Let kids in on the fun with a festive and fun non-alcoholic cocktail this New Year’s Eve! The following five recipes are easy to make and are sure to please.
Break out the blender for this mocktail and bring a little taste of the tropics to your party. To keep the calories in check and cut back on the sweetness, you can substitute unsweetened pineapple juice for sweetened or coconut water instead of coconut milk as a mixer. Feel free to add a little rum for the adults!
To Make: Place 1 ½ cups frozen pineapple chunks and ¼ cup of ice in the bottom of a blender. Pour 1 cup pineapple juice and 1 cup coconut milk over the top. Blend until smooth. Pour into glasses and garnish with fresh pineapple wedges.
Pomegranate Limeade Margarita
Make a double batch of these. One for the kids and one to add tequila to for the adults. Just be sure to mark which one is for the over 21 crowd! We’ve made these mocktails several times and they’re always a hit with both kids and adults. It’s also easy on the hostess, as you can mix everything up in a pitcher and guests can help themselves!
To Make: Combine two cups cranberry juice cocktail, one cup pomegranate juice, ½ cup orange juice, one (12-ounce) can of frozen limeade concentrate and top it with club soda in a large pitcher. Serve on the rocks. For slushy margaritas mix in a large plastic pitcher, cover and freeze at least 24 hours. Pour margaritas into glasses to serve.
This is nostalgia in a punch bowl. My grandmother made this “Sherbert” Punch for all of our family’s Christmas get-togethers. I have fond memories of ladling this punch into a “fancy glass”, thinking I was hot stuff as a kid. It’s another simple recipe that can be jazzed up to suit all kinds of occasions. Simply change out the flavor of sherbet to match your party theme or décor.
To Make: In a punch bowl, add two quarts sherbet. Then add ginger ale or lemon-lime soda. Decorate with lemon and lime slices, pineapple slices, maraschino cherries or other fruit.
What’s old is new again. Yes the Shirley Temple has been around for awhile, but what kid doesn’t love a little Grenadine in their lemon-lime soda? Plus, it’s so easy the kids can make it themselves. And, don’t forget, when it comes to mocktails, it’s all about the presentation. Lay out some maraschino cherries and some pineapple wedges, so kids can add a little flair.
To Make: In a highball glass, over ice, combine lemon-lime soda and grenadine. Stir well and garnish with a maraschino cherry.
Sparkling Fruit Spritzer
Similar to a Shirley Temple, this mocktail only has two ingredients. This is a particularly great drink if you don’t want to serve your kiddos a super sugary drink, but it still has enough fizz to be festive. Change out the juice to change out the flavor and color. Serve in champagne flutes and your kiddos will feel extra special.
To Make: Add a splash of fruit juice to a glass and top with club soda.
Which one of these mocktails are you planning to make on New Year’s Eve?