Holiday Cocktails and Mocktails

Alcoholic or not, holiday drinks bring cheer

Holiday Cocktails and Mocktails

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These days, cocktails are often smartly composed drinks, bearing little resemblance to such old standbys as scotch on the rocks or rum and Coke. Those who want to skip the alcohol shouldn’t be left out of the chance to sip on something tasty, though. The concept of the mocktail has gotten increasingly popular in recent years, giving people more drink options than ever. 

Bourbon and Fig Cocktail

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We all know the classic line, “Now bring us some figgy pudding,” but you’ll be singing “Now bring us some bourbon fig cocktails” as soon as you try this recipe. We can’t resist a good fig cocktail around the holidays. Use vanilla cream soda instead of bourbon for a non-alcoholic version that can be enjoyed by all.

The Cosmopolitan

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We can’t talk about holiday cocktails without mentioning the cosmo. It’s chock full of cranberry juice and tasty citrus, giving it the perfect color and flavor for a holiday bash. Replace the vodka with some sparkling water to make it a mocktail.

Cranberry Caipirinha

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Cranberries instantly add a holiday edge to any cocktail. We love this new spin on the classic Brazilian drink, appropriately festive with its bright colors, too. To make it a mocktail, swap out the cachaça for ginger ale or lemon/lime soda.

Hot Buttered Rum

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This hot beverage is perfect for warming up. To make it a mocktail, simply omit the rum from the mix and add either water or cider.

Pomegranate Mulled Wine

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Mulled wine is almost mandatory at a holiday party. The cinnamon, cloves, and nutmeg add a perfect spice and the pomegranate juice is an excellent holiday twist. For a virgin version, make a batch with apple cider instead.

The Prosecco Pomegranate Spritzer

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Prosecco is a great sparkling wine that really jazzes up any cocktail. Mix it — or sparkling cider for the mocktail version — with some pomegranate juice for a fancy, holiday twist on a classy beverage. 

Raspberry Cooler

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Be sure to have plenty of this drink on hand for your holiday party. There’s no alcohol, making it kid-friendly, and it’s filled with fresh raspberry purée, so it’s got a great sweet tart flavor. Want an “adult” version? Add some vodka.

Rittenhouse Inn Wassail Punch

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Wassail is a traditional holiday cocktail. It’s warm, sweet, and spicy, perfect for the cold season — just replace the bourbon and add more cider for a version friendly for all. 

Red Wine Spritzer

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Wine spritzers were a bit of a joke for a long time, known as that cheesy drink your mom might have sipped at parties. But now that the public is more familiar with wine than ever, this cocktail is exciting again. It can also be enjoyed using sparkling grape juice.