The holiday season is almost in full swing. Thanksgiving is just a few weeks away and Christmas will be soon to follow. If you’re like me, Thanksgiving is a big family event. Twenty to 30 of us gather and feast on turkey, cranberry sauce, stuffing and other delicious foods. It’s an awesome time.
At our family’s Thanksgiving feasts there is always some type wine and beer selections offered to those who can legally drink. If your family is similar, but you’re made a commitment to stay sober, try some of these alcohol-free Thanksgiving beverages.
Alternative Alcohol-Free Beverages for Thanksgiving
Thanksgiving always takes a lot of planning for those who plan the meal. Why not add drink planning to the agenda so that everyone can enjoy the holiday. Ask different folks bring drinks to the celebrations. Diet and non-diet drinks, Ginger Ale, mulled cider and a variety of iced tea flavors are brilliant choices for Thanksgiving. If you want to get fancy and try something you’ve never tried before, here are a few other ideas:
Cranberry Fizz Punch (source):
Cranberries are classic Thanksgiving fruits. They pair well with turkey and will complement any Thanksgiving meal. This recipe for Cranberry Fizz Punch is a nice drink to have with your meal, as it’s both tasty and refreshing!
- 1 bottle of cranberry juice cocktail, chilled
- 1 bottle of lemon-lime soda, such as Sprite, chilled
- 1 lemon, sliced
- 1 lime, sliced
Directions: Just before serving, mix the cranberry juice cocktail and soda in a large pitcher. Add sliced lemon and lime. Makes 6 drinks.
Ginger-Cider Lemonade (source):
A tangy twist on traditional apple cider, this easy recipe is a definite crowd-pleaser. Just be sure to keep all beverage portion sizes in check; empty calories can add up!
- 2 cups of water
- 1/2 cup sugar
- 1 piece of freshly sliced ginger
- 5 lemons, sliced
- 7 cups of apple cider
Directions: Bring first 3 ingredients to a boil in a saucepan; cook 1 minute. Remove from heat. Add lemons to pan and let mixture stand 30 minutes. Squeeze juice from lemons. Strain mixture through a sieve into a bowl. Discard solids. Stir in cider and chill before serving.
Enjoy your non-alcoholic Thanksgiving drinks!
We hope these get the wheels turning as to how you can enjoy Thanksgiving yet honor your commitment to stay sober, even on the holidays. Test Smartly Labs is your drug and alcohol testing partner and is cheering you on in your sobriety!