With the holiday season upon us, I’m constantly thinking about what drink to bring to or serve at the next holiday party on my calendar.
Today I wanted to share four of my favorite, health(ier), options for party drinks this season that don’t rely on alcohol. Wether you’re pregnant or just prefer to remain booze-light this season (me!), it can feel like a bummer to arrive at a party to find that your only option is a sparkling water or water. These drinks are fun, family friendly, and still feel fancy to enjoy!
I’m a drink lover, through and through. I always have at least a few cups of magic potions and concoctions following me throughout my house, and I swear my drinks obsession helps keep me healthy and hydrated all winter long. All of these are tried and true in my friend group and home, and range from classics to majorly on-trend.
First up is a family classic that I have vivid memories of from when I was a little kiddo. Smell is a powerful memory, and this drinks calls up all the fall and harvest feels.
Here We Go a-Wassailing!
Having a big pot of this warm on your stove top during a party is the quickest way to make your home smell more festive than a Yankee Candle, and also tastes so stellar and familiar. It’s a really kiddo friendly drink also and a fun take on a traditional warm cider.
Also, all of the ingredients are inexpensive and easy to find at any local grocery store!
- 2 Quarts Spiced Cider (if you cannot find cider without sugar added, buy plain apple juice and double the spiced listed here)
- 4 Cinnamon Sticks
- 1tsp Nutmeg
- 8oz Pineapple Juice
- 1/4 chopped (rings are best!) pineapple
- 24oz ginger brew (or lemon sparkling water, to keep it fully added sugar free)
On your stove top combine cider, spices, and pineapple juice. Heat on low till steaming, 5 min before party add in ginger brew and fresh fruit, cover, and serve warm! Optional: pomegranate, apple slices, or orange rings.
Boochy CockTail Time!
Next Up is a booze-free cocktail that I’ve loved for the past 5 years. I put this together on a whim during a holiday party when I was pregnant, and now it’s my favorite treat. It’s a healthier take on a harvest mimosa, and comes with multiple awesome gut-health benefits along with it! Also, use this as an easy template and put together all the bootch-tails you want! It’s a perfect mixer that gives a really festive flavor to any fresh juice. PS: Kombucha also pairs PERFECTLY with that Wassail recipe up above!
- Spiced Cider
- Kombucha (homemade, or I love cayennade and gingerade GT’s because they’re flavor is so spicy and bright)
Fill your flute (or go with a big ol’ glass!) with 2 parts kombucha to one part cider. Enjoy! You can pop in fresh fruit or frozen berries to make it extra fun! This is an especially fun New Years or Champagne Toast substitute if you are avoiding alcohol, pregnant, or just prefer booch!
Milk Tea: Cozy AF Party Time
I’m kinda a grandma. I’m a pumpkin, in bed by 10, and cozy with Netflix and my hubs every night. So this kinda drink? It’s my go-to. But? It’s also a really fun addition to bring to a party, easy to warm up, and actually gets better the longer it steeps. It’s a chai-esque flavor, and as great to sip throughout the day as it is to pour into little mugs for friends at an evening gift-exchange. It’s also a really nice change of pace and flavor from the traditional Holiday drinks.
- 3 Tea bags of a cinnamon/spicy tea. My favorite are Good Earth original, Market Spice Tea, or Bengal Spice
- One cup almond (or any other favorite milk alternative) milk
- 1tsp cinnamon
- 1/2 tsp. nutmeg
- boiling water
In the jar of your choice (one at minimum 24oz, bigger preferred) combine milk and spices, add in your three tea bags, fill to the top with boiling water. Put lid on tight and give it a good shake, allow it to steep a minimum of ten minutes before serving. Or make ahead and warm up when ready to enjoy.
Matcha is EVERYWHERE lately and I’m loving it. Matcha has caffeine, but burns more easily in your body, so it’s easier to feel energized from it without feeling too jittery. I also find the flavor so intense that I never over-do it in a drink. This recipe is the easiest for traveling to a party, is perfect to bring on a holiday get-away (I brought it on a Thanksgiving Trip!), and the simple syrup can be used in any kind of hot drink (want to make a sweet matcha latte? heyo!) or mixed with any clear alcohol for a very on-trend drink. You can also substitute the white sugar used to make the syrup here for Honey (omit the water). Just be sure to heat your honey when you add your matcha to make sure that it is smooth and combines well. Honey works great for a that night drink, but the honey matcha syrup has a harder time keeping for longer-travel.
- 1 cup sugar (or one cup honey, omit the water)
- 1 cup water
- 1tsp Matcha (Organic Evolution is my go-to brand!)
- Sparkling Water, any flavor
In a medium sauce pan combine water, sugar, and matcha, stir well, and bring to a rolling boil. Allow it to cool completely. Store in an airtight container at room temperature. For drink: mix 1/2-1tsp of matcha simple syrup with a can of sparkling water over ice. Enjoy!
All of these drinks will be showing up on my menus for the holidays, and some friend parties we’ve got coming up! It’s so fun to bring a drink that is not only gorgeous and family friendly, but also comes packed with some health benefits! I’d love to hear about your healthy and/or alcohol-free drinks this coming season! Let me know if you make any of these, I’d love to hear how they go over with your sweet friends and family.