Five Impressive Non-Alcoholic Cocktails That Go Beyond Soda Pop
Refreshments are very important to a successful party. You want to make sure that you purchased enough drinks to keep your guests happy. But, you also want to ensure that you cater to the needs of party goers. Most people tend to only consider alcoholic beverages when planning the refreshment menu, but what about those individuals who do not drink liquor or are designated drivers? What are you going to serve them? We have collected some of the most fantastic non-alcoholic cocktails that will impress your guests.
1. Pretty Pink Punch
2 tablespoons sugar
3 cups cold water
2 bottles (64 ounces each) cranberry-raspberry drink, chilled
1 can (46 ounces) pineapple juice, chilled
1 can (12 ounces) frozen pink lemonade concentrate, thawed
1 liter ginger ale, chilled
In a punch bowl, dissolve sugar in water. Add juices and lemonade; mix well. Stir in ginger ale. Top with an ice mold if desired. Serve immediately.
2. Sparkling Pear Punch
2 cups pear juice
Juice of 1 lemon
1/2 cup sugar
2 liters ginger ale
Sliced fresh pear
1. Pour pear juice into large punch bowl.
2. Add lemon juice.
3. Stir in sugar.
4. Mix in ginger ale and top with fresh sliced pear.
3. Pineapple Ginger Sparkler
4 cups (1 liter) ginger ale, chilled
4 cups pineapple juice, chilled
1 piece (2 inch) fresh ginger, sliced thin
1 orange, thinly sliced
1/2 cup fresh basil leaves, destemmed
1. In a 64 ounce pitcher, combine the ginger ale and pineapple juice. Top with oranges, ginger and basil.
4. Sparkling Mint Lime Iced Tea
4 cups water
4 mint tea bags
8 teaspoons lime juice (freshly squeezed or purchased)
4 half slices of lime for garnish, if desired
4 sprigs fresh mint, if desired
vanilla coffee syrup, agave syrup or honey to sweeten drink, if desired
crushed ice, if desired
2 cups sparkling water (carbonated)
1. Bring 4 cups of water to a boil. Remove from heat and add 4 bags of mint tea. Allow to steep for 10 minutes. Discard tea bags and pour tea into a small pitcher. Refrigerate for at least 3 hours or until well chilled.
2. Chill tall glasses in fridge or shortly in freezer, if desired. Add crushed ice, 1 cup of tea, sweetener (if desired) and 1 or 2 tsp lime juice, depending on how tart you like your tea. Stir. Add 1/2 cup sparkling water. Squeeze mint sprig and add to glass. Garnish with half a lime slice, if desired.
5. Paloma Fizz Mocktail
For the Rosemary Simple Syrup:
1/4 cup sugar
1/4 cup water
1 sprig fresh rosemary, coarsely chopped
For the Drink:
1/4 cup pink grapefruit juice
2 tablespoons rosemary simple syrup
2/3 cup seltzer water or grapefruit soda
rosemary sprig for garnish
grapefruit slice for garnish
1 To make Rosemary Simple Syrup: Add 1/4 cup of water and 1/4 cup sugar to a pot. Add rosemary. Bring to a simmer and cook until all sugar is dissolved, about 3 minutes. Strain into a small resealable container. Let cool completely.
2 To make the drink: Pour grapefruit juice and simple syrup in a Tom Collins glass. Stir to mix. Fill glass with ice and top off with seltzer water. Garnish with a sprig of rosemary and a slice of grapefruit.