Thanksgiving is just one week away! Across the country dinner ingredients are being gathered, plans finalized, and plane tickets purchased. Rather you look on the coming holidays with excitement or resignation, being prepared will help you stay firmly on your path of sobriety.
One step you can take in preparation in taking over the drink menu! Staying away from triggers like open access to alcohol will make your holidays past smoothly and with your sobriety intact. You don’t have to force yourself to suffer through urges just so your friends and family members can drink; they should respect your new sober life enough to forgo alcohol for a night. Besides, sober Thanksgiving doesn’t mean it can’t be fun and festive!
Keep your loved ones in a cheery holiday mood with these 5 easy, non-alcoholic holiday drinks!
Double-Chocolate Hot Chocolate
What’s more festive than hot chocolate? Serving up this super chocolatey delight will set the right mood for warmth and comfort. While the initial recipe calls for whiskey, it’s entirely optional and going without it does not take away from the flavor.
All you need for this drink is bittersweet chocolate, milk chocolate, boiling water, whole milk, heavy cream, and marshmallows. Click here for the recipe.
Non-alcoholic Spiced Hot Cider
Just as with the hot chocolate, traditional spiced hot cider calls for a bit of alcohol- but the nonalcoholic version is even better! Cinnamon is such a calming scent and the warmth of hot apple cider sooths the soul.
To make your own spiced hot cider, gather apples, sugar, cinnamon, allspice, and follow this simple recipe!
Cranberry Pomegranate Bellinis with Lime
When you think of Thanksgiving, one of the first foods that comes to mind is cranberries. Carry that tart deliciousness into the drink menu and pair it with pomegranate and lime for a drink to savor. This one is perfect compliment to any dinner menu.
Here’s what you’ll need: unsweetened 100% cranberry juice, unsweetened 100% pomegranate, sugar, simple syrup, seltzer, fresh-squeezed lime juice, and lime and cranberries for garnishing. Check out the recipe here.
Candy Cane Sparkler
This one may not be my cup of tea (or, sparkling water as it were), candy canes and mintiness are cornerstones of this holiday season. This is perfect for really getting into the spirit of the season and gearing up for the winter festivities. It’s nice and light and fairly easy to make.
For this drink, gather 100% pomegranate juice, sugar, sparkling water (lime, orange, or cran-raspberry are suggested flavors), candy canes, and ice. See the recipe here.
Eggnog! It’s a holiday season classic, so of course we can’t complete this list without a non-alcoholic version. This recipe is a crowd pleaser for sure; your loved ones won’t miss alcohol one bit.
Bring the cheer to your holiday celebrations with this eggnog recipe; all you need is milk, cloves, ground cinnamon, sweetened condensed milk, egg yolks, sugar, heavy whipping cream, ground nutmeg, and vanilla. Learn to make it with this recipe.