Dry January Can Continue All Year Long
- by LaShayla Simpson
Everyone has that friend or family member that gets teased because they don’t drink. These guests typically get left with soda, juice, or syrupy sweet punch while everyone else gets the cutely named holiday drinks or the drinks that are ordered neat or on the rocks. Why not have something different this year for guests who want pizazz without the alcohol?
Here comes The Moxx Box to the rescue! We’ve gathered 5 delicious mocktail recipes for your holiday get togethers. These recipes range from sweet, to spicy, to warm and fuzzy, ensuring there’s something available for even the most distinguished palettes. Each recipe invokes the spirit of the holidays without actually using…well…spirits. Instead of alcohol, the colors and flavors will do the work of making your guests feel festive.
Here’s your chance to deliver a special treat to the group that is sometimes left out. Put on your mixologist hat, and let’s go!
#1 The Magic Apple
This drink recipe is courtesy of Ritual, a whiskey alternative that boasts the same bold taste as the alcoholic version. The use of apple and cinnamon flavors in this drink are sure to remind the tongue of homemade desserts and the warmth of loved ones.
2 oz Ritual whiskey alternative
2 oz apple cider or apple juice
2 dashes bitters
Combine the first three ingredients in a tall glass with ice. Stir until cold. Pour over fresh ice, garnish with cinnamon stick and apple slice and serve.
#2 Shirley Ginger
Here’s a twist on a classic you might have ordered as a kid courtesy of Brooklyn Crafted Lemon Lime Ginger Beer. Remember the Shirley Temple? It was (clears throat) a certain generation's way of feeling like they were ordering something fancy when eating out. Well, here’s a grown up version that gives cocktail vibes with the addition of lemon, lime, and spicy ginger.
4 cups Brooklyn Crafted Lemon Lime Ginger Beer
1 cup club soda
3 tbsp lime juice
¼ cup grenadine
Maraschino cherries (Optional)
Stir ginger beer, club soda, lime juice, and grenadine in a pitcher. Pour into tall glasses with ice. Garnish with lime rounds and/or maraschino cherries.
#3 Berry Burlesque
This deeply rich red mocktail has flavor galore, and maybe those mint leaves can double as mistletoe. Okay, that might be a stretch, but this mocktail can certainly get you in the mood for a kiss of sweetness.
.5 oz lime juice
.5 oz honey syrup
1 oz black currant purée
4-6 mint leaves
Q Ginger Beer (or ginger beer of your choice)
Combine and shake all ingredients except ginger beer in shaker tin with ice. Strain over fresh ice. Top with ginger beer.
By Daniel Marohnic, property mixologist at ARIA Resort & Casino in Las Vegas. Photo courtesy of ARIA BARDOT
Here’s two warm mocktails that will surely get your guests talking…
#4 Hot Apple Cider
Spiked apple cider is usually a crowd pleaser. In this non-alcoholic version, tastebuds will be fooled with a warm butter-infused mocktail.
10 oz apple cider
1 tsp pumpkin butter
Heat apple cider and stir in pumpkin butter. Garnish with star anise and cinnamon.
Created by Liana Oster of Dante in NYC.
#5 Lyre’s Dublin Double Irish Coffee
If you have guests that are coffee connoisseurs or simply enjoy having a coffee after a meal, this is the drink for them. This recipe, courtesy of Lyre’s non-alcoholic malt beverage, is smooth with depth, leaving your guests feeling like they have truly been served.
2.5 oz Lyre’s American Malt
4 oz hot brewed coffee
.25 oz premium maple syrup
3 oz whipped cream
Combine maple syrup, American Malt, and a splash of hot coffee in an Irish Coffee mug. Stir to dissolve maple and add the remaining ingredients. Top with whipped cream. Serve with grated orange zest garnish.
Order Your MoxxBoxx Today!
There are many places you can find recipes to fit your tastes; however, nothing makes mixing your mocktails easier than The MoxxBoxx. Our special holiday offering is the Very Berry Hibiscus Tea Holiday Box in which you will receive all the ingredients to make four servings of this delightfully daring drink. Plus, we’ll include a pre-mixed bottle of our one-of-a-kind hibiscus tea with a secret ingredient that will knock your holiday stockings off. Visit our website to place your order and view other upcoming boxes.
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