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Linda Yao is a student at the University of Pennsylvania, in the beautiful city of Philadelphia. Having grown up amidst music and art classes, she has an appreciation for the aesthetic, including the art of food. In pursuit of her passion for food, she loves sampling the best foods her city has to offer and enjoying time in the kitchen, exploring healthy options for desserts and entrees. Her biggest food weakness? Everything sweet, but especially dark chocolate. She hopes to influence those around her by sharing the joys of a healthy lifestyle.

Three New Year’s Eve Healthy Holiday Mocktails

A great punch is an easy way to add a touch of festivity to your  New Year’s Eve party menus. For something a little more unexpected and with a twist, try serving these holiday mocktails from Eating Well at your next festive occasion.

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(Photo Credit: Eating Well)

INGREDIENTS

  • 1 cup water
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 1 2-inch piece fresh ginger, peeled and sliced
  • 3 pears, chopped into bite-size pieces, divided
  • 2 quarts apple cider
  • 1 lemon, halved and sliced
  • 1 tablespoon ground allspice
  • 1 cup fresh cranberries
  • 2 tablespoons vanilla extract

 

PREPARATION

  1. Combine water, sugar, ginger and 1 pear in a large saucepan. Bring to a boil over medium-high heat, stirring occasionally. Strain out the solids and return the mixture to the pan.
  2. Add the remaining pears, cider, lemon and allspice and heat over medium-high heat, stirring often, for 15 minutes.
  3. Add cranberries and vanilla and reduce the heat to medium-low (the liquid should be simmering, not boiling). Let simmer for 10 minutes more. Serve in heat-safe mugs.

 

Sparkling Cran Razzy

 

(Photo Credit: Eating Well)

(Photo Credit: Eating Well)

INGREDIENTS

  • 1/2 cup fresh or frozen raspberries, for garnish
  • 2 cups cranberry-raspberry juice
  • 2 cups seltzer
  • 2 tablespoons lime juice, plus 4 wedges for garnish

 

PREPARATION

  1. If using fresh raspberries, freeze them in a single layer for about 1 hour (or overnight) before proceeding with Step 2.
  2. Combine cranberry-raspberry juice, seltzer and lime juice in a pitcher. Divide among 4 ice-filled glasses. Garnish with frozen raspberries and lime wedges.

 

Fireside Mulled Cider

 

(Photo Credit: cookscountry.com)

(Photo Credit: cookscountry.com)

INGREDIENTS

  • 6 cups apple cider, or juice
  • 2 orange slices
  • 1 lemon slice
  • 1 slice fresh ginger, smashed
  • 2 cinnamon sticks
  • 10 whole cloves

 

PREPARATION

  1. Combine cider (or juice), oranges, lemon, ginger, cinnamon sticks and cloves in a large saucepan and bring to a boil over high heat. Cook, stirring occasionally, until cider has reduced to 4 cups, about 25 minutes. Remove the fruit and spices with a slotted spoon.

 

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