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Our guest list is super small (14-20 including us) – just immediate family and a few close friends. None of us are big drinkers, maybe a single glass of champagne on a special occasions or the odd glass of wine. We’re going to offer champagne, but want to have some really nice non-alcoholic alternatives for our guests.
What non-alcoholic drinks should we offer? Coffee, bottled water, and gingerale are some obvious choices, but I’d like to know what else we should consider.
Also, I was thinking we ought to offer some sort of punch, but want to avoid something that’s one of those awful ones that’s just sugar water with coloring added. Does anyone have any really good non-alcoholic punch recipes?
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here is a good watermelon one and it is really easy and cute
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- Wedding: October 2011 - Bed & Breakfast
Lemonade, regular or flavored
Iced tea, regular or flavored
My Mom’s fruit punch recipe- 2 liters ginger ale + 2 packages of a berry flavored kool-aid, prepared according to package directions + 2 pints rainbow sherbert. Put all ingredients into a bowl, stir, serve. The kids in our family request this punch at every family gathering we have. If it isn’t served, there may be a riot. LOL
Post # 6
I would determine this based on the time of the wedding and the theme. For example, I am having a midday brunch and I am offering an open espresso bar. I will offer juice and soda as well.
-I love this soda bar idea:
It’s fancier than just handing out coke and sprite 🙂
-Punch is really easy to make- just one part sprite, one part Juice. Put ice cream scoops in it to keep it cool and make a creamy froth on top.
Post # 7
@danicalifornia: It’s going to be an early evening reception. Love the espresso bar idea, not doable at our venue, but think it sounds fabulous. The soda bar is really adorable! I’ve thought of trying to make the beverages decorative. We’re doing a sit down dinner, but then we’re going to have a dessert buffet for the rest of the evening.
@lovekiss: Those are some great suggestions. I’ll have to try that recipe. I’m planning to experiment and try several recipes before choosing one 🙂
@tranquility: That might work. I fell in love with the sangria bar they had on 4 Weddings once.
@tksjewelry: That’s really cute! So summery 🙂
Post # 8
I went to a wedding that offered a hibiscus iced tea or ginger-spiked lemonade during the cocktail hour, and a strawberry-basil type drink as their signature cocktail. The whole event was dry, but I didn’t really miss the bar because they made the choices so interesting!
Post # 9
@atalante: Maybe I can find some vintage inspired lemonade recipes. The venue is Victorian/Edwardian and I’m planning to use some vintage touches from those eras, it would be a nice way to tie them in through a special drink 🙂
Post # 10
I’ve heard of people doing ‘water bars’, which I think is cute. In those big glass jars, one with lemon wedges, one with mint, etc. There are pretty pictures & ideas if you Google search 🙂
Post # 11
you have a lot of great ideas posted. you won’t be needing a lot of variety with only 14-20 ppl. love the espresso bar.
just so you know, many regular cocktails can be made into mocktails by just omitting the alcohol.
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@mypinkshoes: Hadn’t thought of adapting cocktails without alcohol, will have to investigate!
Post # 14
@Cappugcino: yes, i do it all the time. if you want something fruity, pineapple juice tastes great with everything; orange juice, cranberry juice. i would suggest buying a few different juices and going home to try a few concoctions. mocktails look great in martini glasses. you could come up with a signature mocktail and name it after you & your Fiance. let me know if you need any suggestions.
Post # 15
@Cappugcino: Any champagne punch recipe can be adapted to not have alcohol, just sub either soda water or sprite for the champagne (depending on how sweet you want it) and omit the liquor or add another non-alcoholic liquid (e.g. juice).
Here’s a good virgin bellini recipe: