Non-alcoholic bar mitzvah kid cocktails

It’s mock-tini time!

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Virgin piña colada (Photo by Jena Cumbo)
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Virgin piña colada
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Grapefruit and pomegranate soda (Photo by Jena Cumbo)
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Grapefruit and pomegranate soda
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Atonic cat (Photo by Jena Cumbo)
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Baby blue mocktail
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Ice cream a la fancy glass
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Carrot ginger zinger
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Lemon drop mocktini

Does your daughter mix Dr. Pepper with a zesty splash of Orange Crush whenever she sees a soda fountain? Have you caught her sneaking sips of your morning coffee and suggesting a dash of nutmeg and a cinnamon stick? Has she described a Shirley Temples as a “subtle, sweet balance between crisp lime soda and cherry-flavored grenadine?” Sounds like you might have a budding mixologist in your midst and serving a creative, non-alcoholic cocktail at her bat mitzvah would make her pretty bubbly. Here are a few virgin concoctions worthy of a child with a palate so refined she can easily distinguish Pepsi from Coke (Coke’s crisper, duh!):

Watermelon mint chillers

• 4 cups of cubed seedless watermelon

• 1 cup of water

• 1/2 cup mint syrup (see recipe below)

• 1/2 cup fresh lime juice

(Yields four servings)

Directions:

Freeze watermelon. Once frozen, combine the watermelon cubes in a blender with 1 cup of water, 1/2 cup of mint syrup, and 1/2 cup of lime juice. Serve in stemmed glasses with a sprig of mint.

Mint syrup recipe:

Heat 1 cup of sugar and 1 cup packed fresh mint leaves in a saucepan over medium heat. Bring it to a boil, and stir to dissolve the sugar. Once the sugar is dissolved, strain what’s left through a sieve and let cool. You can also substitute mint Italian soda flavoring for mint syrup.

Virgin piña colada

• 1/4 cup ice (more or less depending on thickness desired)

• 2 oz. cream of coconut

• 1-1/2 oz. crushed pineapple

• 1 oz. pineapple juice

Directions

Blend all ingredients at a high setting for about thirty seconds, or until smooth. Strain the results, if desired, then pour into a tall glass, and garnish as desired.

The Funkasaurus

• 1 1/2 oz. of maraschino cherry juice

• 1 oz. ginger beer

• 1/2 oz. of lime juice

• 1/4 oz. grapefruit juice

Directions

Serve in a Tom Collins glass over ice.

Grapefruit and pomegranate soda

• 1/2 cup pink or red grapefruit juice

• 1/2 cup pomegranate juice

• 1 cup sugar

• 2 star anise pods

• Ice

Directions

Serve in an Old-fashioned glass.

Bubble Tea

• 12 cups brewed black tea

• 4 cups tapioca peals (Can be found in most Asian markets. See recipe below to learn how to sweeten)

• 1/4 cup white sugar

• 1 ½ cups milk

• 12 cups ice cubes

(Serves 12)

Directions

In a cocktail shaker pour sugar, tea and milk. Add ice cubes and shake. Add tapioca pearls.

Sweeten tapioca peals recipe:

Bring water to a boil in saucepan. Stir in sugar until it dissolves. Put in tapioca parls and cook for 20 minutes. Rinse and dry. Refrigerate pearls until they are chilled.

Atonic cat

• 4 oz. orange juice

• 4 oz. tonic

• Crushed ice

• Orange slices and cherries (for garnish)

Directions

Serve in a Tom Collins glass.

Baby blue mocktail

• 1 oz. blue curacao

• 3/4 cup club soda/Sprite

• Pinch of salt

• 1/2 tbsp. of lime juice

• Ice cubes

• Blueberries and peeled skin of lemon

Directions

Mix all the above in a martini shaker and give it a good couple of shakes. Remove the cap and pour into a tall glass.

Ice cream a la fancy glass

• Two scoops of ice cream

• Oreo cookie crumbles

• Zombie glass

Directions

Place two scoops of ice cream in a zombie glass and then top with cookie crumbles. Ta-da! Simple but kids will love it.

Carrot ginger zinger

• 4 carrots, cut into large chunks

• 1/2 lime, peeled

• 1/2-inch piece ginger

• tbsp. of club soda

Directions

Process the carrots, lime, and ginger through a juicer. Taste and add the club soda. Serve immediately over ice.

Lemon drop mocktini

• 1 1/2 oz. of club soda

• 3/4 oz. of fresh squeezed lemon juice

• 1 teaspoon of simple syrup

• A lemon twist for garnish

Directions

Pour the club soda, lemon juice, and simple syrup into a cocktail shaker filled with ice cubes. Shake well then strain the liquid into a chilled martini glass, and garnish the rim with sugar and a lemon twist.

Posted 12:00 am, April 23, 2014
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