Thursday, June 30, 2011

Mocktail Bar

Celebrating with a mix your own mocktail bar adds a great element of fun to parties, especially parties with young children.

Stock your "bar" with lots of ice, fruit juices, sparkling water, grenadine, sparkling cider and other mixer ingredients.  Add garnishes such as maraschino cherries, lemon twists, orange slices and lime wedges. Provide plenty of glasses, a martini shaker and a jigger to measure ounces.  It doesn't have to be anything fancy or formal - just fun!

Print your favorite mocktail recipes on cards and place them at the bar for your guests to use.  An easy and inexpensive way to add an alcoholic offering is to include champagne on your bar, if you desire.

Even if you decide to offer a traditional cocktail bar, consider a few of these alternate recipes for the non-drinkers or DD's in attendance.

Below are some of my favorite mocktail recipes.

Yellow Bird
1 oz each OJ, pineapple, grapefruit
2 oz sprite
Add ice
Float grenadine on top and let it dribble for effect

Baby Bellini
2 oz peach nectar
Chilled sparkling cider

Pour nectar into champagne flute. Slowly add sparkling cider.

1 oz lemon juice
1 oz OJ
1 oz pineapple juice
2 oz ginger ale
Dash of grenadine

Pour juices into cocktail shaker with ice.  Strain into a glass and add ginger ale and grenadine.

3 oz peach nectar
2 oz cranberry juice cocktail
1/2 oz grenadine
1 oz Sprite

Mix juices and grenadine in a cocktail shaker with ice.  Strain into glass.  Add Sprite.

Shirley Temple
6 oz Sprite
1 dash of grenadine

Pour soda and grenadine over ice.  Garnish with a maraschino cherry.

Mock Mai Tai
1/2 cup pineapple juice
1/2 cup cranberry juice
1 Tbsp lime juice

Place ice in bottom of glass.  Add ingredients, stir and enjoy.

Cheers everyone!

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