Making Traditional Christmas Drinks Non-Alcoholic

Non-Alcoholic Winter Spritz being poured

Transforming traditional Christmas drinks into non-alcoholic options isn’t always as simple as swapping in an alcohol-free spirit. Luckily, we’re here to help. We’ve taken some of the world’s favourite Christmas drinks and created alcohol-free versions. That way, there’ll be no compromising this December.

We’re strong believers that not drinking shouldn’t be boring. Gone are the days when the designated driver had to politely sip on a can of Coke and leave at midnight. Likewise, cutting down no longer means pumping your body full of sugary drinks instead of alcohol. The world’s attitude towards alcohol is changing and we’re here to help it on its way.

What is a Traditional Christmas Drink & Why Make it Non-Alcoholic? 

When thinking of drinks that are typically enjoyed around Christmas, Eggnog, Mulled Wine and Bucks Fizz will probably spring to mind. However, there are also plenty of cocktails that feel festive from your first sip. Think Negronis, Martinis and warming Winter Spritzes. Well, we’ve taken these traditional drinks and removed the alcohol. Now they’re perfect if you’re drinking less this Christmas.

To lots of people, the idea of a Christmas without alcohol is a nightmare not worth thinking about. But imagine a Christmas where you win all the board games, don’t burn the turkey and stay awake way later the Queen’s speech. Beyond that, reasons for making non-alcoholic Christmas cocktails stretch even further. Pregnancy, alcohol intolerance, addiction and mental health are just some reasons people may not want to drink this Christmas. Luckily, with realistic alcohol-free spirits readily available, you needn’t miss out.

Non-Alcoholic Traditional Drink Recipes

Traditional Christmas drink recipes without alcohol are few and far between. We’d like to help set you on a path to a slightly less boozy Christmas. So, resident mixologist Simone Caporale created some easy-to-make, alcohol-free Christmas cocktails.

Non-alcoholic Espresso Martini for Christmas

We’ve added a festive spin to everyone’s favourite caffeine-based cocktail and created a non-alcoholic Espresso Martini. We reckon this one’s perfect for an after-dinner boost on Christmas Day or even as a sophisticated Christmas Eve cocktail.


Take a coupette or martini glass. Next, add cubed ice, 80ml ZEO Spiced Oak, 50ml espresso and 15ml sugar syrup into a cocktail shaker and… shake. Strain it into your glass, garnish with a dusting of cinnamon and you’re good to go. For extra festive feels, rest a sprig of pine across the glass.

Winter Negroni without alcohol

Warm and incredibly drinkable, Negronis are fan favourites at Christmas time. They’re normally made using equal parts Campari, red vermouth and gin… so a Negroni can be pretty potent. If you’d like to enjoy a less-alcoholic Negroni over Christmas, we’ve got just the ticket. 


Take a rocks glass and add cubed ice. Next, stir in 60ml ZEO Botanical Dry, 10ml Monin bitter syrup and 30ml Martini Vibrante. Garnish with a cinnamon stick and a cherry for the perfect alcohol-free Christmas Negroni.

Winter Spritz

Who said a Spritz is just for summer? We drink them all year round but adapt the recipe for winter. Sometimes we like to warm our toes a touch more by adding two dashes of alcoholic Peychaud's Bitters (we’re all about balance).  If you’d rather not, substitute it out for some alcohol-free aromatic bitters.


This recipe’s pretty easy once you have all the ingredients in stock. Simply take a balloon glass, fill with cubed ice and add 70ml ZEO Botanical Dry, 70ml pressed apple juice, 40ml kombucha, 10ml honey water and 2 dashes of Peychaud’s Bitters. Stir and garnish with a dehydrated apple slice and a cinnamon stick.


Like the sound of an alcohol-free Christmas? Head over to the ZEO Journal to find out How to Enjoy a Non-Alcoholic Christmas This Year.