Spruce Up Your Gathering With Authentic-Tasting Mocktails

Sunrise Senior Living  |  April 24, 2015
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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.

Non-alcoholic sangria
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.

Ingredients

  • 1 sweet apple, chopped
  • 1 pear, chopped
  • 1 orange, sectioned
  • 1 cup orange juice
  • 1/4 cup fresh lemon juice
  • 4 cups cranberry-grape juice
  • 3 cups lemon-lime soda

Directions
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.

Virgin mimosas
No brunch is complete without sparkling orange juice mocktails. Serve these delicious drinks at your next mid-morning gathering.

Ingredients

  • 1 container orange juice
  • 1 bottle lemon-lime soda
  • 1 container grapefruit juice
  • One slice orange and sugar for rims, if desired

Directions
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.

Mojito mocktail
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.

Ingredients

  • 15 torn mint leaves
  • 4 or 5 torn basil leaves
  • 1 tsp. raw sugar
  • 1 oz. fresh lime juice
  • 1/2 oz. simple sugar
  • 4 oz. club soda
  • Ice

Directions
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!

Virgin cosmopolitan
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.

Ingredients

  • Ice cubes
  • 1 cup cranberry juice
  • 1/4 cup fresh lime juice
  • 1 cup fresh tangerine juice
  • Lime zest twists for garnish

Directions
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.

Ingredients

  • 4 oz. coconut milk
  • 3 oz. crushed pineapple
  • 2 oz. pineapple juice
  • 1/2 cup crushed ice
  • Maraschino cherries for garnish

Directions
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.