Friday, July 11, 2014

M is for Mock-tails

Summer is in full swing.  It's the perfect time of year for laying by the beach, swimming in the pool and of course drinking a fruity cocktail.  Whether it's a cold Beer, creamy Mudslide or sour Margarita almost everyone I know has a favorite adult beverage.  When planning your wedding you will be sure to include several fun alcoholic beverages, but what about the guests that can't partake?  You still want them to feel included, special, celebratory and enjoy a delicious drink. Consider offering a signature Mock-tail.  This is the newest craze in the drink world.  In today's post I'm going define this new trend, explain why you should consider them, and give you three original recipes I created myself...

  1. a nonalcoholic drink consisting of a mixture of fruit juices or other soft drinks.


1. You have guests that are alcoholics.
Chances are if you don't have an alcoholic in your family, one of your friends or co-workers may struggle with this.

2. Your guests are expecting a little bundle of joy.
The wedding season comes hand in hand with the baby season. Offering a non-alcoholic option at your Bridal Shower and Bachelorette Celebration will give pregnant loved ones a chance to enjoy, big belly and all.

3. You have lots of underage guests.
The best way to avoid tempting underage guests to drink is having a non-alcoholic versions of your favorite cocktails.

4. Your venue doesn't allow alcohol in certain areas.
This is an issue I'm currently working on with Cristal.  Her venue in San Pedro is technically a Los Angeles County Park so there is no alcohol allowed on the lawn.  After the outdoor ceremony she has her heart set on having Cocktail Hour on the bluff overlooking the sunset.  In order to follow the rules and have Cristal's vision complete we will be serving Mock-tails of different Ice Teas and Lemonades.

5. You have rowdy guests.
For crowds that are notorious for causing trouble, I like to suggest pushing cocktails back to later in the night.  Get through the Ceremony, Cocktail Hour and Dinner offering Water and Mock-tails. As the first dance ends open the bar and allow people to drink for the two hours of open dancing.  By cutting the consumption time down it will give people more time to get tipsy and playful, less time for them to get sloppy and unmanageable.  

6. It's against your guests religion.
In today's modern age, people from several different religons attend each others celebrations. While I don't agree with changing your beliefs, it is your responsiblity to cater to your guests and make them feel comfortable.

Love the idea, but not sure where to start or what to make?  Try one of my three original recipes:

(play on Mai-Tai)

Tiki Glass

Crushed Ice
2 oz. Pineapple Juice
2 oz. Guava Juice
1 oz. Orange Juice
1/2 oz. Grenadine
1 Fresh Pineapple cut into Wedges
1 Cherry

1. Fill glass to top with crushed ice.
2. Add all three Juices.
3. Add splash of Grenadine.
4. Garnish with Fresh Pineapple Wedge & Cherry.

(play on Mango Margarita)

Tulip - Pint - Tin Shaker

Cubed Ice
1 1/2 oz Lime Juice
1 Lime Pinwheel
1 1/2 oz Mango Puree
1/4 of a Fresh Jalapeno

1. Rim Tulip Glass with Salt.
2. Fill the Pint Glass with Ice.
3. Add Lime Juice and Mango Puree and Jalapeno to Ice and Shake.
5. Pour into Tulip Glass.
6. Garnish with a Lime.

(play on Watermelon Mojito)

Bamboo - Pint - Tin Shaker
*Muddler is also needed.

4 (Dice Size) Watermelon Chunks
1/2 a Lime cut into Wedges
3 Sprigs of Mint Leaves
1 oz Lime Juice
1 oz Simple Syrup
1 oz Cranberry Juice
2 oz Soda Water
1 Orchid Bloom

1. Muddle Watermelon Chunks, Lime Wedges and Mint in a Pint Glass.
2. Add Ice, Lime Juice, Simple Syrup, Cranberry Juice and Shake.
3. Pour into Bamboo Glass.
4. Add Soda Water & Orchid Bloom.

*Special THANKS to my gorgeous friend Natalie for helping tweak the measurements and shaking up these tasty creations. You rock lady!

I'd love your feedback! Will you consider having a Mock-tail at your next event? Did you like my original recipes? Have any fun non-alcoholic drinks you'd like to share with us? 


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