It’s important to have zero-proof cocktails on hand for those who choose not to drink. Something better than a glass of club soda will make your guests feel more welcome and add to your sales. Here are a couple of alcohol-free recipes to get you started.
Combine all ingredients in a cocktail shaker, with ice. Shake vigorously and pour into a tall glass. Pack with more ice. The drink should sit below the rim of the glass like low tide. Garnish with the lime wedge.
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2 lemons, juiced
2 limes, juiced
1 lemon, sliced
1 lime, sliced
Put the lemon juice and lime juice into a large pitcher. Add the sliced lemon and lime, and a handful of ice cubes. Add peach nectar to fill about one-third of the jug and top up to fill with lemonade. Add strawberries and top with a little club soda.
1 1/2 oz bourbon
3 oz apple cider
ginger beer, to balance
apple slice for garnish
In an ice-filled shaker, combine bourbon and apple cider. Shake until cold. Strain into an ice-filled glass, add ginger beer, and stir gently. Garnish with a slice of apple.
Apple Cider Bellini (Batch Recipe)
One bottle of chilled prosecco
6 oz apple cider
1/2 oz triple sec
1/2 oz maple syrup
Rosemary sprigs for garnish
Combine apple cider, orange liqueur and maple syrup in a cocktail shaker filled with ice. Shake until container is thoroughly cold. Pour mixture equally into chilled champagne flutes and top with prosecco. Garnish each glass with a sprig of rosemary.
Rim your champagne flutes with the cinnamon-sugar. Fill each flute one quarter full of cranberry juice. Fill another quarter with apple cider. Toss in a few apple pieces and cranberries. Top with prosecco.
Apple Cider Mimosa (yields 4)
One bottle of champagne
One cup of apple cider
Rim your champagne flutes with the cinnamon-sugar. Fill each flute one quarter full with apple cider. Top with champagne. Optional: Garnish with thinly sliced apples.
Pumpkin & Apple Cider Fizz
1 1/2 oz vanilla vodka
2 oz apple cider
1 1/2 oz pumpkin puree
1 1/2 oz ginger beer
Fill a cocktail shaker with ice then add pumpkin puree, vanilla vodka, and apple cider. Shake vigorously until well chilled. Strain into a glass filled with ice and top off with ginger beer.
Hot Buttered Mocha
1 1/2 oz butterscotch schnapps
1 pkg instant hot cocoa
hot coffee Combine all ingredients in a coffee mug. Top with whipped cream, if desired.
2 oz gin
1/2 oz triple sec
1/2 oz pineapple juice Stir with cracked ice and strain into a chilled cocktail glass. Garnish with a pineapple chunk, a little paper parasol, and ride the trade winds to happy hula-days!!
Santa’s Little Ho Ho Ho (Punch Recipe)
One bottle champagne
One 2L bottle ginger-ale
Two (10 oz) bags frozen strawberriesCombine all ingredients in a large punch bowl & stir gently.
The good times will be rolling soon in New Orleans! Here’s a few Mardi Gras cocktails by which you can celebrate at home!
This fizzy cocktail is named after the French 75mm field gun used in World War 2.
2 ounces gin
1 ounce freshly squeezed lemon juice
2 teaspoons sugar
Champagne or sparkling wine
Garnish: long thin lemon spiral and cocktail cherry
Shake the gin, lemon juice, and sugar until chilled. Strain into a chilled champagne flute. Top with the champagne and garnish.
This is truly the king of New Orleans cocktails
1 teaspoon sugar
3 or 4 dashes bitters
a few drops water
2 ounces rye whiskey
1 teaspoon absinthe
Pour the absinthe into a double old-fashioned glass, swirling it to coat the glass. Discard the extra absinthe. In a mixing glass, combine sugar, bitters, and a few drops of water. Mix until sugar is dissolved, and add rye. Add plenty of ice, and stir for about 30 seconds. Strain the liquid from your mixing glass into the serving glass. Twist a piece of lemon peel over the drink. Indulge.
This cocktail, when made correctly, is fruity and tart, with a nice hit of fresh lemon and rich dark rum. This is the classic method for this drink, not the mass-produced premix you get at many bars.
2 ounces dark Jamaican rum
1 ounce fresh lemon juice
1 ounce passion fruit syrup
Combine ingredients in a cocktail shaker and add plenty of crushed ice. Shake well and pour, unstrained, into old fashioned glass, tiki mug or Hurricane glass. Garnish with orange slice and a cherry.