New Year’s Eve Cranberry Sparkler Mocktail

Fresh cranberries, maple syrup, white grape juice and club soda make this delightful Cranberry Sparkler Mocktail into a New Year’s Eve (or any other kind of celebration) drink! This alcohol-free drink is perfect for kids, expectant mamas and anyone who doesn’t drink alcohol.

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Happy New Year’s Eve, y’all!

Who’s got exciting plans for tonight?

We’re taking it easy after a week of travel and fun… and since it’s New Year’s Eve, I got to thinking about how I’m pregnant and what I’m going to do since this evening is capped off with a glass (or two) of champagne.

Real talk: I think the entire world knows I’m pregnant at this point. I’m writing about it. I sure as heck am thinking about it. (All. The. Darn. Time.) And I am looking it more and more by the day.

When we were in my hometown for Christmas, my mother kept remarking, “Wow! You really look pregnant!” with every new outfit I pulled on.

It took 31 weeks to reach this point, y’all, and it’s incredible seeing the changes in my body. It’s also hilarious to look back on my 20 week belly photo, in which I thought I was “huge” and “looked pregnant” because, well, if I thought I was huge and pregnant-looking then, I have no idea what I would classify as now.

Other drinks for New Year’s Eve: Sparkling Ginger Cranberry MocktailVirgin Margarita (Margarita Mocktail)How to make a Grape Shrub Mocktail | Framboise Champagne Cocktail | The Best New Year’s Eve Drinks

Two glasses of sparkling cranberry mocktails on new year's eve napkins

Since I’m pregnant, I won’t be sipping champagne like I normally would this evening. Because of this, I wanted to make something special for the festivities, even if I will be fast asleep by the time the clock chimes midnight.

Ladies and gents, I’ve made my first “official” mocktail.

And it’s delightful.

You blend fresh cranberries with maple syrup and white grape juice for the base of the drink. You’ll add that to your glass, and then you top it with club soda.

Easy peasy, right?

Two glasses of sparkling cranberry mocktails on new year's eve glasses

It’s super light and refreshing, and I totally recommend it to all the expectant mamas… and to anyone who’s not feeling the champagne this evening.

Here’s how you can make your own:

Two glasses of sparkling cranberry mocktails on new year's eve glasses
Yield: 7 drinks

Cranberry Sparkler Mocktail

Prep Time: 5 minutes
Total Time: 5 minutes

Fresh cranberries, maple syrup, white grape juice and club soda make this delightful Cranberry Sparkler Mocktail into a holiday treat! Perfect for kids, expectant mamas and folks who don't want any bubbly for a celebration.

Ingredients

  • 1 3/4 cups fresh cranberries, (plus more for garnish)
  • 1/4 cup pure maple syrup
  • 3/4 cup white grape juice
  • Club soda

Instructions

  1. Measure in the cranberries and maple syrup into the blender or a food processor. Blend until smooth.
  2. Pour in the white grape juice, and blend until well combined.
  3. Measure six tablespoons of the cranberry base into the glass of your choosing, then top with club soda. (I can imagine a lemon-lime soda or ginger ale would substitute well for the club soda, as would champagne.)
  4. Enjoy chilled!

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Two glasses of sparkling cranberry mocktails on new year's eve napkins
What kind of drink do you plan on sipping tonight as you say goodbye to 2014 and ring in the new year?

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10 Comments

  1. Very yummy looking/sounding! Hopefully can try! Happy New Years, new mom! You are going to experience more than you could ever imagine & the love from your child; goes without saying…

    1. Thanks, Lisa! I hope if you get to chance to drink this that you find it equally delicious. And thank you… I’m so, so, so excited and can hardly believe she’s almost here!

    1. Thanks, Trisha! The fresh cranberries are so good in this… and this drink is something a few of my non-pregnant friends tried and said they enjoyed, so it’s good for everyone!

  2. This looks amazing. I don’t drink so this is something that would work for me for a number of celebrations. I’ll have to give it a shot!

    1. Thanks, Sharlee! I hope you get the chance to try this and that you enjoy it as much as I have! I think it’d be perfect for so many different occasions!

  3. these are so glam and pretty! congrats on surviving pregnancy so far, you must be so, so excited for 2015!

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