My boys were taste testers for this week’s "What to drink" recommendation. I decided to mix up a couple of simple mocktails, non-alcoholic cocktails, as options to serve at Thanksgiving.

I played around with several ingredients and came up with the two drinks below. The first is a non-alcoholic version of a Mule, a cocktail normally made with vodka, ginger beer, and lime. The ginger beer and the bitters give it a bite, and it may not appeal to younger kids. My 15-year-old thought it was really good, but my 12-year-old didn’t like it all.

Please note, if you want a truly alcohol-free drink, leave out the bitters. The Angostora Bitters I used contains 45 percent alcohol. The amount in three drops is inconsequential to most people so I don’t have any problem calling this drink a mocktail or allowing my kids to drink it. For those who have to completely abstain from alcohol, it should be omitted.

The second drink is has less complicated flavors and may be more appealing to younger children. I don’t strain the lime juice after squeezing it, but my son said he liked it but he didn’t like the pulp. So for pulp-averse kids, run the juice through a sieve first.

Cranberry Mule Mocktail

Ingredients

  • 2 oz. cranberry juice, no sugar added
  • 5 oz ginger beer (ginger beer is naturally non-alcoholic)
  • 1/2 oz simple syrup
  • juice of one lime
  • 3 dashes bitters (bitters does contain a small amount of alcohol, so omit it if your don’t want any alcohol in your drink)
  • fresh cranberries
Directions
  1. Fill a 10 oz glass with ice.
  2. Add all ingredients except cranberries
  3. Stir with a long spoon
  4. Garnish with 3 or 4 cranberries floating on top
Cranberry Lime Fizz Mocktail

Ingredients

  • 2 oz cranberry juice, no sugar added
  • 5 oz. lime seltzer
  • 1 1/2 oz simple syrup
  • juice of one lime
  • fresh cranberries
Directions
  1. Fill a 10 oz glass with ice.
  2. Add all ingredients except cranberries
  3. Stir with a long spoon
  4. Garnish with 3 or 4 cranberries floating on top

Robin Shreeves ( @rshreeves ) focuses on food from a family perspective from her home base in New Jersey.