Ding, ding, ding! Cheers to those who are aspiring to cut back on alcohol consumption in 2017! (so many good reasons to). A toast to those of us on the teetotaler train for life! And for those just looking to ring in 2017 without a hangover and fuzzy memories: bottoms up, this one's for you too. We proudly present our top 17 mocktails for ringing in 2017. They are easy to make, easy on the eyes, and delicious. Enjoy, and Happy New Year!
1. Shirley Has Staying Power
Fill glass 1/2 to 3/4 full with ice. Add ginger ale and grenadine. If desired, add lime juice. Stir & garnish with cherry and orange. Now say to yourself "A classic beauty deserves a classic drink." Nice.
2. I Cran Do This Power Punch
In 4 quart container, stir together cider, cranberry juice, ginger ale and orange juice concentrate. Now chill. For full recipe for this and many other punches, pay a visit to our gal Betty Crocker.
3. Sweetly Crushing It
Combine half a cup of honey with an orange Italian soda. Add orange sugar crystals to taste and for garnish. [Pop Sugar]
4. My Clean Orange Dream
Over ice, pour 4 oz orange cream soda and 1 tbsp sweetened condensed milk. Stir gently. Top with whipped cream.
5. Pining for Mellow Yellow
Combine 2 cups each pineapple juice, mango puree, and coconut water. Blend with 8 cups of ice.
6. Sparkling and Peachy Me
A top 30 mocktail from Town and Country. All it takes is a little soda and peach slices and you're good to sip.
7. Cooler This Way
Combine 4 cups of Coconut water, 2 thinly sliced cucumbers, 1/2 cup lime juice, 1/4 cup sugar, and 1/4 cup mint leaves. Let chill for 1 to 2 hours.
8. Fancy Green Queen
Bumping up the sophistication here. Shake with ice, .75 oz Yuzu juice (err, lime is fine too), 1.5 oz. simple syrup, and 1 tablespoon of elderflower cordial. Garnish with shiso leaf (err, or any culinary herb, or skip it, whatevs).
9. The Sage Choice, Honey
In a glass, muddle a few sage leaves into 2 tablespoons of honey. Squeeze in juice from lime wedge. Add sparkling water and ice to taste.
10. Mint Condition Mindset
Shake ice, 1/4 part vanilla syrup, 1/4 part mojito mint flavored syrup, 4 parts cream, and 1/2 drops of green food coloring. Pour and dribble with chocolate syrup.
11. Bubbly & Cool Limeade
Combine the sugar, lime zest, and water in a medium saucepan over medium heat. Bring to a simmer, stirring constantly until the sugar is dissolved. Remove from the heat and stir in the mint leaves. Let sit for 30 minutes. Strain lime syrup through fine mesh sieve. Combine syrup, lime juice and cucumber. Refrigerate for at least 1 hour. Add sparkling water and serve over ice. [via Offbeat Bride]
12. Winter Blues Buhbye
Break out the tropical punch! Seriously, this is the ultimate yummy indulgence of your inner child/wannabe in Hawaii right now. Find out how to make it here.
13. When Jack Frost Met Tiffany
Frozen soundtrack not included (thank goodness). Blend 4 cups of ice, 1 cup pineapple juice, 1/2 cup cream of coconut, 1 cup blue mountain dew, and 4 slices of pineapple.
14. My Loco Purple Drink
Combine 1 1/2 cups lemon juice (around 9 lemons), 1 3/4 cup sugar, 8 cups coconut water, and 4 cups water. Pour in 1/2 lavender simple syrup (improvise with that one or find the recipe here)
15. Dum dum dum dum Plum
Much like playing the piano, this delicious plum-laden treat requires some serious time and skills (boiling, eek!). Here's the full recipe.
16. Lilac/You Are Perfect
We saved the most advanced for last. This recipe involves "fragrant lilac blooms" and "caster sugar". Good luck with that. Full recipe here.
17. Water with Ice
Last but definitely not least, if you're in a pinch, there is always water with ice. Not satisfied? Sprinkles in the cubes might do the trick (but warning, we did not test this one!).