6 Unique Holiday Mocktails for Fall & Winter


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With the holidays closely approaching the thought of some yummy traditional holiday beverages instantly come to mind. Tasty drinks like warm spiked cider, egg nog, hot toddy’s and more. Unfortunately not everyone can enjoy in boozy holiday cheer, especially mommy’s-to-be. But the flavors and special holiday drinks still sound amazing, and going to a holiday party and asking for “just a glass of water”, or tea doesn’t really do the holiday season justice.

So, I’ve collaborated with my lovely friend Joni, an owner of a local bartending service here in Portland, Oregon called Mint & Mirth. Joni is a creative born and raised in the Pacific Northwest. She and her team of traveling bartenders most commonly serve around Portland, Seattle, and San Francisco helping hosts throw the world’s best parties.

Once I told her my idea on holiday booze free cocktails, she and I got together for some fun and unique creating. I brought a few basic ingredients that reminded me of the holiday season, and her creative mind quickly went to work on not one, not two, not even three but six, holiday mocktails that you can try this season. We categorized 3 beverages for the Thanksgiving/Fall season and 3 for the Christmas/Winter season, a mix of hot and cold drinks, that you can switch up as you like.

We truly hope you enjoy some of these recipes as we did making and tasting them!


PumpkinCider

Pumpkin Cider

2 oz. Pumpkin syrup (recipe below)
4 oz. hot cider

Tools: barspoon
Glass: Irish Coffee glass or mug
Garnish: cinnamon stick

Combine all ingredients in a glass, stir and garnish.

Pumpkin Syrup

1 cup pumpkin puree
1 cups granulated sugar
1 cup water

Puree all ingredients in a blender.  Transfer to pot, then bring all ingredients to a boil.  Reduce to simmer, stir. Simmer for 20 minutes, cool to room temperature, then filter through a fine mesh strainer.



AppleSoda

Apple Soda

2 oz. Apple syrup (recipe below)
4 oz. sparkling water

Tools: barspoon
Glass: Chimney glass
Garnish: apple slice

Combine all ingredients over ice in a glass, stir and garnish.

Apple Syrup

1/2 cup cane sugar
1 cup water
2 apples

Dice apple then puree all ingredients in a blender.  Transfer to pot, then bring all ingredients to a boil.  Reduce to simmer, stir. Simmer for 20 minutes, cool to room temperature, then filter through a fine mesh strainer.



sparklingpomegrante


Pomegranate Soda

2 oz. Pomegranate syrup (recipe below)
4 oz. sparkling water
1/4 oz. bee pollen

Tools: barspoon
Glass: Mason jar or chimney glass
Garnish: bee pollen

Combine all ingredients over ice in a glass, stir and garnish.

Pomegranate Syrup

1 cup cane sugar
1 cup water
3/4 cup pomegranate seeds

Puree all ingredients in a blender.  Transfer to pot, then bring all ingredients to a boil.  Reduce to simmer, stir. Simmer for 20 minutes, cool to room temperature, then filter through a fine mesh strainer.



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Cinnamon Cranberry Soda

2 oz. Cinnamon Cranberry syrup (recipe below)
4 oz. sparkling water

Tools: barspoon
Glass: Chimney glass
Garnish: cinnamon stick

Combine all ingredients over ice in a glass, stir and garnish.

Cinnamon Cranberry Syrup

1 cup cane sugar
1/2 cup dried cranberries
1/2 tsp. cinnamon
1/4 tsp. nutmeg
2 cups water

Puree all ingredients in a blender.  Transfer to pot, then bring all ingredients to a boil.  Reduce to simmer, stir. Simmer for 20 minutes, cool to room temperature, then filter through a fine mesh strainer. Let cool completely before serving.


chocolatehazelnuttoffee

 

Chocolate Hazelnut Toffee Soda

2 oz. cold Chocolate Hazelnut syrup (recipe below)
4 oz. sparkling water OR Hot water/Milk (for more of a hot cocoa finish)

Tools: barspoon
Glass: Chimney glass
Garnish: chocolate shavings

Combine all ingredients over ice in a glass, stir and garnish.

Chocolate Hazelnut Syrup

1 cup cane sugar
1/2 cup hazelnuts
1/2 cup chocolate toffee
2 cups water

Puree all ingredients in a blender.  Transfer to pot, then bring all ingredients to a boil.  Reduce to simmer, stir. Simmer for 20 minutes, cool to room temperature, then filter through a fine mesh strainer.  Filter through strainer again to remove all nut particles.  Let cool completely before serving.



OrgeatSteamer

Orgeat Steamer

2 oz. orgeat (almond syrup)
4 oz. almond milk

Tools: barspoon
Glass: mug
Garnish: Nutmeg

Combine all ingredients in a pot and simmer for 8 minutes. Poor into a mug and garnish with sprinkling nutmeg on top. Serve with a cinnamon stick for extra flavor and charm.

 

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