Why Drink a Mocktail?
Mocktails are non-alcoholic drinks that look like the real thing, and are sometimes made the same as the real thing without the alcohol. Mocktails are not just for kids, either. People who can't or shouldn't drink due to pregnancy, illness or other circumstances can choose a mocktail and not feel isolated from the party.
For most cocktails, it is easy to make a mocktail by doing just that, but a few, like the Blue Hawaiian, are more difficult.
Blue Hawaii Mocktail
The Blue Hawaiian cocktail is blue because of the blue curacao, an orange-flavored blue liqueur. It also contains pineapple juice and rum, and some recipes even include vodka and coconut creme. To make a refreshing blue summer mocktail that looks and tastes like a Blue Hawaiian, follow this recipe:
Chill a hurricane glass
In a shaker filled with ice, combine:
- 3 ounces pineapple juice
- 1 ounce fresh squeezed orange juice (store bought is okay, but may ruin the final color.)
- 2-3 drops of blue food coloring, not too much or your mocktail will be green!
- *Optional: 1 ounce of Coco Lopez coconut creme
Shake well to incorporate ingredients and strain into the chilled hurricane glass filled with ice. Garnish with a slice of pineapple and a maraschino cherry.
Blue Bubblegum Mocktail
The Blue Bubblegum Mocktail is a sweet drink that tastes just like bubblegum. There are two easy ways to make this drink:
In a tall glass filled with ice, combine:
- Sparkling water
- Bubble gum flavored snow cone syrup
Stir to until the ingredients are combined and top off with a maraschino cherry or two.
The second way to do this is with actual bubblegum soda. Jones Blue Bubblegum soda is a tasty pure cane soda, and may be a less sugary option than using snow cone syrup.
As with the previous recipe, pour the sode over ice into a tall glass and top off with a cherry or other colorful garnish.
Blue Mocktail Cooler
There are several ways to make a blue mocktail cooler, here is an excellent recipe to start with:
In a pitcher, make a batch of Kool-Aid Berry Blue drink mix. Add ice until it covers the liquid, then top off with club soda. For a sweeter drink, use Sprite or Sierra Mist. Add some fresh blueberries and/or strawberries on top, and a few will end up in each glass.
For a blue mocktail cooler with a lower sugar content and a sour kick, try the following recipe:
Into a pitcher pour:
- The juice of 4-5 large lemons and/or limes
- 2-3 cups of cold water
- Blue food coloring to desired color. Do this one drop at a time and mix before adding more.
- Top off with lemon-lime soda and mix the whole batch up with a long spoon.
Garnish with lemon slices and cherries, or any combination of fruit you like. Be sure to get some into each glass you pour.
With a few simple ingredients and a little imaginatio, you can make a blue mocktail for summer easily. Have these ingredients on hand to make a variety of blue summer mocktails:
- Food coloring. There are several variations of food colors available, including neon hues. Experiment with different hues and measurements to get different shades of blue in your mocktails.
- Club soda and lemon-lime soda. Both of these are great for jazzing up some blue juice or blue fruit punch and making coolers.
- Blue Soda. If you have blue soda you have an instant mocktail that just needs a garnish. You can also add this to lemonade or limeade to make a refreshing lemonade/limeade cooler.
- Blue KoolAid or Hawaiian Punch mix. An excellent base for any blue mocktail.
- Blueberry or other dark berry juice. Although technically more purple than blue, cutting this juice with sprite or club soda can give you an energizing, healthy summer cooler.
- Plenty of fresh fruit for garnishing!
Have fun with your blue summer mocktail experiments and be sure to invite some testers over to be your judge's panel. You can even set out the ingredients at a party and invite people to invent their own blue mocktail.
If you throw a mocktail party for kids and/or adults, be sure to set out plenty of colorful garnishes including fruit, cocktail umbrellas and anything else you can think of for the occasion.
Guide guests, especially if they are kids, through making some of the drinks. Then let them loose and have fun!
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Chris Montgomery (author) from Irvine, CA on December 18, 2013:
Awesome! Enjoy :-)
oliversmum from australia on November 30, 2013:
MosLadder Hi. Like the look and sound of your recipes, especially the fact that they are non alcoholic. Will be trying them over our summer. Thanks for sharing with us. :) :)
Brittany on September 24, 2013:
What is the ratio for blue bubblegum mocktail?