Adults usually welcome the New Year with a glass of wine or cocktail in hand. This year, it would be a great idea to make a pitcher of mocktails (mock cocktails meaning alcohol-free) so that kids could have something special to drink as well.
Refreshing Pomegranate Spritzer for Fall (White On Rice Couple)
This Refreshing Pomegranate Spritzer for Fall recipe from White On Rice Couple was made with Fall season in mind, but works great for Holiday parties as well. If you love pomegranate flavor, then you'll love this drink. You can also make a "dirty" version of this with a little vodka for adults.
"Along with pomegranates, we welcomed some sweet Asian pears and a few ripened passion fruits clinging to the crazy tangling vines. The tomatoes said their farewells and the basil are exploding with their last flowers."
- about 1 - 2 Tablespoons (15-30ml) fresh or concentrate pomegranate juice *for fresh, see note 1 for extracting
- 2 teaspoons (10ml) simple syrup
- 6 ounces (180ml) sparkling water or club soda
Fuzzy Navel Mocktail Recipe (LIFE Straight Up)
Foodies who love citrus drinks will love this Fuzzy Navel Mocktail Recipe from LIFE Straight Up. This drink will help you welcome 2018 with brightness and a sunny disposition! It's really hard not to if you're sipping a nice, sweet and tangy drink as you count down to the New Year. Make a boozy version by adding Peach Schnapps.
"This is a classic cocktail which normally uses peach schnapps and orange juice but of course we eliminated the booze and yet were able to capture the taste."
- 1/2 cup sparkling water
- 1/2 cup fresh orange juice
- 1/2 part peach nectar
- 1 tsp lime juice
Santa Spritzer (Made in Crafts)
This Santa Spritzer recipe from Made in Crafts might just be one of the easiest mocktails that only takes three ingredients and less than five minutes to make! Just mix together pomegranate juice, orange juice and sparkling water, and you're in for a refreshing drink. A jigger of vodka or gin will make this mocktail a lot more fun for adults.
"If you are making up a pitcher of the mocktail, you could float orange slices and pomegranate seeds in the pitcher. Watch how the bubbles make them dance around!"
- 2 oz. cranberry pomegranate juice
- 2 oz. Perrier
- squeeze of fresh orange juice
Ludy's Kitchen Cooking Tip:
If you want to make mocktails extra colorful for the kids, throw in a few pieces of red and green gummy bears into the drink.