Tuesday, January 1, 2013

I Propose a Toast!

Now, I don't drink alcohol. However, that doesn't mean that the holidays aren't a fun time for fun beverages!

Here are a few family and kid-friendly holiday drinks you might enjoy.

Noel Spritzer


2 cups apple juice, or sparkling non-alcoholic apple juice (such as Martinelli's)
1 cup chilled cranberry-apple juice drink
1 cup chilled sparkling water
Apple slices, if desired
Fresh mint, if desired


Mix apple juice, cranberry-apple juice drink, and sparkling water.

Serve over ice. Garnish with apple slices and mint.

Makes 6 servings.

Nutrition information: 1 servings equals 80 calories, 0 g fat, 0 mg cholesterol, 5 mg sodium, 8 g carbohydrate, 1 g fiber, 0 g protein.

Source: Betty Crocker. You can find the recipe here.

Notes: The drink that I took the picture of wasn't measured out...I eyeballed it and as a result, it had a little more cranberry-apple juice than it normally does...so while it still tasted fantastic, it also turned out a little more red in color than normal. However, this is a great and easy drink recipe. It tastes just like those fancy sparkling non-alcoholic juices that you can buy around the holidays, but it is cheaper and there is enough for a crowd.

I usually triple this (at least) and serve it in a punch bowl.

Sparkling Apple Cider and Variations


2 (64 oz) bottles of 100% apple cider (or 2 cans frozen apple juice concentrate)
1 (2 liter) bottle of Sprite, 7-Up, or Club Soda


Mix well in a punch bowl and serve.


You can make a Sparkling White Grape Spritzer by using white grape juice/frozen white grape juice concentrate in place of the apple cider/frozen apple juice concentrate.

You can make a Red "Wine" Spritzer by using Concord grape juice/frozen concord grape juice concentrate.

Really, the sky is the limit. You could do this using pretty much any flavor of juice/frozen juice concentrate.

Source: We have done things like this since I was a child...but if you need more ideas, there are a ton floating around Pinterest.

Pineapple Limeade


1 cup sugar
6 cups pineapple juice, chilled
1 cup lime juice
2 liters sparkling water (Club Soda), or lemon-lime soda
Lime slices, for garnish


Mix sugar and juices in large plastic or glass pitcher. Pour 1/2 into another pitcher.

Just before serving, stir sparkling water into juice mixture. Serve over ice. Garnish with lime.

Makes 2 pitchers.

Source: My Mom has made this one since we were kids. I don't know where she got it from.

Orange Julius or Fruit Whip


6 oz. frozen juice concentrate (orange for Orange Julius, or pineapple, raspberry, etc. for Fruit Whip)
1 cup milk
1 cup ice water
1/2 cup sugar
1/2 tsp vanilla
10-12 ice cubes


Place all ingredients in a blender. Blend until smooth.

Makes 6 cups.

Source: I'm not sure where we got this recipe from...but honestly doesn't everyone have one of these recipes  floating around somewhere? 

Notes: Who doesn't love Orange Julius?

Family Friendly Sangria


1 quart grape juice
1 quart carbonated lemon-lime beverage (such as Sprite or 7-Up)
3 cups orange juice
1 orange, thinly sliced
1 lime, thinly sliced
1 lemon, thinly sliced


Mix juices and carbonated drink together in a large pitcher or punch bowl. Float slices of orange, lime, and lemon on top. Add ice.

Makes 16 servings (5 1/2 oz. each serving)

Delicious served with Mexican or Spanish food.

Source: I don't remember where I got this one from.

Shirley Temple Punch


5 cups ginger ale
2 cups orange juice
1/2 cup grenadine


Mix ginger ale, orange juice, and grenadine together in a punch bowl.

Garnish with sliced oranges and maraschino cherries.

Serve over ice.

Source: Food Network. Found in their list "50 Holiday Drinks." It is #25. I love these Food Network lists. Seriously, do a search for "50" on Food Network and check out some of these lists. They are awesome! You can find this holiday drink list here.

Non-Alcoholic Firewhiskey


1 (2-liter) bottle ginger ale
1 (2-inch) piece fresh ginger root, peeled and sliced
1/2 cup cinnamon red hot candies
2 cinnamon sticks, or more, to taste
2 habanero peppers, cut into 6 pieces (wear gloves while handling)
1 (12 fluid ounce) can grapefruit-flavored soda (such as Squirt), or more to taste (optional)
1 drop red food coloring, or enough to make desired color (optional)


Combine the ginger ale, ginger, red hot candies, and cinnamon sticks in a large container. Refrigerate until the candies dissolve completely, 8 hours, or overnight.

Add the habanero peppers to the ginger ale mixture for 4 hours, or desired time (depending on your desired taste and heat preference). Remove and discard peppers and ginger root. Add Squirt. Serve over ice in small glasses (shot glasses for fun).

Source: Allrecipes.com submitted by vicimgd. You can find the recipe here. Here is what the recipe creator had to say "A while back I had to make drinks for a Harry Potter Club meeting, but all the recipes I found for firewhiskey involved either hot sauce, alcohol, or both. We were all underage, and carbonated Tabasco doesn't appeal to me, so I created this. We Muggles enjoyed it immensely, and I hope you will too. This goes great with any other Harry Potter-themed food. I made 'Cockroach Clusters,' 'Pumpkin Pasties,' and vegetable wands. Good for cold days as well."

Notes: This was a really fun drink. Sweet and spicy...but not overwhelmingly spicy.


  1. The sparkling apple cider was wonderful!!!! Also the punch with the mandarin oranges was very good. It was in the 50 drinks that you mailed me #25. Shirley Temple Punch.

  2. I added the recipe for the Shirley Temple Punch. I also added the Non-alcoholic firewhiskey recipe as well...now we just have to hunt down the picture. :) Or make it again so we can get a picture of it. :)

  3. Yum! Fun post! I always seem to forget about making fun drinks, but they can really add a punch! ;)

  4. Ha ha! Nice pun, Laurie. You know, I always love a good pun. The fun thing about making a nice punch for a party is that they are usually just so darned easy! I mean, most of these you just throw together into a punch bowl and voila!