Celebrate With Mocktails

 

Mocktails are non-alcoholic beverages, each with their own unique look and taste.  Here are a few good reasons to use Mocktails at your next party:

  1. Health:  In order to reduce the risks associated with alcohol, low-risk drinking guidelines suggest that you alternate alcoholic drinks with non-alcoholic drinks. Why not alternate with Mocktails!
  2. Decreasing liability: As the host of a party, you can be sued – and sued big.  You can be held responsible for injuries of damages that occur as a result of the alcohol you provide—you can even be sued if you didn’t actually serve a drop of alcohol, yet one of your guests is hurt or hurts someone else in an alcohol-related incident.  One step in reducing your risk of being sued is to ensure that there are non-alcoholic beverages, like Mocktails, available for your guests.  Having non-alcoholic drinks available can help to prevent ‘over-drinking’ and the potential problems associated with drinking too much alcohol.
  3. Role-Modeling: Parents are their children’s key role models-you can show your children that alcohol does not have to be present at a celebration in order to have fun by toasting with a Mocktail.
  4. Fun for Everyone: Anyone at your party, including children, designated drivers, or guests who simply choose not to drink alcohol, can enjoy a tasty Mocktail.

Try one or more of these tasty recipes, which were taken from the LCBO’s  ‘Mocktail Guide’, at your next Christmas, New Year’s or birthday party:

 

The Cherry Ale

Fill a juice glass with ice.  Add 2-oz cherry juice, ½ oz lime cordial and top with ginger ale. Garnish with lime heel or cherries.

The Gentle Breeze

Fill a goblet with ice.  Add 4-oz cranberry juice and 4 oz grapefruit juice.  Garnish with a fresh cranberry and mint leaf.

The Soda Shop Cola

Fill a highball glass with ice.  Add ½ teaspoon maraschino cherry juice and ¼ tsp. vanilla extract.  Top with cola and garnish with a lemon wedge.

The Vienna Soother 

In a cocktail shaker filled with ice, add 4 oz cold strong coffee, 2 oz cream, ¼ oz chocolate syrup and ½ tsp. cinnamon.  Shake sharply and strain into a tumbler.  Top with whipped cream and shaved chocolate. 

The Caesar Jr.

Rim a double old-fashioned glass with fresh lime and celery salt.  Fill with ice and add ½ tsp. Worcestershire, ¼ tsp. tabasco (or to taste) the juice of ¼ fresh lime and ½ tsp. grated horseradish.  Top with clamato and stir.  Garnish with a celery stalk and a cherry tomato (optional).

The Berry Patch

In a blender, combine 2 scoops vanilla ice cream with 2 oz each fresh blueberries, raspberries and strawberries and ½ cup milk.  Blend thoroughly and strain into a tumbler or martini glass.  Sprinkle with fresh berries.

The Sunrise Blend

In a blender, add 1-cup ice, 3 oz. fresh orange juice, 3-oz. fresh pineapple juice, 2 fresh strawberries and 1 banana.  Blend until slushy and strain into a large tumbler.  Garnish with strawberries.

The English Garden Sipper

Fill a cooler glass with ice.  Add 4 oz iced tea and 4-oz raspberry juice.  Garnish with fresh lemon and raspberries.

The Tropical Spritzer

In a cocktail glass filled with ice, add 3-oz mango juice and 3 oz peach juice.  Top with soda water and stir to mix.  Garnish with a star fruit (a piece of fruit, cut into a star shape with a toothpick through it to hold it over the top of the glass). 

The Coco Colada

In a blender, add 1-cup ice, 4-oz pineapple juice and 2-oz cream of coconut (or 6-oz pina colada mix).  Blend until slushy and strain into an old fashioned drinking or margarita glass.  Garnish with an orange wheel.

 

The Supper Sipper

In a goblet filled with ice, add 3-oz grape juice and 3 oz lemonade.  Top with sparkling water and garnish with a lemon wheel (optional).

The Rainbow Cooler

In a cocktail shaker filled with ice, add 2 oz each orange, pineapple and passion fruit juice, the juice of ¼ fresh lemon and 1 tsp. grenadine. 

Shake until chilled and strain into a highball glass filled with ice.  Garnish with fresh kiwi. 

 

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