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Colleen Graham

5 Non-Alcoholic Drinks for New Year's Eve

By December 26, 2012

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We have the Champagne and the non-sparkling drinks down. Next up is the all important mocktail choices for your New Year's Eve party. By adding a few non-alcoholic options to your drink menu you can ensure that non-drinkers and designated drivers have as great of a time as everyone else.

  1. The Great Gazoo - We will start this list off with my new favorite mocktail and recent winner of our recipe contest. It is an exquisite drink by Jan Van Ongevalle comprised of kiwi, lime, apple, egg, bitters, and this amazing star anise/cinnamon/Sarawak pepper syrup.
  2. Cran Dandy Shandy - This is one of the mocktails that I rely on and it makes an appearance at almost every party I host because it is unbelievably simple, yet so filled with flavor. All you need is fresh lemonade, white cranberry juice, and spicy ginger beer.
  3. Apricot Gingerini - Natalie Bovis' mocktails are inspirational and this one remains one of my favorites. In it she mixes white grape juice with apricot nectar, ginger syrup, and a touch of clove. It is a dynamic drink that everyone can enjoy.
  4. Sparkling Peach Sunrise - In true sunrise fashion, grenadine floats from the bottom of this glass to gently sweeten the juice. However, I have skipped the orange juice and opted for peach and added lemon-lime soda to add a little sparkle. It's a pleasant twist on an old favorite and the soda makes it lighter and more refreshing.
  5. Down East Delight - This drink gets five stars from readers for a reason: it's really good. The simplistic fruit mix of cranberry, grapefruit, and orange juices seems rather dull, but when you add either orgeat syrup or honey (or caramel as one reader did) the drink is one a whole new level of greatness.

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