Help Your Designated Driver Get His (Non-Alcoholic) Drink On

Here are 10 yummy drink recipes to ensure your holiday hero—the designated driver—has a tasty New Year's celebration, too.

You have your New Year's Eve party planned down to the snacks, the music and the champagne toast (and your cute outfit, of course). You’re ready to ring it in with food, friends and plentiful options for those seeking spirits to get into the spirit.

But the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration’s Drunk Driving Prevention Facebook page that launched for the holiday reminds party planners not to forget some of their most esteemed guests: The designated drivers.

It’s still a party for them, too—so make it more festive with these recipes, courtesy of our friends over at the administration.

Here are the 10 drinks that sounded yummiest to us—enjoy!

1. Yellowjacket

2 ounces of orange juice
2 ounces of pineapple juice
1/2 ounce of lemon juice

Shake with ice and strain over ice cubes into an old-fashioned glass. Garnish with a lemon slice. (Courtesy of baronedrinks.com)

2. Raspberry Spritzer

2 cups of seltzer
2/3 cup of frozen raspberries
2 sprigs fresh mint
3 ounces of raspberry-flavored syrup
Ice cubes

Combine seltzer, raspberries, mint and raspberry-flavored syrup in a small pitcher. Pour over ice. (Courtesy of eatingwell.com)

3. Batman Cocktail

6 ounces of orange juice
1/2 teaspoon grenadine
club soda

Serve over lots of ice cubes in a Collins glass and top up with soda. Garnish with an orange slice. (Courtesy of baronedrinks.com)

4. Haymaker’s Ginger Switchel

9 cups of water, divided
1/4 cup of minced fresh ginger
1/4 cup of honey or pure maple syrup
1/4 cup of molasses
3/4 cup of lemon juice
1/4 cup of cider vinegar
Fresh berries, mint sprigs or lemon slices for garnish

Combine 3 cups water with ginger in a small saucepan. Bring to a boil over medium-high heat. Boil for two minutes. Remove from the heat, cover and let infuse for 15 minutes. Strain the ginger-infused water into a pitcher, pressing on the ginger solids to extract all the liquid. Add honey (or maple syrup) and molasses; stir until dissolved. Stir in lemon juice, vinegar and the remaining 6 cups water. Chill until very cold, at least two hours or overnight. Stir the punch and serve in tall glasses over ice cubes. Garnish with berries, mint sprigs or lemon slices, if desired. (Courtesy of eatingwell.com)

5. Mint Tisane

1 bunch of fresh mint
1 bunch of fresh lemon verbena (optional)
3 cups (up to 6 cups) boiling water
Sugar (optional), to taste

Place 1 bunch of mint and 1 bunch of lemon verbena (including stems) in teapot. Pour in boiling water and allow to steep for about five minutes. Add sugar, if desired. Serve in small Moroccan or other clear tea glasses. (Courtesy of O, The Oprah Magazine)

6. Summertime Barbarian
1/2 cup of grapefruit juice
1/2 cup of pineapple
1/2 cup strawberries

Blend with a cup of crushed ice until smooth and serve in two Collins glasses. Garnish each glass with a kiwi wheel. (Courtesy of baronedrinks.com)

7. Hawaiian Smoothie

1 cup of chopped fresh pineapple
1/2 cup of chopped and peeled papaya
1/4 cup of guava nectar
1 tablespoon of lime juice
1 teaspoon of grenadine
1/2 cups ice

Place ingredients in the order listed in a blender. Pulse three times to chop the fruit, then blend until smooth. Serve immediately. (Courtesy of eatingwell.com)

8. Trapper’s Special

1 part Coca-Cola, 1 part ginger ale and 1 part Mountain Dew
Cherries cleaned and halved

Mix the drink in a tall chilled glass. Add several cherries and serve. (Courtesy of baronedrinks.com)

9. Acid Sweetener

2 drops of vanilla extract
1 1/2 teaspoons of sugar
1/2 lime juice and 1/2 lime

Combine lime juice, sugar and vanilla extract in a glass. Fill with water. Stir well and serve cold. (Courtesy of baronedrinks.com)

10. Mock Pink Lady
1-1/2 cups of milk
2 tablespoons of lemon juice
1 tablespoon of grenadine
1 tablespoon of sugar, granulated

Pour milk, lemon juice, grenadine, sugar and ice cubes into blender. Blend until ice is dissolved. Serve immediately. (Courtesy of garvick.com)


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