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5 quick & delicious zero-waste holiday cocktails (and mocktails!)

Published on December 21 2021

Who doesn’t love sipping on a guilt-free cocktail over the holidays? 

You don’t need the bartending expertise to make the 5 tasty drinks listed below. These easy recipes are low-waste, vegan and sustainable alternatives to your traditional holiday cocktails, saving you a few extra coins while reducing your ecological footprint. 

Psst. Here’s the best part: the beverages are just as delicious if you make them alcohol-free! 

1. Holiday zero-waste eggnog 


  • 1½ shots of rum (optional)
  • 2 shots of eggnog (or vegan eggnog for a more low-waste option) 
  • Ground cinnamon
  • Ground nutmeg
  • Cinnamon sticks


  1. Measure 1½ shots of rum and 2 shots of eggnog, pour into a liquor shaker 
  2. Add a pinch of the ground cinnamon and nutmeg into the shaker 
  3. Shake the drink for a few seconds and add ice cubes, then shake it again for another few seconds 
  4. Pour over ice into a cocktail glass 
  5. Garnish with a few cinnamon sticks, then sprinkle some warm spices to your liking


2. Prepare homemade cordial from citrus for various drink combinations


  • 2 cups of citrus cut-offs (orange, grapefruit, limes, etc.) 
  • 2 cups of water
  • 1½ cups of sugar 
  • ¾ teaspoon of citric acid (or lemon juice) 


  1. Mix the citrus wedges and water in a bowl
  2. Slowly add the sugar, tasting as you go to ensure the right level of sweetness 
  3. Refrigerate for 24 hours 
  4. Strain into a container and add the citric acid

Congratulations! You’ve made your own cordial syrup. 

3. Concoct a fancy beverage with avocado pits to make orgeat syrup 


  • 2-3 avocado pits 
  • 1⅔ cups of sugar
  • 1⅔ cups of water


  1. Dry your avocado pits at room temperature overnight or under heat 
  2. Place them in a blender or use a microplane grater to crush them into a grated texture
  3. Toast the pits dry on a frying pan over medium heat, tossing them occasionally until they turn an orange-brown colour 
  4. Add the toasted pits into the water and sugar, then leave to brew overnight 
  5. Blend the mixture to form a thick syrup consistency

That’s your avocado-based orgeat syrup! 

4. Combine the orgeat syrup with cordial for a low-waste Mai Tai  



  1. Combine 1½ shots of rum with the shots of orgeat syrup and lime cordial in a liquor shaker, shake well for a few seconds 
  2. Pour over ice in a martini glass and serve with a fruit wedge such as pineapple, mango, coconut, or any other exotic fruit you’ve got leftover

And enjoy! 

5. Use your leftover cucumber and mint to make a gin sizzle


  • 1½ shots of cucumber mint gin (optional)
  • 1 shot of chopping board lime cordial
  • Sparkling water 


  1. Combine 1½ shots of gin and the shot of cordial syrup in a liquor shaker with ice and shake well for a few seconds 
  2. Add a few ice cubes to your cocktail glass, then pour the liquor from the shaker
  3. Fill the rest of the glass with soda water
  4. Garnish with a wedge of cucumber and sprig of mint 


Top tips

#1: Avoid using plastic straws with your cocktails or mocktails! Invest in reusable ones or get rid of them altogether. 

#2: Keep your beverages looking pretty and presentable by using your leftover fruits and veggies to garnish the edge of the glasses.

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