Holiday parties are the perfect excuse to celebrate your friends and family a little extra this season. Serve them all an unforgettable drink, like my Decadent Gingerbread Eggnog Mocktail! I make a delicious homemade Kahlua substitute to keep this drink alcohol-free, but feel free to add some hard stuff for those who drink!
Happy Holidays! Stuck on what drinks to serve at your upcoming holiday party? Eggnog is a classic, but perhaps this is the year to dial it up a notch! I love to serve a good mocktail at parties because it is always nice to be inclusive of those who don't drink. Plus, it is not uncommon to have a pregnant friend or family member attending your soiree!
This year, I'm making this decadent Decadent Gingerbread Eggnog Mocktail, flavored with cinnamon, nutmeg, ginger, and molasses. It tastes like you dipped gingerbread man in eggnog! Plus, I make a homemade alcohol-free Kahlua substitute for the mocktail, although you can use real Kahlua for the drinkers. Plus, if you're a lover of gingerbread flavor, then you'll love this Vegan Gingerbread Cake + Chai Buttercream, Soft + Chewy Gingerbread Oatmeal Cookies, Vegan Gingerbread latte, and Gingerbread Eggnog Mocktail!
Kahlua is a coffee-flavored liqueur that is found in many different cocktails. It is slightly sweet and very coffee-forward.
To make an alcohol-free Kahlua substitute, you will need coffee flavor, a sweetener, and water to thin it out. I like to use espresso powder because it is very strong in coffee flavor and provides a lot of background roasted notes to the Gingerbread Eggnog Mocktail.
I also like to use brown sugar as the sweetener in this substitute. Brown sugar contains molasses, which is a smoky and sweet sweetener that is commonly found in gingerbread. This adds more depth to the substitute.
Thin it out with some water and you are good to go!
OK, so if you're not a fan of using molasses, then I completely understand. While molasses usually plays the most important role for the beautiful brown color in anything Gingerbread, there are definitely other options!
For the Kahlua Substitute:
For the Mocktail:
To Make the Kahlua Substitute:
In a saucepan over medium-high heat, add in the water, espresso powder, and brown sugar, stirring together until the sugar has dissolved. Bring to a slight boil and remove from heat. Let cool completely.
To Make the Mocktails:
In a bowl, add the eggnog, Kahlua substitute mixture, molasses, ginger, cinnamon, and nutmeg, whisking everything together until combined.
NOTE: the mixture should look darker in color---but still a light brown.
Add crushed ice to glass(es), add gingerbread eggnog mixture until glasses are filled followed by whipped cream. For additional garnish, crush a few gingersnap cookies and top with whipped cream. Repeat for every serving.
Sip and Enjoy!
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