What party happens without some real good beverages? Not every party has to offer food but parties must offer beverages! Most parties offer Alcoholic Beverages, but for those who wish to have an alcohol free event, or thinking of their guests who do not drink then Non-alcoholic beverages are just as attractive. Heck; you can even have these virgin beverages set up on a bar, with a bar tender asking your guests whether they want the drink, stirred or shaken?!! Why not, Have fun and live fully!
If you are throwing a party and wondering what non-alcoholic beverages to offer; here are some party essential beverages for you to impress with! Along with the loaded version for those who will include the alcohol.
This Collection of Cold Beverages is also good for home and home hospitality, not just big parties :)
Dima's Tips Use Juices instead of water in making the ice cubes; This way you will get more attractive & colourful ice cubes that will not water-down your drinks. For a super simple drink; top juice ice cubes with Soda water and you got yourself a sparkling juice drink already :)
Who doesn't like lemonade? Is there anything ever as refreshing as lemonade on a hot day? A beverage that pairs well with all food, an excellent option for outdoor intertaining, or just an afternoon refreshment in the garden, you will want to know how its done, as you will be serving it lots....
2 1/2 cups water
1 1/4 cups Sugar
Lemon or Lime Peel Shavings
1 1/4 cups Lemon or Lime Juice
To make the Limeade or Lemonade Base
For each glass of served lemonade, fill serving glass with ice cubes. Combine 1/2 glass water, & 1/2 glass lemonade or limeade base and stir till well blended. Pour lemonade over ice & serve.
9 cups water
2 cups fresh lemon juice
2 cups cranberry juice, chilled
Fresh Cranberries or Raspberries for Garnish
Lemon & Lime thin wedges for Garnish
In large container, combine sugar, water, lemon juice and cranberry juice. Stir till sugar dissolves completely. Pour into Pitcher, serve over ice.
Dima's Tip For An Alcoholic Pink Lemonade Add a shot of Vodka, Limoncello, or Tequilla to the drink.
|Simple Party Punch|
Simple Party Punch
Serves 25 small punch servings
2 ltrs chilled Berry blend concentrate (concentrated juice of mixed berries)
2 ltrs chilled Citrus blend concentrate (concentrated juice of mixed citrus fruits)
4 ltrs chilled Ginger ale
Ice Cubes or Ice ring
Place all juices, ginger ale and ice in Punch Bowl. Garnish with thin slices of orange, whole raspberries & strawberries. Guests can help them selves & pour glasses straight from the bowl.
|Party Fruit Punch for Many|
350 ml Lemonade concentrate
1.350 ltrs unsweetened pineapple juice, chilled
4 ltrs Ginger ale, chilled
1/4 cup fresh lime juice
2 cups sugar
8 cups water (if using fresh juices instead of concentrates, do not add these 8 cups)
2 ltrs Sparkling water
Fresh Strawberries, halve lengthways
Fresh Orange wedges
In a large container, combine Lemon & Orange concentrate with 8 cups of water. Stir to dissolve. (if using fresh juices instead, just combine juices without the water) Stir in Lime juice & Sugar till sugar dissolves. Cover & chill for 4 hours.
Right before serving, pour 1/2 the juice mixture in a punch bowl, add ice cubes. Pour unsweetened pineapple juice, 1 ltr sparkling water, 2 ltr ginger ale and stir gently to combine. Garnish with your chosen fruits.
|Chuncky Party Punch|
Dima's Tips you cn use any fruits you like to fill a punch bowl. You can even make it chunky, by adding roughly chopped fruits or fruit wedges. You can use stoned appricots, peaches, grapes, cherry halves...etc
For an Alcoholic Party Punch: Add 750 ml Vodka & use Champagne instead of Sparkling water.
Sparkling Summer Berry & Lemonade
1.5 ltrs Sparkling water
250 ml Pink Lemonade (recipe above)
Zest of 2 lemons
fresh mint Leaves to garnish
2 cups Fresh Raspberries (can use strawberries, blackberries or blueberries insteadl)
In a large Pitcher, stir all ingredients except Mint Leaves & Sparkling Water. Refrigerate for 2 hours.
Right before serving, Slowly pour the sparkling water into pitcher. Stir gently with a long spoon.
Add ice cubes to Champagne fluted glasses and pour drink into glasses allowing berries to fall into the glass. Top with extra zest & mint leaf.
Dima's Tips for an alcoholic beverage, use 125 ml Limoncello and reduce pink lemonade to 175 ml. Use Champagne instead of Sparkling water.
This is very refreshing in summer when you need to cool down the heat and stay hydrated. It is tastey, and the use of scooped out watermelon makes it appetising to the eye as well...
8 cups Fresh watermelon juice
2 Cups Fresh Orange Juice
2 Cups Pineapple Juiceon Juice
Watermelon Scoops (scoop using a melon baller)
Mint Leaves for garnish, optional
10 cups ice
Combine all ingredients, except Watermelon scoops, in a large bowl cover & chill for several hours.
Add ice & watermelon Scoops before serving. Garnish with mint leaves if desired.
Dima's Tip For an alcoholic beverage add a shot of Vodka. You can also inject Watermelon with Vodka before scooping & blending.
Remember, Beverages, do not need to be alcoholic to be impressive. Presentation is Key!
Always be 'The Host With The Most' Think of your guests who do not drink, and serve them beverages just as impressive! Hope this post has inspired you to make some cool beverages to serve when entertaining.
What beverages do you usually serve your guests? Have you tried any from this collection above? Share with us, we love to hear from you :)