For many kids, one of the best things about large gatherings and special occasions is having a juice box (or two, or three) as a special treat. Juice boxes are great when you need something easy, but if you’ve got some spare time, consider making some non-alcoholic cocktails for the kids at your next event. A fancy mug, a colorful paper straw, and some fruit garnishes can make all the difference.
Last spring I noticed we had lemons in the house and decided to pour my daughter a glass of lemonade with chopped strawberries, a lemon wedge tied to the rim and a pink and white paper straw. . Of course, the prep took a little longer than if I had just poured lemonade into her usual cup, but the look on her face when I presented this drink to her was totally priceless. In fact, she liked it so much that I ended up buying her some plastic stemless wine glasses for every time we have the time (and the ingredients) to make her something a little more special. Suffice to say that I saw with my own eyes how much fun alcoholic cocktails can bring to children.
When thinking of mocktail recipes, remember that kids tend to like basic flavors, so while a virgin mojito can be a great drink for a mom-to-be, little ones might not like the flavor so much. . Fortunately, there are plenty of mocktail recipes for kids to choose from. And, if all else fails, you can never go wrong with lemonade and sliced ââstrawberries in a fancy mug.
Sparkler Cherry Almond 7UP
Not only is this drink from A Classic Twist really pretty, it’s also incredibly
easy to prepare. You’ll need fresh cherries, sugar, lime juice, almond extract, ice, and 7UP Cherry (or regular 7UP if you want to go lighter on the cherry). Everything mixes together beautifully to create a refreshing mocktail for kids that works no matter the time of year.
Gummy bear cocktail
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Instead of creating a complex mocktail recipe, Rachel from Simple Seasonal simply dressed up sparkling cider to create a Gummy Bear Mocktail. First, she stacked 8 gummy bears on a pointed stick to use for garnish, then she coated the edges of the stemless champagne flutes with granulated sugar, then she filled the glass with sparkling cider, finally, she added the gummy bear stick and a fun straw to create a super easy mocktail.
Do you remember ordering âchildren’s cocktailsâ when you were younger? Chances are, you received a Shirley Temple. They taste delicious, are pretty, and are easy to prepare if you follow Damn Delicious’s directions. Simply mix lemon-lime soda and the juice from a jar of maraschino cherries, pour the drink over ice and top with an orange slice and a cherry. For a slightly different taste, you can replace the lemon-lime soda with gum.
Alcoholic cocktail at sunrise
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Here’s another example of how just putting a few ingredients in a pretty glass makes a drink exponentially more fun. To prepare the Mindful Mocktail recipe for Sunrise Mocktails, take a tall glass (or champagne flute) and fill it about three-quarters full with orange juice and non-alcoholic sparkling wine, then add a little grenadine to create the effect of sunrise and garnish the drink with an orange slice and a cherry. Fast, easy and delicious.
If your kids aren’t fans of oranges and cherries, they might like mermaid water. The recipe for this mocktail comes from the Hawaii Travel With Kids blog and calls for Pineapple Juice, Blue Gatorade, and Berry Gatorade. That’s it. The key to this drink is to pour each juice just right so that it creates a colorful stacked look. There is no garnish needed for this drink, but it will look best served in a clear cup.
Lemonade is my choice for a mocktail base, then I usually add berries to add color. However, if you want to take it a step further, you can try this blueberry lemonade recipe from A Cookie Named Desire which will allow you to make your own homemade lemonade and blueberry syrup using totally fresh ingredients. Even if you make it a mocktail for the kids, you’ll probably end up pouring yourself a cup too.
Non-alcoholic cocktail with orange juice
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Lauren of The Schmidty Wife turned her kids’ regular orange juice into a super mocktail by adding a scoop of a tangerine omega supplement. She then took the mixture and poured it into a fun glass, added some fresh fruit for toppings and a straw, and called it a day. Honestly, it doesn’t get much easier than that.
Ruby red grapefruit punch
Instead of making individual mocktails for the kids, consider making a big batch of specialty punches and having a mocktail buffet. Put on stemless wine glasses or champagne flutes along with options for different toppings (and maybe sugar or sprinkles for the edges of the glasses). Honestly, any punch recipe will work with this idea, but if you’re looking for one to try, this ruby ââred grapefruit punch recipe from A Pretty Life is absolutely delicious.
Sparkling alcohol-free cocktail with ginger and cranberries
If you’re looking for a kids’ mocktail recipe for the holiday season, check out this sparkling ginger and cranberry mocktail from The Speckled Palate. Of course, you can serve it any time of the year, but the flavors are especially good for the winter holidays. To make the orange sugar for the edges of the glasses, just mix the caster sugar and orange zest. For the mocktail, you’ll need unsweetened cranberry juice, ginger beer (despite the name, it’s alcohol-free), and fresh cranberries for the garnish. So easy and delicious.
Alcohol Free Sangria
For kids, a glass of sangria looks like a juice glass filled with fruit, which obviously looks delicious. So, to let the kids participate in the action, Nicole from Brown Sugar Mama came up with an alcohol-free sangria recipe. You will add the usual fruit ingredients like orange and lemon juice and slices of oranges, grapes and apples, but instead of wine you will use a mixture of cranberry juice, sparkling grapefruit juice and of flavored tea (just do whatever you choose is caffeine free).
Blue Lagoon alcohol-free cocktail
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There’s just something a little more fun about a blue mocktail (or cocktail), isn’t there? This Blue Lagoon Mocktail recipe from Savor the Flavor contains a step-by-step guide to creating a delicious mocktail for kids using Blue Curacao syrup, lemon juice, and lemon-lime soda. Simply top the drink off with a lemon garnish and a fun straw and have fun watching your child’s eyes widen with excitement when you hand it to them.
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Adults know that the more sugar their cocktail has, the more severe their hangover will be the next day, but when it comes to mocktails for kids, the more sugar the better. There’s certainly no shortage of sugar in this Valentine Mocktails recipe from Everyday Savvy. Between candy chips on the rim of the glass, a mix of berry juice, Sprite, grenadine, and simple syrup, this mocktail will make a great dessert drink for the kids (just get ready for the sugar crash plus late).
Non-alcoholic cotton candy cocktail
Another deliciously sugar-filled kids’ mocktail recipe is this cotton candy mocktail from Princess Pinky Girl. Not only is it so gentle that it will hurt your toothache, but it will also keep children entertained. First, coat the edges of the champagne flutes with pink sugar (the kind you find in the baking aisle), then fill the glass with cotton candy and place it in front of your child, finally pour in soda. strawberry on cotton candy and watch as it melts and mixes with soda before garnishing with a cherry or strawberry filling.
Sparkling peach lemonade
While this Sparkling Peach Lemonade from All Things Healthy wasn’t created to be a mocktail, if we’ve learned anything by now it’s that any drink can be a mocktail with the right cup and additional toppings. This drink is made entirely from scratch, so it will taste extra fresh (and delicious). You will need fresh or frozen peaches, honey, water, lemon juice, sparkling water, fresh mint, and a little patience to prepare this drink, but if your child likes peaches, the work will be worth it.
Cinderella alcohol-free cocktail
This Cinderella Alcohol Free recipe from Savor the Flavor makes a very cute drink, but because it requires Angostura bitters, it won’t be a hit with all kids. However, if your child likes to try new things, then this is definitely a non-alcoholic cocktail to make. In addition to the bitters, the drink is made with unsweetened pineapple juice, orange juice, lemon juice, grenadine, and sparkling water. It’s basically a tropical paradise in a glass.
It doesn’t take much to create a special non-alcoholic cocktail for kids, especially since they’re usually more interested in how the drink looks than how it tastes. So, collect some fun paper straws, slice some fruit, and whip up a delicious drink for the kids to enjoy at your next meeting.