Nice and easy -- and nonalcoholic
Holiday gatherings are a great time to treat your guests to fun and festive drinks. But don't leave the designated drivers or non-drinkers at your party sipping on ginger ale and juice all night. Spice up the non-alcoholic beverages you serve with some recipes created by Victor Miller, founder of the Bartending School of Ontario. Your guests won't be able to tell the mocktails from the alcoholic originals and they'll love these new concoctions.
Strawberry reindeer daiquiri
Miller says this tastes just like a strawberry daiquiri.
5 large frozen strawberries
5 ounces (150 mL) Tom Collins mix-a mixture of club soda, lemon juice and sugar
Dash grenadine syrup
Rim a martini glass with lemon and dip into sugar to coat. Mix ingredients in a blender and pour over crushed ice, garnish with strawberries lightly coated in powdered sugar and speared.
Frozen strawberry colada
This is Miller's alcohol-free version of the piña colada.
5 large frozen strawberries
2 tsp (10 mL) cream of coconut
Dash grenadine syrup dash
Pineapple juice to fill glass
Mix ingredients in a blender and pour into a tall glass over crushed ice. Garnish with a pineapple slice and a speared chocolate-dipped strawberry.
Beer and tomato juice or Xmas red eye
A great drink for those who prefer the taste of beer to sweet drinks.
5 ounces (150 mL) alcohol-free beer
3 ounces (90 mL) tomato juice
1 tsp ( 5 mL) lime cordial
Pour all ingredients into a beer stein, garnish with a lime wedge and sprinkle salt and pepper on top.
A fizzy drink, perfect for making toasts to friends and family.
5 ounces (150 mL) alcohol-free white wine
Pour wine over crushed ice in a large wine glass, top-up glass with soda water and then add a splash of cranberry juice. Garnish with a lemon twist.
Hot toddy or Snoopy's snoozer
Guaranteed to warm up your guests whether you're holding a toboggan party, a snowman-making contest or simply sitting around the fireplace.
5 ounces (150 mL) apple cider
4 ounces (120 mL) cranberry juice
2 tsp (10 mL) liquid honey
Combine all ingredients in a mug and microwave for 1–2 minutes. Pour heated beverage over a spoon into a brandy snifter. The spoon will absorb some of the heat. Add a cinnamon stick and a slice of lemon and sprinkle nutmeg on top.
You can substitute vanilla extract for the butterscotch extract in this drink but Millar says the butterscotch makes the drink taste like a café mocha with butterscotch schnapps. This makes a great after-dinner drink.
1/2 cup (125 mL) coffee
1/2 cup (125 mL) hot chocolate
4 drops ( 4 drops) butterscotch extract
Combine coffee and hot chocolate in a large brandy snifter or a mug. Add butterscotch extract. Top with whipped cream, chocolate shavings and speared cranberries lightly coated in powdered sugar.