9 Festive Mocktail Recipes for the Holidays

Apple-Ginger Mocktail Mule
Photo: Jacob Fox

Whether hot or iced, these holiday drinks are sure to get the festivities started this winter. From mulled cider to sparkling mocktails, everyone can enjoy these delicious drinks, which feature seasonal flavors like apple, cinnamon, sage and more. Recipes like our Cranberry-Orange Punch and Apple-Ginger Moscow Mule Mocktail are so tasty, they're sure to become a regular part of your annual holiday get-together.

01 of 09

Orange-Earl Grey Iced Tea


Get a little pick-me-up with this orange-infused Earl Grey iced tea. Tea is rich in a class of antioxidants called flavonoids that may help reduce your risk of Alzheimer's and diabetes, plus help you have healthier teeth and gums and stronger bones. You can help preserve the flavonoids in iced tea by adding something acidic--like the orange juice in this recipe.

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Sage Tea


Fresh sage is an aromatic herb perfect for making flavorful caffeine-free tea. Herbalists say sage tea may even settle upset stomachs and soothe sore throats. Plus, the honey in this tea recipe can also help calm a cough.

03 of 09

Apple-Ginger Moscow Mule Mocktail

Apple-Ginger Mocktail Mule
Jacob Fox

Legend has it that the Moscow Mule was created when three entrepreneurs—a vodka businessman, a ginger-beer maker and a copper-mug saleswoman—were down on their luck. The copper mug may seem decorative, but some argue it's the key to keeping your mule colder longer, or that it even adds a bit of flavor. We love this zero-proof version all the same in any ol' glass.

04 of 09

Ginger Tea

Ginger Tea
Victor Protasio

Learn how to make ginger tea with this easy recipe. Then try other flavor combinations, like turmeric-ginger, lemon-ginger or honey-ginger tea (see Tip) for a warming, spicy beverage.

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Moscow Mule Mocktail

Moscow Mule Mocktail
Antonis Achilleos

In this Moscow Mule mocktail, the slightly spicy flavor of ginger is balanced with fresh lime juice for a tart and refreshing drink. If you can't find ginger syrup in stores, you can easily make your own.

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Sparkling Cranberry-Cider Mocktail

Sparkling Cranberry-Cider Mocktail

This easy mocktail recipe marries apple cider with tart cranberry juice. The sweet-and-sour combo gets its sparkle from club soda. Be sure to add the soda just before serving for maximum fizziness in this festive holiday drink.

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Cranberry-Orange Punch


This gorgeous fruity punch is perfect for any party--serve it on its own for a fun mocktail that will please kids and adults alike. Or, set out optional alcoholic mix-ins, like tequila and/or vodka, for a mix-your-own cocktail station.

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Fizzy Rosemary Cider Mocktail

fizzy rosemary cider mocktail

Many types of mocktails are high in sugar, but this easy mocktail cuts down on the calories and carbs by using club soda and our sugar-free simple syrup recipe.

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Cinnamon Tea

Cinnamon Tea
Victor Protasio

Learn how to make cinnamon tea with this easy recipe. Then, try other flavor variations, like cinnamon-maple, cinnamon-orange-spice or cinnamon-apple tea (see Tips) for a warming, cozy drink.

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