Festive Holiday Drinks—Hold the Spirits

These festive drinks will refresh and delight your young party guests and non-drinkers.

  • Sparkling Breakfast Punch

    Sparkling Breakfast Punch

    Serve this easy punch for a memorable holiday brunch. Combine the juices ahead of time, then add the bubbles (ginger ale and club soda) just before serving.
  • Holiday Brunch Tonic
    Randy Mayor; Melanie J. Clarke

    A Drink for Every Guest

    The holidays are all about merrymaking with your loved ones, comforting food, and drinks. But if you’re skipping the adult beverages at your next party or need a non-alcoholic offering, these sippers, mocktails and punches will wow and refresh – sans the spirits.
  • Pear Tree
    Photo: Annabelle Breakey; Styling: Dan Becker

    Pear Tree

    You won’t find any partridges in this pear tree! A little tart and a little sweet, this mocktail of lemon-lime juice and pear juice will wake up your taste buds. Add a splash of seltzer and an herb garnish for a special presentation.
  • Mock Tea Sangría
    Photo: Beth Dreiling Hontzas; Styling: Scott Martin

    Mock Tea Sangría

    You won’t miss the wine in this rich, ruby-red drink. Mix together pureed raspberries, grape juice, tea, and orange soda for a little fizz. You can make this faux sangría up to a day ahead of your party and add the soda just before serving.
  • Citrus Kiss
    Photo: Annabelle Breakey; Styling: Dan Becker

    Citrus Kiss

    This striking red mocktail is for the citrus-lovers at your party. Blood orange sparkling cider adds a bit of fun to tangerine juice, lemon juice, and lime juice. Rim your glasses with superfine sugar to complete the “cocktail” look.
  • Pineapple Wassail

    Pineapple Wassail

    Toast your good health with a glass of this fruity wassail. Simmer pineapple juice and orange juice, apple cider, and apricot nectar with cinnamon and cloves for a holiday drink that will warm you from head to toe.
  • Festive Fruit Punch
    Photo: Jan Smith

    Festive Fruit Punch

    This light and fruity punch blends pineapple, orange, and cranberry juices with tonic water for a little fizzy fun. For an elegant garnish, serve each glass with slices of lime, orange, and carambola (star fruit.
  • Poinsettia Sipper

    Poinsettia Sipper

    Cinnamon and cloves evoke the flavors of fall in this mocktail of cranberry juice and apple juice. Serve chilled or warm in flute glasses and garnish with orange rind.
  • Thanksgiving Punch

    Thanksgiving Punch

    Ginger-infused simple syrup gives this sweet punch a spicy kick that fits right in with your holiday spread. Mix the syrup with ginger ale, pomegranate juice, and pineapple juice for a refreshing drink all your party guests will love.
  • Apple Julep
    Photo: Jennifer Davick; Styling: Buffy Hargett

    Apple Julep

    Apples, the star of many favorite holiday sides and desserts, take center stage in this perfect-for-a-crowd punch. Pineapple and orange juice add tang to the sweet apple juice, and you can garnish your punch bowl with apple slices, orange slices, and mint.
  • Spiced Pomegranate Sipper
    Photo: Jennifer Davick; Styling: Rose Nguyen

    Spiced Pomegranate Sipper

    Sweet, spicy, and tangy flavors are all present in this elegant drink. Pomegranate juice gives it a rich fall color and balances well with grape juice, pineapple juice, cinnamon, and cloves. Try it warm, cool, or with soda water for fun variations.
  • Holiday Brunch Tonic
    Randy Mayor; Melanie J. Clarke

    Holiday Brunch Tonic

    Use extra rosemary from your holiday cooking to infuse this orange-cranberry beverage with holiday flavor. Add club soda just before serving for a sparkling touch and garnish with rosemary sprigs.
  • Almond Tea
    Photo: Tina Cornett; Styling: Mary Lyn Hill

    Almond Tea

    Almond and vanilla are elegant and unexpected flavors in this quick and easy tea punch. Balance the sweetness with fresh lemon juice and serve cold with thin slices of lemon, lime, and orange.
  • Coconut Eggnog
    Photo: Thomas J. Story; Styling: Dan Becker

    Coconut Eggnog

    Add a tropical flair to eggnog at your party this year. Similar to a popular drink in the Caribbean, this recipe blends coconut milk with traditional ingredients like cinnamon, cloves, eggs, and cream.
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