Do you want to give your child a delicious and fun beverage that they will love? Check out these delicious mocktails ideas. These drinks are perfect for parties, get-togethers, or just everyday enjoyment. We have put together some of our favorite kid-friendly mocktails that are sure to please even the pickiest of drinkers.
Why do kids love mocktails?
Kids love mocktails because they are fun, festive, and delicious! And what’s not to love about these fancy drinks? They are refreshing, often brightly colored, and usually very easy to make. They also offer a chance to be creative, mixing different fruits, juices, and carbonated beverages to create unique flavor combinations. These drinks are the perfect way to enjoy the taste and feel of a festive drink without any of the alcohol. This means that parents can enjoy a cocktail or two while their kids sip on their own tasty non-alcoholic beverages. So next time you’re planning a party or special event, be sure to include some mocktails on the menu!
What is Grenadine?
You will notice alot of mocktails contain grenadine and you might be wondering what this is. Grenadine is a sweet, syrup-like substance that is used to sweeten and flavor the drinks. It is made from pomegranates, and it typically does not contain alcohol making it perfect for kids Mocktails. However, do be careful as a couple of commercial brands of grenadine do contain alcohol, so it is important to check the label before using it in a drink.
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The first on our list is the Shirley Temple. This classic mocktail is sweet, refreshing, and guaranteed to please.
The Shirley Temple gets its name from the famous child actress, who was known for her bright smile and shining personality. Just like its namesake, this drink is sure to bring a smile to your guests’ faces.
To make a Shirley Temple, simply combine ginger ale or lemon-lime soda with a splash of grenadine syrup and a squeeze of lime. For an extra special touch, garnish with a maraschino cherry.
How to make a shirley temple mocktail:
- 1 cup ginger ale
- 1 teaspoon grenadine
- A squeeze of fresh lime juice
- Maraschino cherries for garnishing
- Add crushed ice to the glass then pour in the ginger ale and lime juice and stir. Then add the grenadine syrup and top with a maraschino cherry
Next up we have the Roy Rogers. This mocktail is named after the famous cowboy and is made with cola, grenadine syrup, and a maraschino cherry. It’s sweet and fizzy, and your kids will love the fun color.
The Roy Rogers Mocktail is made with cola, grenadine, and maraschino cherry juice. While it is often thought of as a kids’ drink, the Roy Rogers Mocktail is refreshing and tasty and can be a fun and delicious adult beverage as well.
How to make a Roy Rogers mocktail:
- 1 cup Cola
- Grenadine syrup to taste
- Maraschino cherry
Pour cola into a glass. Add grenadine syrup to taste. Garnish with a maraschino cherry. Enjoy!
For something a little different, try the Virgin Sunrise. This mocktail is made with orange juice, lemonade, and grenadine syrup. It’s tart, sweet, and perfect for a summer day.
- sparkling water or sprite
- juice – This is traditional made with orange juice but you can use any tropical juice
- 1 tbsp grenadine (or you can use raspberry syrup)
Add ice to the glass then pour equal amounts of sparkling water and juice. Mix this well then slowly pour over the grenadine or raspberry syrup. 1 tablespoon should be enough as this is quite sweet.
Now watch the magic happen! Because the syrup is heavier than the juice and sparkling water it will sink to the bottom of the glass, giving the drink it’s signature look.
To finish it off you can garnish with a cherry or piece of tropical fruit.
This drink is a perfect summertime drink. It is cooling, refreshing and tastes delicious.
- 1/3 cup watermelon juice
- 1/3 cup sprite
Fill your glass half full with crushed ice then add the watermelon juice and sprite. Mix well. Garnish with a slice of lime or piece of watermelon
Traffic Light Mocktail
This traffic light mocktail is the perfect drink for a summer party! It’s refreshing, easy to make, and looks really impressive. Plus, it’s a great way to get kids to try different fruits.
To make this mocktail, you’ll need:
- orange juice
- pineapple juice
- grenadine syrup or raspberry syrup
- Green food coloring
For the orange juice, I like to use fresh-squeezed, but you can also use store-bought. Just be sure to taste it before adding it to the drink, as it can be very sweet. The pineapple juice should also be fresh if possible. If you can’t find fresh pineapple juice, look for 100% pineapple juice with no added sugar. And finally, the grenadine syrup is what gives this mocktail its beautiful red color. You can find it in the liquor or mixers section of most grocery stores.
How to make the Traffic Light Mocktail
Start by pouring the syrup into the bottom of the glass then add the ice. Carefully pour in equal parts of orange and pineapple juice. Then and add a couple of drops of food coloring on top. Gently mix the drink. Taste and adjust the proportions as needed. Serve over ice and enjoy!
You might be wondering how the layers stay separated. This is because the syrup is heavier than the juice so it sinks to the bottom while the juice rises to the top.
Fruit Punch Mocktail
This fruit punch mocktail is perfect for summer parties or BBQs. It’s made with orange juice, pineapple juice, and lemon-lime soda. You can also add in some fresh fruit like strawberries or oranges for added flavor and color.
- 1 cup orange juice
- 1 cup pineapple juice
- 2 cups lemon-lime soda
In a pitcher, mix equal parts orange juice and pineapple juice and then add the soda and stir to combine. Serve over ice and garnish with fresh fruit slices if desired.
Cotton Candy Fizz
This mocktail is just as fun to drink as it sounds! It’s made with cranberry juice, lemon-lime soda, and cotton candy for added sweetness, the kids will love it!
- 1/2 cup cranberry juice
- 1/2 cup lemon-lime soda
- Handful of cotton candy
Pour in the cranberry juice to half fill your glass. Top up with the soda and stir to combine. Garnish with a small handful of cotton candy before serving.
Pineapple Virgin Margarita
Who says mocktails can’t be fun and sophisticated? This virgin margarita is made with lime juice, orange juice, pineapple juice, and agave syrup for a refreshing twist on the classic cocktail.
- Juice of 2 limes
- 1 cup club soda
- 1/4 cup pineapple juice
- 1/4 cup agave syrup
Fill up 2 glasses with ice and pour in the lime and pineapple juice. Stir in the agave syrup and top up with club soda. Stir to combine and garnish with a slice of lime or pineapple.
So, the next time you have a party or get together, don’t forget the mocktails! They are just as delicious as their cocktail counterparts. Your guests of all ages will appreciate the effort, and who knows, maybe even ask for the recipe.