"Should I have alcohol served at my event?" We have found that some clients believe that having alcohol served makes for a better party, and more dancing. Others, may not drink alcohol, or consider their budget, and realize how expensive serving alcohol can be. These clients may decide to have a non-alcoholic signature beverage. Below, you will find three non-alcoholic and alcoholic fall cocktail recipes; for your events this season.
Brunch: Pear and Cranberry Bellini
(No mom-to-be wants to feel left out, therefore this drink is a nice alternative for a baby shower brunch)
Cup of Pear Nectar
Cup of Cranberry Juice
Bottle of Sparkling Cider
Combine pear nectar and cranberry juice in a pitcher.
Fill flute with 1/4-1/2 juice mixture.
Top off flute with sparkling cider.
Early Afternoon: Sparkling Rosemary Limeade
(A drink that even the kids will enjoy. Whether it's a family/friend get together amongst the comfort of your own home, or a birthday party for a loved one. )
1 cup lime juice (from about 6 limes)
3/4 cup sugar
Peel of 2 limes
Two 4-inch sprigs fresh rosemary, plus more to serve
4 to 6 cups chilled sparkling water
Stir the lime juice with the sugar in a small saucepan and bring to a simmer over medium heat. Lower the heat and cook, stirring frequently, until the sugar is completely dissolved. Add the lime peel and the rosemary sprigs. Simmer for another minute, then turn off the heat. Cover and refrigerate overnight.
Strain out the lime peel and rosemary and mix with the chilled sparkling water in a sealed jar or bottle. Taste and add more water if you want a lighter flavor.
Serve over ice with a small sprig of rosemary muddled into the drink.
*Recipe provided by thekitchn.com
Evening: Fizzy Pear Ginger Punch
(A tasty drink to accompany dinner drink options such as tea, lemonade and water)
For Ginger Syrup:
(1) 3-inch piece fresh ginger, peeled and cut into thirds
2 cups water
1 cup sugar
8 cups chilled pear juice, such as Looza
1 cup ginger syup
1/4 cup plus 1 tablespoon lemon juice
1 1/2 teaspoons ground ginger
3 1/2 cups seltzer
Large ice block
Candied ginger, for garnish
Make Ginger Syrup: Place ginger, water, and sugar in a medium saucepan. Bring mixture to a boil then reduce heat and simmer until reduced to a syrup, about 30 minutes. Let cool.
Make Punch: In a large punch bowl, combine pear juice, ginger syrup, lemon juice, and ground ginger. Whisk until combined.
Add seltzer and stir gently to combine. Add ice block to punch bowl.
If desired, place three pieces of candied ginger on a tooth pick and place in each cocktail glass as garnish.
*Recipe provided by seriouseats.com
Brunch: Apple Cider Mimosa
(Perfect for a fall bridal shower, networking event, or a morning fall wedding)
1 sliced apple
1 bottle champagne
1 cup of apple cider
2 tbsp sugar
1 tbsp ground cinnamon
Combine sugar and ground cinnamon
Wet rim champagne flute
Dip rim of flute in sugar and cinnamon mix.
Fill flute 1/4-1/2 full of apple cider
Top off flute with champagne
Garnish with apple wedge slice
*Recipe provided by townandcountrymag.com
Early Afternoon: Hard Apple Cider Sangria
(This drink would make for a nice signature cocktail at a birthday party or for the bride during her wedding)
1 cup thinly sliced unpeeled green and red apples
1 orange thinly sliced crosswise
1 peach thinly sliced
Handful of raspberries fresh or frozen
1 cup apple juice, chilled
1/4 cup fresh orange juice
1/4 cup apple brandy
(1) 22-ounce bottle hard apple cider, chilled
Fresh mint leaves for decoration
Thinly slice the apples on the mandoline.
Using sharp knife slice the orange and peach as thinly as possible.
In a pitcher, combine the apples with the orange, peach, raspberries, apple juice, orange juice and brandy. Refrigerate for couple hours (minimum 3).
Just before serving, add the hard cider.
Serve over ice with fresh mint.
*Recipe provided by countryliving.com
Evening: Pumpkin Spice White Russian
(Served at an evening wedding or party after dinner, would be a nice addition to the regular served coffee and tea)
1/2 teaspoon pumpkin pie spice
1 ounce heavy cream
2 ounces vodka
1 ounce coffee liqueur
Whipped cream, optional
Chocolate syrup, optional
Shake together pumpkin pie spice and heavy cream to combine.
Fill a rocks glass with ice and pour in vodka, coffee liqueur and heavy cream mixture.
Top with whipped cream and chocolate syrup if desired.
*Recipe provided by nutmegnanny.com