5 Delicious and Festive Sounding Alcohol-Free Beverages

When I first stopped drinking, I felt naked and afraid without a glass in my hand. I actually thought I was overly conspicuous, and it warranted an explanation. At first, I shifted to sparkling, spritzer-like things with a twist and a straw. My sponsor told me she just orders diet Coke. That didn’t seem right. Over time I have actually become comfortable with water, sparkling water, or even nothing at all!

But sometimes it’s nice to have a beautiful, tasty, colorful, special something on a special something occasion, or for a party, or just because we’re worth it. These are not “virgin” drinks – these are special on their very own.

Frankly some of these sound like a lot of work, and I haven’t tested them all, but in case anyone feels fancy and wants to check these out, I’d love to hear if they taste as yummy as they sound.

Tornado Twist *Recipes follow
Homemade Orange Soda*
Southern Style Sweet Tea*
Passion Fruit Summer Drink*
Southern Breeze*

OK so I didn’t say they were necessarily healthy and sugar free – but for special occasions – why not?

 

Tornado Twist
Serves 6-8
12 fluid oz. cranberry-raspberry juice
1 12-oz can or bottle of lemon lime soft drink

~Pour into a pitcher with ice, mix, there you go.

 

Homemade Orange Soda
Serves 6-10
1 12-oz can of frozen, pulp-free orange juice concentrate, thawed and undiluted
2 2-litre bottles of lemon-lime soft drink, chilled
1-2 oranges sliced thinly
~Stir orange juice concentrate and soda in a pitcher, pour into glasses over ice, add orange slice

 

Southern Style Sweet Tea
Serves 6-8
½ gallon (8 cups) Chilled Water
6 small green tea bags
½ cup honey; OPTIONAL Maple Syrup
1 lemon, sliced
8 fresh mint leaves, for the pitcher or into individual glasses

~In a small saucepan, bring 2 cups water to steaming, remove from heat and add tea bags. Steep to taste, about 8 – 12 minutes.
Remove and discard the tea bags, add honey, and stir to combine.
Pour the 6 cups chilled water into a pitcher, then add the tea, and stir.
Add mint leaves and lemon, stir and voila.

 

Passion Fruit Summer Drink
Serves 4
1/2 cup mint leaves
2 limes, cut into half-inch pieces
3 inches fresh ginger (cut into thin sticks)
8 passion fruits
4 oranges, juice
ice cubes
1 cup sparkling soda

~Muddle mint leaves, the lime pieces and half of the ginger sticks in a bowl, then pour it into a pitcher. Cut the passion fruits in half and scoop out the flesh into the pitcher. Add juice from the oranges and ice cubes and stir around. Top it with sparkling soda, a couple of ginger sticks and a mint leaf. Enjoy!

 

Southern Breeze
Serves 12
1 cup sugar
I envelope unsweetened blue raspberry lemonade mix
7 cups water
1 6-oz can of frozen lemonade, thawed
1 46-oz can of Pineapple juice, chilled
1 2-litre bottle of Ginger Ale, chilled

~Stir together first 4 ingredients in a 2-qt pitcher, pour evenly into ice cube trays and freeze at least 8 hours. Combine Pineapple Juice and Ginger Ale and pour over raspberry ice cubes.

 

 

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5 Delicious and Festive Sounding Alcohol-Free Beverages

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