Toast New Year’s Eve With These Family-Friendly Mocktails
The colorful cocktails you favor just won’t due when it comes to your family’s New Year’s Eve celebration. Instead alcoholic beverages, mix up a batch of kid-friendly mocktails! These holiday-themed sips are perfect for everyone in your fam and easy enough for your kiddo’s to help you make. Choose one recipe, create a few or check out the mocktail buffet bar idea.
Fizzy Berry Blitz
Start with sparkling seltzer. Mix in your family’s favorite berry juice. You can use bottled juice or make your own. Choose cranberry, cheery, raspberry, blackberry, blueberry or a mix of a few. Instead of a strict ratio of seltzer to berry juice, experiment with this mocktail. Add more juice to create a sweet or tart, depending on the berry, taste. If your kids like a barely-there flavor, use mostly seltzer. Before you pour the mocktail into a glass, dip the top in a shallow bowl of seltzer water. Place the top into pink or red crystal sugar to coat. Fill the bottom of the glass with ice, pour the berry mocktail on top and garnish the drink with cut strawberries.
Lots of Lemons Lemonade
Make lemonade with a tangy kick to celebrate the holiday! Squeeze lemons, creating at least two cups of juice. Add the lemon juice to sparkling water or a lemon-lime soda. To get the just-right balance of lemons and water, gradually mix in the seltzer. Try the lemonade as you go. When your kiddos think it’s perfect, stop adding water or soda. Spoon in sugar to sweeten the mix. You won’t need sugar if you choose a sweetened soda. Slice a few more lemons and let your children decorate the mocktail glass.
Give your family choices. Start with bases, such as water, sparkling water, flavored seltzer, soda and juice. Choose at least two or three of these options to create a buffet-like selection. Add mix-ins to the bar. These could include other types of juices, pureed fruit, flavored syrups, mint leaves, fruit to squeeze in, sugar, salt, or pepper. Complete the buffet setup with garnishes. Use cut fruit, colorful crystal sugar, coarse salt or anything else your family enjoys.