By Erica McCarthy

Published on December 28, 2015

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2016 is quickly upon us (how?!) and we’re gearing up for an NYE to remember. If you’re hosting a party and know that not all of your friends are down to drink, we’ve scoured the interwebs for 10 ‘mocktails’ to please everyone. 

This mule recipe on your left can be found here.

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blood orange basil “gin” and tonic

With muddled basil and zingy blood orange sparkling soda, you’ll forget this ‘gin and tonic’ is free of… well, gin. 

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cranberry cutie

Tart clementines and tangy cranberries make for the perfect Spring-y mocktail in the dead of winter. Make sure to create the cranberry + clementine sugar rim to finish off the mouth watering taste of a tart ‘libation.’

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spiced hot chocolate

If you’re in cooler climates or simply craving a warm beverage to have in hand when the ball drops, opt for an elevated take on hot chocolate. Combine spicy cayenne, nutmeg, and chili powder with decadent cocoa for a warming and spicy treat. 

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ginger eggnog fizz

This drink features the best of both worlds: spicy ginger brew and creamy egg nog. If you’re craving a spiked libation, pour a dash of Bailey’s into your cup and sip the night away. 

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almond pear cocktail

A fruity cocktail that’s a true crowd pleaser. Flavorful pear juice and nutty almond extract are the makings of a sweet drink, perfect for sipping during games and appetizers.

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frozen mango margarita smoothies

Just because you’re pregnant/choosing not to drink/are too young to drink on NYE, doesn’t mean you have to miss out on festive drinks of the season. Tropical mango and creamy banana lend a summery flair to this frothy and refreshing option.

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mimosa

Nothing feels more festive than a fizzy drink in a Champagne flute. Mix fresh squeezed orange juice with sparkling grape or apple (and even a dash of grapefruit juice, if you fancy!).

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moscow mule mocktail

We’re firm believers ginger beer (not actual beer, y’all) makes every kind of drink better. Serve them up in chilled copper mugs for a drink that looks alcoholic, but isn’t.

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sangria

Sangria’s a summertime favorite of ours and with that comes copious amounts of wine. Not so fast though, this (non-alcoholic) version mixes an array of spices and water with tangy fruit for a no-guilt take on ‘drinking.’ 

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frozen cocoa shake

Channel vibes of Serendipity (the movie and the coffee shop) by serving up frozen hot cocoa. It’s easily made in the blender for a tasty after-dinner treat, or simply to serve with friends as you ring in 2016.