It’s the night of your holiday fiesta. You’ve finished all of the errands you have to run before your entire extended family comes over—bought the wine, cleaned the kitchen and bathrooms, vacuumed the living room carpet, and stockpiled some favorite kids’ movies. You’ve thought of everything.
Except, maybe, one thing: nonalcoholic drinks. Why nonalcoholic drinks? There are plenty of reasons. Maybe drinking alcohol makes you tired, and you want to be able to partake in the festivities without crashing early. Maybe there are going to be lots of children, children who want interesting things to drink. Maybe there’s a recovering alcoholic coming for the holidays who would appreciate more options. Maybe you’re on a budget.
Whatever it may be, variety is almost always a good thing. Here’s a list of five tasty, boozeless holiday drinks to offer your family:
Quentão de Vinho
An orangey, spicy Brazilian recipe for mulled wine easily translates into mulled juice. Take 4 cups grape juice, cranberry juice, or currant juice and pour into a large saucepan with 2 cups water, 1 sliced orange, 2 slices peeled ginger root, 5 cloves, 3 cinnamon sticks, and ⅓ cup sugar. Bring to a boil over high heat, stirring constantly for 2 minutes or until sugar has dissolved. Let boil for additional 10 minutes, then strain. Serve warm with cinnamon sticks and sliced oranges.