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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 · about 2 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"

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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 ...”

Make your own Young Fashioned by following this recipe from The Zero Proof!

2. The "Balogni"

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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!

Make your own Balogni by following this recipe from BBC Good Food!

3. The "Wide Island Iced Tea"

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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.

Make your own Wide Island Iced Tea by following this recipe from Delicious Magazine!

4. "Old McDonald’s Mule"

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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.

Make your own Old McDonald’s Mule by following this recipe from Like Mother, Like Daughter!

5. "Mary Had A Spicy Lamb"

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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.

Make your own Mary Had A Spicy Lamb by following this recipe from The Spruce Eats!

6. The "Cotton Candy Martini"


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.

Make your own Cotton Candy Martini by following this recipe from The Cookie Rookie!

7. The "Margo-Polo"

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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!

Make your own Margo-Polo by following this recipe from Jamie Geller!

8. "How Now, Brown Cow?"

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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.

Make your own How Now, Brown Cow? by following this recipe from Leaf TV!

9. "Head, Shoulders, Knees, and Moji-toes"

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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. 

Make your own Head, Shoulders, Knees, and Moji-toes by following this recipe from Fab Food 4 All!

10. “Piña, Wiña, Chicken Dinna”

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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.

Make your own Piña, Wiña, Chicken Dinna by following this recipe from The Spruce Eats!

BONUS: Shirley Temple

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This wouldn’t be a proper list of mocktails without including the most famous and enjoyed mocktail of them all!

Make your own Shirley Temple by following this recipe from Delish!

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.