Healthier Holiday Drinks

Holiday drinks are special and tasty, but a pumpkin spice or peppermint latte from your favorite coffee joint can quickly add up to 400 calories. Even worse, those calories won’t fill you up like food would, so you’ll likely consume more than you need throughout the day.

However, it’s still possible to enjoy holiday coffeehouse favorites without the guilt by opting for a lower-fat milk, asking for fewer sugar pumps and skipping the whipped topping.

Another holiday drink category known to contribute empty calories is cocktails. Alcohol has seven calories per gram, so even spirits that don’t have added sugar or fat can equal 80-100 calories in a single ounce pour. Whether you’re looking to cut down on sugar in your drinks or prefer to consume mocktails, these family-friendly drinks have unique flavors and beautiful garnishes that are sure to be crowd-pleasers (scroll down to check them out).


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Pear drink in front of pears


  • 2 oz. pear juice*
  • ½ tsp. honey
  • 2 pods cardamom, seeds crushed or 1/8 tsp. ground cardamom
  • ¼ tsp. vanilla extract
  • Sparkling water to top
  • Crushed ice
  • Pear slices, for garnish

*Choose no sugar added pear juice. Use the juice from canned pears if unable to find pear juice.



The Perky Pear

1. In a glass, stir pear juice with honey. Honey will not dissolve well in ice mixture.
2. In a shaker bottle with ice, combine pear juice and honey mixture, vanilla extract and cardamom.
3. Strain liquid over glass with ice.
4. Top with sparkling water and garnish with pear slices.

Nutrition information

Calories 41 | Fat 0 g | Carbohydrates 10 g (sugar 8 g) | Protein 0g|

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Cranberry drink with burnt oranges


  • 5 oz. 100% cranberry juice (not cranberry juice cocktail)
  • 5 oz. orange juice
  • 1/8 tsp. cinnamon
  • Sparkling water to top
  • Crushed ice
  • 3-4 cranberries for garnish
  • Burnt orange slices: 1 orange, 1 Tbsp. granulated sugar
  • Optional cinnamon sugar rim: ¼ tsp. cinnamon and 1 Tbsp. turbinado sugar


The Cozy Cran

For the optional cinnamon sugar rim: Combine sugar and cinnamon in a small bowl. Transfer mixture to a plate. Slide orange across desired spot for sugar rim and dip this area in the mixture. (I recommend placing sugar rim over ¼ of the glass.

For the burnt orange slices: Turn the oven on broil. Thinly slice orange slices and gently sprinkle granulated sugar over them. Place on baking sheet lined with aluminum foil (parchment and wax paper will burn under broiler). Place in oven for 4-5 minutes, or until they have reached the desired “burnt” look. Ovens vary in the power of the broiler, so time may vary.

For the drink:
1. In a shaker bottle with ice, combine cranberry juice, orange juice and cinnamon and shake vigorously.
2. Pour shaker contents into a glass with ice. Top with sparkling water. Garnish with burnt orange slices and cranberries.

Nutrition information

Calories 28| Fat 0 g| Carbohydrates 7 g (sugar 7 g) | Protein 0 g

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