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Mocktails: Tasty and alcohol free

December 4, 2009

LET'S?FACE facts. Not everyone at your holiday party is going to want to drink.

Not everyone at your holiday party will be able to drink.

But for those that don't and for those that can't, should they be limited only to water, milk or soda?

Absolutely not.

That's why the craze that is the mocktail, or virgin cocktail if you will, is a perfect addition to any holiday gathering.

Why not spice up the offerings and provide the sober in the crowd an interesting taste.

Mocktails are also perfect for the younger than 21 crowd at your party.

It gives them a chance to feel like an adult, without the alcohol.

Of course, there's something to be said for little 8-year-old johnny or sally traipsing about the living room, yearning for presents while holding a Tom Collins glass, even if it is a mocktail.

But offering even just a few mocktails for the staying sober party goers will never be met with a frown.

Here are a few quick and easy recipes for mocktails, that despite being alcohol free, will still provide the drinker the feeling of being included in the festivities.

Holiday Stocking Mocktail

- 3 oz. ginger ale

- 2 oz. cranberry juice

- 1 oz. pineapple juice

- dash of angostura bitters

Shirley Temple

- 3 oz. lemon juice

- 2 oz. orange juice

- dash of grenadine

- ginger ale

Cider Nog

- apple cider

- 1 egg

- 1 tablespoon of sugar

Cran Dandy Shandy

- 2 parts fresh lemonade

- 1 part white cranberry juice

- 1 part ginger beer

Hot Not Toddy

- 7 oz hot tea

- 1 tablespoon honey

- 1 teaspoon lemon juice

- grated cinnamon

- ground cloves

- grated nutmeg



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