Non-Alcoholuxe Drinks for Your Cocktail Hour
In addition to your wedding’s signature drink, you may also want to consider coming up with a non-alcoholic version for your wedding guests who choose not to indulge in alcoholic beverages. Your options could consist of playful colored versions of your favorite drinks like lemonades and teas or you can tweak the recipes of popular libations. Here are some ideas:
Not So Dark N Stormy
1/4 cup fresh lime juice
1/2 tsp. blackstrap molasses
1 cup ginger beer
Garnish: lime wedge
This little variation on Bermuda’s national drink, should be served in a highball glass and garnished with a lime.
The Sophisticated Lady
6 1/2-inch slices of peeled cucumber
Salt (just a dash)
6 ounces cranberry juice
1 ounce simple syrup
Juice squeezed from half a lime
Garnish: salt and sugar, cucumber slice
In a cocktail shaker, muddle the cucumber wheel, Simple Syrup and salt. Add ice and the juices and shake well. Double strain into a chilled martini glass. Garnish with the spear.
1 tsp. raspberry syrup (available in coffee and gourmet stores) or grenadine
6 ounces sparkling cider, chilled
Garnish: fresh raspberries
3 parts pear nectar
1 part cranberry juice
A big squeeze of fresh lemon juice
Garnish: lemon and cinnamon stick
Pour the pear nectar, cranberry juice, and dash of lemon juice over ice in a cocktail shaker. Shake and strain into a martini glass. Pierce a perfect round lemon slice with a cinnamon stick and add to the glass.
1 part Grenadine
4 parts Orange Juice
4 Parts Pineapple juice
Mix. Serve over ice.
3.38 oz Pineapple juice
2 oz Passion fruit juice
0.33 oz Lemon juice
0.33 oz Grenadine syrup
Prepare in a blender or shaker, serve in a long drink glass on the rocks. Garnish with 1 slice of pineapple and one cherry.