The Best Non-Alcoholic Christmas Drinks and Mocktails
As the festive season approaches, so do the parties, cocktails and champagne, which can often cause Christmastime to feel very alcohol-fuelled. This can be tricky if you’d prefer to practise mindful drinking or don’t fancy drinking at all.
If you would prefer to skip the alcohol, it’s important to remember that this doesn’t mean you have to miss out on the fun and festive flavours. You can still join in the party season with tasty Christmas mocktails and soft drinks instead.
Whether you're hosting a festive gathering, looking for family-friendly options, or simply want to enjoy a Christmas drink without the spirits, knowing your favourite Christmas mocktail or soft drink can make the season feel even more special.
To help you find delicious non-alcoholic Christmas drinks, we’ve put together a list of some of our favourites. Take a look and get ready to raise your glass to an alcohol-free Christmas!
Christmas Mocktail Recipes
The festive season calls for only the best - so of course you need to make the fanciest Christmas mocktails. Take a look at some of our tasty recipes below:
Cranberry Mojito Mocktail
A delightful non-alcoholic twist on the classic cocktail, a Cranberry Mojito Mocktail combines zesty lime, fresh mint and cranberries for a refreshing festive flavour.
90g granulated sugar
can of lime sparkling water
min to garnish
1. Make a cranberry sugar syrup by simmering cranberries, sugar and water in a pan until cranberries burst and sugar is dissolved. Allow to cool.
2. Once cool, pour one and a half tablespoons of the cranberry syrup into a glass with ice and top with lime sparkling water.
3. Garnish with fresh mint leaves
Gingerbread Cookie Mocktail
This sweet and spicy Gingerbread Cookie Mocktail tastes like Christmas in a glass, with warm ginger notes, hints of cinnamon, and a comforting gingerbread cookie.
200ml ginger beer
50ml apple juice
1 tablespoon vanilla syrup
1/4 teaspoon ground cinnamon
whipped cream (for topping)
ground cinnamon (for garnish)
gingerbread cookie (for garnish)
1. In a shaker, combine ginger beer, apple juice, vanilla syrup, and ground cinnamon. Shake well until the ingredients are thoroughly mixed.
2. Strain the mixture into a glass with ice.
3. Top with whipped cream and sprinkle with cinnamon. Garnish with a small gingerbread cookie.
Pomegranate Rosemary Spritzer
A Pomegranate Rosemary Spritzer blends the bold taste of pomegranate with the earthy freshness of rosemary, creating a sparkling and sophisticated Christmas drink that’s bound to impress.
150ml pomegranate juice
can of raspberry sparkling water
1 tablespoon honey
fresh rosemary sprigs
pomegranate seeds (for garnish)
1. In a mixing glass, combine pomegranate juice, sparkling water, and honey. Stir until the honey is dissolved.
2. Pour the mixture over ice and garnish with a sprig of fresh rosemary and a handful of pomegranate seeds.
Buck's Fizz Mocktail
Just because you’re not drinking alcohol doesn’t mean you have to skip the tradition of a Buck’s Fizz on Christmas morning! This non-alcoholic twist on the classic cocktail may even be more delicious than the real thing.
150ml orange juice
can of peach sparkling water
1 tablespoon grenadine syrup
1. In a champagne flute, combine the orange juice and lemon sparkling water. Stir gently to mix the two ingredients.
2. Slowly drizzle the grenadine syrup into the glass. Allow it to settle at the bottom for a layered effect.
Christmas Soft Drinks
If you’d prefer something quick to pour and sip on, stocking up on some special Christmas soft drinks can make your festivities feel extra fun. Here are some fabulous soft drinks you can buy from your supermarket:
2. Ginger beer - Sip on warm and spicy ginger beer and enjoy the ultimate Christmas flavour.
3. Rose lemonade - Infused with the essence of rose petals, this elegant and floral lemonade is a sophisticated choice for any festive gathering.
4. Elderflower Presse - A quintessentially posh drink, an elderflower presse has a light and refreshing taste that you can sip throughout Christmas day.
5. Cranberry juice spritz - Top your cranberry juice with sparkling water to create a festive fizz to toast with.
6. Clementine tonic water - Enjoy the bubbly orange of a buck’s fizz without it feeling like a typical fizzy drink, as clementine tonic water has a much more elegant feel.
Non-Alcoholic Christmas Hot Drink Recipes
What better way to curl up and enjoy a cosy Christmas film than with a delicious Christmas hot drink? Here are some of our favourite hot Christmas drinks to make this winter:
Cinnamon Vanilla Hot Milk
A hug in a cup. A Cinnamon Vanilla Hot Milk is a comforting blend of velvety milk infused with sweet vanilla and a hint of spicy cinnamon.
1-2 tablespoons honey or maple syrup
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
whipped cream and a sprinkle of cinnamon for garnish
1. In a small saucepan, heat the milk over medium heat until it's warm but not boiling.
2. Stir in the honey or maple syrup, vanilla extract, and ground cinnamon until well combined. Continue heating until the hot milk reaches your desired temperature.
3. Pour into mugs and top with whipped cream and a sprinkle of cinnamon.
Orange Spice Herbal Tea
This Orange Spice Herbal Tea is a soothing festive hot drink that combines the flavour of zesty oranges with the warmth of winter spices.
450 ml water
2 herbal tea bags (such as cinnamon or orange spice)
1 tablespoon honey
1 orange, thinly sliced
3 whole cloves
1. Bring the water to a boil in a saucepan.
2. Add the tea bags, honey, orange slices, and cloves. Let it steep for 5-7 minutes to infuse the flavours.
3. Remove the tea bags and strain out the cloves.
4. Serve in mugs and garnish with an orange slice.
Minty Hot Chocolate
Treat yourself to an indulgent Minty Hot Chocolate, with rich cocoa and a refreshing hint of peppermint for a cosy mug of festive goodness.
450 ml milk
2 tablespoons cocoa powder
2 tablespoons sugar
1/4 teaspoon peppermint extract
whipped cream and crushed candy canes for topping
1. In a saucepan, whisk together the cocoa powder and sugar.
2. Gradually add the milk, whisking constantly to avoid lumps.
3. Heat the mixture over medium heat until it's warm but not boiling.
4. Stir in the peppermint extract.
5. Continue heating until the hot chocolate reaches your desired temperature.
6. Pour into mugs and top with whipped cream and crushed candy canes.
Winter’s Hot Pop
A comforting concoction featuring your favourite flavoured sparkling water, gently heated with a touch of sweetness, citrusy notes, and a hint of spice. Perfect for the chilly season!
1 tablespoon honey or agave syrup
1/2 lemon, juiced
1 teaspoon grated ginger
berries to garnish
1. Pour the flavoured sparkling water into a saucepan and heat it over medium heat until warm but not boiling. Heating gently will preserve the bubbles.
2. Stir in honey or agave syrup for sweetness.
3. Squeeze the juice of half a lemon and add the grated ginger. Stir until combined.
4. Allow the mixture to simmer for 3-5 minutes to blend the flavours. Avoid boiling.
5. Pour the hot pop into mugs to serve and garnish with berries. You can also strain the liquid to remove the ginger if you’d prefer.
Whether you're toasting with a sparkling cranberry mocktail or savouring the warmth of a cinnamon vanilla hot milk, perfecting your favourite non-alcoholic Christmas drink allows you to enjoy all the festive flavours of the season without the need for alcohol.For more inspiration, look at some of our favourite non-alcoholic drinks all year round. Or if you’d like to stock up on some special soft drinks, take a look at our DASH Water party bundles.