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Are you a pregnant bride? In the recovery community? Having a dry wedding? Or maybe you’re just wanting to give your non-drinking guests some amazing concoctions.

We’ve talked about delicious mocktails and non-boozy drinks before, but we knew there were more drool-worthy mocktail recipes out there to inspire your DIY bar, signature drinks, unity cocktail, or to suggest to your bar service.

Let’s talk recipes for the best non-alcoholic cocktails for weddings.

Dark Invader

This Dark Invader mocktail is destined to become an Offbeat Bride favorite for the Vader reference alone.

Ingredients:

Recipe via Washington Post

11 blackberries
1 1/2 ounces pineapple juice
1/2 ounce vanilla syrup (see note)
Ice

Combine 9 of the blackberries, the juice and syrup in a cocktail shaker; muddle well.

Add the ice and shake vigorously for 30 seconds, then strain into a cocktail (martini) glass.

Garnish with the remaining 2 blackberries (one on each side of the rim, like alien ears).

NOTE: To make simple syrup, combine 1 cup sugar and 1 cup water in a small saucepan over medium heat, stirring until the sugar dissolves.

Bring to a slow, rolling boil, then reduce the heat to medium-low and cook for 5 minutes. Transfer to a glass container and let cool to room temperature.

Cover tightly and refrigerate until chilled through; store indefinitely.

via Julie’s Eats & Treats Cherry Bomb Mocktail

Ingredients:
1 liter lemon lime soda
4 ounces grenadine
juice from 1 lime (approx 2 tbsp)
4 maraschino cherries
Instructions

Combine soda, grenadine, and lime juice in mixing glass and stir. Pour over rocks or ice ball in low ball glass and garnish with cherries.

Via Bijoux & Bits Lemon Blueberry Colada

Ingredients:
8 parts San Pellegrino Limonata (or lemonade)
2 parts light coconut milk
1 part grenadine
Frozen blueberries

Mix together all ingredients in a glass and serve cold.

Via Naturally Ella Ginger Lime Fizz

Ingredients:
12 ounces ginger beer
4 ounces seltzer water
½ to 1 ounce fresh squeezed lime juice
Limes, for garnish

Combine ingredients in a pitcher. Serve cold.

Via Sweet C’s Designs Virgin Moscow Mule

Ingredients:
1 ounce lime juice
1/2 cup ginger beer
1 tablespoon simple syrup
2 ounces sparkling water, tonic, or club soda
Ice cubes, 3 to 5 depending on your preference

Add all ingredients in a glass and stir well.
Garnish with a slice of lime and a small slice of ginger.

You can also Hire Bartenders at San Francisco Bartenders for your wedding

Via Parenting

I like this cran-apple cider mocktail for a winter wedding, especially if you add in some mulling spices and heat it up.

Cran-apple cider mocktail

Ingredients:
Cinnamon sugar
1 part cranberry juice
1 part apple cider

Rim glass with cinnamon sugar. Combine equal parts cranberry juice and apple cider. Garnish with a rock-candy swizzle stick.

Via The Kitchn Asian Pear Sparkler

Ingredients:
1 cup freshly pressed Asian pear juice (or regular pear juice)
1 teaspoon lemon juice
3/4 cups honey
1/4 cup sugar
1 (4-inch) sprig fresh rosemary
1 (1-inch) piece fresh ginger, peeled and cut into coins
Small grating of fresh nutmeg
Ice
Soda water

Combine pear juice, lemon juice, honey, sugar, rosemary, ginger, and nutmeg in a saucepan over medium heat. Bring to a boil, then simmer on low heat for five minutes, stirring to dissolve the sugars.

Remove from heat and let stand 30 minutes. Strain the syrup through a fine-mesh strainer and discard the solids. Let syrup cool completely.

To serve, fill an eight-ounce glass halfway with ice cubes, add three tablespoons of syrup, fill with soda water, and stir.

Via Best Friends for Frosting Roy Rogers Mocktail

1 part Grenadine
3 parts Coke or Pepsi
1 Maraschino cherry, for garnish

Pour the ingredients into a tall glass filled with ice. Stir well and garnish with the maraschino cherry.

Via Confectionalism Coconut Lavender Lemonade

Ingredients: 
1 1/2 cups fresh squeezed lemon juice, from about 9 lemons
1 3/4 cups sugar
8 cups coconut water
4 cups water
1/2 recipe Lavender Simple Syrup (see here for the recipe)

Place lemon juice, sugar, coconut water, and water into a pitcher and shake or stir vigorously until all the sugar is dissolved. Pour 1/2 of the lavender syrup into the pitcher and stir.

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Hopefully this won’t come as a shock, but I enjoy a cocktail every now and again. Alice even fancies one. Beyond cocktails, we enjoy a nice glass of wine, beers and anything else worthy of trying. Having them at home and out? Both great. The trick is about knowing when enough is enough, especially if you’re out on the town. What if you don’t know? How can you tell? What can you do? What options do you have? That’s where Floome is going to help you.

What’s a Floome? Well, their tag line says it all: when you drink, Floome.

It’s a breathalyzer that attaches to your smartphone, then through witchcraft determines your blood alcohol content (BAC). Once it tells you how much of a good time you’ve had (read how drunk you are), it’ll give you options — such as some nearby restaurants, let you know some nearby cabs, get you to call a friend to pick you up, all very good things if you’ve had too much fun.

That’s right, it’s a smartphone breathalyzer that has your back.

Obviously, these are some pretty fantastic claims, but Alice and I, being worshipers at the altar of science, couldn’t just accept them without testing.

For science, I had to have a few drinks. As usual, it was a tough job, but I was up to it.

Here was our very scientific, not scientific at all setup: to start the day, we went to dim sum. When doing a drinking test, it’s important to carbo load. We ate much, too much, as you do at dim sum, then a few hours later started our very official test.

Round One: I had a Lavender Pisco Sour, as we’d just done that post and someone had to drink it. After finishing it, I waited the request 20 minutes and blew into the Floome. BAC: .013.

Round Two: Time for beer! I had a shot of Shotka (for testing purposes you see) and an Eagle Rock Brewery Populist (22oz.). With this, I had some nibbles of half a sesame ball and some daikon cake. Then I waited another 20 minutes for testing. BAC: .046

Round Three: Let the beer continue! Next on tap for me was Enegren Brewing Co.’s Valkyrie Altbier Ale (1 pint 6 oz.). With that, I had three handfuls of popcorn and two egg tarts with grape jelly (I mentioned we went to dim sum, bringing home leftovers is fantastic. The gape jelly? That’s a trick we picked up in China, don’t knock it until you’ve tried it, because it’s AMAZING.) BAC: .097 (legally drunk!)

Round Four: Onto the port! Next was Daniel Gehrs Firesirde port (4 oz.) and various chocolates including, but no limited to, Ghirardelli and Guittard chips and dark chocolate peanut M&Ms. BAC: .070

As you can see, it was working like a charm! Even as I was carrying the Floome around in my pocket, becoming more conversational and less careful, I had no problem getting it to work.

In case you’re wondering, yes, there is indeed a guest feature so that you can have friends test themselves in case they seem a little too drunk. Though it’s not quite as accurate as when you have an actual account because that includes your sex, height and weight to get a better reading.

Will this be a hit at parties? Oh, you bet it will. I must emphasize that we neither encourage nor condone seeing who can get a higher score.

Beyond the attractiveness of the Floome, what they’ve captured here is a smartphone breathalyzer that you’ll be happy to carry with you, which gives you the knowledge if you’ve had too much to drink and then gives you some options if you have.

When it comes to enjoying cocktails, you can have one too many. What you need during those times is a way to know and some options, which is exactly what the Floome provides. We encourage you to check it out for yourself.

October 5th, 2015 | by Morgan Greenhalgh

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The holiday season is upon us, and with that comes endless amounts of food and alcohol. (And often a few extra pounds because of them.) We might not be able to control the calories in your grandma’s pumpkin pie, but we can at least offer up some cocktails to help you imbibe with a little less guilt.

Eggnog and stuffing certainly aren’t on the list of superfoods every doctor recommends, but each of these five cocktails boasts an ingredient (or two or three!) that’s proven to be hugely beneficial to your health.

Bottoms up!

Drink: Hot Toddy
Recipe: Whiskey, Honey, Lemon, Hot Water
Star Ingredient: Lemon
Why It’s Good For You: Lemon (especially when combined with honey) is a proven sore throat soother, but it has a host of other benefits, as well. Just one of the fruit has more than 100% of the daily recommended dose of vitamin C, which can increase good cholesterol and strengthen your bones. The citrus flavonoids in lemons are also anti-inflammatory and can help inhibit the growth of cancer cells.

Drink: Swedish Mule
Recipe: Potato Vodka, Ginger Beer, Lime, Simple Syrup
Star Ingredient: Ginger Beer
Why It’s Good For You: The key ingredient in ginger beer — ginger, obviously — contains active compounds that can relieve pain and nausea, and (like lemons) prevent inflammation and cancer growth. Look for brands that list the actual amount of real ginger in each serving, or make your own ginger beer at home.

Drink: Blueberry Smash
Recipe: Vodka, St. Germain, Blueberries, Lemon, Lime, Mint
Star Ingredient: Blueberries
Why It’s Good For You: Blueberries are more or less the MVP of the anti-aging world. They’re packed with antioxidants that improve brain function, memory, and motor coordination — the loss of which are commonly seen in the aging process. Not only that, but the antioxidants have more cancer-fighting power than pretty much any other fruit around.

Drink: Pomegranate Bourbon Cocktail
Recipe: Bourbon, Pomegranate Juice, Pomegranate Molasses, Orange Juice, Bitters
Star Ingredient: Pomegranate Juice
Why It’s Good For You: We’ve all heard about the amazing antioxidants found in red wine and green tea. Well, guess what? Pomegranates have up to three times that amount. The juice reduces plaque in the arteries, which can help prevent stroke and heart disease.

Drink: Avocado Daiquiri
Health-Boosting Ingredient: Avocado
Why It’s Good For You: Forget those 700 calorie, sugar-laden margaritas. The avocado in this recipe brings a savoriness to the drink, while also delivering monounsaturated fats that reduce your risk for all kinds of cancers. Avocados help the blood and tissue regenerate, which is especially beneficial for the heart. They’re also a good source of lutein, an antioxidant that supports skin health. (That’s right. You heard it hear it here first: Drinking margaritas can make you more beautiful.)

Ask most health and fitness experts, and they’re likely to tell you that alcohol and diets don’t mix. Well, not according to Lüc Carl. After years of late-night food binges and excessive drinking, the drummer and bar manager set out to lose weight without giving up the booze. His memoir, The Drunk Diet: How I Lost 40 Pounds… Wasted, is a must-read for anyone looking to get healthy and drink beer at the same time.

Photo credit: Courtesy of Serious Eats


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Some people say there’s no such thing as a stupid question, but those people have never been asked about the gluten content of a margarita. Bartenders field questions like this all the time, and although most are happy to help clueless customers, there are certain questions that draw the ire of even the friendliest barkeep… and they’re asked with alarming frequency. Here are the questions you should never ask a bartender — but probably will — according to actual bartenders.

More: 15 Surefire Ways to Get on Any Bartender’s Bad Side


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Why isn’t this glass full?
Because the only place you’re going to see a full glass of wine is in the hands of Tyrion Lannister.

What do you make the best?
Some drinks are more complicated than others, but bartenders don’t think this way because the same basic skills go into making a Manhattan as a martini. Most often, this question gets translated as “what’s the easiest drink for you to make right now?” Especially considering that it makes you sound like you don’t give a crap what you’re drinking.

What’s your favorite thing to make?
This question is also translated as “what’s the easiest drink for you to make right now?”


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What’s cheap?
You are! What you meant to ask is if there “are any specials running tonight?”

What’s good here?
At the heart of this question there’s an honest desire to learn what makes a bar unique, but there are far better/less condescending ways to ask. This implies that other than their specialty rum punch bowls, everything else tastes like a snifter of mediocrity.

Could I have something that’s not too sweet?
Your bartender is probably happy to lay off the simply syrup, but this question rules out Jolly Rancher shots and little else. The problem is that everyone’s sweetness barometer is different, and also that the stereotypical person asking this question doesn’t know any other criteria for how to describe a cocktail. A bartender is glad to listen to you as you describe your tastes, so do that instead.


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Can you make a Bob Marley shot?
They probably can, but will need a few minutes to consult a bartending book purchased on sale from Spencer’s Gifts.

Will this give me a headache?
Unless the bartender doubles as your primary care physician, he doesn’t know about your history of migraines.

If your looking for a professional bartender for your next event try Portland Party Staff

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