10 Non-Alcoholic (and Festive!) Holiday Drinks

When the holidays come around, it can get boring to drink the same holiday drinks for 3 months. But there are ways to spice up your holiday drink station that don’t involve alcohol.
There are so many more options for holiday drinks than plain old apple cider, hot chocolate, or egg nog. Holiday parties may be small this year but that’s no reason to not have fun. Here are 10 non-alcoholic and festive holiday drinks for any holiday party, big or small.

Grinch-Inspired Hot Chocolate

Grinch-inspired Hot Chocolate
photo courtesy of cookingwithcurls.com

Yield: 2 servings


  • 2 cups milk (or unsweetened cashew milk)
  • 4 ounces white chocolate (chopped)
  • green food coloring
  • 1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
  • 1 teaspoon peppermint extract
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • whipped topping

This grinch-inspired recipe is great for kids, or basically anyone that loves the grinch! Make sure to heat up the milk and add the green food coloring at the beginning. This one is fun because you can top the whipped cream with heart-shaped sprinkles for an extra nod to the grinch movies.

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Pumpkin Butterbeer

pumpkin butterbeer
photo courtesy of ourfamilyworld.com

Yield: 4 servings


  • 2 bottles of cream soda
  • 1 tsp imitation butter extract
  • 1/4 cup of pumpkin puree
  • 2 cups of Apple Cider
  • ice

If you are a Harry Potter fan, this is the holiday drink for you. This recipe combines two of the most famous drinks of the wizarding world: butterbeer and pumpkin juice. On top of that, it is also a great thanksgiving dinner drink.

Winter “Sangria”

Winter "Sangria"
photo courtesy of experiencelife.com

Yield: 8-10 servings


  • 1 qt. pomegranate-juice blend (pomegranate-cranberry or pomegranate-cherry. Just look for 100 percent juice) 
  • 2 cups elderberry juice 
  • 2 cinnamon sticks
  • 1 lemon, thinly sliced 
  • 1 lime, thinly sliced 
  • 1 ripe pear, peeled, seeded, and diced
  • 1 Granny Smith apple, seeded and diced
  • 1 cup red grapes, cut in half
  • 4 cups sparkling water

If you would like, you can chill this blend overnight and add the sparkling water right before you serve it. This will keep it cold, without the drink being flat. Frozen cranberries or other frozen fruits make great “ice cubes” because they won’t water down your drink.

“Oriental” Punch

orange lemonade punch
Photo courtesy of BetterCrocker.com

Yield: 8-10 servings

  • 1 large can of frozen orange juice (reconstituted)
  • 1 large can of frozen lemonade (reconstituted)
  • 1 liter 7-Up or Sprite (or diet 7-up)
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1 teaspoon almond flavoring

This crowd-pleasing punch is a must-have for the holidays. It is a great option if you are on a diet or are trying to stay healthy during the holidays. As far as non-alcoholic holiday drinks go, this one is a winner. The secret is the added flavorings. They add an exotic touch but no one can figure out why.

Christmas Cranberry White Russian Mocktail

White Russian Mocktail
photo courtesy of thisvivaciouslife.com
Yield: 1 serving
  • 1/4 cup cream
  • 1/2 cup whole milk
  • 1/2 cup dry sparkling cranberry soda
  • 2 teaspoons Kalua flavored syrup
  • Fresh cranberries
  • Fresh rosemary sprigs
This recipe is great for someone who is looking for a creamy and fruity holiday drink. This is more of a drink you make on the spot than a drink you can make in a large batch.

Caramel Apple Pie Mocktail

Caramel Apple Drink
photo courtesy of merryaboutown.com
Yield: 6 servings
  • 2 apples
  • 6 Rosemary sprigs
  • 1/2 cup caramel syrup
  • 2 teaspoons cinnamon
  • brown sugar (for rimming glasses)
  • 6 cups apple cider
  • 3 cups sparkling water
This recipe makes a sweet mocktail that is great for any holiday parties where apple pie could be involved. It could be the perfect mix of sweet and sour depending on the type of apple you choose to add to your drink.

Hot Wassail

Hot Wassail Holiday Drink
photo courtesy of yummyhealthyeasy.com
Yield: 8 servings
  • 8 cups apple cider
  • cups orange juice
  • 1/2 cup lemon juice
  • whole cinnamon sticks
  • 12 whole cloves or 1 teaspoon ground cloves
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground ginger
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground nutmeg

Cook this mixture on low heat for 45 minutes and then it’s ready to be ladled into a mug. I have seen this recipe cooked in a crockpot, the pot was left on a warm setting throughout dinner so that the wassail was always hot.

Thanksgiving Punch

Thanksgiving Punch Holiday Drink
photo courtesy of modern-glam.com

Yield: 6-8 servings


  • 3 cups Pear Nectar
  • 2 cups Ginger Beer 
  • 3 cups ice
  • Juice of 1 lemon
  • Optional garnishes
    • rosemary
    • cranberries
    • pear slices
    • cinnamon sticks
    • nutmeg

This recipe is also known as “Spicy Pear Punch” but it is perfect for the holidays. You could also substitute 1 cup of the Ginger Beer for 1 cup of seltzer water if you wish.

Christmas Punch

Christmas Punch Holiday Drink
photo courtesy of kitchenfunwithmy3sons.com

Yield: 6 servings


  • 2 cups orange juice
  • 2 cups cranberry juice
  • 1 cup pineapple juice
  • 1 cup Ginger Ale

This beverage is best served cold so either put it in the fridge before serving or add a few cups of ice to the mixture. You can even top this with mint leaves or add frozen cranberries instead of ice cubes.

Frost Bite Mocktail

"Frost Bite" Mocktail Holiday Drink
photo courtesy of thelittlekitchen.net

Yield: 1 serving


  • ice
  • 1 oz lime juice
  • 1 oz pineapple juice
  • 2 oz white grape juice
  • fresh mint leaves
  • fresh blueberries
  • 3 oz Sierra Mist Natural

This drink is great for any New Years’ party, even if the party is just your immediate family this year. Ring in the new year or celebrate Christmas traditions with this drink in hand.

Which of these drinks will you try this holiday season? Share in the comments. 

Zoë Holyoak is currently a BYU student, photographer, and writer. Her hobbies include long walks through the ice cream aisle at the grocery store and correcting bad grammar. She is also a proud member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints and served a mission for the Church in Portland, Oregon.