Sweet and celebratory cocktails or mocktails are a perfect addition to any event, birthdays, weddings, house warming parties, and even baby showers.
Sometimes, we can't help but wonder what exactly mocktails and cocktails are, why are there such favored drinks served in the party, and how to tell these the drinks apart.
Cocktails are drinks containing alcohol, they may be mixed or unmixed. Mocktails, on the other hand, are drinks without a drop of alcohol. Mocktails imitate the idea behind a cocktail, the main difference being that mocktails do not contain alcohol.
Parents looking to celebrate the entry of their brand new life into the world would, of course, wish to have only the most impressive items on their menu. A baby shower may be celebrated as a small event, one with close family and friends. Or, it could be celebrated in a bigger way, with extended family, friends, and everyone in between receiving an invite.
All Things Blue
New parents celebrating the birth or the expected birth of a baby boy might decide to go the traditional way by choosing blue as their theme color. Take your blue theme color to the next level with a few fun and easy blue cocktail and mocktail recipes.
1. Blue Hawaii
This cocktail has a name that already conjures up images of blue Hawaiian skies and calm, soothing waters. Tantalizing their taste buds with this cocktail recipe.
Pour all of the ingredients (recipe below) except for the pineapple and cherry into a shaker tin and shake with ice. Strain the liquid into a cocktail glass and add ice, a wedge of pineapple, a cherry and your cocktail umbrella. Serve your happy baby shower guests.
2. Blue Martini
Engage your older guests with the higher tastes for alcohol with this variation of the pink martini. This cocktail employs more quality ingredients to create an overall smooth and complimentary drinking experience.
To make this azure cocktail, add all the ingredients (recipe below) except the orange twist, and add some ice cubes into a mixing glass. Stir briskly until a frost starts to form outside the glass. Strain the liquid into a glass and garnish with an orange twist. Enjoy your cocktail.
3. Pop Rocks Rocktail
Serve your shower guests with a cocktail that is truly off the rocks. This cocktail recipe contains actual pop rocks in it, a sizzling reminder of childhood to your guests. Plus, the pop and the fizzing sound is a cheap alternative to the sound of popping champagne. The beautiful blue of this cocktail will definitely delight your guests’ taste buds and take them back to their childhood.
Add some of the syrup and Pop Rocks to a cocktail glass. Next, add all the other ingredients, without the prosecco, in a shaker. Add some ice, shake and strain juice into the cocktail glass and add some fresh ice and the prosecco.
All Things Pink
Now, for a girl bundle of joy, pink is often the most obvious and traditional choice for a baby girl shower theme. Take your hosting ideas to the next level by stretching your theme color to even the drinks.
Here are some sample of pink colored cocktails and mocktails.
1. Shirley Temple
This drink is sweet, fruity and tasty alternative for some of your shower guests who might also be expecting, and for your non-alcohol drinking friends.
Rim a glass with pink Pop Rocks, mix in the grenadine syrup and ginger ale and garnish your sweet drink with a maraschino cherry. Serve your guests this fruity mocktail and satisfy their thirst.
2. Sherbet Church Punch
This mocktail is another sweet, fruity and non-alcoholic drink for your pink themed baby shower guests. The drink employs some of the sweetest, tastiest and brightly colored fruits available, so be ready for a real fruit burst.
To make this wonderful mix, scoop your sherbet (recipe below) on a baking sheet and let it sit overnight in the freezer until it freezes. Mix fruit punch, soft drink and pineapple juice in a large enough bowl. Add your fresh fruits (raspberries, strawberries and pineapples). Finally, add your frozen sherbet scoop and serve your guests this pretty, pink mocktail.
3. Pink Martini
Of course, the classic pink martini has to show up at your pink themed baby shower. It is a classic for a reason, and sweet enough to be considered ‘girly’ but retain the taste of a martini. This cocktail is the perfect blend of alcoholic and sweet, finding the sweet spot between these two extremes.
Combine all the ingredients in a shaker tin, add some ice and shake. Double strain the liquid to create the finest, smoothest drink and pour into chilled glasses. Enjoy this delicious cocktail with your guests. Another plus for this drink is that it is fairly easy to make, and can be handled by just about anybody.
4. The Pink Squirrel
The Pink Squirrel dates pretty far back in terms of making appearances at events and bars. The cocktail is creamy and pink in appearance, and may look like a fairly innocent drink. That is because it mostly is.
This cocktail’s main ingredients are cream, ice cream and more cream. To make this creamy delight, add all the ingredients into a cocktail shaker and add some ice. Shake it up, and strain the liquid into some cocktail glasses. Add your maraschino cherries as garnish. Enjoy your drinks.
Best Cocktails for a Baby Shower Party
1. Diaper Baby Cocktail
Celebrate your life of diaper duty with this aptly named cocktail. Combine all ingredients, except seltzer, in a large pitcher or bowl and stir completely. Add the seltzer and then serve. For a mocktail version of this, stick to all the ingredients and steps, just live out the vodka.
2. Grapefruit Mint Mojito
A refreshing tangy mojito at the poolside or garden will be lovely. This is a low sugar recipe using grapefruit to give an interesting take on the mojito.
3. Strawberry Ginger Limeade
Another pink cocktail to make, this is easy with strawberry, ginger and mint. Make a big bowl for your relatives and friends to scoop and place the vodka or tequila next to the cocktail serving bowl so that it can be added into the drinks changing it from a mocktail to a cocktail.
Cocktail drinks recipe
1. Sugar and Spice Cocktail and Mocktail
This drink contains spicy, warming ingredients and is perfect for winter baby showers. Warm up your guests with this fabulous recipe. Add all of these ingredients in a pot and lightly boil for about 10 minutes. Allow the drink to cool for a while and sieve out the spices. Serve your guests this warm drink.
2. Colour Coordinated Cocktails
Take your matchy-matchy theme to the next level with color coordinated drinks. This recipe is easy to make and all you need is some food coloring to match your theme color.
To make these drinks, combine all ingredients in a large pitcher and shake properly. Add ice, and serve your guests chilled.
Below is a list of 19 cocktail drinks recipe to reference to make color coordinated cocktails.
Drinks at any event are maybe the most important factor in proper hosting. If the food is inadequate, the host can be forgiven, because eating is hardly ever heavy at events. Drinks; however, are simply an important detail. Drinks exist not just to quench thirst at your baby shower, they are also there to loosen the guests up, serve as conversation starters, and are something to keep the hands busy. Treat your baby shower guests to a cocktail/mocktail experience they will remember for a long time with some of our recipes.