Are you on the non-alcoholic train this New Year’s?
Good news! You can still enjoy festive drinks and say bah-humbug to the holiday hangover.
Whether you’re the designated driver, pregnant, or just not a fan of spirits; or whether you’re choosing to eschew alcohol permanently or just temporarily, New Year’s Eve can feel like it’s all about the cocktails.
Fortunately, you don’t have to have cocktails to get in the holiday spirit!
True, it’s hard to get excited about sparkling water all night, isn’t it? And all of the tantalizing cocktails are never as good when they end up being reduced to just pineapple juice and bitters.
Pull out your party dress and kick off the sweats, ladies. This New Year’s Eve I’ve got some craft cocktails that will make your drinking pals envious.
Here’s a collection of recipes and barware to help you breastfeeders, preggers, and other alcohol-abstainers enjoy your own sophisticated deliciousness.
To top it off, I’ve included a signature mocktail of my own! One that you can pass it off as your own mixing brilliance come NYE. (I’ll never tell!)
The 10 Mama Mocktail
Recipes You’ll Be Craving
I recognize it’s important to have self-control when you’re enjoying alcoholic beverages…but these are NON-alcoholic! So self-control schmelf-schmontrol. Try one, or try them all!
Ginger Beer Lemonade
Ginger packs a nice spicy and warm kick. It’s also great for treating nausea for the pregnant mamas! (Serve with these festive polka-dot napkins.)
Get the recipe here at A Beautiful Mess.
The Italian (Blackberry) Bramble
This traditional British cocktail gets a mocktail update and it’s berry amazing. (If you don’t have a freezer that makes shaved ice, try this instead. Perfect for your mocktail and the kid’s snow cones.)
Get the recipe here at The Artful Desperado.
Not a Cosmopolitan
A classic favorite cocktail, it’s hard to find a mocktail that isn’t just…cranberry juice. Try out this version and be pleasantly surprised by its balance. (Don’t forget your stylish paper straws!)
Get the recipe here at The Travel Hack.
Cherry Vanilla Sodas
Two flavors absolutely destined for each other. So delicious! You will need a masher like this, though, to mash the fresh/thawed cherries!
Get the recipe here at I Am a Food Blog.
Grapefruit + Lime-Grape Coolers with Mint
Fizzy, fruity with an herbaceous kick, this drink is sophisticated with just the right touch of zing.
Get the recipe here at Dolly & Oatmeal.
Ruby Princess Nojito
Fruity, refreshing and fun, this mocktail mojito is summer in a cup–even if there is snow outside!
Get the recipe here at A Dash of Sanity.
Tiki on the Wagon
Pining for a classic sweet/tart flavor combo? This spiced pineapple shrub sparkler with black tea + coconut is a stunner. Bonus: make your own shrub in a snap!
Get the recipe here at Holly & Flora
Pineapple Peach Agua Fresca
It may be winter, but this drink didn’t get the memo. If you’ve never had an Agua Fresca before, you MUST make this drink! (Don’t forget to present them with these gorgeous decorative paper straws!
Get the recipe here at How Sweet It Is.
Strawberry Coconut Mocktail
“Like a beach vacation without going out of your house.” That tagline says it all!
Get the recipe here at Remodelaholic.
Frozen Hot Chocolate
Best. Idea. Ever. (I swear, they taste even better when served in these old-fashioned mason mugs!)
Get the recipe here at Sweetish.
Unique Bar Tools
You’ll Be Proud to Own
- Planetary Glasses ~ These are gorgeous glasses! Let your inner science nerd mingle with your Anthropologie aesthetic.
- Flavor Infusing Decanter ~ Give your non-alcoholic spirits a shot of fruit flavor!
- Fruit Infusing Ice Balls ~ Because ice balls melt slower, they keep your drink cold and less diluted. Plus, they’re just cool. Mix in some herbs or mint for new flavors!
- Soda Siphon ~ Make your own sparkling water whenever you need it! It’s pretty enough to leave out, too. (Unlike that clunky Soda Stream).
- Mr. Boston’s Bartender Guide ~ A vintage classic mixology book from 1935. Full of (almost) every classic recipe you’ll ever need, plus a few non-alcoholic choices too!
- The Corksicle ~ This is an ingenious tool to keep wine chilled for guests. Just brilliant.
- Agate Coasters ~ Geology class on your coffee table.
- Snazzy Jigger Bottle Stoppers ~ Double duty is always the name of the game, as all parents know, but these babies do triple time. These bottle stoppers, jiggers and shot glasses in one save space and help with cleanup!
You Have to Try
This Homemade Butterbeer
Makes four Butterbeers for sharing!
Ingredients for the World’s Best Butterbeer:
- 1 cup dark brown sugar
- 2 tablespoons water
- 5 tablespoons butter
- ½ teaspoon kosher salt
- ½ teaspoon apple cider vinegar
- ⅓ cup heavy cream
- ½ teaspoon rum extract
- Four 12-ounce bottles of good-quality cream soda (try Sioux City or Faygo if you can find it)
- ½ cup of heavy cream (whipped up for the topping)
Directions for the World’s Best Butterbeer:
- In a small saucepan over medium heat, combine the brown sugar and water. Bring to a gentle boil and cook, stirring often, until the mixture reads 240 F on a candy thermometer.
- Stir in the butter, salt, vinegar and ⅓ cup of heavy cream. Pour into bowl and set aside to cool.
- Once the mixture has cooled to room temperature, stir in the rum extract.
- In a medium bowl, combine 2 tablespoons of the brown sugar mixture and the remaining ½ cup of heavy cream. Use an electric mixer to beat until just thickened, but not completely whipped, about 2 to 3 minutes.
- To serve, divide the brown sugar mixture between 4 tall glasses (about ¼ cup for each glass). Add ¼ cup of cream soda to each glass, then stir to combine. Fill each glass nearly to the top with additional cream soda, then spoon the brown sugar whipped cream on top of each.
Never Fear the New Year!
Whether you’re breastfeeding, expecting, or just alcohol-adverse, join in the fun this New Year’s Eve with drinks of your own that go beyond the ho-hum obligatory Shirley Temple.
Don’t forget to use the unique handy guides tool suggestions above for any gear you may need to whip up your masterpiece! Mixing drinks at home may seem like a lot of work, but with just a few simple tools, you’ll be amazed at how easy and fun it is! (Plus, they just taste better. Honestly.)
Let me offer up a little holiday challenge: Choose one of these mocktails to make your friends and see what they think!
Just don’t forget to raise your champagne flute and toast the everyday—these are not just for special occasions. Every day of motherhood should be celebrated (if not just survived). Trot one of these mama mocktails out at the end of the day and treat yo’self to some guilt-free alcohol-absent deliciousness.
This Joy-in-a-Cup is totally warranted, and completely deserved!
Meet Sabrina Fox
Hailing from the Mitten State, Sabrina is the neighbor who brings over baked goods for holiday cheer and is forever cooking up new recipes in her microscopic kitchen. She spends most of her time with her darling husband, cheerful daughter, baby-on-the-way and two terribly needy cats.
She dreams of owning a house on a lake with a yard full of pine trees and to that end—fosters an unhealthy relationship with Zillow. When she’s not writing, cooking or baby wrangling, you can find her reading the New York Times, traveling, drinking iced tea and sometimes binge-HBO watching.