Thirsty Thursday: Summer Mocktail Roundup

Recently, Josephine overheard me talking to a friend about our favorite cocktails and how sad I am that I still haven't found the perfect replacement for my personal favorite, which I can't drink anymore due to the strange and sudden pineapple allergy I developed early last year.

I still miss that pineapple upside down cake drink - best drink ever.

Anyway, the conversation got Joey curious, and she asked me if there are drinks like that for kids, "You know, like without all the liquor in 'em?"

She was delighted when I said that there were, and even more delighted when I promised I'd look up some recipes and see if we can find a party/special occasion drink that she can love - without her mommy contributing to delinquency and ensuring that she ends up with a lousy future.

We've tried all of these already (all with great success), and we're totally looking forward to building up a repertoire of quick and easy drinks we can have fun with at anytime!

Here are the mocktails we have in our recipe book so far:

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I love how easy this one is, and how deliciously the sparkling apple cider mixes with the orange juice. It's made the same way as regular mimosas too - quick and simple. And I also love that you can mix up just a glass or make a bigger batch if you've got the family together for brunch. Just pour one part sparkling apple cider to one part orange juice, and you've got yourself a great brunch beverage.

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This Dirty Dr. Pepper is a new favorite for Joey, not only because it's a mocktail with a cool name but also because asking for it in a cute-but-desperate voice means that she might get lucky and get to have soda that day (I don't usually let the kids have soda). This one's pretty simple to throw together, too - you just add some ice to your glass, toss in a lime slice and a teaspoon of coconut syrup, and then top with a cup of Dr. Pepper!

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This is pretty similar to the apple cider mimosa I shared above, but different enough to provide some variety in flavor and effort. For this one, Fill your glass with ice (we like pellet ice - then the drink is slushie without us having to break out the blender) and then fill it about 3/4 full with orange juice. For this one, especially when we're using pellet ice, we like to use orange juice with extra pulp to up to the slush factor. From here, top off your glass with lemon iced tea, and mix in a teaspoon of sugar before serving. And if you're making this mocktail for a teen anxious to feel more grown than she is, garnish it with an orange slice - or even a fancy drink umbrella!

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If you're looking for the right mocktail, you can't go wrong with a Shirley Temple. And just in case you weren't sure how to make one, here's how: Add a couple ice cubes to your drink glass, and then make sure to add your ingredients in the right order. Be careful though, because dumping things in too quickly (like Joey did when I let her make her own drink and she had super shaky hands) will mess up the great look of your drink. For a nice layered drink, gently pour ingredients as follows: 1/3 cup of orange juice, 1 cup of sprite, 2 tablespoons of grenadine syrup. Top this drink with a pretty marachino cherry (or four if your kid gives you blinky eyes because they love marachino cherries) and enjoy!

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If you're willing to put in a little more effort (or you want something you can make in a batch), add two cups of water to a saucepan with three sprigs of rosemary, cover, and bring it to a boil. When you're boiling, bring the heat down and simmer your rosemary water for five minutes - then remove the pan from the heat and leave your water to steep for an hour, still covered. Note: This step is best done the night before if you want this refreshing cranberry drink for a brunch gathering. When you're ready to set your mocktail up, pour your rosemary water into a pitcher and (if you, like me, don't have a juicer) add 2 cups of unsweetened 100% cranberry juice along with two cups of 100% apple juice. Garnish your pitcher (or even your glasses) with sprigs of rosemary to make things pretty, and enjoy. (For those who have juicers and want to improve the recipe, be sure to click the photo above!)

Don't these drinks look fun? We love them - they're a great way to fancy up brunch or dinner drinks and/or give the kids a summer treat. And to top that off, some of them even work as popsicles! I'm also thinking of trying this coconut lavender lemonade, this Asian pear sparkler, and even this Millionaire Sour, which can be made with and without alcohol.

What are your favorite mocktails?
Today's "Featured Favorite Product" is a perfect fit for today's drink-themed post! I haven't read this book yet, but I can't wait to order my own copy and check through it with the kids. Mocktails: The Complete Bartender's Guide looks like it'll be full of great ideas we could use to mix up some really fun drinks to try!

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But, for those of you more interested in the original style of a great mixed drink, check out The Little Black Book of Cocktails instead - it's got over 150 recipes in it, all for less then ten bucks!

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  1. All those sounds amazing! Don't forget Starbucks secret menu. There's a lot of frappaccinos that are delicious. My fav is their butter beer frap! So yummy! Have a chill summer!

    1. Yeah we've gone out for butter beer before - so yummy! We like taking Chance over there for a puppaccino, too.


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