Published on December 4th, 2014 | by Jordan

10 Delicious Mocktail Recipes to Help Ring in 2015

The holiday season is one of our favourites here at CAA. It’s a time to celebrate the past year and look forward to new experiences that lie in the year ahead. Over the next few months there will be many gatherings with family and friends, and as the Title Sponsor of the R.I.D.E. CHECKS Rewards Booklet, CAA wants to remind everyone about the importance of not drinking and driving.

Plan ahead. Whether you’re the party host or the party guest, we all need to be responsible while having a great time.

Responsible Party Hosting Tips

  • Remind guests to plan ahead. When your friends R.S.V.P., ask if they’ve decided how they’ll be getting home or who their designated driver will be. If they haven’t thought about it, remind them to do so.
  • Serve a variety of food. If you’re serving alcohol, make sure to serve food. Avoid serving dishes that are overly sweet or salty; this will make your guests even thirstier. If you’re worried about your pocketbook, make it a potluck!
  • Make mocktails. Not everyone prefers alcoholic drinks, but mocktails (non-alcoholic mixed drinks) can be festive and fun! Serve them to the designated drivers and friends who abstain from drinking alcohol.
  • Be the bartender. Instead of having an open bar, serve drinks yourself and ask a friend help you bartend. People tend to drink more when they serve themselves.
  • Be attentive. Choose to stay sober and keep an eye out for when your guests leave. Ensure they have a sober designated driver, have called a taxi, or take public transit.
  • Offer overnight stays. Welcome your guests to sleep over and show them that you’re prepared with extra blankets, sleeping bags, extra tooth brushes, etc.

Responsible Party Guest Tips

  • Plan ahead. Decide in advance how you’ll be getting home from the party. Whether someone is your designated driver, or you call a cab, stick to your plan.
  • If you drink, don’t drive. Make the decision to be a sober driver. You can still share your holiday cheer with a toast over a festive mocktail.
  • Don’t pressure friends or guests to drink. Although it’s polite to offer a friend a drink, don’t insist if your friend declines. Never make friends feel bad for choosing not to drink with comments like, “you’re no fun,” “live a little,” or “it’s just one drink.”
  • Respect your designated driver. If it’s getting very late and your designated driver has a long route home with a few stops along the way, help ‘rally the troops’ and hit the road before fatigue sets in for your driver.

Make it a mocktail!

The holiday season brings with it gatherings with friends and family. This year, introduce a new non-alcoholic drink to the mix! Here are some flavourful and festive mocktail recipes to enjoy:

Mocha Mocktail

Prepare a tumbler glass with crushed ice. Fill a cocktail shaker with ice, add 1 oz. chilled espresso coffee and 3 oz. chocolate milk. Shake and strain into glass and garnish with a chocolate curls.

Cool Cinnamon Coffee

Rim a martini glass with a cinnamon-sugar blend. Fill a cocktail shaker with ice, 2 oz. chilled coffee and
2 oz. chilled cinnamon tea. Shake well and strain into the martini glass.

Maple Julep

In a cocktail shaker filled with ice, add 2 oz. white cranberry juice, ½ oz. maple syrup and a handful of mint. Shake and strain into a glass filled with crushed ice. Garnish with a mint sprig or maple candy cane.

Spiced Nog

In a cocktail shaker filled with ice, add 1 cinnamon stick and 4 oz. eggnog. Shake well and strain into a glass with ice. Sprinkle with ground nutmeg and garnish with a candy cane.

Sour Berry Soda

Fill a tall glass with ice. Add 2 oz. raspberry juice, 2 oz. white cranberry juice and 4 oz. lemon-lime soda. Garnish with fresh raspberries.

Snow Day

In a cocktail shaker filled with ice, add 6 marinated cherries, the juice of 2 lemon wedges and 3 oz. cranberry juice. Shake well and strain into a tall glass filled with ice. And garnish with a lemon wheel dusted with nutmeg.

Orange-cran Holiday Tonic

In a cocktail shaker muddle a 2-inch strip of orange rind, a few fresh cranberries and 1 tsp. of sugar. Add ice cubes, 2 oz. orange juice and shake well. Strain into a tall glass, top with 3 oz. of tonic water.

Cherry Fizz

Fill a glass with ice. Add 3 oz. of thawed cherry juice concentrate and 3 oz. of ginger ale. Stir and garnish with a maraschino cherry.

Mulled Grape Juice

In a saucepan over medium heat boil 5 cups grape juice, 2-inch piece of orange peel, juice of ½ a lemon juice, 6 whole cloves, 1 cinnamon stick, a pinch of salt. Reduce heat and simmer for 15 minutes. Stir in ½ cup of water, and simmer for another 5 minutes. Strain into tempered glasses, and serve with a cinnamon stick garnish.

Do you have a favourite mocktail recipe? Feel free to share it with us in the comments below!

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