This Sparkling Cranberry Kombucha Mocktail lets you sip the night away and still feel your best the next morning. It’s a refreshing and stunning non-alcoholic alternative to sugary holiday cocktails. The ginger and rosemary lend a festive touch and pair nicely with the tart cranberry juice. So now you can celebrate the night away without a headache or dehydration – plus you get a healthy dose of probiotics!
This post was originally published on December 5th, 2016. Updated on December 15th, 2020
‘Tis the Season to Sparkle
Even though this year may not bring big, lavish cocktail hours, office holiday parties, or large gatherings with friends and family, it doesn’t mean you can’t treat yourself to low-key parties at home complete with cocktails – or in this case, healthy mocktails – and Zoom gatherings. This stunningly refreshing alternative to sugary boozy cocktails is perfect for anyone looking to avoid alcohol or just wants a festive beverage without the fuzzy head.
Did we also mention that it comes with the side benefit of being gut-healthy and packed with antioxidants? We think that’s even more reason to raise a glass of this Sparkling Cranberry Kombucha Mocktail this holiday season.
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Ingredients for Cranberry Kombucha Mocktails
- Kombucha – We recommend ginger, cranberry, or ‘original’ flavors but feel free to get creative with other flavors. You’re the boss!
- Cranberry juice – Choose 100% unsweetened cranberry juice if you want to keep this low in sugar and Whole30-friendly. Most cranberry juices are blends of other juices like apple or grape – some even have added sugar or alternative sweeteners – which means they can pack a sugary punch.
- Fresh ginger – Fresh ginger gives non-alcoholic cocktails like this a slightly spicy zing that’s reminiscent of the sensation you get at the back of your throat when drinking alcohol. It’s also good for digestion and boosting the immune system
- Fresh rosemary – The piney flavor of rosemary adds a somewhat savory yet refreshing twist to lightly sweet kombucha mocktails like this one. It also adds a festive little flair that’s perfect for the holiday season
- Fresh cranberries – Cranberries and their juices are a good source of vitamin C and other potent antioxidants. While you’re not very likely to munch on raw cranberries, they make a beautiful and festive garnish for drinks
What can I substitute for kombucha in mocktail recipes?
If you’re not a fan of kombucha or don’t have any on hand, here are few substitutes you can use:
- Ginger Beer – Ginger beer is a non-alcoholic brew made with ginger, sugar, and carbonated water. It’s got a sharper, cleaner flavor than ginger ale soda. Look for it in the beverage aisle of grocery stores or with the mixers at liquor stores. Because ginger beer is sweetened with sugar, it is not Whole30-friendly.
- Ginger Soda – Think ginger ale here. Sodas are typically flavored with natural or artificial flavors and the sweeteners can range from corn syrup to cane sugar to natural and artificial sweeteners so be sure to read the labels to find the one that suits you. Note: Soda is not Whole30-friendly
- Water Kefir – Water kefir is a probiotic-rich beverage similar to kombucha but instead of tea, it’s brewed with water, and flavors are added after brewing. Read the label to check for added sweeteners as many are sweetened with stevia which is not Whole30-friendly.
Mocktails are just as cool as cocktails
With this snazzy glass of cranberry kombucha goodness in hand, you’ll look cooler than ever – and you’ll be less likely to do something you might regret later. Besides that, mocktail recipes are also great for guests who are pregnant or otherwise abstain from alcohol but who still want something fun and fizzy to sip.
Kids love them too! Let them help by muddling the ginger and fresh rosemary together with a muddler or the end of a wooden spoon and filling the glasses with ice. Garnish with a thin slice of ginger, a few cranberries, and a sprig of fresh rosemary for extra flavor and flair.
Looking for more mocktail recipes? Try one of these!
- 2 bottles kombucha of choice (such as ginger, cranberry, or ‘original/unflavored’)
- ½ cup 100% cranberry juice
- 1-inch slice of fresh ginger, thinly sliced, plus more for garnish
- 1 large sprig of fresh rosemary, plus more for garnish
- Fresh cranberries, rosemary sprigs, and thinly sliced ginger for garnish
- Fill 4 double old-fashioned glasses with ice and set aside.
- In a pitcher or quart-sized mason jar, muddle sliced ginger and rosemary together using the end of a wooden spoon or a muddler if you have one.
- Add cranberry juice and kombucha, stir gently to combine.
- Pour into ice-filled glasses (using a strainer, if necessary) and garnish with sprigs of rosemary, a slice of fresh ginger, and a few cranberries before serving.
- Serving Size: ~8 ounces
- Calories: 55
- Sugar: 10g
- Sodium: 0mg
- Fat: 0g
- Carbohydrates: 13g
- Fiber: 0g
- Protein: 0g
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About Jessica Beacom
Jessica is a Registered Dietitian Nutritionist living in Boulder, CO with her hubby and two daughters. She’s been described as a ‘real food evangelist’ and loves sharing her knowledge with others to help them break free of the diet mentality and find their own food freedom. In her spare time she enjoys CrossFit, telemark skiing, mountain biking, teaching herself how to play the banjo and camping out under the stars.