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That's not a typo! You can bring an added level of fun to your next party at the retirement community by whipping up a batch of non-alcoholic cocktails, also referred to as mocktails. These libations have all the flavor of your favorite drinks without any of the empty calories that alcohol adds. It's an especially great option for when you're getting together with friends who don't drink, so try this new twist on your favorite traditional cocktail today.
It's surprisingly easy to create a delicious pitcher of sangria without any wine. This recipe is best made with fresh fruit, which makes it perfect for a summertime get-together.
Combine all the ingredients except for soda in a large pitcher a few hours before your party. Place the mixture in the fridge and allow to chill for at least two hours. When you're ready to serve, stir in the soda and some ice. Garnish each glass with a twist of lemon or orange peel for a little extra flair.
No brunch is complete without sparkling orange juice mocktails. Serve these delicious drinks at your next mid-morning gathering.
Start by preparing the rims of your champagne flutes, if you want a sugary kick with each sip. Simply run the slice of orange around each glass's rim, then dip into a plate of sugar. Once your glasses are ready, mix together equal parts of orange juice, lemon-lime soda and grapefruit juice in each glass. It'll have the fizz of your favorite bunch libation without any of the alcohol.
Mojitos have a light, minty taste that's perfect for warm weather. Use this recipe to make non-alcoholic versions of this cocktail, and feel free to add in some fresh fruit for an extra burst of flavor.
This recipe makes one drink, so simply increase the proportions when you're entertaining. Start by placing the mint and basil leaves in the bottom of a glass with the sugar and lime juice. For a true mojito, you'll want to muddle, or crush, these ingredients into each other so they release their flavors. Pour the simple syrup on top, the fill the glass with ice. Top off your drink with club soda, and enjoy!
These pretty pink drinks are bursting with fruity flavor, and as an added bonus, the cranberry juice contains beneficial antioxidants. Serve your cosmopolitans in chilled martini glasses for a truly elegant soiree.
Fill a cocktail shaker with ice, then pour in the three types of juice. Cover the container and mix vigorously by shaking. Strain the mixture into martini glasses, then place a lime twist on each rim. Serve the drinks while they're still chilled.
Non-alcoholic pina coladas
Last, but certainly not least, is everyone's favorite drink to get caught in the rain with: the pina colada! This summer beverage will make you feel like you're on a tropical beach, no matter where in the world you drink it.
Combine the coconut milk, crushed pineapple, pineapple juice and ice in your blender. Process of high for about 60 seconds or until smooth. Transfer your icy drinks into glasses, then top each with a cherry.