5 Winter Cocktails That Won’t Get You Tipsy

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Winter's coming you guys, regardless if that heat wave outside tells you to crack open a cold one. I may live in Southern California, but I too enjoy getting my hot toddy on and pretending it's snowing outside my window. An article in The New York Times about a new drink trend really made me nostalgic for seasonal drink goodness, whether it's with booze or without.

 

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The shrub, a sweetened vinegar drink, may sound like something you want to avoid, but it's the hot non-alcoholic beverage everyone is talking about. While many places are adding alcohol to the vinegar option, some are keeping it non-alcoholic for those who don't wish to imbibe.

Which got me thinking about all the other really special cold weather drinks you could make non-alcoholic. After all, you can always enjoy a mocktail no matter what you have going on the next day, or how many miles you have to drive home through a snowstorm.

Here are five great winter mocktails to warm you up:

Ginger Shrub

This version of the shrub sounds amazing. Using lemonade instead of rum, it still keeps that winter vibe with the addition of ginger. WANT.

Eggnog Sans Booze

Until I was probably 20 years old, I actually didn't realize eggnog had alcohol in it. What can I say? I grew up in the Bible Belt where eggnog came in cartons from Braum's. So this recipe for virgin eggnog is actually exactly what I grew up drinking! Only you can make it from scratch, and it will be a heck of a lot better than the pre-fab stuff.

Ingredients:

4 egg yolks
1/3 cup sugar, plus 1 tablespoon
1 pint whole milk
1 cup heavy cream
1 teaspoon freshly grated nutmeg
4 egg whites

1. Beat the egg yolks until they lighten in color. Gradually add the 1/3 cup sugar and continue to beat until it is completely dissolved. Add the milk, cream, and nutmeg and stir to combine.

2. Beat the egg whites in a separate bowl to soft peaks. With the mixer still running, gradually add the 1 tablespoon of sugar and beat until stiff peaks form.

3. Whisk the egg whites into the mixture. Chill and serve.

Bubbly Cranberry Punch

You always wondered what else to do with that cranberry sauce, didn't you? Well now you know. A great non-alcoholic bubbly, this punch is the perfect complement to any holiday party.

Candy Cane Cocoa

You know hot chocolate is calling your name. But if you step it up and serve this candy cane cocoa, no one will be asking for a chocolate martini instead. Especially if you serve it up in a martini glass and pretend it's the office party.

Cherry Fizz

A simpler way to make a Shirley Temple, this cherry fizz mocktail also looks like you're partying down by staying sober.

 

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