Thanksgiving drinks for the whole family

What to drink on Thanksgiving: non alcoholic drink ideas for Thanksgiving that your kids and your stomach will thank

Thanksgiving, a day of family and food.
Many cultures hold such events to celebrate with their loved ones.
However, with these long dinners, its all too easy to overindulge in the meal and alcohol, resulting in sluggish digestion and guilt the morning after.
To avoid it this year, this article offers you fun but health-ish non-alcoholic Thanksgiving drinks, perfect to keep everyone happy and refreshed this season.

Thanksgiving mocktails

It appears that wine is the most popular alcoholic beverage during Thanksgiving. Furthermore, most people drink more alcohol throughout the holiday period.

But there are many delicious Thanksgiving alcohol-free drinks that avoid the empty calories from the alcohol and the hangover on the next day.
And they can be even tastier as their alcoholic cousins!

These Thanksgiving mocktails drinks look like real cocktails while they can be enjoyed by both children and adults.
They will become the highlight of your Thanksgiving brunch or dinner for sure!:

  • The Orchad Mocktail (by Bow Hill Blueberries for Food 52) - blueberry juice and orange will make for a beautiful fuchsia pink; apple cider adds some natural sweetness to this festive alcohol-free cocktail that can also easily made alcoholic
  • Pomegranate mocktail (by Nom nom paleo) - a sparkling non alcoholic mocktail that uses the autumnal ingredients pomegranate, orange and warming ginger
  • Whole 30 cranberry mocktail (by Healthy little peach) - a refreshing drink without added sugar
  • Blended persimmon mocktail (from She knows) an autumn-themed mocktail that uses this sweet fruit

Alcohol-free Thanksgiving drinks with apple

What screams Fall more than apples?
Theyre not only delicious, but they also have a natural sweetness to them, making them ideal for baking desserts and drinks.
Here are more than one easy non-alcoholic Thanksgiving drink to make with apple juice or cider:

  • Hot apple cider - (from A sweet pea chef) this is an amazing, refined-sugar free recipe for a wonderfully spiced hot apple juice
  • Pumpkin Apple Cider Healthy Butterbeer (from Thessa the domestic diva) - a light fall drink inspired by Harry Potters Butterbeer
  • Cinnamon Spice Apple Tea (from Gourmande in the kitchen) - a warming homemade cinnamon spiced apple tea recipe made from some ingredients you probably already have in the kitchen

Non alcoholic Thanksgiving drinks for a crowd

Warm apple cinnamon drink in cup

Even if you cant invite a large number of guests, holidays always demand preparing more than usual.
Here are some great Thanksgiving drink recipes that require little effort even if you prepare them in larger quantities:

Best teas for Thanksgiving

Arent teas just the most pleasant in the fall?
Ideal for this season are spiced tea blends with among others:

  • chai spices
  • pumpkin pie spices
  • cranberry
  • apple
  • cinnamon
  • vanilla
  • ginger

Furthermore to these combinations, there are certain teas that can complement your dinner or aid in digestion. Below you can read more about them.

Best teas to drink during Thanksgiving dinner

Dinner gathering with people drinking tea with the meal

Have you ever wonder which teas go well with specific types of food?
According to the English Tea Store, these black tea types pair well with most traditional Thanksgiving dishes and desserts:

  • Assam
  • Darjeeling
  • Ceylon

Teas for after Thanksgiving dinner

Pouring herbal tea on a cup

Have you had too much to eat for the evening gathering?
Dont worry, here are some excellent herbal teas for digestive issues.
They are also caffeine-free, so you may get a good nights sleep as a bonus.
Drinking any type warm tea will help you with digestion, but these herbal teas are specially known for being gentle to the belly:

  • Peppermint tea
  • Chamomile tea
  • Ginger tea
  • Fennel seeds tea
  • Dandelion tea

To learn more about the properties of each one and how to prepare them correctly, see Best herbal teas for digestion after dinner.

However, if you one of those persons who can drink caffeine just before going to bed without any problems, some other teas that may make you feel better after a copious meal are:

  • pu-ehr
  • oolong
  • green
  • black tea

These have some caffeine though, so they may be best to drink during the daytime.

Thanksgiving smoothies

Pumpkin, almonds and other nuts and veggies to make Thanksgiving-themed smoothies

Smoothies are a great option for any time of the day, but theyre especially perfect as a quick snack when youre too busy cooking dinner or as breakfast after a long night.
Here are some Thanksgiving-inspired smoothie recipes to keep you in the holiday spirit:

Thanksgiving drinks at Starbucks

Festive drinks at Starbucks in red cup

Many of Starbucks holiday beverages go well with the Thanksgiving mood, even if they are not particularly Thanksgiving-themed drinks:

  • The apple based drinks Steamed Apple Juice and Caramel Apple Spice (warm) and Apple Crisp Crème Frapuccino (cold)
  • Chocolate drinks: Hot Chocolate, White Hot Chocolate and Toasted White Hot Chocolate
  • Yummy warm milk drinks such as Pumpkin Spice Crème, Steamed Milk, Vanilla Crème, Cinnamon Dolce Crème, Chestnut Praline Crème and Caramel Brûlée Crème.
    Remember to order these beverages as Crème if you want the coffee free version, not as latte, since Starbucks lattes are coffee beverages!
  • There is also a Frapuccino version for many of these beverages

I hope this list has given you a few ideas to add to your Thanksgiving drink menu for the holiday. Happy Thanksgiving to all those celebrating!

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