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Family-Friendly Mardi Gras Party Drinks

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Kids can celebrate Mardi Gras with fun mocktails, but these drinks can also be easily be turned into cocktails. Capture the spirit of Mardi Gras with refreshing, festive drinks prepared without alcohol. Try the following kid-friendly versions of a hurricane, a gin fizz, and mint julep at your family’s next Mardi Gras get-together.  These recipes also work great if you want the real thing, so if you're looking to make an adult beverage, just add a desired alcohol.

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Kids can celebrate Mardi Gras with fun mocktails. Capture the spirit of Mardi Gras with refreshing, festive drinks prepared without alcohol. Try the following kid-friendly versions of a hurricane, a gin fizz, and mint julep at your family’s next Mardi Gras get-together.  These recipes also work great if you want the real thing, so if you're looking to make an adult beverage, just add a desired alcohol.

Non-Alcoholic Hurricane
Ingredients:

  • 3 ounces orange juice
  • 3 ounces pineapple juice
  • 1 ounce sweet and sour mix
  • 1/2 ounce grenadine
  • Pineapple and orange slices

Shake all ingredients in a cocktail shaker. Pour the mixture into a hurricane glass or other tall glass filled with ice. Top the drink with grenadine syrup. Garnish the hurricane with fresh pineapple and orange slices. Serves 1
 

Watermelon Fizz
Ingredients

  • 5 cups diced watermelon
  • 8 tablespoons lime juice, divided
  • 1 1/3 cups ginger ale, divided
  • Lime wedges, for garnish

Freeze 1 cup watermelon and set aside as it will be used for garnish. Puree the remaining 4 cups of watermelon in a blender or food processor.. Strain the puree and divide the juice among 4 glasses filled with ice. Top each glass with 2 tablespoons lime juice and 1/3 cup ginger ale. Garnish each glass with frozen watermelon and lime wedges.  Serves 4.

Mock Mint Julep

  • 4 Mint sprigs, rinsed and stems discarded
  • 1.5 cups sugar
  • 2 cups cold water
  • 3/4 cup lemon juice
  • 1 1/2 quarts ginger ale
  • Lemon slices

In a medium bowl, combine sugar, water, and lemon juice. Then, stir in the mint leaves and let stand for about 30 minutes.  Strain over ice into a pitcher filled with ice cubes. Add ginger ale and lemon slices. Serves 10.

 

 


 

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Carla received a Bachelor of Arts degree in Family and Consumer science with an emphasis in Child Development. She also holds a Master of Library and Information Science degree, specializing in public librarianship and youth services.