The holidays are a time of indulgence, but that doesn't mean every guest that visits your bar or restaurant this holiday season is looking to indulge in alcohol. Make sure you have some festive non-alcoholic cocktails on your menu to include everyone in the celebrations. We've rounded up a few non-alc holiday cocktails for your menus below!
Rum Hot Chocolate
4 oz Ritual Rum Alternative
1.5 cups milk
¼ cup chocolate chips
1 tbsp caramel
½ tsp sea salt
Add milk, chocolate, caramel and salt to a saucepan over medium heat. Stir until chocolate is melted and all ingredients are well blended. Add hot chocolate to two mugs. Add 2 oz of rum alternative and stir. Top with whipped cream and more caramel.
TÖSTed Cranberry Apple
2 oz. apple cider, chilled
1 oz. cranberry juice cocktail, chilled
2 oz. TÖST, chilled
1 oz. fresh-squeezed orange juice, chilled
Crisp, think-sliced apple slices for garnish
Frozen cranberries, optional for garnish
Rosemary spring, for individual garnish
Combine chilled juices in shaker; apple cider, cranberry juice, and orange juice. Pour over ice in a Double Old-Fashioned glass (14 oz.). Just before serving, add chilled TÖST and stir, gently. Garnish with crisp apple slice and a rosemary-cranberry skewer with a straw.
Blackberry Snow Cone
2.5 oz The Spirit of Gin
0.5 oz Lemon Juice
3 droppers of All The Bitter Lavender Bitters
A spare blackberry or two
.5 oz Blackberry Syrup:
6 oz Blackberries
0.75 cup of sugar
0.75 cup of water
For the blackberry syrup, heat everything up in a pan until it's simmering for about 8 minutes. As the blackberries soften, squash out the juice then allow to cool. Strain out the solids and bottle it. It’ll keep for up to a week in the fridge, but it won’t last that long.
For the cocktail, dry shake all the ingredients. Pour over a mound of crushed ice in your favorite drinking vessel. Garnish with a big mint sprig and a blackberry.
4 oz. Surely Non-Alcoholic Sparkling Brut
6 dashes All the Bitters Non-alcoholic Aromatic Bitters
1 sugar cube
Coat a sugar cube with bitters and add to a Champagne coupe. Pour chilled Surely over the cube and garnish with lemon peel.
3 oz. Surely Non-Alcoholic Sparkling Brut
3 oz. Cranberry juice cocktail (or cranberry juice for a more tart cocktail)
0.5 oz. DHŌS Orange Non-alcoholic Liqueur
Pour chilled ingredients in glass and stir. Garnish with cranberries and rosemary sprig.
Hallmark Holiday Cosmopolitan
3 oz. Cranberry Juice
1 oz. Lime Juice
1 oz. Orange Soda
Club soda, to top
Garnish: sugared cranberries on skewer
Add all ingredients (except club soda) to cocktail shaker. Fill with ice and shake well. Strain over fresh ice into highball glass. Top with club soda. Garnish with three sugared cranberries on a skewer laid across the glass. Note: Wash and dry whole cranberries. Place on half sheet pan and coat with simple syrup. Sprinkle generously with sugar. Freeze until use.
1.5 oz. zero-proof Three Spirits Livener
.5 oz blackberry thyme simple syrup (recipe below)
2-3 dashes Dram Apothecary Palo Santo bitters
6 dashes Fee Brothers Aztec chocolate bitters
For the simple syrup, combine 1 quart sugar, 1 quart water, and a pint of blackberries. Bring to a boil and boil for five minutes. Turn off the heat and add a sprig of thyme. Cover and let ingredients steep for 30 minutes or until cooled. Strain.
For the cocktail, combine Three Spirits, bitters, and simple syrup* in a shaker filled with ice. Shake for a few seconds. Pour over a cube of ice, preferably, or a cup filled with ice. Garnish with blackberries and fresh thyme leaves.
1 bottle of Surely Non-Alcoholic Red Blend
1 cup Ritual Rum Alternative (optional)
1 tsp. crushed cardamom seeds
2 tsp. Cloves
0.5 tsp. grated ginger
2 tsp. grated orange zest
2 cinnamon sticks
0.5 cup whole almonds — blanched
0.5 cup seedless raisins
0.5 cup brown sugar
Combine the spices and zest in a satchel or folded cheesecloth that you can tie with string. Heat wine to a boil and then add the spice sack. Once the spice sack is added, reduce heat and simmer for 20 minutes. After 20 minutes, add in almonds (optional), sugar, and raisins; cook for an additional 5-10 minutes while stirring. Remove from heat, add rum alternative, and serve liquid hot in a mug, ladling almonds and raisins in each glass. Serve with a spoon.
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