When alcohol is consumed during a celebration, someone has to be the designated driver—and when it comes to going out for New Year’s Eve, that someone is usually me. So, as much as I love a glass or two of champagne to ring in the New Year, I stick to only one at the tolling of the hour. The rest of the time, I can be found sipping on a lively non-alcoholic beverage instead.

Every year I hunt for new ideas and scour the food and drink magazines for inspiration as to what I can order (or make at home, as the case may be) that is festive and unique. This year is no exception. I discovered these three and have tested them all!

Grapefruit Gimlet

Here’s a modern, non-alcoholic take on the traditional gin gimlet that’s sure to please the non-drinker or designated driver at your get together.

Place the first four ingredients in a shaker and mix well. Pour into a traditional gimlet cocktail glass or coupé cup and decorate with a dried grapefruit slice and sprig of thyme.

Ginger Amaretto

If your non-alcohol drinking guests have a preference for the flavour of almonds and a hint of vanilla, then perhaps they’d be excited to try this lovely festive cocktail made with non-alcoholic Amaretto liqueur?

  • 2 oz. alcohol-free Amaretto Monsieur Cocktail
  • 1 oz. ginger beer (Fever-Tree, The Great Jamaican Spicy Ginger Beer, Reeds)
  • 1 oz. natural apple juice
  • Ice cubes
  • Apple slices, cinnamon, and cinnamon sticks

Combine the first four ingredients into a cocktail shaker and shake well. Pour the contents into a highball glass and decorate with an apple slice and a cinnamon stick. If you like, sprinkle lightly with some cinnamon powder too. Tip: soak the apple slices in lemon to prevent them turning brown.

Raspberry Spritzer

This cocktail creation should appeal to your non-drinking guests who enjoy the bitterness of Campari but without the alcohol. Served as it is or zipped up with some added ingredients to make a punchy drink, it’s guaranteed to bring a smile to their lips!

Ahead of time, place the raspberries and mint leaves in ice cube trays, cover with water and freeze. Place a raspberry and a mint leaf ice cube into a Champagne flute or an old-fashioned style coupé cup. Pour the first two ingredients over them and drizzle in the raspberry syrup. Mix gently if preferred.

Set the Scene & Celebrate

Now all that’s left to do is prepare a selection of hors d’oeuvres, set the tone with your favourite music and tune into the New Year’s Eve celebrations happening worldwide on TV!

And don’t forget to provide lots of noise makers, streamers, tiaras and hats – there you go, now you’re all ready to welcome in the New Year with family and friends. Here’s to 2022!