Here’s How To Zero Proof Your Holiday Cocktails For A Mindful Drinking Experience

The two years have been — eventful, to say the least. During this time, the NA and mindful drinking movements, which were beginning to catch on heavily as people became more health-conscious, were seemingly stopped in their tracks. Cocktail making became a fun quarantine pastime and people were sipping more, both to show off their newly-acquired skills and also because #pandemiclife.

But, now things are shifting again as people want to get back to being better to their bodies. Approach the holiday season with a mindful drinking twist by mixing up inventive adult beverages sans alcohol that are equally appealing — and delectable — as boozy renditions. Check out these recipes that are just as delicious as their alcoholic counterparts.

Jingle Brew

An Insta-worthy, NA Irish Coffee (single serving)

  • ½ c. freshly brewed coffee
  • 2 tsp. vanilla extract
  • 1 tsp. cinnamon
  • 1 tsp. all spice
  • ¼ c. oat milk (or traditional whipping cream)
  • 1 T. agave or honey
  1. In a bell jar, combine all of the ingredients (except for the oat milk or cream). Stir (or shake with the lid on to combine).
  2. Warm the oat milk (or cream) in a small pan over low heat, being sure to continuously whisk it until a froth forms.
  3. Once a noticeable froth is present, pour coffee mixture into a fave coffee mug, adding the froth on top, plus an extra pinch of cinnamon for a photo finish.

*If craving a bit more complexity after the first few rounds, consider adding a ¼ cup of a nonalcoholic whiskey like Spiritless’s Kentucky 74 or Monday Zero Alcohol Whiskey. Shop DRIZLY here using code SZNCHANGING.

Cranberry Mimosa (6-8 servings)

Festive version of a classic.

  • ½ gallon orange juice 
  • 2 12 oz. bottle Topo Chico Sparkling Mineral Water or 50 cl bottle Pellegrino
  • ½ c. cane sugar
  • 1 ½ c. frozen cranberries
  • 1 c. water
  1. Simmer water, sugar and cranberries in a sauce pan. Stir frequently, being sure to keep the heat temp to low, for 10 to 15 minutes. Then remove from heat, allowing to cool completely. (*This quick syrup can also be prepared ahead of time and refrigerated until ready to use.)
  2. Once guests arrive, combine the orange juice and sparkling water in a large pitcher.
  3. Add a small amount of the cranberry syrup to the bottom each champagne flute before filling the rest of the glass with the OJ mixture.

*Can garnish with a spring of holly for extra dash of seasonal cheer!

Peppermint Chocolate Martini (1-2 servings)

Zero proof chocolate bliss in a glass.

  • 1 peppermint candy cane
  • 1 c. unsweetened almond milk (*Use whole milk or chocolate oat milk for a richer consistency)
  • 2 T. Vanilla Syrup (Torani or Monin)
  • 1 ½ T. non-dairy chocolate syrup or cocoa powder
  • 2-3 ice cubes
  • Combine milk, chocolate syrup (or powder), vanilla syrup and ice cubes in a martini shaker. Shake vigorously for 20-30 seconds.
  • Next using a mortar and pestle, crush candy cane until it is in small shards or dust-like. Dip rim of martini glass into water, then dip into candy cane granules.
  • Pour contents of the shaker into the prepared martini glass.

*Add a dash of the remaining candy cane pieces on top for additional flair.

Spiced Toddy (2-3 servings)

The NA night cap which never disappoints.

  • 2-3 Good Earth sweet and spicy tea bags
  • 3 c. water
  • 1 ½ tsp. cloves
  • 2 tsp. maple syrup or honey
  • 2 tsp. lemon juice (or to taste)
  • 2-3 lemon slice
  • 2 -3 cinnamon sticks
  1. Bring the water to a high simmer in an electric kettle or teapot on stovetop. Then add the teabags once removed from heat source.
  2. Equal disperse the maple syrup (or honey), cloves, cinnamon sticks and lemon juice into 2-3 mugs. 
  3. Add the tea to the mugs, stirring each until the maple syrup or honey is no longer distinguishable from the tea.

*Insert the lemon round for an extra burst of citrus—or as an edible adornment—if desired.

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