We’ve covered a lot of cocktail ideas in this blog. We’ve done cocktails by season, by holiday, by flavor, and by color. But now we’re ready to admit that there are people out there who, for one reason or another, won’t be serving alcohol at their weddings. Maybe you have religious reasons for eschewing the booze, or past history reasons, or maybe you just never got into drinking. No matter why you’ve chosen to have a dry reception, we want to help you make it the best that it can be. Here are ten non-alcoholic wedding cocktails (or “mocktails” if you must) to make your ceremony sparkle.
Okay, we promise this list won’t just be virgin variants on regular cocktails, but this one’s too good to pass up. There’s a growing trend of using agave syrup as a sugar substitute, which means this once hard-to-find ingredient is readily available. When you make a virgin margarita, use limeade, a splash of orange juice, and agave syrup for sweetening. The agave will give the drink the subtle spice that the tequila usually provides.
This is less a single drink and more a template for summer wedding drinks. Take the fruit juice of your choice, combine it with muddled leaves of an herb of your choice, and then add simple syrup and tonic water. There are dozens of combinations and they all have a light, refreshing, summery feel to them. Try strawberry-basil, rosemary-pear, or lemon-spearmint for starters.
Mexican Hot Chocolate
For a winter wedding, your guests are probably expecting hot chocolate to warm them up at the start of the reception. Throw them a bit of a curveball by adding ½ teaspoon of chili powder and ½ teaspoon of cinnamon to every four servings. It adds a subtle spiciness to warm the insides and provide a rush of endorphins to get your guests out to the dance floor.
This fall cocktail starts with a base of cold sparkling apple cider. Then add ginger syrup to taste, until you’ve balanced the sweetness of the cider with a refreshing ginger bite. Finish it off with a cinnamon stick and some crystallized ginger as a garnish.
Blueberry Iced Tea
Iced tea is always welcome at a summer wedding. Kick your iced tea up a notch or two by adding blueberry flavor from a jar of blueberry preserves. First brew the tea, then once it’s cooled press the preserves through a strainer to make a thick blueberry syrup. Stir the syrup into the tea, and voila! No need to add sugar or lemon for a refreshing drink.
They don’t come more refreshing than this mix of fresh pineapple juice, club soda, simple syrup, and cucumber water. It’s a light and delicious mix, with just the right amount of sweetness and fizz.
There are plenty of reasons to raise your glass at a wedding, and what’s in that glass doesn’t have to be alcoholic for everyone to have a good time. With these five non-alcoholic recipes in your repertoire, you’ll be equipped to give your guests a tasty treat that designated drivers, pregnant women, and kids can enjoy, too.