[1] Jingle Belle: 7-Up and bitters with a raspberry-mint garnish (photo © Beatnik | Chicago).

 

More and more people don’t drink alcohol, and seek club soda or soft drinks at parties.

If some of your guests fall into that category, why not create a “Mocktail Menu?”

It’s quite easy, and it will bring them some extra holiday cheer.

Some suggestions:

  • Jingle Belle: 7-Up, bitters and raspberry-mint garnish (see photo).
  • Merry Cranberry: cranberry juice spritzer, with club soda or ginger ale and a mint garnish.
  • Virgin Mary: virgin Bloody Mary and a celery stick garnish (make your own Mary mix with the recipe below—it’s so much better than store-bought).
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    Even guests who do drink alcohol may turn to the Mocktail Menu for their third drinks, and beyond.

     
    RECIPE: VIRGIN BLOODY MARY

    This is the same mixture used for a regular Bloody Mary, just without the vodka.

    Our recipe makes a spicy drink with lots of flavor and just 41 calories per 8-ounce glass. Plus, it has 74% of the daily requirement of vitamin C and 22% of vitamin A.

    As an alternative to horseradish you can use 6 drops of hot sauce, but the horseradish adds much better flavor.

    If you don’t want any heat, use more Worcestershire and lemon juice; then experiment with a drop or two of hot sauce to round out the flavors.

    Ingredients For Four 8-Ounce Drinks

  • 32-ounce bottle tomato juice
  • 2 tablespoons prepared horseradish
  • 2 tablespoons Worcestershire sauce
  • 1 teaspoon celery salt
  • Juice of a fresh lemon or lime
  • Garnish: 4 celery sticks
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    Preparation

    Combine the ingredients and chill. Before serving, stir or shake the mix.

    If it’s well chilled, there’s no need for ice, that dilutes the drink.

      


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