Yummy mocktails for non-boozy (but very cool) wedding drink alternatives #Food#Reception Advice#beverages#dry wedding#food#recovery community May 10 2012 | Catherine Clark bijouxandbits A luscious-looking and booze-free Peach Melba Cooler (get the recipe here!) Source: chow.com So you're planning out your beverage strategy for your dry wedding, or your wedding with kids and future Offbeat Mamas, or just looking to offer some non-boozy alternatives. You can surely offer sodas and coffee, but why not make their experience a little more special with fancy-shmancy mocktails? Adding fancy stemware and a garnish will put those teetotalers in the mood to party, and they won't feel left out from any "signature cocktail" moments. Since it's starting to get warmer in some parts of the world, outdoor beverages that keep you cool and hydrated are key. You already have your beverage dispensers ready, right? Let's dive into these non-alcoholic drink recipes for your wedding. Source: thisweekfordinner.com via Darbi on Pinterest Cranberry Cutie ᔥ This Week for Dinner Related Post Imbibe in style with these snazzy signature cocktail & mocktail recipes We featured Brant and Erik's super romantic, candlelit love story a couple of weeks back and it bowled us over with it's fabulousness. But absolutely... Read more Ingredients: 3 ounces Sierra Mist Natural 3 ounces Cranberry Juice Juice from 1 cutie/clementine orange 1 ounce lime juice Clementine slice and sugar for garnish In a shaker filled with ice, mix cranberry juice, cutie juice, and lime juice. Add Sierra Mist Natural and stir. Strain into two martini glasses with edges that have been dipped in sugar (optional). Garnish with a cutie slice. Source: thecookingphotographer.com via Robin on Pinterest Bloody Apple Cranberry Cocktails ᔥ The Cooking Photographer Ingredients: 1 (12 FL OZ) container frozen 100% cranberry juice, thawed 2 (25.4 FL OZ) bottles Sparkling Apple Cider, chilled 4 cups very cold water, or ice water mix (for more intense cranberry flavor, use less water) Stir everything together in a pitcher and serve (preferably in spooky glasses like these!). Source: chow.com on Pinterest Agua de Jamaica (Hibiscus Punch) ᔥ Chow.com To help you figure out this flavor, try the "Red Zinger" series of Celestial Seasonings tea. Ingredients: 3 quarts (12 cups) water 1 (1/2-inch) piece ginger, finely grated 1 1/2 cups dried Jamaica flowers (also known as hibiscus or flor de Jamaica) 1 1/2 cups granulated sugar 2 tablespoons freshly squeezed lime juice (from about 1 large lime) Combine water and ginger in a large pot and bring to a boil over high heat. Remove from heat and stir in Jamaica flowers and sugar until sugar has dissolved. Let steep 10 minutes. Strain through a chinois or fine mesh strainer into a large, heat-resistant bowl or pot. Stir in lime juice and set aside to cool. Refrigerate until ready to use. Serve over ice. Source: bigbearswife.com via Samantha on Pinterest Independence Punch ᔥ Big Bear's Wife This recipe is cool because you can harness the power of science to separate the layers by sugar content! Once you know the trick, you can replace with any drinks/colors you like. Ingredients: (adjust volume for your container) Cranberry Juice Blue Gatorade Frost Diet 7Up Ice cubes Fill the glass or drink dispenser with ice. Pour in the cranberry juice. Next, pour in the Blue Gatorade Frost, but make sure that you pour straight onto some of the ice to gently add the layer. If you pour it directly into the juice it will mix. Pour in the Diet 7Up the same way. You'll need to use drinks with varying amounts of sugar, since those that contain more sugar (such as soda) are denser than those with less (such as diet drinks). This makes the stacking possible. By: Ines Hegedus-Garcia – CC BY 2.0 Mock Mojito ᔥ Babyzone Ingredients: 4 or 5 springs of fresh mint 1 lime 1 ounce simple syrup 6 to 8 ounces soda water Garnish: lime wedges and mint sprigs Muddle the mint (reserve one sprig for garnish) with the simple syrup in the bottom of a tall glass. Add ice cubes. Squeeze half of one lime into the glass, reserving the other half for garnish (slice it into three or four wedges). Top with soda water. Stir, drop in lime wedges, and decorate with the last sprig of mint. Source: sugarandcharmblog.com via Marufah on Pinterest Italian Soda ᔥ Sugar and Charm Blog Ingredients: Blueberry or strawberry syrup Club soda Half and half Fill a glass with ice. Pour 1/4 part syrup over the ice. Add in one part club soda. Pour in a dash of half and half and stir. Source: nancycreative.com via Lara on Pinterest Flavored Waters ᔥ NancyCreative Flavored water is inexpensive, totally versatile, and oh-so-perfect for a hot weather wedding… and any other kind of wedding. Lots of water on hand also means more hydration for those who are partaking in the real booze. Citrus Cucumber Water 1 large lemon, sliced 1 large lime, sliced 1 large orange, sliced 1 large cucumber, sliced 1 half-gallon of water Place all the sliced fruits and the cucumber in a glass pitcher and add water. Refrigerate for two hours to allow flavors to infuse, then serve in glasses over ice. Honeydew Lime Water 2–3 slices of ripe honeydew melon 1 lime, sliced 4 sprigs of mint 1 half-gallon of water Add melon slices, lime slices and mint sprigs to a large pitcher; fill with the half-gallon of water and refrigerate 2–4 hours. Serve in ice-filled glasses. Makes about 8 servings. Lemon Lavender Water 3 large lemons, sliced 1/4 cup fresh lavender 1 half-gallon of water Add lemon slices and lavender to pitcher; pour water over both and refrigerate for 2 hours. Serve over ice and garnish with a sprig of lavender. Source: chow.com on Pinterest Virgin Bellini ᔥ Chow.com This version of the classic champagne drink would totally work for a brunch wedding. Ingredients: 1 ounce chilled peach nectar 4 ounces chilled lemon-lime soda Pour peach nectar into a champagne flute and top with lemon-lime soda. Stir gently and serve. Source: marthastewart.com via Samantha on Pinterest Watermelon punch WITH bowl! ᔥ Martha Stewart Ingredients: 1 oblong seedless watermelon (about 14 pounds) 3 cups seltzer Cut top third off of the watermelon (or carve into shark or Death Star shape!); trim the bottom just enough to make a flat surface. Scoop out the flesh. Working in batches, puree watermelon in a food processor. Strain through a fine sieve and discard solids. Cover the rind with plastic wrap. Refrigerate the juice and rind until chilled for about one hour. Combine juice with the seltzer and fill your bowl! Source: mixingbowlkids.typepad.com via Marufah on Pinterest Milk and Cookies Cocktail ᔥ Mixing Bowl Kids While not technically a "cocktail," they sure do look cute, and any kids at the party will go nuts. Ingredients: Agave Nectar or honey Colored sprinkles Milk Your favorite small and soft cookies Using two plates, place a few tablespoons of agave nectar or honey on one and colored sprinkles on the other. Dip the rim of the glass into the honey, allowing the excess to drip off before dipping the rim into the sprinkles. Leave the glasses upside down and allow the sprinkles to adhere before turning the cups right side up (or the sprinkles will run down the side of the glass). Make your favorite chocolate chip cookies and skewer with a lollipop stick just prior to baking. Fill the glasses with milk and rest a cookie garnish on the rim of the glass. Now it's time for you to reveal your favorite recipe for party time dranking (mock or otherwise)! Reporter Name * Reporter Email * Original text Enter the original text here. Edited text* Enter your suggested copyedit here. Notes You can add a note for the editor here. * Required information. Fix Typo Catherine Clark Catherine Clark is Offbeat Bride's Senior Editor. In her spare time she loiters at her local library, makes art, watches movies en masse, plays video and tabletop games, poorly cooks healthy things, cuddles with her feline fur baby, and blogs at BijouxandBits.com. @enidjcoleslaw @bijouxandbits @bijouxandbits PREVIOUS Anne-Louise & Jon's casually elegant party with bubbles and a tango NEXT Geeky undies for a sexy wedding night surprise Show/Hide comments [ 31 ] These all look so good! The cookies and milk are a super cute idea and would be great for a brunch wedding or dessert reception. We are perking up our non-alcoholic drink options with a self-serve Italian soda bar (similar to the recipe above, but without the cream, since that's usually how it's served here). Going to buy lots of flavoured syrups from the Italian market and let people go to town! Reply I would so get into an Italian soda bar. Reply As a soon-to-be offbeat mama.. this is a FANTASTIC post!! Now I don't have to miss out on fantastic summer cocktails.. thanks offbeat! Reply Screw my wedding, I'd make those just for me! They all look so tasty! Reply the milk and cookies are SO cute! I will definitely make the watermelon punch but LOVE the Independence Punch – so SCIENCEY Reply Awesome! We're going dry to save costs, and I was thinking we'd have to go with just soda and lemonade and water without a bartender to mix drinks, but some of these will be perfect as DIY or large pitcher options 🙂 . I love slippy's Italian soda bar idea above! Reply When I was little, Sunday morning was family brunch, and we had our own version of a mimosa. Mix equal parts seltzer water (any flavor, though I like plain the best) and orange juice. Use frozen strawberries as ice. The strawberries add flavor and an awesome color as they thaw, plus they are super fun to eat when you've finished your drink, all full of frozen orange juice and strawberry-y goodness. Reply Arnold Palmer all the way! It layers really well, isn't too sweet, and has a cool retro drink name. It's really just lemonade and ice tea. But so much cooler than either. If you used a flavored tea with some color (berry or green tea) it would be very pretty. Lemonade goes on the bottom. Enjoy! Reply Oh wow, perfect perfect perfect! I want to have a boozy wedding, but with plenty of non-booze options. I don't think I'd want to drink a lot, and my sister wouldn't be of age, and I want her to be able to drink something besides soda. I'll have to run these by her and see which ones she likes (although those flavoured waters look delightful!). Reply This is great! I have been trying to figure out how to manage having alcoholic drinks for the drinking side of the family, but not having them be too in-your-face because of the Southern Baptist side of the family. I'm thinking that if I can make two drinks that LOOK the same but one has alcohol and one doesn't, it could cut down on judgmental glares since you won't be able to instantly tell who's drinking alcohol and who's not. I really want to try the watermelon thing! Reply Great idea, but people would have to be really careful not to pick up the wrong drink by mistake! Reply Love all these recipes – great for barbeques with expectant mums too and how great to make the drivers at your wedding feel special. Another easy but delicious recipe (courtesy Nigella) is half pomegranate juice and half dry ginger over ice. It is s-ooo good! Reply I was just thinking of fun non alcoholic drinks and these are SO much better than anything I've thought of! What a great post. Reply You should link to this from Offbeat Mama. All of us pregnant ladies love mocktails too! Reply Potentially dumb question- how would you go about serving these drinks at a wedding? I realize if you had hired a bartender you could just ask them to include these on their menu- but if you're not hiring anyone? Make big jugs of them with instructions on how to garnish? Have a table full of prepoured glasses waiting? Something else? Reply Hire someone, or ask friends to take turns playing nonboozy bartender! Reply I've also spied this idea: pre-mixed drinks in mason jars. Or make up a big batch in some beverage dispensers. Reply I LOVE these ideas! My family is very conservative and would frown on alcohol, and we also haven't the money to have booze at our wedding, so these are much appreciated!!! Reply Would a venue let you bring in the ingredients to do this? We are going No booze for our day and I was looking for some great ideas to keep people hydrated. Anyone tried these? Reply You are so helpful,me and my patrner for Life… our planning our wedding… And you gave made its so very helpful being we both are recovering alcoholics….. Reply Late to the party on this, but I want to recommend the book "Zero Proof Cocktails," by Liz Scott. She has some incredibly sophisticated and fun ideas for mocktails, wine-copycats, and other nonalcoholic drinks. When a friend of mine who loved swanky cocktails but who'd stopped drinking was moving away, I made him dinner and served each course with a mocktail from this book. I also gave him a copy of the book as a present. He was thrilled! Reply I wish I'd seen these sooner! While we did not have a dry wedding, by any means, it might have been nice to have a couple of suggestions on hand for the few guests who could not imbibe for health or other reasons. Reply Thank you! While we aren't having a dry wedding we were looking for non-alcoholic "special" drinks for our wedding since I have family that don't drink. So they too can have something other than soda or juice to toast with. I was having a bit of trouble finding anything!!! Reply Thank you so much for these. As a recovering alcoholic, I feel like I miss out on the "fancy drinks" at weddings and other occasions. I love these recipes. I will make these as a special treat. Reply Ooh Trish, keep your eye on Offbeat Bride in the next couple weeks. We have another awesome mocktail post in the works! Reply As a non alcohol drinker these look amazing! However, I'm from Australia and some drink names are unfamiliar. Could someone please inform me what the following are or possible substitutes? Thanks! Sierra Mist Natural Diet 7Up Half and half seltzer Reply Sierra most and seven up are very similar, a clear lemon – lime carbonated soda. Sweet and a little tart, but overall pretty neutral. Half and half is a creamer commonly used in coffee, if I remember right it's half milk and half heavy cream. Seltzer is carbonated water, no added flavor. Reply For a light, tropical twist to your virgin Mojito, try this — leave out the simple syrup and replace it with sugar free coconut espresso syrup (I like Torani or daVinci). It turns it into what I call a "Coconut Fauxjito" with essentially zero calories. Refreshing, zero-calories and "tastes like vacation." 🙂 Reply In the Independence Punch, Will Sprite Zero work in place of Diet 7Up? Honestly couldn't find any Diet 7Up. Reply I LOVE these ideas! My family is very conservative and would frown on alcohol and also i have these type of recipes in my recipe book and know i want to share with you if you want this then clieck given below link:- http://goo.gl/gSwlwS Reply I LOVE these ideas! My family is very conservative and would frown on alcohol and also i have these type of recipes in my recipe book and know i want to share with you if you want this then click given below link:- http://goo.gl/gSwlwS Reply Join the conversation Cancel Reply Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *Comment Save my name, email, and website in this browser for the next time I comment. Notify me of follow-up comments by email. Sign me up for your offbeat awesomeness newsletter! No-drama comment policy Part of what makes the Offbeat Empire different is our commitment to civil, constructive commenting. Make sure you're familiar with our no-drama comment policy. 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