Sobriety During The Holidays
Trying to stay sober from Halloween to Thanksgiving to New Year’s is a tall task compared to the rest of the year. Family parties, themed bar events, and work socials all crop up multiple times during this part of the year and for people battling an alcohol use disorder, it can be extremely challenging.
Thanksgiving may not have a primary association with drinking, but it frequently tops the charts for drinking holidays. The holiday usually provides students and working adults alike the first sizable break of the year giving way to widespread bouts of binge drinking at parties and bars.
Looking For Options This Thanksgiving
A cursory google of “Thanksgiving Beverage Ideas” turns up grim results if you’re looking for a sober option. Out of the first 100 results, “cocktail” appears 193 times. It’s clear that there is a pro-alcohol bias when using neutral terms, so the following is a list of Thanksgiving and fall themed drink ideas for people in search of a sober holiday.
Non-Alcoholic Thanksgiving Drinks
Mix even parts cranberry juice and ginger ale in a glass and add fresh cranberries and rosemary sprigs for style! A refreshing drink that cuts through some of the richness of thanksgiving dinner.
Maple Apple Cider
Apple cider is a classic, but it requires some patience and a crock pot. If you’re starting from scratch, you’ll need a dozen apples, an orange, a pomegranate, cinnamon sticks, and maple syrup to add that Canadian flare.
Sugar Cookie Hot Cocoa
This drink straddles Thanksgiving and Christmas and goes a long way in creating a cozy feeling on a cold day. The whole and condensed milk along with dark chocolate and cocoa powder create the classic hot cocoa experience. Add in vanilla and almond extract and top with powdered sugar to add the touch of sugar cookie into the mix!
Ginger Honey Lemon Tonic
Another refreshing option for this holiday season, this tonic will clear your sinuses with the strident taste of ginger and lemon. The name of the drink includes most of the ingredients except the water that mixes it all together.
Pumpkin Spice Drink
Seemingly the mascot for Autumnal beverages, pumpkin spice beverages have exploded in popularity over the past few years. The titular pumpkin spice brings in that fall feeling and sweetens up nicely when mixed with the brown sugar, milk, and whipped cream.
While these times can make it harder to stay sober, it’s not impossible. If you’re going to an event and you want to bring something, maybe bring one of these drinks to make sure that you have a safe option available.
If you find yourself in need of help or risking relapse this holiday season, please reach out for help. Compassionate treatment providers are available to give advice and support if you’re in need.
Halfbaked Harvest (2016) Sugar Cookie Hot Chocolate. Retrieved on November 24, 2020 from: https://www.halfbakedharvest.com/sugar-cookie-hot-chocolate/
Halfbaked Harvest (2016) Maple Apple Cider. Retrieved on November 24, 2020 from: https://www.halfbakedharvest.com/maple-apple-cider/
Kitchn (2014) Recipe: Flu-Season Ginger-Honey-Lemon Tonic. Retrieved on November 24, 2020 from: https://www.thekitchn.com/recipe-flu-season-ginger-honey-lemon-tonic-drink-recipes-from-the-kitchn-38574
TheWorktop (2015) Hot Pumpkin Spice Drink. Retrieved on November 24, 2020 from: https://www.theworktop.com/breakfast-brunch-recipes/hot-pumpkin-spice-drink/
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