The holiday season is in full swing, which also means we are nearing the end of the year. While many of us are in the process of tying up loose ends and outlining plans for the year to come, we are also making plans to ring in the New Year in an exciting way. The best part is, that you don’t have to let the kids miss out on the festivities this year.
With an easy mocktail recipe, the kids can be part of the festive fun too! And we’ve got you covered with a few delicious mocktails to celebrate the festive season that are kid-friendly and require simple ingredients.
You can whip up each delicious drink in reusable plastic champagne flutes or a plastic cocktail “glass”. Or, as I’ve done in the past, simply use plastic dessert cups. This is also a good option.
Alright, I know you’re ready for those fun mocktail recipes already. So let’s get to it!
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Cotton Candy Fizz / Unicorn-tini
- 1 cup of sparkling water or club soda (if you prefer to avoid sugary sodas), or Faygo Cotton Candy Soda
- 1/4 cup cotton candy syrup
- 1 scoop vanilla ice cream
- Pink, blue, or purple cotton candy for garnish
- In a glass, mix the sparkling water and cotton candy syrup.
- Add a scoop of vanilla ice cream and stir gently.
- Garnish with a small piece of cotton candy.
Festive Tip: Add edible glitter or sprinkles to the rim of the glass for the perfect party drink. Younger children really love this one.
- 2 Scoops of Mint Chocolate Chip Ice Cream
- 1 Cup of Milk
- 2 Tablespoons of Hot Fudge Sauce
- Fresh Mint leaves for garnish
- Chocolate Sprinkles
- Blend the mint chocolate chip ice cream and milk together until smooth.
- Warm the hot fudge sauce in a microwave-safe bowl for about 30 seconds.
- Rim the glass with the warmed hot fudge sauce and dip in chocolate sprinkles.
- Pour the blended mixture into the glass.
- Garnish with a sprig of fresh mint.
Festive Tip: Add a festive New Year’s Eve straw and serve on a silver platter for a classy touch.
- 1 cup Sierra Mist, 7Up, Sprite, or Sparkling Water
- Maraschino Cherries (use the syrup from cherries to mix in drink)
- Pour the soda into a glass.
- Add in a tablespoon of maraschino cherry syrup.
- Stir gently to mix.
- Garnish with maraschino cherries.
Festive Tip: Add a colorful cocktail umbrella and a fun straw for a festive New Year’s Eve vibe.
Tropical Sparkling Punch
- 1 cup pineapple juice
- 1 cup orange juice
- 1 cup cranberry juice
- 2 cups lemon-lime soda
- Slices of fresh fruits (e.g., orange slices, strawberries, grapes)
- Mix all the juices together in a punch bowl.
- Add the lemon-lime soda.
- Garnish with fresh fruit slices.
- Serve chilled.
Festive Tip: Add colorful ice cubes made from fruit juice for an extra special treat.
Raspberry Lemonade Spritzer
- 1 cup raspberry lemonade
- 1/2 cup sparkling water
- Fresh raspberries and lemon slices for garnish
- In a cup, combine raspberry lemonade and sparkling water. Stir well.
- Garnish with fresh raspberries and lemon slices.
Festive Tip: Rim the glass with colored sugar to create festive mocktails.
Blueberry Lime Spritz
- 1 cup blueberry juice
- 1/4 cup lime juice
- 1/2 cup sparkling water
- Fresh blueberries and lime slices for garnish
- In a cup, combine blueberry juice, lime juice, and sparkling water. Stir well.
- Garnish with fresh blueberries and lime slices.
Festive Tip: Freeze blueberries in ice cubes and add them to these fun mocktails for a pop of color.
- 1 Can of Jones Green Apple Soda
- Sour Gummy Worms
- Pour the Jones Green Apple Soda into a glass.
- Add in sour gummy worms.
Festive Tip: Serve this simple recipe in a fun glass and add a glow stick for a bright, festive touch.
You can mix together these ingredients in any way you please to create delicious non-alcoholic drinks. Get creative, and have some fun. The kiddos will be so excited to be party of the New Year’s Eve celebration this year. These tasty easy Mocktails are a fun drink that the whole family will enjoy. It’s the perfect way to ring in the New Year!
You can also use these same kids mocktails for birthday parties, sleepovers, and other special occasions with the kids. (They’re great for a baby shower too).
What are some of your favorite mocktail recipes for the holidays? Feel free to share in the comments!