Cocktails anyone?

I can’t believe Thanksgiving is next week. Between both of our families, friends, and our jobs we’re going to be plenty busy visiting and attending holiday parties. My husband is thrilled to have a designated driver all season long. I don’t mind, but while everyone’s clinking wine glasses I might feel a little left out. There’s just something un-festive about toasting with a glass of water. That’s why I decided to research some fun, contemporary, alcohol-free cocktails online. 

I came across these fabulous ideas for getting started. 1. Choose the right stem wear. Select a fine wine or martini glass or champagne flute.  2. Use garnish such as a slice of lime, mint leaves, lemon rind, or a maraschino cherry. 3. Add some sparkle! Use a wine charm on your glass. 4. Be creative. Combine club soda with tropical or exotic fruit juices. 

Here’s my plan. I have tall, skinny pilsner glasses at home. I plan to make cranberry juice ice-cubes and fill an entire glass. Then I’m going to add club soda and a slice of lime. If you have any recipes or style ideas please feel free to share. Have a wonderful holiday season. Cheers!

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6 Responses to “Cocktails anyone?”

  1. Beverly Says:

    Oooohhhh, I love the cran ice cube idea!!! I am also fond of floating Pomegranate seeds.

  2. Sandy Says:

    What about Martinelli’s sparkling cider? My family actually prefers it to champagne.

  3. Anne Says:

    Pomegranate seeds! Great idea for adding color and interest!!

  4. Anne Says:

    Sparkling cider is a classic. Thanks for reminding me.

  5. Suzanne Says:

    Is is safe to drink dealcoholized wine? I’ve read that they contain no more alcohol than a glass of orange juice, but it just seems too good to be true.

  6. Anne Says:

    Hi Suzanne,
    It’s unlikely that the occasional glass of nonalcoholic wine is harmful, but the fact that it does contain trace amounts of alcohol is something to be aware of. Particularly if you drink it often or in large amounts. It’s important for you to read labels carefully and know that “nonalcoholic” and “alcohol-free” don’t mean the same thing. Nonalcoholic beverages may contain less than half a percent of alcohol while those labeled “alcohol-free” do not. This link to our website may interest you (http://www.marchofdimes.com/pnhec/159_530.asp)
    Hope this helps!