Spring is in the air and the celebrations begin - anniversaries, weddings, showers, birthdays, graduations, Mother’s Day and more. Not to mention more entertaining with friends, golf games and the Kentucky Derby. Whatever you are celebrating this Spring, consider adding some fun libations to your menu.
A mint julep is great for the derby, but if alcohol doesn’t meet everyone’s beverage needs, there is more than water to quench your palate. Here are some festive ideas for your next get together....of course you can always spike them for the ones who wish to imbibe.....
Peachy Green Tea Cooler for the Derby 4-6 servings
6 green tea teabags
6 cups cold water
3 ripe peaches, pitted and sliced or canned peaches
1 lemon, juiced
6 sprigs fresh mint
Bring 6 cups cold water to a boil. Place teabags in a saucepan. Slice the peaches and place in a saucepan. Pour boiling water over the peaches and teabags. Steep for about 5 minutes. Strain the tea into a heat-safe pitcher and reserve the peaches. Stir in honey and lemon juice to taste. Allow tea to cool, then refrigerate until thoroughly chilled. Reserve peaches in refrigerator. To serve: Fill tall glasses with ice, place a few chilled peach slices in each glass, pour chilled tea over the peaches and top with a sprig of mint.
For Sunday Brunch try a Pomegranate Citrus Mocktail - a take on a tequila sunrise:
Yield 3 drinks
2 small grapefruits
2 juice oranges
2 tangerines or mineola tangelos
Use a citrus press or a juicer to juice the grapefruits, oranges, tangerines, and lime. Juice the pomegranates (2/3 cup juice) into a separate bowl. Divid citrus juice among 3 glasses. Top with pomegranate juice, which will settle to the bottom, and serve.
Anniversary or showers can have some class with a Pear and Cranberry Bellini: 8 servings
1 cup pear nectar
1 cup cranberry juice cocktail
1 bottle Prosecco or dry sparkling grape juice or sparkling cider
In a small pitcher or large liquid measuring cup, combine pear nectar and cranberry juice cocktail. Pour 1/4 cup juice mixture into each of eight champagne glasses. Dividing evenly, top with Prosecco or other dry sparkling white wine.
And after that great round of golf, bring the gang back for Non Alcoholic Players Punch:
2 1/2 gallon cartons store bought orange/pineapple juice
1 (2 liter) bottle ginger ale and lemon lime soda
1 orange, sliced thin
1 lemon, sliced thin
1 lime, sliced thin
Combine cartons of juice, with the bottle of soda. For garnish, add in slices of fruit. Serve over ice. Makes 1.5 gallons
There are lots of great drinks out there, and too many to share here. But I will share about.com's list of mocktails that all sound delicious! I have made the Apricot Gingertini - really good! Enjoyt this spring...and look forward to summer bbq's and perhaps some sobering sippers!