12 Non-Alcoholic Drinks for Thanksgiving That Are Total Crowd-Pleasers

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If we're being honest, the standard Thanksgiving meal can be a bit boring. Sure, we all have our favorite dishes—and mashed potatoes, gravy, and turkey are beloved—but since it's usually clear what will be served, there are rarely any surprises come the big day.

While we're not advocating for going too far outside the box for this meal, since everyone waits a whole year to eat cranberry sauce and stuffing, we do think that there is one place on the menu where you can be more inventive: drinks. And while we're at it, we think you should serve non-alcoholic versions. Why? Well, for starters, it's unexpected, and for another, these 12 recipes will prove that you don't need booze to serve up crowd-pleasing cocktails.

Pumpkin butterbeer, cranberry cider, pomegranate mojitos, and a carrot ginger lemonade are just a few of the options you have to work with, and they're sure to please everyone from your grandmother to your uncle, to your young cousin.

Here's to mocktails, which will be a welcome departure from Thanksgiving's many expected traditions.