Feel the Christmas and New Years Vibe with these easy to follow non-alcoholic drinks recipes
It’s November which means Christmas and New Years are around the corner! Often, it’s tradition to attend a festive holiday that’s run with alcoholic drinks, while the non-drinkers are missing out on the festivity by drinking fizzy drinks or Shloer. Personally, I pride myself on being part of Shloer gang, this time I’d like to switch things up this year by concocting my non-alcoholic drinks that would automatically put me in the festive mood.
Note: I won’t provide the exact measurement of ingredients to use when making these drinks. It’s best to discretion based on the number of your party guests.
The first drink on the menu that’s guaranteed to give the non-drinkers guests a taste of Christmas is the Peach Melba. A process that takes 15 minutes of your time, with easy to follow the recipe. There are three steps with this recipe; Making the Raspberry Peach Puree, the syrup, and Lemonade.
Ingredients required for the Raspberry Peach Puree are;
fresh Peaches (diced in large sizes)
Raspberries and Water.
For the Syrup;
granulated sugar and water.
fresh lemon juice (from lemons of course, or can be store-bought)
For garnish which is optional (I would recommend to users to make it look pretty, and Instragrammable)
Instructions as follows;
Add diced peaches, raspberries and water to a food processor or blender and process until pureed.
Place a sieve over a mixing bowl, pour the Peach Raspberry Puree then use a wooden spoon to push the puree around, so the liquid falls through the sieve and the skin, and seeds stay inside.
Discard seeds/skin from the sieve and set mixing bowl with liquid in it aside.
Add granulated sugar and cup water to a small saucepan and heat over MED heat until sugar dissolves into the water, stirring occasionally. Boil about 3 minutes until liquid has become syrupy. Set aside to cool slightly.
Add cups water, Lemon juice and ice cubes to a Large pitcher to mix. Pour in cooled simple syrup and Peach Raspberry liquid. Stir.
It’s not the Christmas season if there isn’t a Grinch-themed drink. Grinch punch is a sweet drink that will make your guests compliment your hosting skills.
Ingredients required for the Grinch Punch are;
Packets of Unsweetened Lemon-Lime Kool-Aid
Pineapple juice (canned is acceptable)
Frozen Lemonade Concentrate, thawed
Litre(s) of Sprite
Red Sanding Sugar for the cup rim
Pour water into a pitcher.
Add the Kool-aid mix, sugar and stir until the sugar has dissolved.
Add the Pineapple juice and Lemonade, then stir well.
Rub a lemon or lime around the rim of your guest’s glass, then dip into the Red Sanding Sugar.
Before serving the guests, add the Sprite and ice.
Preparing meals for a festive party is often time-consuming, which is why I’ve included a simple mocktail recipe that takes eight minutes of preparation time.
Cranberry, Grapefruit, and Orange Juices
In a large nonmetal pitcher or punch bowl, combine cranberry, grapefruit and orange juices.
Add sugar; blend well.
Before serving, add ginger ale; stir gently
Rub a lemon or lime around the rim of your glass and then dip into the sugar.
Raspberry, or Orange Cream Mimosa
This drink is the one to toast with during the New Years. While the Mimosa has a ring of alcohol, the sparkling white grape juice can be the substitute for Champagne. For those that love Shloer like me, you’ll love this. With four hours preparation time, don’t miss out of the gorgeous drink as the hours are inactive because of the frozen period.
Freshly squeezed orange juice or blended Raspberries
half and half cream
Non-alcoholic sparkling wine, cider, or ginger ale
Raspberries or strawberries rolled in sugar for garnish
Put orange, half-and-half cream, and sugar in a blender and process until the sugar has dissolved, about 30 seconds. Pour this mixture into a shallow pan and freeze until hard, 4 hours or overnight.
Remove the frozen orange mixture from the freezer and let it sit to soften slightly about 10 minutes. With a scoop or tablespoon, scrape out a small scoop and put it into a Champagne glass. Slowly fill the glass with Shloer, Sparkling cider or ginger ale and serve garnished with strawberries.
For the Raspberries
Put the sieved raspberry juice, half and half cream, and sugar in a blender and process until the sugar has dissolved, about 30 seconds. Pour this mixture into a shallow pan and freeze until hard, 4 hours or overnight.
Remove the frozen raspberry mixture from the freezer and let it sit to soften slightly about 10 minutes. With a scoop or tablespoon, scrape out a small scoop and put it into a Champagne glass.
Slowly fill the glass with Shloer, or Sparkling Cider, or ginger ale and serve garnished with raspberries.