Cheers: Three Non-Alcoholic Party Drinks For The Holidays

For a lot of people the holidays are a time to break out the fancy drinks and party! But maybe you're pregnant, don't drink alcohol, want something snazzy to share with the kids at dinner, or just aren't into having a headache later on. If any of these descriptions sound like you, here are three non-alcoholic holiday drink options to brighten your holiday meal tables.

Grapefruit Saffron Mocktail - this drink which I published on the blog in the summer is still relevant. In fact, with winter citrus firmly coming into the picture the bright, almost astringent, mocktail will taste just as good if not better than ever!

Pomegranate Vanilla Fizz - this creamy, easy drink relies on 1 part raspberry juice, 1 part pomegranate juice, 1 splash egg white, 1/4 teaspoon vanilla extract and soda water. If you're unsure how to use egg whites in a cocktail (or mocktail), complete instructions can be found at Food-Hacks.

Cranberry Turmeric Spritzers - Fresh turmeric and fresh cranberries flirt in this peppery, fruit-punch-red drink that has every glass on the table looking more festive than every ugly holiday sweater ever. Word of warning: if you don't want your hands dyed a pleasant shade of bright yellow, you might wear kitchen gloves while peeling and chopping the turmeric (recipe follows).

Cranberry Turmeric Spritzers

2 cups fresh cranberries
1 cup sugar
1 cup water
1/3 cup peeled and chopped turmeric root
2 liters soda water

  1. In a medium pot on the stove bring all ingredients to a boil and simmer until cranberries burst, about 10 minutes. Remove from heat and allow to "steep" for at least a half hour before straining and bottling. If using right away, cool slightly and follow to step two.
  2. Assemble drinks by pouring 2-3 Tablespoons of syrup over ice in glasses. Top off with soda water and give it a quick mix. Be sure to enjoy the gorgeous fruit-punch effect!

I'm visiting for the first time in Charleston, SC this weekend and have already had a solo adventure in a French cafe. I've hardly been here one evening and I already know I'll definitely need to come back. There is no way I'll be able to try even a tenth of all staggeringly good food this town has to offer. 

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