Celebrate With A Mocktail

Celebrate With A Mocktail

| December 07, 2020
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As we all know by now, we are in the midst of a global pandemic.  Public health officials are advising we scale back the number of people at our holiday gatherings in order to keep people safe and to prevent the further spread of the coronavirus in our communities. 

As we plan our much-smaller dinners and holiday parties, we still need to be mindful of the fact that -- for many people --holiday spirits do not come from a bottle.  

Statistics say less alcoholic drinkers

Nearly half of all Americans do not drink alcohol on a regular basis, according to the US Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration.  

In 2019, 50.8 percent of Americans reported drinking alcohol in the past month (National Survey on Drug Use and Health).  In other words, 49.2 percent of people do not regularly drink. 

There are many reasons why people chose not to drink. 

If you know someone in recovery from addiction or who has a substance use disorder, you know that maintaining their sobriety is very important to them. 

There are other medical conditions that also prohibit the use of alcohol.  These include pregnancy, diabetes, digestive disorders, heart issues, kidney problems, and depression. 

For some people, they take a prescription medication that would otherwise negatively interact with alcohol.  Plus, remember that alcohol does not mix well with most over-the-counter cold medicine. 

Furthermore, many people prefer to serve as the designated drivers for those who do drink or they have made another personal choice not to drink.

Overlooked

Despite their sizeable numbers, these non-drinkers are often overlooked at holiday gatherings where the only truly appealing beverage choices contain alcohol.  These non-drinkers want choices beyond soft drinks and bottled water. 

Unfortunately, many party planners go through their guest lists determining who prefers what alcoholic beverage.  

Include these fun mocktails at holiday gatherings 

This holiday season, we ask that you consider your non-drinking guests who still want something tasty but non-alcoholic. 

There are lots of festive "mocktail" drinks that will  show your guests that you made a special effort to provide beverages that appeal to everyone.

Mocktail Recipes

Here are eleven tried and true "mocktail" recipes to enjoy and share with your guests this holiday season.  

Orange Oasis

  • 1 cup frozen OJ concentrate
  • 1 cup milk
  • 1 cup water
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 1 tsp vanilla
  • 1 cup ice
  • Blend until smooth. 

Cranberry Cooler

  • 16 oz. cranberry juice
  • 4 oz. lemon juice
  • 8 oz. ginger ale
  • Pour ingredients in a tall glass with ice and serve.  Garnish with a slice of lemon.

Sparkling Punch

  • 1 cup unsweetened pineapple juice
  • 1 cup orange juice
  • Juice of 2 lemons
  • Juice of 2 limes
  • 11 oz. sparkling water
  • Mix all ingredients into a pitcher.  Pour over ice cubes made of sparkling water.

Orange Fizz

  • 16 oz. orange juice
  • 4 oz. sour mix
  • 8 oz. club soda
  • Mix and pour in a tall glass with ice.  Garnish with a slice of orange. 

New Year's Eve Kiss

  • Pour 2 oz. passion fruit juice in a champagne flute. 
  • Fill with club soda.

Designated Driver's Delight

  • 8 oz. orange juice
  • 4 oz. pineapple juice
  • 4 oz. cranberry juice
  • 3-4 scoops vanilla ice cream
  • 3-4 frozen strawberries
  • Mix in a blender until smooth. Garnish with an orange slice and strawberry.

The Enforcer

  • Fresh brewed coffee
  • Whipped cream
  • Chocolate sprinkles
  • sugar cubes
  • Cinnamon
  • Pour coffee into a mug and stir in 2 sugar cubes and a dash of cinnamon.
  • Top with whipped cream and chocolate sprinkles.

Mai Tai

  • 8 oz. pineapple juice
  • 4 oz. club soda
  • 4 oz. orange juice
  • 2 TBSP grenadine
  • 2 TBSP cream of coconut
  • Stir to blend and serve over crushed ice.

Frosty Mocha

  • 1/2 gallon chocolate ice cream, softened
  • 8 cups of coffee, chilled
  • 1 pint half & half
  • 1 tsp almond extract
  • 1/8 tsp salt
  • 1 square semi-sweet chocolate, grated
  • 1/4 tsp ground cinnamon
  • Mix ice cream and 3 cups of coffee until smooth.  
  • In punch bowl, stir ice cream mixture, half & half, almond extract, salt and 5 cups coffee until blended.  
  • Sprinkle top with grated chocolate and cinnamon.

Mistletoe Punch

  • 6 oz. can frozen lemonade concentrate
  • 6 oz. can frozen orange juice concentrate
  • 6 cups water
  • 1/2 cup grenadine syrup
  • 1 quart ginger ale
  • Combine the ingredients, except the grenadine and ginger ale, in a punch bowl. 
  • Just before serving, add some ice cubes, and gently stir in the grenadine and ginger ale.
  • Garnish with lemon slice and maraschino cherry

Hot Under The Collar (Created by The Consultative Insurance Group team)

  • 6 oz. can frozen lemonade concentrate
  • 32 oz. cranberry juice cocktail
  • 6 pack Hot Blenheim Ginger Ale 
  • Key Lime Juice
  • In large pitcher, mix 6 oz. frozen lemonade concentrate with 32 oz. cranberry juice cocktail.  Chill.
  • For a single serving:  Mix in tall glass - 1/4 cup lemonade/cranberry mixture, 1/2 cup Hot Blenheim Ginger Ale, 4 drops of Key Lime Juice.  Stir.  Serve Chilled.

Allen Easler is a Certified Senior Prevention Specialist at Cornerstone.

His favorite part of working at Cornerstone is hearing about and seeing firsthand how Cornerstone makes a difference in peoples’ lives.

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