Holiday Party Safety Prep 101: Winter Mocktail Recipes
End-of-the-year parties are just around the corner, and all the holiday toasts could cause even social drinkers to overindulge.
As we head into the final days of 2016, the car accident injury attorneys at Edgar Snyder & Associates want to remind you: Just one drink too many can lead to poor decision-making, like getting behind the wheel while impaired.
So, what if you’re attending a party or having one of your own? How do you encourage everyone to celebrate responsibly?
The answer is simple: Make sure you have a plan—and that it includes nonalcoholic drinks. Otherwise known as "mocktails," these beverages can provide the sweet taste of the holidays without life-long damages.
Consider these recipes when toasting with friends and family this holiday season:
For Chocolate Lovers…
Eggnog Hot Chocolate
Serves 8 people
- 12 oz. bittersweet chocolate
- 2½ cups milk
- 4 cups eggnog
- 1 tsp. vanilla extract
- Whipped cream
- Peppermint or cinnamon sticks (optional)
- In a medium saucepan, add chocolate and milk.
- Bring to a simmer then remove from heat.
- Let mixture stand for 2 minutes then whisk chocolate until melted.
- Stir in the eggnog and heat the mix over low heat until warm.
- Add in vanilla and pour into mugs.
- Top the drink with whipped cream and your choice of peppermint or cinnamon sticks.
For an Apple Cider Twist…
Apple Cider Sleigh Driver
Serves 10 people
- 1 cup water
- ½ cup sugar
- 3 pears, chopped small
- 2-inch piece fresh ginger, peeled and sliced
- 2 quarts apple cider
- 1 lemon, halved and sliced
- 1 tablespoon ground allspice
- 1 cup fresh cranberries
- 2 tablespoons vanilla extract
- In a large saucepan, combine the water, sugar, ginger, and 1 pear.
- Bring to a boil and stir occasionally.
- Strain the solids from the mix and return the liquid to the pan.
- Add the cider, lemon, allspice, and remaining pears into the liquid.Heat the mixture over medium-high heat for 15 minutes, stirring often.
- Add vanilla and cranberries and reduce the heat to a simmer for 10 minutes.
- Serve in heat-safe mugs.
For a Sweet Holiday Punch…
Serves 20 people
- 2 (0.13 ounce) packages unsweetened strawberry-flavored drink mix powder
- 1 cup white granulated sugar
- 4 quarts cold water
- 2 (6 ounce) cans frozen orange juice concentrate
- 2 (6 ounce) cans frozen pineapple juice concentrate
- 2 oranges, sliced into rounds (optional)
- 1 liter ginger ale
- ½ gallon sherbet
- In a large punch bowl combine the water, sugar, and drink mix.
- Stir until the sugar is dissolved.
- Add in the orange juice and pineapple juice concentrates.
- Right before serving, stir in the ginger ale and slide in the sherbet.
- Top the punch with orange slices, if desired.
Everyone here at Edgar Snyder & Associates wishes you and yours a safe and happy New Year holiday!