23 Non-Alcoholic Christmas Drinks for the Whole Family
The holiday season is finally here, and with it comes a plethora of seasonal libations. But you might be looking to skip the booze this year, or perhaps you're serving up drinks for the whole family (including kids and/or non-drinkers). Here are 23 of our most delicious, alcohol-free Christmas drinks. You won't even miss the booze.
Luscious Slush Punch
"This is our Christmas Eve punch tradition, and there is never a drop left," says recipe creator Valerie Cain Cuff. No party is complete without a fruity slush punch — this one is made with Jell-O mix, pineapple juice, orange juice, and lemon-lime soda.
Apple Orchard Punch
What seasonal flavor is more comforting than apple? This punch can be made with ginger-ale or champagne, so you might as well make two batches and give folks the option.
Swap champagne for sparkling apple cider and you have a sparkling, seasonal punch that all can enjoy. "I have a warning for you-if you make this, make about triple the recipe for the number of people you have," says reviewer Tina. "The recipe makes plenty however this punch is SO good and people like it SO much it goes fast!"
Hot Apple Cider
Take store-bought cider to the next level with the addition of real maple syrup, cinnamon sticks, cloves, allspice, and citrus peel.
Famous No Coffee Pumpkin Latte
Get the warm, comforting flavor of a PSL without the caffeine. "It is very kid-friendly or great at the midday office holiday party," says recipe creator Michael Powers.
Candy Cane Cocoa
Two of the season's most iconic flavors, hot cocoa and peppermint, come together in one drink. Pull out your most festive mug for this one!
Holiday Punch II
Recipe creator Aleta suggests making this festive, fruity punch a few days in advance to allow the flavors to meld. "I love how it was not too sweet as punch can tend to be," says reviewer Shannell McCain.
Homestyle Hot Cocoa
While instant hot cocoa is convenient, some moments call for the from-scratch variety. "This is most definitely a 5 star recipe. The chocolate sauce is very rich and the addition of cinnamon and vanilla make this recipe a keeper," says reviewer House of Aqua.
This refreshing, pineapple-cranberry cooler will be enjoyed by kids and adults alike: "The kids at the party loved this punch....that is until my husband put rum into the mix. Then we had to ban the kids from drinking it," says reviewer JOANNE NEMETH.
Chocolate Bar Hot Chocolate
Turn yesterday's Halloween candy into today's holiday drink made with real chocolate: "I wanted to use up some full-size chocolate bars leftover from Halloween and decided to make hot chocolate out of one," says reviewer Duckball.
Don't stray from tradition with this classic, homemade eggnog. "Milk is sweetened and cooked with egg yolks to make a creamy custard. It is then lightened with whipped egg whites and topped with whipped cream and nutmeg," says recipe creator MARKR. And yes, it is safe to drink eggnog made with eggs.
Pumpkin Spice Hot Chocolate
If you can't decide between these two classic flavors, why not combine the two? "This drink will turn you into the Grinch who stole the hot chocolate," says reviewer Buckwheat Queen.
For a refreshing change of pace, stir up this cranberry cocktail made with cranberry-apple juice, ginger ale, limes, and fresh mint. "Making this at Christmas time will definitely be a new family tradition," says reviewer Michelle Merolla.
Eggnog Coffee Punch
"This is the perfect after dinner coffee," says reviewer Helen Lang Rosenbaum. "It is festive and fun!" Coffee ice cream, eggnog, coffee, frozen whipped topping, and a healthy dose of nutmeg combine to create a concoction that is more dessert than drink.
"Apple cider, cranberry juice, and pineapple juice are spiced with cinnamon and served hot," says recipe creator Heather M Howard. "This is a nice cold day beverage that pumps the family up with vitamin C and warms them from the inside out. Great for anyone from 1 to 99!" This traditional, English beverage was originally served during the holidays as a ritual to ensure a good apple harvest in the following year.
Colonial Holiday Cup
Steer clear of powdered mixes this season and instead opt for this warm, spiced beverage made with a mixture of apple juice, orange juice, emmon juice, cinnamon, brown sugar, cloves, allspice, and orange.
Grampa's Brandy Alexander
"I got this recipe from my Italian Grandpa, who used to make it for me at Christmas time," says recipe creator Leslie. "Perfect for a choco-holic like me."
This frothy, blended drink combines chocolate syrup with milk, ice, banana, and chocolate candy kisses. It's all the comfort of hot chocolate but served chilled for warmer winter days.
Spicy Apple Cider
Homemade, spiced cider is always a good idea. Apple juice is spiced with cinnamon, cloves, allspice, and citrus rounds.
Minty Eggnog Hot Chocolate
Fans of the mint-chocolate combo — look no further. Eggnog, milk, chocolate, and mint-chocolate baking pieces are all heated together in one highly-addictive drink.
"This blueberry ginger fizz 'mocktail' is perfect for non-drinkers and those watching their waistlines," says recipe creator Kim's Cooking Now. " It's light and refreshing and perfect for the holidays." Fresh blueberries, fresh ginger, orange juice, and club soda are the key ingredients in this unique party drink.
Holiday Punch Bowl Ice Ring
While not a drink in itself, this festive ice ring adds a special touch to any punch bowl you choose to add it to.