By Jennifer McDougall
Celebrating the holidays at Passages Malibu means embracing the season’s joy in a healthy, sober way. One of the critical aspects of any festive celebration is the array of beverages offered to guests. For those in recovery or anyone choosing an alcohol-free lifestyle, many delicious, alcohol-free options can make your holiday gatherings just as unique and enjoyable.
Here are five delightful alcohol-free beverages to brighten your holiday celebrations.
1. Sparkling Cranberry Mocktail
This vibrant, fizzy drink is visually appealing and a delightful treat for the taste buds.
- Cranberry juice
- Sparkling water or soda
- Fresh lime juice
- Cranberries and lime slices for garnish
Mixing Instructions: Combine cranberry juice with a splash of fresh lime juice. Top it off with sparkling water or soda for that effervescent touch. Garnish with fresh cranberries and a slice of lime. This mocktail perfectly blends tart and sweet, making it a festive favorite.
2. Alcohol-Free Mulled Wine
Mulled wine is a holiday classic, and its non-alcoholic version is equally heartwarming and aromatic.
- Alcohol-free red wine or grape juice
- Cinnamon sticks
- Orange slices
- Star anise
Preparation: Simmer the alcohol-free wine or grape juice with cinnamon sticks, orange slices, cloves, and star anise. Let the spices infuse for a rich, deep flavor. Serve warm, offering the cozy essence of the holidays in a cup.
3. Ginger Zinger
For those who love a bit of spice, the Ginger Zinger is an exhilarating choice.
- Ginger beer (alcohol-free)
- Freshly squeezed orange juice
- A dash of bitters (alcohol-free)
- Orange slices for garnish
How to Make: Pour ginger beer and orange juice into a glass. Add a dash of non-alcoholic bitters for complexity. Garnish with a slice of orange. This drink is refreshing and aids digestion—perfect for holiday feasting!
4. Peppermint Hot Chocolate
A soothing, minty twist on a classic hot chocolate can lift everyone’s spirits.
- Milk or milk alternative
- Cocoa powder
- Peppermint extract
Method: Heat the milk and whisk in cocoa powder and sugar to taste. Add a few drops of peppermint extract for that minty freshness. Top with whipped cream and a sprinkle of cocoa powder for a luxurious treat.
5. Apple Cider Mocktail
It is a simple yet delightful beverage that brings the essence of fall and winter to your holiday table.
- Fresh apple cider
- Cinnamon stick
- Star anise
- Apple slices for garnish
Preparation: Warm the apple cider with a cinnamon stick and star anise to infuse the flavors. Serve in a mug with a slice of apple as a garnish. It’s a comforting, sweet, spiced drink that will surely please all ages.
These five non-alcoholic beverages are perfect for adding a festive touch to your holiday celebrations at Passages Malibu. They prove that you can enjoy the flavors and traditions of the season while maintaining a sober lifestyle. Each drink offers a unique taste experience, ensuring that everyone can find something to enjoy. This holiday season, toast to health, happiness, and recovery with these delightful, alcohol-free options.