December 19, 2010 Ten Non Alcoholic Christmas Drink
Christmas is approaching fast. You’ve got all your gifts brought, your tree up and you’re starting to organize one of your famous (or maybe infamous) Christmas parties. We’ve provided 10 non-alcoholic drinks that will appeal to not just the designated driver but also someone looking for a tasty drink without the side effects of alcohol.
You’ve already got the liquor cabinet stocked and ready but you’re scrambling your brains about what to do for the friends of yours that won’t be drinking.
It’s always a great idea to serve a variety of different non-alcoholic drinks and it doesn’t need to be just soft drinks, coffee or tea. Below are 10 non-alcoholic drinks that will appeal to not just the designated driver but also someone looking for a tasty drink without the side effects of alcohol.
Mock Champagne Punch:
1 Litre chilled sparkling mineral water
1 litre chilled ginger ale
3 cups chilled white grape juice
In a large glass jug or carafe, combine sparkling water, ginger ale and grape juice. Serve immediately in champagne flutes.
1 litre pineapple juice
1 litre apricot or mango juice
175ml Lime Juice Cordial
2 Litres sparkling lemonade
In a punchbowl, combine the pineapple juice with apricot or mango juice and lime cordial. Add the chilled sparkling lemonade and serve.
75ml pressed pineapple juice
25ml pressed pink grapefruit juice
25ml coconut cream
Dash single cream
1 tsp grenadine
Put all ingredients into a blender and blend together with crushed ice. Serve in large wine goblets.
Alternatively instead of using pink grapefruit juice, you can use apple juice.
Splenda or Sugar
¼ cup sparkling cider
¼ cup fresh orange juice
½ lemon (juice only)
1 lemon zest
Pour the sugar into a saucer. Wet the rim a champagne glass and press glass upside down into the sugar, therefore frosting the rim. Pour the cider, orange juice and lemon juice into the glass. Garnish with lemon zest.
Christmas Smoothie (will serve 2)
10 chopped strawberries
1 large banana (chopped into 4)
1/4 honeydew melon
3-4 mint leaves (optional)
Place strawberries, raspberries, yoghurt, milk, syrup and ice in a blender. Blend until smooth and frothy. Pour into glasses and serve.
Non- alcoholic Christmas buttered rum (12-24 servings)
1 cup of butter, softened
½ cup brown sugar
½ sifting powdered sugar
1 teaspoon ground nutmeg
1 teaspoon cinnamon
1 pt Vanilla ice cream, softened
1 teaspoon rum flavoring
Cream together the butter, sugars, nutmeg, cinnamon and rum flavoring with an electric mixer. Blend in the vanilla ice-cream. Turn into a freezer container, seal and freeze it.
When ready to serve, spoon 2-4 tablespoons of mixture into a mug. Add ½ cup of boiling water. Stir well and garnish with a cinnamon stick.
Eggnog (serves 12)
4 cups of milk
¼ cup of Sugar
1 Teaspoon Vanilla
Whisk the eggs and sugar together in a saucepan. Using 2 cups of milk, heat the ingredients over a low heat until it reaches 160 degrees. (To check the mixture is at correct heat, test with a metal spoon. If the mixture evenly coats the back of the spoon, it has reached this point).
Remove from heat then add the remaining milk and vanilla. Whisk all ingredients together again and refrigerate for four hours. Serve chilled and garnish with cinnamon or nutmeg.
1 tablespoons of white peach puree
1 bottle of sparkling juice/non-alcoholic champagne
Place 1 tablespoon of white peach puree into the bottom of a Champagne glass. Fill the glass with sparkling juice or non-alcoholic champagne. Serve Chilled.
4 cups of Cranberry Juice
1 ½ cups of granulated sugar
4 cups of pineapple juice
1 tablespoon almond extract
4 cups of ginger ale or ginger beer
Combine the cranberry juice, sugar, pineapple juice and almost extract and mix with a whisk until the sugar is completely dissolved. Chill in the fridge for an hour.
Add the ginger ale or ginger beer just before serving the drink.
8 cups of apple cider
2 whole oranges
2 whole lemons
1 tablespoon ground cloves
1 tablespoon ground allspice
2 whole cinnamon sticks
4 cups of water
1 cup granulated sugar
Bring water to a boil. Slice the lemons and oranges in half, squeeze the juice into a separate bowl and toss the remainders of the citrus into the boiling water.
Add cloves, allspice and cinnamons to the water and leave to simmer on low for an hour.
Remove the citrus rind and pulp, add apple cider and bring to a slow boil. Remove from the heat and add orange juice, lemon juice and sugar. Simmer for 10 minutes.
Keep the Wassail warm by leaving on a low simmer. Be sure to stir often to avoid it burning.
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