While many Americans are busy planning their Thanksgiving menus and making travel arrangements to visit family, you may be worried about how to maintain your sobriety. The holidays can be an enjoyable time to spend with loved ones, but they can also be a very stressful time, especially if you are in recovery. Thanksgiving dinners, football games, and strained family relations can all be triggers for alcohol use. So how can you enjoy a sober holiday season without missing out on all the festivities? Trying out some fun mocktail ideas for alcohol addiction can provide an excellent alternative to standard alcoholic beverages.
At TruHealing Centers, we understand that the stress of the holidays can make it challenging to stick to your goals for recovery. Even if you are not feeling particularly stressed out, just being around alcohol can be a powerful trigger. We want to help make staying sober over Thanksgiving as easy as possible without taking away the pleasures of the holiday. Call us today at 833.631.0525 or complete our online form to learn how we can provide the guidance and support you need to stay on your recovery path.
3 Mocktail Ideas for This Holiday Season
1. Thanksgiving Punch
During the holiday season, you can find gallon jugs of apple cider and just about any grocery store or farm market. Use this as a base for the punch, and add four bottles of ginger beer for a bit of carbonation and spicy sweetness. Stir in about one tablespoon of cinnamon or pumpkin pie spice, ensuring that the spice does not clump up. Add in the autumn fruits of your choice: sliced apples, pears, oranges, or whole cranberries. This recipe makes enough for fifteen to twenty servings, so you can scale down as needed for smaller gatherings.
2. Thanksgiving Spritzer
If you like the bubbly lightness of a spritzer, try this alcohol-free version. Simply substitute the wine with one and one-half parts fruit juice, such as cranberry, orange, or apple. Add one part ginger ale for more sweetness or seltzer for a lighter alternative.
3. Thanksgiving Sangria
This festive non-alcoholic sangria is similar to the Thanksgiving punch but with a different base. Mix one part cranberry juice, one part grape juice, and two parts sparkling water. Toss in the seasonal fruits of your choice. The sangria is excellent with sliced oranges and whole cranberries, but you can also use sliced lemons, apples, or grapes.
Enjoy a Sober Holiday Season
Mocktails can make any gathering more enjoyable for people in recovery. After all, who wants to gulp down glass after glass of plain water the whole time? The key to getting the most out of your alcohol-free beverages is to choose mocktail ideas with a theme for each event. This adds to the fun and ensures that you will not get bored by using the same recipe for every gathering.
For the fall holiday season, think about seasonal fruits that can be incorporated into your drink recipes.
Wonderful fruits to use this time of year in your drinks include:
Let them inspire your mocktail creations for an enjoyable sober holiday season.
Maintain Sobriety Throughout the Holidays with Support from TruHealing Centers
At TruHealing Centers, our team wants you and your loved ones to enjoy a happy, sober holiday season together. We hope you find our mocktail ideas for alcohol addiction helpful for maintaining your sobriety this Thanksgiving. Part of relapse prevention is planning for potential triggers, which can be particularly difficult during the holidays. If you need extra support for your sobriety this time of year, reach out to us by calling 833.631.0525 or completing our online form to get the help you need.