A sumptuous holiday table is not complete without a little bit of jingle juice and Christmas mocktails.
Whether you are celebrating the holidays inside your house and lot or outdoors, Christmas celebrations call for a feast and a drink. For many, there is something about popping a good bottle of wine or sipping some White Christmas Margaritas that adds a festive spirit to any occasion. But one important detail that many party hosts often overlook is not everyone drinks. The solution? Make a mocktail.
Keep in mind that some simply dislike the taste of alcohol while others just want to skip the extra calories. There are also those who want to keep their holiday celebrations alcohol-free because of religious or personal reasons. Regardless, non-drinkers should still be able to enjoy a delicious, non-boozy sip that will complement their festive bites. This holiday, make sure no one will be left out in the holiday celebrations by adding a non-alcoholic option to your Christmas menu.
5 Easy & Family-Friendly Mocktail Recipes for Your Holiday Party
A mocktail or mock cocktail is simply a cocktail sans the liquor. A mocktail often consists of juices, fruit sodas, or infused water to mimic the overall flavor of its alcoholic counterparts. From blank to blank, there are many party beverage options for those who prefer to skip the alcohol. Ahead are some family-friendly mocktail recipes that will surely be a hit at your Christmas table.
Alcohol-Free Hot Buttered Rum
Prep time: 10 minutes | Servings: 1 mocktail
The Christmas air can be a little chilly. A warm and sweet sip from alcohol-free hot buttered rum can help you get cozy inside your luxury house and lot. Here’s what you need to make this mocktail.
½ cup salted butter (softened) 1 cup brown sugar ¼ teaspoon vanilla extract 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon Dash of ground nutmeg Dash of ground cardamom Pinch of ground cloves 1 cup hot water 1 tablespoon heavy cream
In a medium-sized mixing bowl, combine the butter, brown sugar, ground nutmeg, ground cardamom, and ground cloves. Whip the mixture with an electric mixer to make a buttered spice mixture. To make the drink, scoop about 2 tablespoons of the buttered spice into a small mug (about 8 to 10 oz. mug). Fill the cup with hot water and stir to melt the buttered spice. Add some heavy cream as topping and stir again. You can add more or less water and cream according to your taste.
Tip: It’s best to use the butter spice immediately. But if you need to store it for later use, transfer mixture to an airtight container and refrigerate.
Sparkling Peach Sunrise
Prep time: 3 minutes | Servings: 1 mocktail
Tequila sunrise minus the tequila? That’s a delightful Sparkling Peach Sunrise for you. This skips the liquor and highlights the taste of peaches. The result is a sweet mocktail with a refreshing sparkle that every guest can enjoy. It’s a perfect drink for a Christmas Eve afternoon, when everyone is feasting on holiday brunch or festive bites on the patio of your Portofino Alabang home. The best part is you will only need three ingredients to enjoy this sunrise drink!
1/3 cup of peach juice (use fresh orange juice if peach juice is not available) ½ cup lemon and lime soda 1 ½ tablespoons of grenadine
Place ice cubes in a tall glass and pour in peach (or orange) juice. Fill the glass with lemon and lime soda. Then, gently pour grenadine into your drink. Take note that it is normal for the grenadine to sink at the bottom and slowly mix with the soda as you stir your drink—like a “sunrise” effect.
Holiday Mule Mocktail
Prep time: 10 minutes | Servings: 1 mocktail
If you want to step up the holiday home decors inside your Portofino Alabang home, you’ll never go wrong with adding some red and green hues on the Christmas table. Holiday Mule Mocktail is a refreshing drink that looks as festive as its taste. Think of fresh herbs muddled with sugar and cranberry goodness. This charming drink is sure to spread the holiday spirit!
0.75 oz of cinnamon syrup 0.75 oz of lime juice 0.5 oz of cranberry juice 1 cup of ginger beer
Grab a cocktail shaker and pour in cinnamon syrup, lime juice, and cranberry juice. Toss some ice and shake well. Transfer mix into a glass and pour the ginger beer in. To get that white-Christmas effect, garnish drinks with a rosemary fig. Sprinkle some powdered sugar as a finishing touch. Stir and enjoy.
No-Alcohol Chocolate Mocha Martini
Prep time: 15 minutes | Servings: 2 mocktails
If you have kids at home, adding chocolates and sweet treats in your Christmas menu is a must. You can bake a gingerbread house version of your Portofino Alabang home, or take the easier route: make a chocolate mocktail. No-alcohol chocolate martini is basically a dessert in a glass. The medley of chocolate, coffee, and vanilla is something choco-lovers of all ages will love. Here’s what you need to make this decedent drink
1 cup chocolate chips 2 cups of coconut milk ¼ tablespoons of vanilla coffee syrup A pinch of salt Chocolate sauce Chocolate sprinkles
Grab a mini pot and boil the coconut milk over medium heat. Remove the pot from the heat and add chocolate chips and salt to the hot milk. Stir until the chocolate chips melt and blend with the milk. Then, add the vanilla syrup and stir the drink again. Make sure to chill the martini in the fridge
To make the drink look more festive, dip the rim of a martini glass to chocolate syrup and sprinkles. Take out the chilled chocolate martini in the fridge and give it a whisk. Pour the drink on the chocolate-rimmed martini glass and enjoy!
Prep time: 5 minutes | Servings: 1 mocktails
Holiday celebrations in the most expensive houses in the Philippines are not complete without a five-star home cooked dinner. Here comes another perfect dinner drink if you are having a Christmas party inside your house and lot — margarita. And yes, you can make it without the tequila and triple sec. Just replace the alcohol with fresh citrus juice and your drink, with the perfect balance of sweet and tart, is ready. Here is what you need to prepare this invigorating sip.
2 cups of limeade (or 1 oz. limeade concentrate) 3/4 cup of orange juice 1/4 cup of simple syrup 1/2 to 1 cup of club soda Sugar and coarse salt Limes or chili for garnish Ice
Get a mini pitcher and combine limeade, orange juice, and simple syrup. This step is optional, but if you want to have the full margarita experience, grab a plate and mix equal amounts of sugar and coarse salt. For extra spice, you can throw in a dash of chili powder. Use the mixture to coat the rim of your Margarita glass. When you are done, half-fill the glass with ice and pour the lemonade mix you prepared earlier. Make sure to leave a space as you will top the drink up with club soda. For garnish, add lime wedge to the drink.
Raise Your Mocktail Glass No Matter the Season
The beauty of celebrating the holidays in a country as merry as the Philippines is the festivities almost never stop. It is not a shocker to hear that local Christmas celebrations extend up until January. That being said, who will stop you from enjoying these delicious and alcohol-free refreshments solo or with your family, right? Using these easy recipes, you can bring the holiday spirit wherever and whenever!
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