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10 Mocktail Drinks Perfect to Serve to Celebrate the 2021 Holidays

healthy, easy and convenient mocktail drinks perfect to serve to celebrate the 2021 holidays.

From Dry January to Sober October, this has been the Year of the Mocktail. For lots of reasons, lots of people are opting for refreshing and celebratory non-alcoholic beverages in lieu of wine, champagne and spirits right now. If you’re among them, or if you’re hosting a holiday party or family gathering where a range of drinks is necessary, you’re in luck. The number of canned and bottled non-alcoholic premade cocktails and mocktail recipes is exponentially higher than in pre-COVID days. Our correspondent Julie Chang Murphy has curated a list of 10 healthy, easy and convenient mocktail drinks perfect to serve to celebrate the 2021 holidays.

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About half of U.S. adults (and two-thirds of those ages 21 to 34) say they’re trying to drink less, according to our friends at the market-research firm Nielsen. But, are they having fun?

healthy, easy and convenient mocktail drinks perfect to serve to celebrate the 2021 holidays.

Healthy, easy and convenient non-alcoholic mocktail drinks perfect to serve to celebrate the 2021 holidays.

Yes! And feeling good the next day too. Though non-alcoholic beverage options used to be limited to O’Douls or a syrupy sweet soda and juice combo, there are now so many compelling options for a booze-free night.

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The best non-alcoholic drinks feel special and sophisticated. Using botanicals, adaptogens and inventive recipes, these beverages never feel like a bad substitute — but have a style and bold flavor that stand on their own. As someone who lacks the enzyme to break down alcohol and flushes a very unattractive bruised red color when drinking, I’ve been waiting for this day FOREVER.

Healthy, easy and convenient non-alcoholic mocktail drinks perfect to serve to celebrate the 2021 holidays.

If you’re hosting parties this holiday season, check out these non-alcoholic options to serve guests who may also have this strange but true allergy. And, if not, designated drivers, wellness gurus, and sober folks alike will all appreciate the thoughtfulness…and yumminess. To further elevate the experience, specially shaped ice cubes and a bit of garnish — a sprig of mint, a citrus peel, go a long way!

10 easy and healthy mocktail drinks for the holiday 2021 season

1. Curious Elixirs “#1”

We begin our list of easy mocktail drinks for 2021 holiday parties with delicious and dare we say healthy option. Each flavor on Curious Elixir’s menu is a collaboration between world-class bartenders, herbalists, and food scientists. For an alcohol-free buzz, they channel the mysterious and aphrodisiac properties of plants to increase serotonin and dopamine. Cocktail No.1 is inspired by a classic Negroni and uses a citrus-pomegranate juice blended with gentian root and rhodiola extracts.

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2. Seedlip “Garden”

This gorgeous Apple Highball was created from London-based distillery, Seedlip. The award-winning brand uses a bespoke, six-week maceration, distillation, filtration, and blending process – where each individual botanical ingredient is distilled separately, before blending. This process results in a liquid devoid of alcohol and sugar. Garden is a fresh, herbal blend of peas & traditional garden herbs including rosemary, thyme and spearmint. Just add apple juice, soda water, lemon juice and maple syrup and you’ve got yourself an upscale cocktail.

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3. For Bitter For Worse“Eva’s Spritz”

The husband and wife team behind For Bitter For Worse believe a well-stocked bar includes alcohol-free cocktails. Their three-step patented process starts with macerating a proprietary blend of herbs and botanicals in neutral alcohol and water. The alcohol is then extracted to create a “spirit base.” Finally, it’s all mixed with special flavors to create a signature drink. Eva’s Spritz is a bright and refreshing blend of rhubarb and 12 botanicals (including hibiscus, monk fruit and roasted dandelion root) based on a classic Italian Aperitivo.

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4. Pentire “Adrift “

Pentire’s botanical non-alcoholic spirits are perfect as a gin and tonic alternative. There are two distinct flavor profiles: Adrift (herbaceous) and Seaward (zesty). Both were created after extensive research and collaboration with local botanists, distillers and mixologists on the Cornish coast. Celebrity chef Gordon Ramsay even called it the “most delicious non-alcoholic drink.”

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5. Three Spirit “Night Cap”

The founders of Three Spirit point to plants used for centuries in ceremonies and potions to stimulate the palate, mind and body. In Night Cap, complex notes of wood, bright spices and citrusy herbs combine for a soothing elixir to unwind at the end of the day. Aside from a naturally mellowing lemon balm, valerian and hops, adaptogens like ashwagandha and white willow bark are added to combat frazzled minds and exhausted bodies.

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6. Ghia “Apéritif”

Inspired by Mediterranean apéritivo culture, Ghia is a collection of social tonics that have “all of the spirit, none of the booze.” This bottle is packed with pure, natural extracts in a sweet and sparkling base of white grape and yuzu juice. Be sure to check out their site for inventive, party-ready cocktail recipes. And if you really want to go for it, put in a little prep in advance and follow their garnishes — edible flowers, pineapple leaves, and shredded coconut to really impress.

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7. Starla “Sparkling Rosé”

The Starla team sources grapes from farms all over California for their fun and festive non-alcoholic wines. The fermenting process is the same process one would use to make any other wine. After fermentation, they remove the alcohol using a cone technology — as opposed to removing alcohol via heat, which helps maintain the same flavor, body and mouthfeel as a traditional wine. This sparkling rosé has dry and bright botanicals of strawberry blossom, citrus, and lychee.

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8. Thomson & Scott “Noughty Sparkling Chardonnay”

Noughty is an alcohol-free and low sugar sparkling sourced from 100% Organic Chardonnay grapes from Spain. As a B Corp certified company, sustainability is emphasized from the moment the grapes leave the vineyards — making sure every step is as environmentally conscious as possible. But it’s the taste that makes this bottle a cult-favorite. Reviewers love its crisp and dry palate that is not too sweet and tastes just like the real thing.

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9. Proteau “Ludlow Red”

Created by award-winning mixologist, author and worker-rights advocate, John deBary, Proteau makes non-alcoholic spirits that are ready to drink, right from the bottle—no mixing required. The Ludlow Red is meant to accompany a savory meal with its balanced profile of bitter, floral, and fruit. The makers combine notes of blackberry, black pepper and dandelion with licorice, chrysanthemum and fig vinegar. And the bottle is gorgeous enough to gift with no further wrapping required.

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10. Gnista “Barreled Oak”

Closing our list of easy mocktail drinks for 2021 holiday parties is a deliciously warming beverage that anyone can imbibe. With ancient spirit making techniques, modern gastronomy and state-of-the-art technology, Gnista is making fine non-alcoholic spirits so you can “party like there’s a tomorrow.” Barreled Oak is akin to a smoky bourbon. It’s made to be sipped on the rocks or mixed with premium soda water or tonic. Gnista has a full body mouthfeel with notes of warm spices and chocolate rye. Batched by hand in Sweden, this is a truly distinct drink made to warm up the mood.

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the best mocktail drinks of holiday 2021

There you have it — 10 easy, delicious, healthy and sophisticated non-alcoholic drinks to say Cheers! with during the year end holidays. And into the new year ahead. Enjoy the holiday, dear reader.

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Crediting her training as a cultural anthropologist at Wellesley College, Julie has immersed herself in various industries in the last 15 years including fashion design, event planning, and fitness. Julie lives in New York where she loves trying every ramen and dumpling restaurant with her husband and three children. She finds joy in bold prints, biographies of fierce women, kickboxing. And spending way too long finding the perfect polish color to express her mood.

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