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Mocktails For Family Parties

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mocktailsforfamilypartiesWhat if your party includes children, people who just prefer to not drink alcohol, and designated drivers?

With holiday celebrations come festive drinks and cocktails, usually involving alcohol. Why not offer them something other than just soda or juice! Almost any juice will mix nicely with ginger ale or lemon-lime soda. Serve it in a nice glass with a garnish and all of a sudden it makes the ordinary festive! There are loads of mocktail recipes out there, too. Here are some simple festive drinks, especially favorite recipes for parties.

Shirley Temple

I remember as a child feeling very special when we would go out for dinner. On a special occasion, I was allowed to order a Shirley Temple! This classic drink is festive and fun for kids and adults alike!

Ingredients

  • 3 oz. orange juice
  • 6 oz. ginger ale
  • 2/3 oz. grenadine (or for a less sweet taste, cranberry juice)
  • Ice

Directions

  1. In a tall glass with ice, combine the ingredients and stir gently to mix.
  2. Garnish with a maraschino cherry or orange slice.

Roy Rogers

For the cola lover, this is the counterpart to the Shirley Temple.shirley-temple

Ingredients

  • 6 oz. cola
  • 2/3 oz. grenadine
  • Ice

Directions

  1. In a tall glass with ice, combine the ingredients and stir gently to mix.
  2. Garnish with a maraschino cherry or orange slice.

Cranberry Punch

Ingredients

  • 64 oz. cranberry juice or cranberry cocktail
  • 1 can frozen pink lemonade concentrate, thawed
  • 32 oz. chilled sparkling water, ginger ale, or lemon-lime soda

Directions

  1. In a large punch bowl, mix the cranberry juice and the lemonade concentrate.
  2. Add the sparkling water or soda just before serving. Toss in some cranberries and orange slices to make it look more festive. If you use frozen cranberries, it will also help to keep the punch cold without using ice that will dilute the flavors.

Virgin Caesar

Ingredients

  • 8 oz. Clamato
  • 3 shakes Worcestershire sauce
  • Hot sauce to taste
  • Salt and pepper (optional)

Directions

  1. Rim a tall glass with celery salt (wet the rim of the glass with water or lime juice and dip the rim in a saucer with celery salt to coat the rim)
  2. Fill the glass with ice
  3. Add Worcestershire sauce into glass (about three shakes).
  4. Add hot sauce.
  5. Add Clamato juice.
  6. Top with salt and pepper
  7. Garnish with celery stalk, asparagus spear, or a pickled bean

We hope your festive parties will be the most memorable this year with these recipes! Enjoy!

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