Non-Alcoholic Party Drinks

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Non-alcoholic party drinks can help make your party safe, and avoid many problems. Offer non-alcoholic options to your guests. Just make those options tasty.

Non-alcoholic party drinks might seem to be an oxymoron to some, but there is an abundance of good non-alcoholic drinks available. As we prepare for a holiday party this option is well worth consideration.

Non-alcoholic party drinks serve a myriad of purposes. These should all be considered by a conscientious host or hostess. First, children can partake of the beverages, but not without concern. More on this later. Second, those with an alcohol problem who have been trying to stay sober have a real option. And third, people who have had enough alcohol can continue to drink without becoming intoxicated.

Children and Non-Alcoholic Beverages

Children may drink fancy drink concoctions provided it does not lead to a thought process that any drink is fine.  You do not want to promote reckless behavior by having mimicked alcoholic drinks.  Perhaps drinks served to children should not appear too close to actual drinks, such as containing a stir or a fancy umbrella.  Use discretion when serving drinks that look too much like alcoholic drinks to children.

Non-Alcoholic Punch

One option is to have punch that is not spiked with alcohol.  You can use ingredients that keep it from tasting like a typical fruit punch.  Just as you might add things to a mixed drink, you can add to a non-alcoholic punch.  Have twists of lime or orange cut and available to add to the cups, or you can add a few interesting ingredients to the mix.

Sparkling Grape Juice

Sparkling grape juice can easily be substituted for wine.  It can be found in different colors implying different flavors, and it does a wonderful job.  Sparkling grape juice is not the same as drinking a glass of Welch’s Grape Juice.  It has a different taste, and it can be surprising enjoyable.

Mock Mixed Drinks

Mixed drinks contain the alcohol, a mix, and possibly added ingredients such as cinnamon sticks, celery sticks, olives and many more.  Well, there are ways to mimic the taste of some drinks, and a way to obtain new and exciting flavorful drinks you might enjoy even more. 

What Will You Need First?

The first thing you will need is recipes.  I recommend you start with a book.  And before you ever attempt a new drink for a party, mix up a sample and try it.  If you recommend it, it should be something that you have already tried.

What Else Will You Need?

You will need drink shakers, and other bar tools.  Remember that the tools are not so much for the alcohol, but more for the ingredients that you add and mix. 


Serving non-alcoholic drinks can involve the same things any other drink might.  If you wish to embellish the presentation with fancy decorations added to each glass, go ahead.  Decorative drink glasses add to the decorations of the party.


During the holiday season be responsible.  When hosting a gathering a great responsibility falls on you.  So be prepared in advance, and have a festive, safe party.


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Updated: 12/20/2019, blackspanielgallery
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DerdriuMarriner on 04/22/2022

Revisiting your wizzleys brought to mind what I'd meant to ask when first reading this article.
Do you consider sparkling waters among possibilities for non-alcoholic party drinks?

Kroger, for example, has a lovely, reasonable-priced line with such favorite flavors -- there may be as many as 12 to 13 here -- as blood orange, blueberry pomegranate, key lime and pineapple coconut.

The drinks look clear no matter the flavor. I suppose that in a glass alcohol-drinking party-goers might assume that they're vodka (or whatever else alcoholic looks clean-cut as pure water ;-D).

blackspanielgallery on 12/10/2019

One purpose is to have it appear the people who have them fit in. This might be real important to a pregnant person who has not yet decided to share the information.

DerdriuMarriner on 12/10/2019

blackspanielgallery, Thank you for the practicalities and products.
What is "a typical fruit punch" taste?
Is there a prevailing reason for serving mock alcoholic drinks? Perhaps mocked alcoholic drinks seem more appealing, more photogenic because of their presentation with stirrers, straws and wedges.

blackspanielgallery on 12/06/2019

I should have included non-alcoholic drinks ae important if anyone attending a party is pregnant.

blackspanielgallery on 11/28/2019

That would be worth consideration.

frankbeswick on 11/28/2019

Modern chemically brewed beer is not very pleasant, but traditional real ale tastes better.

blackspanielgallery on 11/27/2019

I have no problem with responsible drinking, but I just do not like the taste of beer at all. When I had a kidney stone I was told to drink beer, or at least non-alcoholic beer. It did not work well. I just could not stand the taste.

Veronica on 11/27/2019

I drink red wine with food but nothing else, - no beer, cider, spirits, liqueurs.
I do like non alcoholic cocktails, mocktails.

I like the idea of the TV show.

blackspanielgallery on 11/27/2019

For years we have had a series called 2 for the Road on a local television news. It always has 12 featured drinks, with a well-known personality presenting each. Usually entertainers, sports figures, and religious leaders take part. The archbishop and one rabbi always provide a drink. This ends right before New Years, releasing one per day segments. A useful endeavor. I looked in YouTube for past year offerings, but could not find it, so I substituted books. The idea is to reduce drunken driving.
I do not drink alcohol either, but do see a need for others to have an option. As for children, they are so easily swayed that we mush exercise discretion.
Hope this article helps some, and if just one it was worth writing.

Veronica on 11/27/2019

Excellent. I do like your advice about making alcohol style drinks too attractive to children.

My husband and sons don't drink alcohol so these are especially useful ideas. I always do a fruit punch on Christmas Eve as an option with mulled red wine.

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