Have you heard of a teetotaler? This is the old fashioned term for someone who chooses not to drink. My husband and I both choose not to indulge (not that we believe there is anything wrong with it) and we’ve had some fun coming up with mocktails to replace the typical drinks found at parties. I thought I would do a brief roundup of some fun options for Super Bowl Sunday and Valentine’s Day. Enjoy!
Virgin Pomegranate and Cranberry Bellinis
from Everyday Italian
1 1/2 cups simple syrup, recipe follows
1 1/4 cups POM juice, chilled
1 cup unsweetened cranberry juice, chilled
1 (25.3 fluid ounces) bottle sparkling water, chilled
2 limes, thinly sliced
1 bunch fresh mint, for garnish
In a 6 to 8 cup capacity pitcher, combine the POM juice, cranberry juice and sparkling water.
To each glass, add a slice of lime and a sprig of mint. Pour the bellini mixture into the prepared glasses and serve.
makes 1 1/2 cups
1 cup water
1 cup sugar
In a saucepan, combine water and sugar over medium heat. Bring to a boil, reduce heat and simmer for 5 minutes, stirring occasionally, until sugar has dissolved. Take the pan off the heat and allow the syrup to cool.
Frost Bite Mocktail
3 oz. lemon-lime soda
2 oz. white grape juice
1 oz. Pineapple juice
1 oz. Lime juice
In a shaker filled with ice, mix fresh lime juice and pineapple juice. Add white grape juice, mint and blueberries. Shake all ingredients well and strain into a large glass filled with ice. Top with lemon-lime soda and garnish with fresh blueberries for a fun twist.
2 (2 liter) bottles ginger ale,
chilled (46 fluid ounce) can pineapple juice, chilled
1 (64 fluid ounce) bottle white grape juice, chilled
To make Ice ring: Fill a ring-shaped cake pan to 1/2 with ginger ale. Freeze until partially frozen. At this stage you can place edible flowers, or pieces of fruit around the ring. Fill pan with ginger ale and freeze until solid. Place in punch bowl just before serving.
In a large punch bowl, combine 1 bottle ginger ale, pineapple juice and white grape juice.
Virgin Strawberry Margaritas
1 1/2 cups ice cubes
1/2 6-ounce can frozen limeade
1/2 cup fresh or frozen strawberries
1/4 cup orange juice or limeade
2 ounces lime juice
1/2 ounce simple syrup
In a blender, blend together strawberry ingredients and place in freezer while blending all original ingredients. Pour half of the strawberry mixture into a glass and follow with half the original mix. Gently swirl with a straw or spoon. Top with frozen blueberries and a lime wedge.
Virgin Mojito Mocktail
15 mint leaves
2 teaspoon sugar
4 tbsp fresh lime juice
1 tbsp simple sugar syrup
Ice as per liking
3 glasses of chilled ginger ale / club soda / sparkling water / Sprite / Mountain Dew
In a shakes or big glass, add crushed mint leaves, sugar, lime juice and simple Syrup. Add ice and shake well. Pour this into 4 long glasses. Top with the ginger ale, soda, sprite or dew. Stir with a spoon and serve!