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Cinnamon-Spiced Orange & Thyme Mocktail

20 min

Drink

10 ingredients or less

The sweet oranges bring a lovely citrus flavour to this drink, while the cinnamon gives a hint of warmth and the thyme brings a savoury taste. This drink fits perfectly into any season, but when the glass is decorated well, it will turn this mocktail into an extra festive one.

Servings

Total

20 min

Prep

10 min

Cook

5 min

Cool

5 min

Free from

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soy

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tree nut

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Ingredients

  • ½ cup (120 mL)
    water
  • ¼ cup (60 mL)
  • 4
    sprigs fresh thyme
  • ½ tsp
    ground cinnamon
  • 2 Tbsp (12 g)
    freshly grated ginger
  • ½
    lemon, juiced
  • 2 cups (222 g)
    ice cubes, plus more for shaking
  • 2 cups (480 mL)
    orange juice
  • 2 cups (480 mL)
    ginger ale

Optional garnish

  • cinnamon stick
  • sprig fresh thyme

Directions

  1. Add the water, maple syrup, thyme sprigs, and cinnamon to a small pan. Bring to a simmer.
  2. Reduce the heat to low and let it steep for about 3 minutes. Then let it cool to room temperature.
  3. Fill a shaker or mason jar halfway with ice cubes and strain in the thyme syrup. Add the grated ginger and lemon juice and shake well for 10 seconds.
  4. Divide the ice cubes between your cups, strain the contents from the shaker over top, and add the orange juice and ginger ale in equal parts.
  5. Garnish as desired, and enjoy!

Notes

  • To turn this mocktail into a cocktail, simply add your favourite whiskey to the shaker.

Storage

  • The syrup can be stored in an airtight container or mason jar in the fridge for up to 5 days.
  • The assembled drink is best when enjoyed immediately.

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Krupali Patel - March 4, 2024, 12:47 a.m.

I add whiskey to this drink and this is my absolutely favorite winter drink. My friends found the taste refreshing and loved the blend.


Alicia Alcaraz - Jan. 16, 2024, 6:40 p.m.

My friends love this! Also, I use ginger beer


kat - Jan. 10, 2024, 6:47 p.m.

Love this mocktail. Due to lack of ginger ale in the store, we used "panache". Was delicious too.


Johanna Katharina - Jan. 8, 2024, 8:41 p.m.

Very refreshing and delicious!


Sonali JAIN - Jan. 2, 2024, 2:15 p.m.

Made this drink for my NYE party as a non-alcoholic beverage. It was a hit. Some even said it's like Christmas in mouth.

PUL Team - Jan. 3, 2024, 11:32 p.m.

Aww we're so happy that the mocktail was enjoyed as part of the festivities, Sonali, thank you! 😃


Abi - Dec. 6, 2023, 4:14 p.m.

I've got a huge drinks dispense (glass jar with a tap), and hoping to serve this at a party. Do you think it will work if it's assembled all together and out for a while (with ice)?

PUL Team - Dec. 8, 2023, 7:25 p.m.

Hey there, Abi, aw thanks for thinking of including the drink for the get-together! We imagine it would work just fine, the only consideration is the gingerale might lose some of its fizz so try to add that part right as the guests are arriving. And we'd recommend freezing the orange juice as ice cubes (rather than water) so that it doesn't dilute the drink as it melts. Enjoy the party! 😊


Emily - Dec. 3, 2023, 8:30 p.m.

Its so delicious and easy ! I also copied your decoration. My guests loved it!

PUL Team - Dec. 4, 2023, 4:27 a.m.

Aw we're so happy it was part of the festivities and your guests enjoyed the drink! Thanks, Emily 😊


Anastassia - Dec. 3, 2023, 7:06 p.m.

Perfect for Christmas!!! I added honey (not maple syrup) and it’s soo good!! 🥹


Shanthi - Dec. 1, 2023, 10:11 p.m.

This is delicious and perfect for the holidays! I was looking for some yummy alcohol free recipes and trying to swap out for actual cocktails. The perfect combo of citrus, cinnamon, and herbs. Loved it with the ginger beer!

PUL Team - Dec. 1, 2023, 11:39 p.m.

So happy to hear, Shanthi, we love this one during the holidays too ☺️


Madison Jones - Nov. 20, 2023, 2:45 a.m.

This is great, I love the flavors but it’s too sweet for me. I would use unflavored seltzer in the future instead of ginger ale.


sydney hisle - July 10, 2023, 3:31 a.m.

Love ginger beer & this is such a fun flavour addition! Great way to enjoy herbs :)


Saadia - June 8, 2023, 2:05 p.m.

Love it!


Anishka - May 25, 2023, 1:31 a.m.

would this drink work well with vodka or rum?

PUL Team - May 25, 2023, 2:44 a.m.

Hey Anishka, yes both spirits could complement the flavours in the mocktail and add an extra kick. To avoid it being too strong perhaps just start with a little and add more to taste 🙂


Natalie - April 25, 2023, 3:45 a.m.

Delicious! Good with bourbon too :) I call this cocktail, “Orange you glad it’s thyme to drink”. Thank you for the recipe.


Sara - April 14, 2023, 5:33 p.m.

Absolutely divine and really quick and easy


Mary - Feb. 17, 2023, 3:21 p.m.

I tried this one for new years and it is SO TASTY - it's become a staple


Lindsay - Feb. 13, 2023, 5:27 p.m.

I made this on Christmas Eve for my family and we all loved it. My kids thought it was the coolest thing ever!

PUL Team - Feb. 13, 2023, 7:10 p.m.

So honoured it was part of the festivities, Lindsay - thank you 😃


Diana - Feb. 4, 2023, 11:46 p.m.

Really delicious! I didn't have fresh thyme, but dried thyme from my balcony, it worked very well :)

PUL Team - Feb. 5, 2023, 8:47 p.m.

Mmm dried thyme from your balcony sounds lovely, Diana! Thank you 🙂


Laura - Jan. 8, 2023, 7:47 p.m.

Another fantastic non alcoholic drink! I can also see this as being beneficial if you have a sore throat. Thank you!


Shan - Dec. 30, 2022, 1:25 p.m.

YUM, so amazing and easy! We loved it, thank you!

PUL Team - Dec. 31, 2022, 3:29 a.m.

Woop woop - thank you, Shan!


Brittany - Dec. 30, 2022, 1:03 a.m.

Hi! Can I use dried thyme instead of fresh?

PUL Team - Dec. 30, 2022, 9:55 p.m.

Hey Brittany, fresh is best for this one, but you could adjust the recipe to experiment with dried thyme. Dried thyme is more concentrated in flavour than fresh so perhaps 1/4-1/2 tsp per four servings is an example amount to start with. A fine mesh strainer will also help limit pieces from sneaking into the drink. We hope you enjoy the mocktail if you give it a try 😃


Joe - Dec. 28, 2022, 2:40 a.m.

Can I replace maple syrup with honey?

PUL Team - Dec. 28, 2022, 7:11 a.m.

Hey there, Joe! Thanks for the question. Since we only use plant-based products here at PUL we haven't tested it out, but we hope you enjoy the mocktail if you're able to give it a try ☺️


Samira - Dec. 26, 2022, 7:19 p.m.

All our guests loved this mocktail and even our kids enjoyed a few sips. Thank you for this inspiration.

PUL Team - Dec. 28, 2022, 7:10 a.m.

Woohoo! It means so much, Samira 😃


Marjan - Dec. 26, 2022, 11:04 a.m.

It's nice to have a fancy drink during Christmas. I don't drink but don't want to feel left out, so this was perfect, and it tasted so good too! Thank you!

PUL Team - Dec. 28, 2022, 7:06 a.m.

Oh so lovely, Marjan - we're so thrilled the mocktail was enjoyed!


Sonja - Dec. 25, 2022, 1:32 p.m.

Just made these for xmas and it was a hit! Thanks so much and happy holidays!

PUL Team - Dec. 28, 2022, 6:55 a.m.

So happy to hear, Sonja, happy holidays 🤗


Michelle - Dec. 25, 2022, 1:13 p.m.

I live in a country where maple syrup isn’t available yet so I exchanged it with honey. It was so delicious would do again for a party! Everyone loved it.


Michaela - Dec. 20, 2022, 9:04 a.m.

This sounds delicious. 🤤 Any ideas how to make this one warm?

PUL Team - Dec. 21, 2022, 7:53 p.m.

Hey Michaela, I personally wouldn't try heating this one. In case you're interested and haven't already seen, we also have a warm Non-Alcoholic Mulled Wine recipe here: pickuplimes.com/recipe/non-al… & a warm mulled cider here: https://www.pickuplimes.com/r… 🙂