16 Classic and Fun Winter Mocktails for All to Enjoy

Published October 12, 2022
Homemade Eggnog for Christmas

The decorations are sparkling in every corner, the frosty weather nips at your nose, and the yearly battle over the temperature on the thermostat has begun. Warm up your fingers and your tastebuds with winter mocktails. From fizzy flavors to classic warm drinks, no cold season is complete without a cozy winter mocktail.

Eggnog Martini Mocktail

Eggnog martini? More like egg-not a martini. Capture the creamy-noggy flavors without the buzz or booze in this nonalcoholic spin.

Homemade Eggnog Martini Mocktail

Ingredients

Instruction

  1. Chill a coupe glass.
  2. In a cocktail shaker, add ice, eggnog, nonalcoholic amaretto, and vanilla syrup.
  3. Shake to chill.
  4. Strain into chilled glass.
  5. Garnish with grated nutmeg and cinnamon stick.

Virgin Cranberry Spritzer

Cranberry: the unofficial, underappreciated winter flavor. More than just a sauce on a Thanksgiving dinner table, more than just a decoration in December, its tart flavors and colorful hue turns any drink into a luxurious mocktail.

Virgin cranberry spritzer

Ingredients

  • 3 ounces cranberry juice
  • 4 ounces ginger ale
  • 1-3 dashes cinnamon bitters
  • Ice
  • Cranberries and mint sprig for garnish

Instructions

  1. In a highball glass, add ice, cranberry juice, ginger ale, and cinnamon bitters.
  2. Stir to mix.
  3. Garnish with cranberries and mint sprig.

Virgin Peppermint White Russian Mocktail

Let those peppermint dreams dive from your head to your glass with a winter-filled peppermint White Russian mocktail that'll entertain your tastebuds while sugarplums dance in your head. Nonalcoholic coffee liqueur not an option? Double the chilled coffee in the recipe, no problem.

Virgin Peppermint White Russian

Ingredients

  • 1 ounce chilled coffee
  • 1 ounce nonalcoholic coffee liqueur
  • 2 ounces heavy cream
  • ½ ounce peppermint syrup or peppermint coffee creamer
  • Ice

Instructions

  1. In a cocktail shaker, add ice, chilled coffee, nonalcoholic coffee liqueur, and peppermint syrup or coffee creamer.
  2. Shake to chill.
  3. Strain into rocks glass over fresh ice.

Cinnaberry Winter Mocktail

Layer on the fruit with the spiced flavors of cranberries in a winter mocktail that looks phenomenal on a dinner table, or alongside your coffee during a Wednesday morning meeting.

Cinnaberry winter mocktail

Ingredients

  • 5 ounces cranberry juice
  • 2 ounces tart cherry juice
  • 1 ounce cinnamon simple syrup
  • ¾ ounce nonalcoholic orange liqueur
  • 2-3 dashes almond bitters
  • Ice
  • Orange wheel and cinnamon stick for garnish

Instructions

  1. In a cocktail shaker, add ice, cranberry juice, cherry juice, cinnamon simple syrup, nonalcoholic orange liqueur, and almond bitters.
  2. Shake to chill.
  3. Strain into highball glass over fresh ice.
  4. Garnish with orange wheel and cinnamon stick.

Virgin Cranberry Mojito Mocktail

Usher in the season with a wintery cranberry mojito! Mint is a beautiful flavor that pairs well with not only (nonalcoholic) rum but that inevitable snowstorm that may or may not lead to cheerfully canceling plans.

Cranberry mojito

Ingredients

  • 2-4 fresh mint leaves
  • ¾ ounce freshly squeezed lime juice
  • 2 ounces nonalcoholic silver rum
  • 2 ounces cranberry juice
  • ¾ ounce simple syrup
  • Ice
  • Club soda to top off
  • Mint sprig and cranberries for garnish

Instructions

  1. In a cocktail shaker, muddle mint leaves with lime juice.
  2. Add ice, nonalcoholic silver rum, cranberry juice, and simple syrup.
  3. Shake to chill.
  4. Strain into cocktail glass over fresh ice.
  5. Top off with club soda.
  6. Garnish with mint sprig and cranberries.

Caramel Warm Eggnog Mocktail

With or without dairy, this gooey and warm nonalcoholic eggnog mocktail riff will warm up chilly fingers or any cold hearts you encounter this winter.

Caramel Eggnog at Christmas Time

Ingredients

  • 6 ounces eggnog mix
  • 2 ounces caramel syrup
  • 2 ounces nonalcoholic spiced rum
  • Grated cinnamon for garnish

Instructions

  1. In a small saucepan over low heat, add eggnog mix and caramel syrup, stirring frequently.
  2. Allow to heat through for approximately three to five minutes.
  3. Warm a mug by filling with hot water.
  4. After mug is warm to touch, pour out the water.
  5. In mug, add eggnog mix and nonalcoholic spiced rum.
  6. Garnish with grated cinnamon.

Hot Buttered Yum

No rum of the alcoholic or nonalcoholic variety? None needed for this easy version that'll quickly fill your social media once you share the recipe with your friends. Want something a bit less decadent? A nonalcoholic wassail is a great option with its spiced festive flavors.

Homemade Hot Buttered Yum

Ingredients

  • 1 teaspoon packed brown sugar
  • 1 tablespoon melted unsalted butter
  • 1 dash vanilla extract
  • ¾ ounce cinnamon simple syrup
  • Hot water to top off
  • Grated nutmeg and cinnamon stick for garnish

Instructions

  1. Warm a mug by filling with hot water.
  2. After mug is warm to touch, pour out the water.
  3. In warm mug, add brown sugar, butter, vanilla extract, and cinnamon simple syrup.
  4. Stir well to combine.
  5. Top off with hot water.
  6. Stir carefully to mix.
  7. Garnish with grated nutmeg and cinnamon stick.

Virgin Irish Coffee Mocktail

Keep the party going or get your day started, with or without the world's coziest cardigan on, using an Irish coffee mocktail that'll change your Irish coffee game.

Virgin Irish Coffee

Ingredients

  • 2 ounces nonalcoholic bourbon
  • ¾ ounce coffee creamer or heavy cream
  • ½ ounce simple syrup
  • Freshly brewed coffee to top off
  • Whipped cream for garnish

Instructions

  1. Warm a mug by filling with hot water.
  2. After mug is warm to touch, pour out the water.
  3. In warm mug, add nonalcoholic bourbon, coffee creamer, and simple syrup.
  4. Top off with hot coffee.
  5. Garnish with whipped cream.

Winter Red Margarita Mocktail

Lean or dive right into winter with a bit of faux -tequila and a tasty margarita to toast the season.

Christmas cranberry mocktail with rosemary

Ingredients

  • 2 ounces nonalcoholic tequila
  • 2 ounces cherry juice
  • ¾ ounce freshly squeezed lime juice
  • ½ ounce rosemary simple syrup
  • Ice
  • Rosemary sprig and cranberries for garnish

Instructions

  1. In a cocktail shaker, add ice, nonalcoholic tequila, cherry juice, lime juice, and rosemary simple syrup.
  2. Shake to chill.
  3. Strain into cocktail glass over fresh ice.
  4. Garnish with rosemary sprig and cranberries.

Winter White Spritzer Mocktail

Enjoy this alcohol-free winter white spritzer drink on your own while baking cookies or online shopping, or in a group by easily multiplying the recipe by how many servings you need.

White Cranberry Spritzer Mocktail

Ingredients

  • 3 ounces white grape juice
  • ¾ ounce freshly squeezed lime juice
  • Ice
  • Ginger ale to top off
  • Mint sprig, rosemary sprig, and cranberries for garnish

Instructions

  1. In a wine glass, add ice, white grape juice, and lime juice.
  2. Top off with ginger ale.
  3. Garnish with mint sprig, rosemary sprig, and cranberries.

Virgin Pomegranate Sparkler Mocktail

The only thing blushing tonight is this pomegranate sparkler. Perfect for a winter night of wanting something a little extra to pair with a movie or as a great sip between traditional cocktails. This goes wonderfully with a splash of nonalcoholic tequila or rum.

Pomegranate mocktail

Ingredients

  • 3 ounces pomegranate juice
  • ¾ ounce cinnamon simple syrup
  • Ice
  • Ginger ale to top off
  • Cranberries, pomegranate seeds, and rosemary sprig for garnish

Instructions

  1. In a wine glass, add ice, pomegranate juice, and cinnamon simple syrup.
  2. Top off with ginger ale.
  3. Garnish with cranberries, pomegranate seeds, and rosemary sprig.

Winter Warming Espresso Martini Mocktail

Take a sip of a virgin espresso martini suitable for lunch, after dinner, and any hour between waking up and snuggling back into bed for warmth, even if that hour happens before noon.

Espresso Martini Mocktail

Ingredients

  • 2 ounces espresso
  • ¾ ounce vanilla simple syrup
  • ½ ounce heavy cream
  • 2-3 dashes cinnamon bitters
  • Tiny pinch cayenne pepper
  • Ice
  • Coffee beans for garnish

Instructions

  1. Chill a coupe glass.
  2. In a cocktail shaker, add ice, espresso, vanilla simple syrup, heavy cream, cinnamon bitters, and cayenne.
  3. Shake to chill.
  4. Strain into chilled glass.
  5. Garnish with coffee beans.

Winter's Snow Martini Mocktail

Take a walk in a winter wonderland - whether it's in your imagination or you've bundled up to explore freshly fallen snow - with this crisp and tart virgin martini.

Festive red cranberries garnish a martini glass with sparkling bubbles

Ingredients

  • 2 ounces white cranberry juice
  • ½ ounce freshly-squeezed lemon juice
  • Ice
  • Vanilla club soda to top off
  • Cranberries for garnish

Instructions

  1. Chill a martini glass or coupe.
  2. In a cocktail shaker, add ice, white cranberry juice, and lemon juice.
  3. Shake to chill.
  4. Strain into chilled glass.
  5. Top off with vanilla club soda.
  6. Garnish with pierced cranberries.

Nonalcoholic Butterbeer Mocktail

Grab your favorite electric blanket, glassware, and this mocktail recipe for a magical evening sure to bring sunshine to any gloomy winter day.

Sweet Nonalcoholic butterbeer

Ingredients

  • ¾ ounce butterscotch syrup
  • 7 ounces cream soda
  • 1 ounce vanilla club soda
  • 1 scoop vanilla ice cream or whipped cream
  • Caramel drizzle for garnish, optional

Instructions

  1. In a cocktail glass, add butterscotch syrup, cream soda, and vanilla club soda.
  2. Stir to mix.
  3. Add vanilla ice cream.
  4. Garnish with caramel drizzle if desired.

Rooibos Cozy Not Toddy Mocktail

Drum up some cozy hot toddy flavors in a decidedly not toddy mocktail. The nutty and aromatic rooibos tea will sweep you away from any winter weather. Want to make it an almost not toddy? Toss in two ounces of nonalcoholic bourbon.

Rooibos hot toddy

Ingredients

  • 2 ounces nonalcoholic bourbon, optional
  • 4 ounces rooibos tea
  • ¾ ounce honey
  • ½ ounce freshly-squeezed lemon juice
  • Cinnamon stick and star anise for garnish

Instructions

  1. Warm a mug by filling with hot water.
  2. After mug is warm to touch, pour out the water.
  3. In warm mug, add rooibos tea, honey, and lemon juice.
  4. Stir to mix.
  5. Garnish with cinnamon stick and star anise.

Cinnamon Aperol Spritz Mocktail

Turn to nonalcoholic Aperol for your new favorite version of the classic Aperol spritz, but with a beautiful winter upgrade. Just imagine the flavor of toasted cinnamon as you sit beside a fire. The shoveling can absolutely wait.

Warming winter cocktail with aperol

Ingredients

  • 4 ounces nonalcoholic orange apéritif
  • 3 ounces club soda
  • ¾ ounce cinnamon simple syrup
  • Ice
  • Nonalcoholic sparkling wine to top off
  • Orange wedge for garnish

Instructions

  1. In a wine glass, add ice, nonalcoholic orange apéritif, club soda, and cinnamon simple syrup.
  2. Stir to mix.
  3. Top off with nonalcoholic sparkling wine.
  4. Garnish with orange wedge.

Frosty Winter Mocktails to Warm Your Tastebuds

Warm up your tastebuds for winter with a fizzy virgin winter drink reminiscent of snowstorms and chilly days, or wrap yourself in the warmth that blankets and sweaters have to offer with a hot mocktail to banish the chill from your bones. However, you shake, stir, or sip this winter, have a tasty winter mocktail close at hand.

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16 Classic and Fun Winter Mocktails for All to Enjoy