Non-alcoholic drink recipes can make the holidays feel specialPublished 6:52pm Saturday, January 5, 2013
Question:It has finally become obvious to me that I am putting my kids at risk by always serving alcohol when our friends and family party, but serving non-alcoholic punch or pop seems so dull. What can I serve that is non-alcoholic and looks and tastes special?
Answer: Here’s a list of recipes for non-alcoholic drinks provided by the Minnesota Prevention Resource Center:
Chill 1 quart of cranberry cocktail and 1 cup of grape juice. At serving time, pour chilled juice over cracked ice. Top with maraschino cherry, lemon slice and orange slice.
1/2 pint strawberry ice cream
1 cup milk
4 teaspoons bottled grenadine syrup
Beat ice cream and milk until foamy thick in blender; pour into glasses.
Pour grenadine from spoon down inside each glass (forms bright crimson layer at the bottom).
Garnish with strawberries. Three to four servings.
Place several ice cubes in a large old-fashioned glass. Add a dash of lime juice. Garnish with cherry and a slice of orange. Fill glass with Catawba grape juice.
1 cup chilled orange juice
1 1/2 jiggers grenadine
Pour orange juice into tall glass. Add grenadine and allow to settle on bottom. May be served over ice. One serving.
1 serving of ginger ale or lemon-lime soda
1 jigger of grenadine
Fill old-fashioned glass with ice cubes and ginger ale or lemon-lime soda. Add grenadine. Garnish with orange slice and cherry.
1/3 cup frozen orange juice concentrate
1/2 cup milk
1/2 teaspoon vanilla
1/2 cup water
5 or 6 ice cube
1/4 cup sugar
Combine all ingredients in blender; cover and blend until smooth. Two to three servings.
Pina Colada Perfecto
1 jigger crème of coconut
2 jiggers pineapple juice
1 1/2 jiggers club soda
Mix over ice. One serving
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Maryanne Law is the executive director of the Parenting Resource Center in Austin.