Kids' Nonalcoholic Cocktails

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Kids' Nonalcoholic Cocktails
Include your kids in any celebration by serving non-alcoholic cocktail drinks. (mini drinks image by citylights from Fotolia.com)

Include your kids in festive celebrations by whipping up kid-friendly, nonalcoholic cocktail drinks. Whether you are celebrating a birthday, holiday or other momentous occasion, these kid cocktail drinks will please young palates and can also be a good alcoholic drink substitution for grown-ups who wish to abstain.

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Halloween

Get your goblins and ghosts into the Halloween spirit by serving up a batch of "ghoulada punch." Divide 1,360ml. of puréed pineapple juice, two 340gr. cans of cream of coconut and 8 cups of ice into smaller batches and blend. Add 8 cups of any citrus-flavoured carbonated beverage and stir. Pour the punch into a black bowl or cauldron, available at a party store, and serve in Halloween-themed cups.

Christmas

Take a break from decking the halls and serve your kids a festive "Rudolph rocktail." Mix 85.1gr.

of orange juice and 85.1gr. of cranberry juice and pour over crushed ice into a shaker or large pitcher. Stir until blended and pour into festive Christmas glasses or mugs. Slide an orange slice onto the rim of the glass to garnish. As an additional surprise, coat the rim of the glass with lemon juice and dip into granulated sugar. Add a Christmas-themed swizzle stick or give the kids red and green straws.

Kids of all ages will love a nonalcoholic, warm Christmas wassail. Just add 8 cups of unsweetened apple juice to 2 cups unsweetened pineapple juice and 2 cups of orange juice. Add 1/2 cup lemon juice and 1/4 cup of granulated sugar. Mix in a teaspoon of cinnamon and a 1/2 teaspoon of cloves. Stir all ingredients together in a large pot or Dutch oven and bring to a boil. Lower the heat and simmer for approximately 15 minutes, then serve.

Pool Party

If you're having a summer birthday party or celebrating Independence Day, your kids are sure to enjoy a "toothless shark" on a hot summer day. Add 3/4 cup of orange juice to 1/4 cup of lime juice. Blend in a blender or food processor. Pour 1/4 cup of grenadine, which is strong syrup used to sweeten drinks, into a glass and then add the juices. Do not stir so the juice and grenadine will remain separated.

New Year's Eve

Ring in the New Year with "effortless eggnog" that kids and nondrinking adults can enjoy. Divide 1/2 half gallon of milk, separating out 3/4 cup to which you add one package of instant French vanilla pudding. Stir in 1/4 cup sugar, 2 tsp of vanilla and a 1/2 teaspoon each of cinnamon and nutmeg. Whip together and add the remaining milk. Keep in the refrigerator until serving time.

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