10 Kid-Friendly Mocktails For Your Next Holiday Meal
What to do if one of the little ones wants to know why they can’t have some of what you are drinking out of your special cup.
Daniel Fernandez · 8 months ago
The holidays are upon us! That time of year where merriment, laughter, (maybe a few tense conversations about politics and religion), and delicious food and drink await us! So what do you do if one of the little ones comes over from the kiddie table and wants to know why they can’t have some of what you and the other adults are drinking out of your special cups?
Well, now you can save the day with these 10 awesome and delicious mocktails for kids that you can serve up any time throughout the year. (Each of these mocktail drinks has been given a terribly cheesy name by yours truly, so you’ve been warned.) Let’s start sippin’!
Disclaimer: Camp isn't cool with underage drinking. The mocktails featured are meant to provide your family with some fun and festive beverage options. We hope you enjoy!
1. The "Young Fashioned"
Jonathan Knowles / Getty Images
A non-alcoholic version of a truly iconic drink — the Old Fashioned. Make sure you serve this one up while telling a story that starts with, “You know, back in my day ...”
2. The "Balogni"
Rebeca Mello / Getty Images
It’s important to note that there is no actual meat in this drink and the name was a terrible bit of wordplay by the author of the article, but there’s still plenty to love about this fun and tasty non-alcoholic Negroni!
3. The "Wide Island Iced Tea"
bhofack2 / Getty Images
Based on the wonderfully popular and not at all infamous Long Island Iced Tea, this delicious non-alcoholic version of the beverage is perfect for your little ones to sip on as you regale to them with tales of the Jersey Shore.
4. "Old McDonald’s Mule"
harmantasdc / Getty Images
After a hard day on his farm saying hello to the seemingly endless number of animals who live there, Old McDonald likes a nice drink to relax. We recommend serving this non-alcoholic Moscow Mule while making LOUD animal sounds.
5. "Mary Had A Spicy Lamb"
Cavan Images / Getty Images
You know the story: “Everywhere that Mary went, her lamb was sure to go.” In this particular case, Mary’s entire flock followed her to the brunch place, where they all enjoyed this non-alcoholic Bloody Mary.
6. The "Cotton Candy Martini"
GANNAMARTYSHEVA / Getty Images
Kid or not, let’s be real — olives kinda sorta ABSOLUTELY look like alien eyeballs and can be mildly (EXTREMELY) unsettling. But who needs ’em when you can have this souped up version of a non-alcoholic Martini, which uses grape juice and cotton candy, aka, ALL THE SWEET STUFF.
7. The "Margo-Polo"
Jeff R Clow / Getty Images
This is a non-alcoholic take on a Margarita that’s playful, refreshing, and fun. Feel free to substitute any other flavored juice to give your beverage a new taste!
8. "How Now, Brown Cow?"
Ekaterina_Molchanova / Getty Images
If you try to avoid giving caffeine to your little ones, then we recommend substituting coffee for hot chocolate in this delicious non-alcoholic version of a White Russian.
9. "Head, Shoulders, Knees, and Moji-toes"
Emilija Manevska / Getty Images
You’ll be done making this non-alcoholic version of a mojito by the time your little one is done pointing out the different parts of their body.
10. “Piña, Wiña, Chicken Dinna”
by vesi_127 / Getty Images
Could I have just left the name of this drink alone because it’s already fun to say in Spanish? YEP. Did I instead round out this list with a TERRIBLE name for this delicious non-alcoholic take on a Piña Colada? ABSOLUTELY.
BONUS: Shirley Temple
AnnaPustynnikova / Getty Images
This wouldn’t be a proper list of mocktails without including the most famous and enjoyed mocktail of them all!
Note: If your little one isn’t a fan of bitterness, we recommend substituting sparkling water (unflavored or flavored will both work) for any recipes that ask you to use tonic water.