With the big day just around the corner, some libations are in order. Here are some great cocktails and non-alcoholic beverages for all your guests. Not Just a Mommy!
Pilgrim's Punch - recipe courtesy of About.com
Create enough for any sized group by keeping the ratio at 3 parts each grape and cranberry juices and 4 parts water.
3 oz grape juice
3 oz cranberry juice
4 oz cold sparkling water
lemon twist for garnish
Apple-Ginger Sparkler - recipe courtesy of Martha Stewart
Our all-time favorite drink, I made it last year for a party, and now it's a regular on the party circuit.
1/4 cup ginger syrup (recipe below)
4 1/2 cups sparkling apple cider
6 cinnamon sticks
6 pieces crystallized ginger
Ginger syrup - Allowing the ginger to sit in the syrup, refrigerated, overnight really makes it strong! Then it's perfect. This recipe makes 2 cups.
2 cups sugar
1 six-inch piece fresh ginger, peeled, and finely diced
2 cups water
Place sugar, ginger, and 2 cups water in a medium saucepan; bring to a boil. Reduce to a simmer, and cook about 1 hour, until ginger flavor is quite strong. Let cool; strain before using. Store in an airtight container, refrigerated, up to a week.
Gobble-tini - recipe courtesy of CocktailTimes.com
1 1/2 oz Smirnoff cranberry twist vodka
1/4 oz Chambord
1/2 oz cranberry juice
1 tsp lemon juice
Mix all ingredients in a cocktail shaker with ice and strain into a chilled martini glass. Garnish with 3 cranberries on stick.
Cranberry Punch - recipe courtesy of CocktailTimes.com
2 cups red wine
1 cup vodka
1/4 cup spiced rum
1/2 cup Ocean Spray Ruby Tangerine Grapefruit Juice Drink, chilled
2 cups Ocean Spray Cran-Raspberry Raspberry Cranberry Juice Drink, chilled
1/2 cup green or red grapes, sliced in half
1/4 cup fresh cranberries
1 lemon, lime, orange and apple, each sliced
1 cup sparkling water or club soda
Combine wine, vodka, spiced rum and juices in a punch bowl. Add fruit and chill. Add sparking water just before serving. Makes approximately 10 5-ounce servings.
Apple Cinnamon Toast - recipe courtesy of CocktailTimes.com
1 1/4 oz. Smirnoff Green Apple Twist vodka
1/2 oz. Goldschlager
Dash of Green Apple Jell-O
Mix all ingredients in a cocktail shaker with ice and strain into a chilled martini glass rimmed with cinnamon. Garnish with a cinnamon stick and apple slice.
Pumpkin Pie - Recipe courtesy of NYMag.com
2 parts Absolut Vanilla vodka
1 part pumpkin schnapps
Splash of cream (or substitute a splash of orange juice)
Mix all ingredients in a cocktail shaker with ice and strain into a martini glass. Garnish with nutmeg and cherry.