Throwing a New Year's Eve party? You can make it a safe one for designated drivers by serving some non-alcoholic cocktails.
Rainbow Babies & Children's Hospital's Injury Prevention Center offer this Mocktail Recipe Guide for delicious non-alcoholic drinks. They sound delicious!
Mock Champagne Punch
• 2 (2 liter) bottles ginger ale, chilled
• 1 (46 oz) can pineapple juice, chilled
• 1 (64 oz) 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.
• 1 cup crushed ice
• 3 oz peach nectar
• 2 oz cranberry juice cocktail
• 1/2 oz grenadine syrup
• 1 oz lemon flavored carbonated beverage
• 1 twist lime peel
Fill a shaker with ice and pour in peach nectar, cranberry juice and grenadine. Strain into a martini glass and top with lemon soda. Garnish with a twist of lime.
• 1/4 cup tonic water
• 1 tbs lime juice
• 1/4 tsp lemon juice
Garnish with lemon or lime twist.
Dry Dock Manhattan
• 1/3 cup well chilled black-cherry soda
• 2 tsp lime juice
• 1/2 tsp bitters
In cocktail shaker combine all ingredients. Add ice.
Virgin White Sangria
• 3 cups white grape juice
• 1 bottle sparkling apple cider
• 2 tbs fresh lemon juice
• 1 apple cubed
• 1 cup fresh or canned pineapple chunks, drained
• 1 orange, sliced thin
• 2 drops vanilla extract
• fruit for garnish
In a large pitcher or punch bowl, combine juice, cut fruit and vanilla extract. Cover and let chill for at least 2 hours. Add in sparkling cider. Serve in wine glasses or champagne flutes with ice and fruit garnish.
• 6-10 mint leaves
• 2 oz fresh lime juice
• 1 tsp powdered sugar
• 4 oz club soda
• lime wedges for garnish
In a rocks glass, muddle mint leaves, lime juice and sugar until sugar is dissolved and mint is fragrant. Add ice. Pour in club soda. Garnish with lime.
• 1 oz chilled pomegranate juice
• 5 oz chilled sparkling cider
• lemon twist for garnish
Pour apple cider into champagne flute. Gently pour pomegranate juice over back of a spoon onto the surface of the cider. The juice should linger at top, moving down to color the rest of drink slowly. Garnish with lemon.