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Gingerbread Eggnog Mocktail

The perfect holiday drink is my Gingerbread Eggnog Mocktail, made with homemade alcohol-free coffee liqueur!

Gingerbread Eggnog Mocktail

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 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!

Gingerbread Eggnog Mocktail

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 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.

Making a Kahlua Substitute

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!

Gingerbread Eggnog Mocktail

Ingredients in Gingerbread Eggnog Mocktails

For the Kahlua Substitute:

  • 1 teaspoon espresso powder
  • 1 tablespoon organic brown sugar
  • ¼ cup water

For the Mocktail:

  • 2 cups high-quality eggnog 
  • 2 tablespoons molasses
  • 1 teaspoon ground ginger
  • ½ teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • ½ teaspoon ground nutmeg

How to Make Gingerbread Eggnog Mocktails

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.

To Serve:

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!

Gingerbread Eggnog Mocktail

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The perfect holiday drink is my Gingerbread Eggnog Mocktail, made with homemade alcohol-free coffee liqueur!
Prep Time: 5 mins
Cook Time: 10 mins
Total Time: 15 mins
Serves: 2 servings

Ingredients

KAHLUA SUBSTITUTE:

  • 1 teaspoon espresso powder
  • 1 tablespoon organic brown sugar
  • ¼ cup water

MOCKTAIL:

  • 2 cups high quality eggnog 
  • 2 Tbsps molasses
  • 1 teaspoon ground ginger
  • ½ teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • ½ teaspoon ground nutmeg

TOPPING:

  • Crushed Ice
  • Whipped cream
  • Gingersnap cookies, crumbled

Instructions

TO MAKE THE KAHLUA SUBSTITUTE:

  • In a saucepan over medium-high heat, add in the water, espresso powder, and brown sugar, stirring together until 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.
  • TO SERVE: 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 at atop whipped cream. Repeat for every serving. 
  • Sip and Enjoy!

Tips & Tricks

  • SWEETENER: For additional sweetening, you can add 1-2 Tbsps of either sweetener: Agave, pure maple syrup, or honey.
  • MOLASSES: If using regular molasses, you can use the recommended amount as listed in the recipe. If using Blackstrap Molasses, simply use 1 less tablespoon than the amount listed to ensure that the batter isn’t too bitter.
  • KAHLUA: Kahlúa is used to make cocktails or drinks neat. Some people use it when baking desserts, and/or as a topping for ice cream, cakes, and cheesecakes. It is mixed in several ways, often with different combinations of milk, cream, coffee and cocoa. Because Kahlúa is made from coffee beans, it contains caffeine.

Nutrition

Calories: 313kcal | Carbohydrates: 43g | Protein: 12g | Fat: 11g | Saturated Fat: 7g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 1g | Monounsaturated Fat: 3g | Cholesterol: 150mg | Sodium: 148mg | Potassium: 754mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 41g | Vitamin A: 526IU | Vitamin C: 4mg | Calcium: 385mg | Iron: 2mg

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