There are numerous delicious options for non-alcoholic drinks for the holiday season, but which ones are sure to be a hit? Below are five ideas for non-alcoholic holiday drinks for any gathering, including both hot or cold drink options. The non-alcoholic holiday drink recipes are easy to follow and take very little time to make!

1 . Double Hot Chocolate

For those cold days when a dose of chocolate will hit the spot, this drink is the perfect answer. What’s better than hot chocolate? A double dose of chocolate!

4 cups half-and-half, light cream, or whole milk
3 to  4 ounces chopped semisweet chocolate
3 to 4 ounces chopped bittersweet chocolate
1 tablespoon dark corn syrup
Sweetened whipped cream

Combine half-and-half, semisweet chocolate, chopped bittersweet chocolate, and corn syrup in a heavy saucepan. Heat on medium, stirring until chocolate melts and mixture is smooth. Serve in cups or bowls. Add sweetened whipped cream and garnish with delicious bittersweet chocolate, grated.

2 . Cherry Bombs

Anyone who enjoys a Shirley Temple will love this non-alcoholic drink. It’s simple, refreshing, and fitting for holiday parties for both children and adults.

1 cup grenadine
1 liter clear citrus soda, or seltzer
18 maraschino cherries

Heat 2 cups of water in a saucepan over medium heat, then bring to a boil over medium-high heat. Stir in grenadine. Pour mixture into two ice-cube trays. Freeze for at least two hours. Place grenadine ice cubes in six glasses. Add soda. Top with cherries, and serve.

3 . Peppermint Eggnog Punch

For a thick, creamy drink with a peppermint twist, it’s hard to beat this eggnog treat.

1 quart peppermint ice cream
1 quart eggnog
1-1/4 to 2-1/2 cups chilled ginger ale
Extra peppermint ice cream (optional)
Peppermint sticks (optional)

Stir ice cream in a large, chilled bowl until soft and smooth. Stir in eggnog gradually.
Pour mixture into a punch bowl. Add amount of ginger ale for desired consistency. Optional: If desired, add more peppermint ice cream and garnish with peppermint sticks. Makes 18 4-ounce servings.

4 . Rudolph’s Tipsy Spritzer

As the name implies, vodka is typically added to this holiday drink. For the same delicious drink, just keep the alcohol out of the mix!

5 cups orange juice
2 cups lemon-lime soda, chilled
1/2 cup maraschino cherry juice
1/4 cup lemon juice
Lemon slices
Fresh rosemary sprigs

Combine all ingredients, stir, and serve over ice. Garnish with lemon slices and rosemary sprigs if desired.

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