5 Delicious, Healthy Holiday Mocktail Recipes

Who says designated drivers can’t have fun? The following healthy holiday mocktail recipes will let you have the time of your life at holiday parties while remaining healthy and guilt free:\r\n

Lime Bubbly

\r\nMissing the bubbly sensation of New Year’s Eve champagne but not the resulting inebriation? The Lime Bubbly is a vitamin-rich cocktail that provides a delicious, tangy flavor.\r\n\r\nIngredients:\r\n

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  • 2 tablespoons of chilled limeade
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  • 1-2 tablespoons of lime juice
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  • 2 cups of orange sparkling seltzer
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  • Sugar, to taste
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  • Ice
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  1. Mix the limeade, lime juice, and seltzer in a pitcher.
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  3. Rub the lime wedge around the rim of each drinking glass and then dip each rim in the sugar.
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  5. Fill each glass with ice and pour in the pitcher’s contents.
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  7. Garnish the drinks with the lime wedges.
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Cranberry Citrus Punch

\r\nThe Cranberry Citrus Punch is high in antioxidants and vitamin C. This punch is highly acidic, giving it a delightful kick even if you decide not to add alcohol. Because it contains blood oranges, which are ripe during late fall and early winter, this drink is ideal for the holidays. During other seasons, you can replace the blood orange juice with grapefruit or pomegranate for a similar effect.\r\n\r\nIngredients:\r\n

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  • 2.5 cups of sparkling apple juice
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  • 3.5 ounces of cranberries
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  • 3.5 fluid ounces of cranberry juice
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  • The juice from 1 lime
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  • 2 cups of blood orange juice
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  • Mint sprigs
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  • Thin lime and orange wedges
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  1. Cover the cranberries with water in a medium container and freeze them.
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  3. Mix the lime, orange, and cranberry juices in a pitcher.
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  5. Break the frozen cranberries into small pieces and divide them between eight tumblers.
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  7. Pour the juice into the tumblers.
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  9. Garnish with mint sprigs and orange and lime wedges.
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Vanilla Cranberry Cider

\r\nIf you still have cranberries left over after the punch, you can use them for this clever twist on cider. The Vanilla Cranberry Cider is full of antioxidants, manganese, vitamin C, and dietary fiber, this drink will keep both your body and your taste buds happy.\r\n\r\nIngredients:\r\n

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  • 3 pears, finely chopped
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  • Half a gallon of apple cider
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  • 1 lemon, sliced
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  • 1 cup of cranberries
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  • Half a cup of sugar
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  • 1 inch of ginger, peeled and finely sliced
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  • 1 tablespoon of myrtle pepper
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  • 3 tablespoons of vanilla extract
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  1. Mix the ginger, sugar, and one of the chopped pears in a saucepan. Add a cup of water and place under a medium heat.
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  3. Once the mixture boils, strain the solids out and return the liquid to the saucepan.
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  5. Place the lemon, myrtle pepper, cider, and pears in the saucepan and stir repeatedly for 20 minutes.
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  7. Add the vanilla extract and cranberries.
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  9. Let the mixture simmer for 10 minutes and then serve.
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Cherry Spritz

\r\nAlthough one of the sweeter items on this list, the Cherry Spritz is nonetheless rich in vitamin C, vitamin A, potassium and dietary fiber. Its red and green color and fizzy, festive taste make it the perfect cocktail to serve on Christmas Eve.\r\n\r\nIngredients:\r\n

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  • 1 cup of fresh cherries, pitted (frozen cherries will also do if you thaw them)
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  • 3 tablespoons of sugar
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  • One fourth of a cup of lime juice
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  • One fourth of a cup of mint leaves
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  • 4 mint sprigs
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  • 4 cups of seltzer water (cherry seltzer is preferred but not required)
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  • Ice
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  1. Mash the cherries up together with the sugar and the mint leaves, using a wooden spoon or some other blunt utensil.
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  3. Add the lime juice to the mash and stir.
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  5. Divide the mash between 4 or 5 glasses.
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  7. Place the ice in each glass over the mash.
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  9. Fill each glass with seltzer.
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  11. Garnish each glass with the mint sprigs.
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Shrimpy Mary

\r\nThough few would think to combine a Bloody Mary with shrimp, the Shrimp Mary’s tomato- and lemon-based contents are little different than cocktail sauce. While the shrimp adds protein, the other ingredients add vitamin C, lycopene, and a wide range of other nutrients and antioxidants. While you can easily add vodka to this cocktail, it will be just as satisfying without alcohol.\r\n\r\nIngredients:\r\n

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  • 3 cups of tomato juice
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  • 4 shrimp, cooked
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  • 1-2 teaspoons of horseradish
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  • 2 teaspoons of hot sauce
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  • 1-2 teaspoons of Worcestershire
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  • 3-4 teaspoons of lemon juice
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  • Ice cubes
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  • Ground black pepper, to taste
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  1. Combine the horseradish, tomato juice, lemon juice, hot sauce, pepper, and Worcestershire in a large shaker and shake.
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  3. Fill two large tumblers up with ice.
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  5. Pour the contents of the shaker over the ice.
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  7. Place two shrimp on the edge of each tumbler.
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