Nonalcoholic Drinks for Thanksgiving Dinner

Karen Frazier
Family Thanksgiving dinner

Thanksgiving is a time to celebrate your blessings with family and friends and having some nonalcoholic drinks planned for Thanksgiving dinner is a great way to entertain your guests. Even if you plan on serving festive alcoholic drinks such as wine and cocktails, there are likely to be children present, as well as adults who are not huge fans of alcohol. This doesn't mean the drinks have to be boring. There are lots of festive nonalcoholic cocktails you can create for Thanksgiving dinner.

1. Ginger-Cranberry Sparkler

Cranberry is a classic Thanksgiving flavor, and this nonalcoholic sparkler is tasty and festive.

Cranberry ginger sparkler

Ingredients

  • Ice
  • 3 ounces cranberry juice
  • 3 ounces ginger ale
  • Fresh cranberries and rosemary sprigs for garnish

Instructions

  1. Fill a stemless wine glass with ice cubes.
  2. Add the cranberry juice and ginger ale. Stir.
  3. Garnish with cranberries and fresh rosemary sprigs.

2. Pink "Champagne" Mocktail

Champagne or sparkling wine and Chambord is a popular festive cocktail. This nonalcoholic version is perfect to serve for Thanksgiving dinner.

Pink Champagne mocktail

Ingredients

  • 6 ounces sparkling cider, chilled
  • 1 ounce raspberry syrup
  • Blueberries and raspberries for garnish

Instructions

  1. In a Champagne flute, combine the sparkling cider and raspberry syrup. Stir.
  2. Garnish with blueberries and raspberries.

3. Applejack Mulled Cider

This hot drink is great when the weather is cool, and it makes use of some of the best produce of the season.

Hot apple cider

Ingredients

  • 1 gallon apple cider
  • 2 peeled, but not sliced apples
  • 3 cinnamon sticks
  • 10 cloves (whole, not ground)
  • ¼ cup dark brown sugar
  • Nutmeg

Instructions

  1. Using a paring knife or apple corer, core your apples and place six cloves in the hollows you create.
  2. In a slow cooker, combine the apple cider, the apples, cinnamon sticks, and brown sugar.
  3. Cover and cook on low for four hours. Reduce heat to keep warm and serve directly from the slow cooker.
  4. Garnish with a sprinkle of nutmeg.

4. Mimosa Mocktails

While a mimosa is usually a breakfast beverage, this non alcoholic drink for Thanksgiving dinner is sure to please.

Nonalcoholic mimosa

Ingredients

  • 3 ounces orange juice, chilled
  • 3 ounces sparkling cider, chilled
  • Fresh cranberry for garnish

Instructions

  1. In a Champagne flute, combine the apple juice and sparkling cider.
  2. Stir to mix.
  3. Garnish with a cranberry

5. Fall Colors Punch

If you'd like to dress up your buffet table, you can do so by placing a bowl of this orange concoction right in the center of it. Makes eight 8-ounce servings.

Pumpkin punch

Ingredients

  • 6 cups of water
  • 4½ cups of sugar
  • 2 packets of orange-flavored Kool-Aid
  • 16 ounces of pineapple juice
  • Ice

Instructions

Pour all of the ingredients into a punch bowl and stir.

6. Nonalcoholic Eggnog

Eggnog hits grocery store shelves in late October to early November, and you can certainly buy a carton. But it's even more special if you make your own with this great recipe for nonalcoholic eggnog.

7. Fall Flavors Punch

This fizzy orange-cranberry punch is festive and pretty. It makes 16 8-ounce servings.

Orange-cranberry punch

Ingredients

  • 32 ounces cranberry juice
  • 32 ounces orange juice
  • 2 liters lemon-lime soda
  • Ice
  • Orange slices and fresh cranberries

Instructions

  1. In a punch bowl, combine the cranberry juice, orange juice, soda, and ice. Stir.
  2. Garnish with lots of orange slices and fresh cranberries.

8. Apple Pie Punch

Apple pie is a classic fall flavor, and this easy punch is perfect for Thanksgiving dinner. Makes 14 8-ounce servings.

Apple pie punch

Ingredients

  • 32 ounces apple cider
  • 16 ounces sparkling apple pear cider
  • 2 liters ginger ale
  • Ice
  • Sliced apples, cinnamon sticks, and star anise for garnish

Instructions

  1. In a punch bowl, combine the apple cider, apple-pear cider, and ginger ale.
  2. Add the ice and stir.
  3. Float sliced apples, cinnamon sticks, and star anise on the punch as garnish.

9. Pumpkin Pie Punch

Whether you have this for dessert or with dinner, it's the perfect combination of tasty fall flavors. It makes around 17 8-ounce servings.

Pumpkin pie punch

Ingredients

  • 1 (15-ounce) can pumpkin puree (not pumpkin pie filling)
  • 2 liters cream soda
  • 1 teaspoon pumpkin pie spice
  • 1 liter ginger ale
  • 1 750 mL bottle sparkling apple cider
  • Ice
  • Cinnamon sticks for garnish

Instructions

  1. In a mixing bowl, whisk together the pumpkin puree, pumpkin pie spice, and the cream soda. Pour into a punch bowl.
  2. Add the ginger ale, sparkling cider, and ice. Stir.
  3. Garnish with cinnamon sticks.

Mocktails for Thanksgiving Dinner

Celebrate the non-drinkers in your life with these tasty nonalcoholic Thanksgiving beverages that highlight the flavors of the season. They're so delicious and festive, you won't even miss the booze.

Nonalcoholic Drinks for Thanksgiving Dinner