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The New Year’s Eve is often a time when many of us think about bringing in the new year with a special beverage. For folks who work hard to maintain their sobriety, the holidays can be a challenge. I wanted to create some great mocktails to make everyone feel special while making a toast to the new year!

Elderflower Syrup has a great flavor
Tasting this ingredient is believing!

Tasting Elderflower syrup is believing! These aromatic flowers come from sambucus shrub otherwise known as elder or elderberry. This syrup is not widely available and I had to order mine online. The two brands most common. Monin or D’Arbo. It is also possible to make this syrup and the trickiest part is finding the plant! Caution with the leaves and roots because, they can be toxic. If you can’t find the elderflower syrup, substitute simple syrup for it.

Orange Missouri Mule
This hardworking, little mocktail the Orange Missouri Mule is named after the state animal of my home state!

Orange Missouri Mule

Freshly Squeezed orange juice, fresh rosemary and a good bottle of ginger beer. These are the ingredients for something spicy and bubbly! I choose Maine Root for this mocktail but you can find several other ones that you might also enjoy. Ginger beer is a non-alcoholic beverage made by fermenting ginger, sugar and yeast.

Makes 2 servings.

resh Orange juice

Ginger Beer

Fresh Ginger for Garnish

Rosemary twigs

In two glasses pour ginger beer and add fresh orange juice. Add a few ice cubes and stir with the rosemary twig.

Golden Hot Chocolate
The flavor of cardamon and tumeric makes this hot chocolate unique!

Golden Hot Chocolate

Tumeric  and cardamom gives a nice gold to this warm, cozy drink!

Makes 2 servings.

1-2 teaspoon freshly grated tumeric

1 teaspoon freshly ground cardamon

1 tablespoon honey

1/2 tablespoon water

1 ounce dark chocolate

2 cup milk

in a medium saucepan, heat chocolate, water, turmeric, cardamom and honey on low heat until chocolate melts. Slowly whisk in milk and heat through. Pour into two special mugs.

Blueberry, Elderflower and Lavender Soda
This mocktail is the signal of elegance.

The Blue Flower

This mocktail has it all the antioxidant benefits of blueberries, the relaxing power of lavender and the healing properties of elderflower!

Makes 1 serving

Handful of frozen blueberries

1 tablespoon elderflower

1 tablespoon dried lavender flowers to make lavender tea

Smalled chilled bottle of club soda

Make lavender tea by heating water and pouring 1/2 cup into coffee mug. Put lavender in a tea ball and carefully dunk into mug and seep a few minutes and then remove tea ball. Allow tea to cool. To make the mocktail, in a champagne flute, pour tea, elderflower syrup and chilled club soda. In a small bowl, crush a handful of blueberries and carefully add to the rest of the drink. You can gently stir to mix up the separate layers of this unique drink.

As a registered dietitian nutritionist in Asheville, North Carolina, I love helping clients find delicious ideas to help them with their healthy lifestyle. I am so glad that you stopped by to check out these delicious, holiday mocktails. I hope that they will become a special way to unwind long after the holidays are over.

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