, it’s something everyone can enjoy.
Everyone loves a mocktini! It is easily one of the best. mixed non-alcoholic beverages out there. This beautiful yet simple mocktail only requires lemon juice, lavender simple syrup, and grenadine. Add three dashes of bitters and an ounce or two of Monday Alcohol-Free Gin for an extra kick.
“Free of alcohol, full of spirit.” Minty Monday’s is a complex, aromatic blend of juniper, natural botanicals, citrus, and spices with a pinch of mint, lime, and strawberry puree. Add sparkling soda and garnish it with strawberry and mint over ice for a classy New Years’ drink your guests will never forget.
This Sparkling Cranberry Pineapple Punch was made possible by the one and only Dole and is extremely easy to make. In a large pitcher, stir together three cups of pineapple juice, three cups of cranberry juice, and four cups of ginger ale. Next, add ice, sliced lime, and cranberries. Then… just kidding. There are no further steps. I told you this mocktail was extremely easy to make!
The sanding sugar on the rim of the glass would make this a winner right off the bat for your New Years’ guests. This colorful mocktail will bring the flavors of summer to your holiday party with its watermelon and pineapple flavor. To decorate your glass, you will need two appetizer plates. Pour out the sanding sugar on one and simple syrup on the other. Take your glassware and dip the rims in the simple syrup and then the sanding sugar and set to the side.
Something as pretty, pink, and irresistibly fizzy as the Shirley Temple turns any occasion into a celebration. It makes the perfect New Years’ beverage for every age and walk of life; plus, the extra cherries make things even merrier! Shirley Temple is one of the most refreshing non-alcoholic drinks out there, and it’s a surefire way to get a big, pink grin out of your guests!
Watch the ball drop, watch a movie, and drink yummy things like this Disappearing Mocktail. To create this masterpiece, you will need ginger ale, 7 Up, cotton candy, and syrup. To make the drink even more festive, rim each glass with sugar crystals and use brightly colored licorice.
One of my favorite mocktail ingredients is a shrub — I was introduced to it earlier this year. A shrub is a fruit and vinegar infusion that gives non-alcoholic beverages an unexpected but welcomed sting. Layer fruit in the bottom of a glass pitcher. Then, add pomegranate juice, Siren Shrub, and lemon juice. Top with sparkling water and serve to your holiday guests!
Your guests will all love this fun shimmery New Year’s Eve ball drop mocktail! This drink was inspired by the crystal-covered ball that drops in New York Times Square at midnight on New Year’s Eve. The drink itself is simply lemonade, but the rim and garnish are full of sparkle with a simple sugared rim and a shimmering chocolate truffle on the side. They’re so sparkly that you will be able to see your reflection!
The best part of drinking these New Year’s mocktails is that you no longer have to worry about a hangover. And, when the drinks are *this* special, you can still feel like you’re celebrating going into a new year and staying sober to boot.