Alcohol Addiction
woman prepares mocktails for sober holidays
By BrightView
Author Dan Bielecki, LPCC-S, LICDC-CS
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Dan Bielecki, LPCC-S, LICDC-CS

Dan is a Licensed Professional Clinical Counselor with supervision designation (LPCC-S) and a Licensed Independent Chemical Dependency Counselor... read more

Published: December 13, 2021
Updated: December 13, 2021

One of the most fun activities associated with the holidays is indulging in festive food and drinks. Family members bring their signature dishes, and everyone eats until they feel they might burst. Overeating at holiday celebrations can also go hand in hand with overdoing it on alcohol. Many people want to let loose and enjoy themselves and not worry about what the scale will say the following day or how bad the impending hangover will be. However, it is not so easy to have such a carefree outlook on these overindulgences if you are in recovery. You may be worried about being exposed to alcohol at every family dinner and holiday party, especially if you are in early recovery and still strengthening your relapse prevention skills. So how can you spend time with your loved ones this holiday season without risking ruining your recovery progress? Reach out to your local alcohol addiction treatment center for extra support around the holidays.

At BrightView, we want you to know that it is normal to be more anxious about maintaining your recovery during the holidays. Triggers are much more abundant during this time of year, but we are here to provide the additional support you need. Prepare yourself for a sober holiday season by calling us at 1-833-510-HELP.

Mocktail Ideas for a Fun and Sober Holiday Celebration

An enjoyable way to prevent relapse during the holidays is coming up with fun alternatives to holiday cocktails. If the only nonalcoholic beverage choice at a holiday party is water, you are bound to feel disappointed and deprived. These festive mocktail ideas are sure to be a hit at any sober party:

  • Mistletoe Mocktail – Mix two cups each of apple juice, cranberry juice, and seltzer. Pour into four glasses with ice. Garnish each with a few cranberries and a rosemary sprig.
  • Nonalcoholic Christmas Cosmopolitan – Mix three cups of cranberry juice, two cups of seltzer, one cup of orange juice, and one-half cup of lime juice. Pour into four glasses and garnish each with a slice of lime. For even more pop, you can toss in a few frozen cranberries.
  • Holiday Peppermint Mocha – For each cup of coffee, stir in one tablespoon of chocolate syrup or hot cocoa powder and one drop of peppermint extract. Add half and half or cream to your liking, then garnish with a dollop of whipped cream and a candy cane.

There are plenty more mocktail ideas online for the holiday season and all year round. Try some of these ideas or get a little creative and design your own.

Experiment with Mocktail Ideas for a Sober Holiday Celebration

If you feel like getting creative and coming up with your own holiday mocktail recipes, here are a few tips for ingredients to keep on hand:

  • Nothing says holidays better than the colors red and green. Choose red beverages for your bases, such as cranberry juice, cherry juice, or pomegranate juice. Green is a little trickier, but you can find some green juices in the children’s drink section of the supermarket.
  • Bubbles make any drink more festive, so add a little ginger ale, seltzer, or sparkling water to your mocktails.
  • If you wish to go for hot beverages for your sober party, you can try apple cider or hot chocolate. Stock up on fun seasonings and toppings, such as caramel or chocolate syrup, cinnamon, mini marshmallows, sprinkles, whipped cream, and candy canes.
  • Garnish makes all the difference in setting a holiday mocktail apart. Think red or green garnishes such as rosemary sprigs, cranberries, lime slices, and candy canes.
  • The last thing you need for fun holiday mocktails is something to serve them in. Seasonal mugs and mason jars work wonderfully for this.

BrightView: Sharing Sober Party Ideas for Happy Holidays

At BrightView, we understand that the holidays can bring up stress and worry about relapse for those in recovery. You deserve to have fun with your family and friends over the holidays, and we can help you do just that. Try some of the mocktail ideas above and experiment with some of your own as well. For additional support for your recovery this holiday season, reach out to us at 1-833-510-HELP.