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Grapefruit Margarita Lemongrass Cooler Thyme Clementini Rosemary-Grapefruit Sparkle Cucumber Mint Infusion Ginger Green Tea-Ni Fennel-Ginger Digestif Elderberry Fizz Sober Russian

Grapefruit Margarita

For a classic presentation, salt the edge of your glasses by running a lime wedge around the rim and rolling it in kosher salt.

festive grapefruit margarita

Makes 2 drinks | Serving glass Margarita

  • 1 1/2 cups fresh pink-grapefruit juice
  • 1/4 cup fresh lime juice
  • 1 1/2 cups ice
  • 1/4 cup Meyer lemon syrup or lime syrup
  • 2 grapefruit wedges for garnish
  1. Put all the ingredients in a blender and blend until the ice is crushed.
  2. Pour into glasses and garnish with a grapefruit wedge.

Optional spirit: Tequila or Cointreau

Lemongrass Cooler

Lovely on its own, this drink can also be used to flavor other cocktails, sparkling juices, or even wine.

a glass of lemongrass cooler

Makes 4 drinks

  • 1 stalk lemongrass, coarsely chopped (plus 1 stalk, cut lengthwise into quarters, for garnish)
  • 1 tbs. honey
  • 1 cup water
  • 4 cups sparkling water, chilled
  1. Blend the chopped lemongrass, honey, and water in a blender until smooth.
  2. Strain through a fine sieve.
  3. Add the sparkling water, divide among four glasses over ice, and garnish with the reserved lemongrass.

Optional spirit: Gin or vodka

Thyme Clementini

This sweet and herby beverage supports your immune system with the antibacterial and antimicrobial properties of fresh thyme and vitamin C from juiced clementines.

thyme clementini - festive holiday mocktail

Makes 2 servings | Prep time 20 minutes, plus time to chill

  • 1/4 cup coarsely chopped fresh thyme leaves, loosely packed
  • 1/2 cup boiling water
  • 1/8 tsp. cayenne pepper (optional)
  • 3 clementines, juiced, seeds removed
  • 2 clementine-peel curls, for garnish
  • 2 sprigs fresh thyme, for garnish
  1. In a small bowl, pour boiling water over the thyme and cayenne (if using) and steep for 15 to 20 minutes.
  2. Strain and discard the solids, then chill the tea.
  3. Meanwhile, juice the clementines.
  4. When the thyme tea is chilled, mix with the clementine juice and pour into chilled martini glasses.
  5. Garnish glasses with clementine peels and thyme sprigs.

Optional spirit: This tastes great with a splash of vodka.

Rosemary-Grapefruit Sparkle

Pink grapefruit’s vibrant color and flavor make this simple drink particularly cheery, while heart-healthy rosemary adds an herbal quality.

rosemary and grapefruit sparkle

Makes 2 to 4 servings | Prep time 10 minutes, plus time for rosemary syrup to cool Cook time 15 to 20 minutes

  • 1/4 cup loosely packed rosemary leaves, coarsely chopped (can substitute 1 tbs. dried rosemary leaves)
  • 1/2 cup boiling water
  • 1 tbs. honey
  • 1 cup fresh-squeezed pink-grapefruit juice
  • 8 oz. chilled sparkling water
  1. Pour boiling water over the rosemary leaves in a heatproof container; cover and steep for 15 to 20 minutes.
  2. Strain out the leaves, then stir in honey until dissolved.
  3. Allow rosemary syrup to cool in the refrigerator.
  4. Combine syrup and grapefruit juice, then pour into glasses over ice.
  5. Top with sparkling water and serve.

Optional spirit: Enjoy with vodka or gin.

Cucumber Mint Infusion

This concoction is as refreshing as a spa drink and as fancy as a cocktail.

a glass of cucumber mint infusion

Makes 8 drink 

  • 1 English cucumber, shaved lengthwise into long strips (use a mandoline or a vegetable peeler)
  • 4 cups water
  • 1 tsp. sugar or a splash of fruit juice
  • 8 sprigs fresh mint (reserve tops for a garnish)
  • Crushed ice
  • 4 cups carbonated water

Supplies: 8 bamboo skewers

  1. Weave the cucumber strips onto bamboo skewers, and reserve as garnishes.
  2. Stir the water and sugar together in a pitcher, then add the remaining cucumber strips and the lower mint leaves.
  3. Allow the cucumber–mint water to infuse for at least an hour before serving.
  4. Strain the liquid and pour over crushed ice; fill halfway. Then top off with the carbonated water.
  5. Garnish with a cucumber skewer and a mint sprig.

Optional spirit: Gin or vodka

Ginger Green Tea-Ni

The elegance of a martini meets the energizing effect of green tea. Use a mandoline or vegetable peeler to thinly shave the ginger for garnish.

a glass of ginger green tea ni

Makes 2 drinks | Serving glass Martini

  • 3/4 cup brewed green tea, chilled
  • 2 tbs. ginger syrup, chilled (find recipe here)
  • 1/2 cup crushed ice
  • 2 thin shavings of fresh ginger
  1. Shake the tea, syrup, and ice in a cocktail shaker, then strain into glasses.
  2. Garnish with a slice of ginger.

Optional spirit: Vodka or gin

Fennel-Ginger Digestif

Ginger and fennel are well known for their digestion-supporting powers, making them a great choice for this warming after-dinner drink. 

fennel ginger digestif

Makes 8 servings Prep time 10 minutes, plus time to cool | Cook time 15 to 20 minutes

  • 2 cups apple cider
  • 1 1/2-in. piece fresh ginger, minced (about 2 tbs.)
  • 2 whole star-anise pods
  • 2 tbs. whole fennel seeds
  • 3-in. piece orange or lemon peel
  • 6 to 8 fresh sage leaves
  • 1 bag hibiscus tea
  • 1/2 tsp. ground turmeric powder
  • 1/8 to 1/4 tsp. freshly ground black pepper, or to taste
  1. Simmer all ingredients over low or medium-low heat in a small saucepan for 15 to 20 minutes, until the liquid is reduced to 1½ cups.
  2. Allow the mixture to cool, then strain into a bottle or jar.
  3. Serve at room temperature.
  4. Leftovers will keep for a week in the refrigerator.

Optional spirit: A little brandy or cognac complements this digestif.

Elderberry Fizz

Known for its antiviral and immune-boosting properties, elderberry syrup is used as a tonic during cold-and-flu season. Its flavor is reminiscent of a good red wine with dark-fruit undertones, providing a sweet-yet-sophisticated quality to this mocktail.

Elderberry fizz - festive mocktail for the holidays

Makes 2 servings | Prep time 5 minutes

  • 1/4 cup elderberry syrup (substitute 100 percent elderberry juice for a less-sweet option)
  • 1/2 lime, cut into 4 slices
  • 8 oz. chilled sparkling water or sparkling fruit juice
  1. Pour 2 tablespoons elderberry syrup or juice into each glass.
  2. Squeeze a slice of lime into each and fill with sparkling water or sparkling fruit juice.
  3. Garnish with remaining lime slices.

Optional spirit: Substitute sparkling wine for the sparkling water or fruit juice.

Sober Russian

Rich and creamy, this drink is a nice alternative to traditional Black or White Russians.
nonalcoholic white russian

Makes 2 drinks

  • 4 ice cubes
  • 2 shots of espresso, about 1/2 cup, chilled
  • 2 to 4 tbs. maple syrup, depending on desired sweetness
  • 1/3 cup coconut milk or half-and-half
  1. Put two ice cubes into each glass. Mix together the chilled espresso, maple syrup, and coconut milk, and pour over the ice.

Optional spirit: Vodka

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