The Perfect Thanksgiving Mocktail

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This is an easy and refreshing Thanksgiving mocktail recipe that’s refreshing and filled with fall flavors. It’s great for the holiday season and Thanksgiving gatherings! 

Thanksgiving is a time for friends, family, and lots of delicious food. If you’re looking for a refreshing drink to serve your guests that is non-alcoholic, look no further than this refreshing mocktail recipe!

It has a delicious combination of apple cider and cranberry juice and is the perfect beverage with a seasonal taste. I love the subtle sweetness and fresh flavor of this drink. 

Thanksgiving mocktail in a green glass with cranberry juice and flowers.

Mocktails are a great alternative to cocktails, and this Thanksgiving mocktail is no exception. Made with apple cider, cranberry juice, simple rosemary syrup, lime juice, and a zero-proof spirit, it’s the perfect drink to enjoy while celebrating Thanksgiving.

This is a family-friendly drink to serve for Thanksgiving dinner or a fall gathering. If you’re looking for more mocktail recipes, check out our guide for making the best mocktails

You can also check out the best non-alcoholic Halloween drinks and punch!

Ingredients to make a mocktail.

How to Make A Thanksgiving Mocktail


  • Cocktail Shaker
  • Cocktail Jigger 
  • Small Glass

Shopping List and Ingredient Notes

This recipe uses simple ingredients that you can find at your local grocery store. 

Rosemary Simple Syrup – Making a homemade rosemary simple syrup is easy to do and adds a lot of flavor to the drink. 

Cranberry Juice –  You can use store-bought cranberry juice but make sure it’s sweetened. The unsweetened cranberry juice is very tart and bitter.

Apple Cider – Apple cider adds all of the fall flavors to this drink.

Lime Juice – We always add citrus to the drink to give it some acidity. You can also use orange juice or lemon juice if you prefer.

Zero Proof Spirit – This is optional but adds a botanical flavor to the mocktail.

Pouring an apple cider mocktail into a green glass filled with ice.


  • Make the rosemary simple syrup by simmering 1/2 cup sugar, 1/2 cup water, and 2 large sprigs of rosemary in a small saucepan. Once the sugar has dissolved, let the rosemary infuse for 10 minutes. Then strain the syrup into a glass bottle.
  • Add all of the ingredients into a cocktail shaker with ice. 
  • Shake for 20 seconds, then strain into a glass filled with ice. 
  • Strain into a pretty glass and add a garnish. 

Tips for Making The Best Thanksgiving Mocktail 

Add more or less simple syrup depending on how sweet you like the drink. 

If you don’t have a zero-proof spirit, you can leave it out. The drink will still be delicious. 

Make sure to use fresh lime juice for the best flavor. 

Add a dash of pumpkin pie spice over the top. 

Thanksgiving cocktail in a glass with lime and a flower.

Zero-Proof Spirits  

If you want to add a botanical flavor to your Thanksgiving mocktail, we recommend using a zero-proof spirit. This is a non-alcoholic spirit that is made without any alcohol. There are several brands that you can use. I like 

Mocktail Garnishes

It’s all about the garnish when it comes to cocktails and mocktails. For this Thanksgiving mocktail, we like to garnish it with a sprig of rosemary and an edible flower. You can also use any of these garnishes:

  • Fresh Cranberries 
  • Fresh Thyme 
  • Apple Slices 
  • Cinnamon Sticks 

What to Serve with Thanksgiving Mocktail 

This drink goes great with Thanksgiving recipes! Here are some of our favorites recipes to add to your Thanksgiving table:

Fall Thanksgiving Cheese Platter 

Thanksgiving Dessert Platter

Sweet Potatoe Casserol with Marshamllows

How to Cook a Turkey

Thanksgiving mocktail in a glass with apple cider and cranberry.

More Non-alcoholic Drinks

Peppermint Hot Chocolate – Made with real chocolate and peppermint. It’s so good! 

Pineapple Juice and Lavender – A refreshing drink recipe that’s perfect for sipping any time of the year.

Mulled Cider – This is made in a slow cooker and is perfect for the holidays. 

Margarita Mocktail – Also known as a lemon and lime spritz, this recipe is perfect for the holidays too.

Virgin Mimosa – We like to serve these at a festive brunch. 

Creamy Lemon Mocktail – The flavors come from tea and an entire lemon blended. It’s delicious!

We love creating fun mocktails that are perfect for any occasion. I hope you love this drink as much as we do and that you enjoy it on Thanksgiving day! 

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Thanksgiving mocktail in a green glass with cranberry juice and flowers.

Thanksgiving Mocktail

A refreshing drink with apple cider, cranberry juice, and simple rosemary syrup.
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Course: Drinks
Cuisine: American
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 0 minutes
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Total Time: 5 minutes
Servings: 1 cocktail
Calories: 81kcal
Author: Eden


  • 2 ounces apple cider
  • 1 ounce cranberry juice
  • 1/2 ounce rosemary simple syrup
  • 1/2 ounce lime juice
  • 1 ounce zero-proof spirit, this is optional, you can leave this out.


Rosemary Simple Syrup

  • Make the simple rosemary syrup by combing 1/2 cup sugar, 1/2 cup water, and 2 sprigs of rosemary in a small saucepan. Simmer until the sugar dissolves, then strain and remove the rosemary.
  • In a cocktail shaker filled with ice add the lime juice, simple syrup, apple cider, cranberry juice, and zero-proof.
    Cocktail shaker filled with ice and a mocktail.
  • Shake for 20 seconds, then strain into a glass filled with ice.
    Pouring an apple cider mocktail into a green glass filled with ice.
  • Garnish with lime and rosemary and enjoy!
    Thanksgiving mocktail in a glass with apple cider and cranberry.


Making a simple syrup is easy! Just follow our guide, using 2 large rosemary sprigs. You can save this in the refrigerator for 1 week to make cocktails! 
We love adding zero-proof spirits in the drink, however, you can make this without as well. I do recommend having it on hand if you make a lot of mocktails though! 
Instead of lime juice try lemon juice or orange juice too. 


Calories: 81kcal | Carbohydrates: 21g | Protein: 0.2g | Fat: 0.1g | Saturated Fat: 0.01g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 0.04g | Monounsaturated Fat: 0.01g | Sodium: 11mg | Potassium: 105mg | Fiber: 0.2g | Sugar: 20g | Vitamin A: 20IU | Vitamin C: 7mg | Calcium: 11mg | Iron: 1mg
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Thanksgiving mocktail recipe.

3 thoughts on “The Perfect Thanksgiving Mocktail”

  1. 5 stars
    This recipe is really amazing! Perfect for any occasion! Thanks a bunch for this very tasty mocktail recipe! Will surely have this again! Highly recommended!

  2. 5 stars
    Thanks Eden, this mocktail turned out to be refreshingly good and tasty. I’m excited to have this on our Thanksgiving celebration.


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