‘Tis officially the season for holiday parties galore. Whether you’re hosting or on the guest list, there’s nothing quite like catching up with your loved ones as winter picks up and the year draws to a close–often with a delish libation in hand.
The holidays—and their myriad parties—are often filled with festive punches and brews, but if you’d rather avoid alcohol, it doesn’t mean you need to skip out on the fun. Here’s how you can let the good times roll without any awkward encounters if you (or your guests) would prefer to stay sober this holiday season. After all, no one should be stuck toasting with a glass full of water.
Raise a glass to these 5 party-perfect mocktail recipes.
If you’re the host…
These drinks can be mixed up in batches of any size—making them perfect for a major family get-together (oh hi, Thanksgiving!) or a casual girls’ night in.
This refreshing take on sangria makes the most of seasonal fruits like apples and pears. After mixing, pop it in the fridge for an hour or so to really let the flavors mingle.
Looking to upgrade your kombucha habit? This dry take on a Moscow mule includes fresh-pressed ginger juice and holiday spices like cloves, cinnamon, and nutmeg.
Glogg is a nordic take on mulled wine that tastes like Christmastime in a mug. This alcohol-free variant swaps out red wine for unsweetened blackcurrant juice—but it still might give you a buzz (of holiday cheer, that is).
If you’re the guest…
Just say no to a sad glass of ginger ale: These drinks can be made from mixers you’ll likely find in the fridge or on the bar cart. Cheers!
A wintry take on a classic summer drink, this cranberry mock-mojito is super easy to mix. (You just might need to BYO cranberries, for garnish.)
Get ready for everyone to ask you what you’re drinking—and if you’ll mix one up for them, too. The recipe makes for a light drink that’s perfect to sip between nibbling appetizers and giving out “Good to see you,” hugs.
New to the sober social scene? Here’s your guide to throwing an alcohol-free holiday party that everyone will enjoy. If you’re headed to a friend’s house instead, make sure to bring along an out-of-this-world host gift.