For many people, Thanksgiving dinner includes alcohol as part of the meal. This could be anything from a glass of wine to a few beers enjoyed during the football game after dinner. Regardless, for someone who has gotten a DUI in the past or who is simply trying to avoid getting one period, it might not be wise to drink on Thanksgiving.
People also often have to travel to multiple locations during their Thanksgiving holiday, so it’s better to enjoy a sober Thanksgiving meal. Below are a few non-alcoholic cocktails, also known as mocktails, that are perfect for sharing and enjoying on Thanksgiving day.
- Cranberry juice- 2 cups
- Pineapple juice- 1 cup
- Orange juice- 1 cup
- Maraschino cherries- 4 ounces
- Lemon juice- 2 tablespoons
- Ginger ale- 1 can
- Round slices of 1 orange
Combine cranberry juice, pineapple juice, orange juice, cherry juice and lemon juice. Include ginger ale just before serving. Shake it well. Serve over ice. Embellish with cherry and slices of orange.
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New England Buck
- 4 oz. apple cider
- 1 oz. sage and juniper syrup (see below)
- 1 oz. fresh lemon juice
- 2 dashes Regans’ orange bitters
- Ginger beer
- Ice cubes
Combine all ingredients with ice except the ginger beer and shake briefly to mix ingredients. Strain into an ice-filled glass and top with ginger beer. Stir and serve.
Sage and Juniper Syrup
- 1 cup sugar
- 1 cup water
- 5 fresh sage leaves
- 10 juniper berries (dried ones are available at many gourmet groceries)
Heat ingredients in a saucepan until sugar dissolves. Remove from heat and let sit 10 minutes, then strain into a clean glass container.
Source: Imbibe Magazine
- 2 ounces cranberry juice, such as R. W. Knudsen Just Cranberry
- 2 ounces Ginger Syrup
- Crushed ice
- 3 ounces nonalcoholic sparkling apple cider
Combine the cranberry juice and ginger syrup in a rocks glass. Add crushed ice and stir. Top with cider and serve.
Fennel Apple Spritzer
- 1 ½ tbsp. fennel seeds
- 1 cup granulated sugar
- 1 cup water
- 2 oz. (¼ cup) unfiltered apple juice
- 1 tbsp. fresh lemon juice
- 10 oz. (1¼ cup) seltzer or sparkling water
- Apple slices and fennel fronds, for garnish (optional)
Make the fennel syrup: Coarsely grind fennel seeds in a spice grinder. Add seeds, sugar and water to a small saucepan set over medium heat. Bring mixture to a boil and cook, stirring occasionally, until mixture begins to thicken, about 5 minutes. Remove from heat, cover and let stand for 20 minutes. Pour the fennel syrup through a fine strainer and let cool until room temperature. Syrup will keep, airtight, in the refrigerator for up to 1 month.
Make the spritzer: Stir together 2 tbsp. fennel syrup, apple juice, and lemon juice in an ice-filled glass. Top with seltzer, and garnish with apple slices and fennel fronds, if desired.
There you have it! These delicious mocktails are great to share for Thanksgiving and other holidays!