Who says mocktails can’t bring holiday cheer? These days chances are, among your circle of friends and acquaintances, there are those who may not drink alcohol at all. As such, any time you plan a party you need to take into consideration the drinking preferences of your guests, including those who live alcohol free.
Think of the wonderful designated drivers who are letting their significant others enjoy the celebrations of the evening. Why relegate these thoughtful drivers to only a bottled water or kid-like sparkling cider? There’s no reason why non-drinkers can’t raise their glasses in a celebration toast to 2016 with a libation that’s creatively prepared, attractively garnished, and as delicious as it’s full-lead counterpart.
For your New Year’s celebration, why not serve a mocktail that’s simply an alcohol-free version of a favorite cocktail? Enter the Moscow Mule mocktail! Moscow Mules have been around since the 1940s, but they’re making quite a comeback and are popping up on cocktail menus everywhere.
Better yet, the Moscow Mule is very simple — but definitely not boring. The combination of zingy ginger beer and zesty lime will make your non-drinkers enjoy every sip! So why not ring in 2016 by setting up a Moscow Mule mocktail station where guests can enjoy one of two alcohol-free versions?
If you’re looking for some kid-friendly alternatives, check out the mocktail recipes just for kids in our guide to a New Year’s Eve party for the whole family!
Unleaded Moscow Mule Mocktail
Ring in the New Year with this fabulous signature mocktail. A true classic with alcohol-free ginger beer and lime, even the drinkers will be jealous. Serve in classic Moscow Mule copper mugs to provide that extra special touch!
- 1 ounce lime juice
- 1/2 cup ginger beer
- 1 Tablespoon simple syrup
- 2 ounces sparkling water, tonic, or club soda
- Crushed ice
- Muddle 1/4 lime wedge with simple syrup in copper mug.
- Add lime juice.
- Fill mug with crushed ice and top with ginger beer. Stir well.
- Garnish with a slice of lime and a small slice of ginger.
Apple Mule Mocktail
Not everyone loves the zing of lime, so this delish variation provides the bubbly of ginger beer, toned down and oh-so winter yummy with apple cider and cinnamon.
- 2 ounces apple cider
- Ginger beer
- Cinnamon sticks and apples for garnish
- Fill copper mugs with crushed ice. Pour apple cider in each mug.
- Top with ginger beer and garnish with cinnamon sticks and apple wheel.
- Side note: A quick squeeze of lime before stirring does add a nice pop of flavor.
Bonus! Cran-Apple Cider Fizz Punch
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If the taste of a ginger beer-laden Moscow Mules isn’t on your list of Happy New Year’s flavors, here’s a mocktail you can make ahead of time — it even uses the apple cider from the Apple Mule above! Prepare and chill this punch early and serve in a beautiful pitcher with fancy glasses and garnish.
To make your New Year’s Eve celebration special for everyone, keep in mind that cocktails without alcohol can be just as delicious and fancy as their spirit-based counterparts. And at the end of the day, nobody wants just soda water with a lime wedge when everybody else has a fancy drink. Help the designated drivers and your moms-to-be in your crowd enjoy every minute of your celebration and shake up some creative concoctions that don’t require alcohol.