Delicious Mocktails for Your Teen’s Party
As consumers become more acutely aware of the importance of eating a healthy diet and more educated about how to do so, they realize a couple of things. First, healthy food and fun food are not mutually exclusive. Second, solid food is far from the only place to squeeze beneficial nutrients into one’s diet. Nutritious beverages are particularly important for kids, who may not always eat the healthiest foods. When you can combine fun and great taste in a nutraceutical beverage, it’s a win.
There’s no better time to experiment with flavorful and healthy drinks than at your teen’s party. “Mocktails” are a wonderful way to add a festive flair to the event and treat your young guests to a “special occasion” beverage they’ll love. There’s no reason to stock your food table with soda when you can whip up some nutritious mocktails that the kids will enjoy even more, even though they’re packed full of essential vitamins and other nutrients.
There are endless ways to experiment with flavor and style when creating mocktails for kids. Think adult beverages minus the alcohol, and you’ll begin to get an idea of how many possibilities there are. Drinks based on natural fruit juices will offer the health benefits you want and, combined with a few other fun ingredients, will take the fun factor to the next level.
For example, try blending orange juice, lemon-lime soda, a splash of grenadine, and a cherry to create a Shirley Temple, a favorite mocktail among the younger population. Or, try making some fresh lemonade, adding an equal amount of ginger ale, and sprinkling in some finely chopped strawberries. Garnish with whole, fresh strawberries for a delicious and refreshing sparkling drink. Apple is another great flavor that’s right at home in a mocktail, and it’s also the perfect base for a mock sangria. Start with fresh apple cider and mix in apple slices and berries along with ginger ale for a beautiful and tasty beverage. Another idea is to throw together a fruity “martini” with fresh pineapple and orange juice, a splash of syrup and a cilantro garnish in a classic martini glass.
These are just a few ideas to get you started; the sky’s the limit when it comes to creating delicious and healthy mocktails for your teen’s next party. The presentation is everything, so don’t forget to appropriate glasses, garnishes, and swizzle sticks. Happy (and healthy) drinking!