This recipe for the Ultimate Holiday Mocktail is perfectly sweet and spiced, thanks to fresh orange, cinnamon, and rosemary. The perfect festive drink for your Christmas or New Year's party.
I always like to serve a homemade mocktail when I'm entertaining. Even if I go to a holiday party at someone else's house, I often bring my own. It's a great way to ensure that I feel included in the festivities without having to drink alcohol. And usually, others want to try what I'm sipping on!
Here's what you need to make this beautiful drink:
Blood orange juice. Use freshly squeezed orange juice for the best flavor and beautiful color. If you can't find blood orange, another orange variety will work.
Orange juice. I love Cara Cara oranges!
Grapefruit. This adds a nice tart and astringing flavor to the drink.
Lemon. Again, freshly squeezed is best!
Agave. This is a vegan liquid sweetener that blends easily into your mocktail.
Cinnamon for a hint of spice.
Fizzy drink. Feel free to use your favorite! I like ginger beer or seltzer water.
Health Benefits of Citrus Juice
You'll notice that this mocktail recipe features four different kinds of citrus juice. And there's a reason for that! Not only does the combination taste great, but it's also good for you.
Citrus juices are full of vitamin C, which is essential for a healthy immune system. Especially this time of year, it's important to get plenty of vitamin C to stay healthy and ward off colds. So drink up!
I love filling my mocktail glasses with plenty of fresh fruit and herbs. It adds so much to the experience and tastes great too!
Try garnishing these citrus mocktails with:
Citrus segments (try more orange, blood orange, and grapefruit)
Fresh rosemary. Thyme would also work well
Big-Batch Holiday Mocktails
If you're serving a crowd, it's easy to scale this recipe up! As written, it makes enough to serve four. But you can increase the citrus, sweetener and fizzy topper and store the drink in a pitcher to serve for a party.
I recommend adding the fizzy topper to each glass just before serving so it doesn't go flat.
In a pitcher, put together the blood orange juice, orange juice, grapefruit juice, lemon juice, Agave, and cinnamon, stirring everything together until combined.
Assemble the mocktails: For each drink, fill an 8-ounce glass halfway with crushed ice. Add ½ cup of the mocktail mixture and garnish with sliced fruit and a rosemary sprig. Top with ginger beer or some kind of frizzy drink until the glass is filled.
Sip and Enjoy!
Tips & Tricks
SWEETENER: Instead of Agave, you can substitute with pure maple syrup.