kid friendly drinks for during cocktail hour

posted 6 months ago in Food
Post # 2
3721 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: November 2014

I always loved getting sparkling grape juice during special occasions as a kid. I still like it actually.

Post # 3
2899 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: August 2018

misslucy :  Shirley Temples were my go to when I was allowed to have a sugary drink. I would suggest sparkling apple cider too, that’s kind of “fancy” for kids.

Post # 4
747 posts
Busy bee

Virgin strawberry daiquiri and virgin pina coladas. My mom used to manage a restraunt/bar and I thought I was hot shit when I ordered those.

Post # 5
251 posts
Helper bee

Its as much about the nice glass as the actual drink.

What about Shloer served in wine or champagne glasses.

Post # 6
175 posts
Blushing bee

Martinelli’s Sparkling Cider! That always made me feel like I was a 20-something at a fancy bar in a big city celebrating a big promotion at my magazine job, haha.

Post # 7
552 posts
Busy bee

I would lean towards clear or light colored options, especially if there are younger kids. I’m thinking of spills- on themselves, other people, sticky hands touching random decor, etc.

Post # 8
4252 posts
Honey bee

Are you trying to make it so they feel sophisticated like the adults or just have something that they would enjoy? I would probably do an Italian soda bar and pick up a few varieties of Torani syrups.

Post # 9
1959 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: September 2017 - Pearson Convention Centre

For our cocktail hour we had alcoholic cocktails and virgin cocktails very similar

Post # 10
1582 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: October 2019

Personally, I’d stick to lemonade and Shirley temples. Maybe a half lemonade half iced tea. 

Keep it it simple. When I get too fancy my kids hate it. 🙂 

Post # 11
2746 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: May 2007

misslucy :  I forget what it’s called, but orange juice, grenadine and sprite was my favorite mocktail when I was pregnant!

Post # 12
255 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: November 2025 - City, State

I love this idea!  So many posters seem to view their younger guests as a nuisance to be tolerated.  It’s refreshing that you’re putting effort into planning something special for them.


Frozen mocktails would be awesome, but more trouble for the bar staff.  Plus the adults would want to know where their version was. 🙂

Maybe a blueberry or raspberry lemonade, served with an orange slice on the rim of the glass (And/or an umbrella, and/or a maraschino cherry – when it comes to kids and making them feel fancy, more is more!).

Post # 13
776 posts
Busy bee

MollyCatherine :  I completely agree! More is more!

Kids can be fussy about the taste of things, so rather than a complicated drink, go for a sparkling grape/apple or fancy lemonade and use garnishes and fun stuff! When I was a kid we went to a local restaurant that served Shirley Temples with a plastic toothpicky thing that had a mermaid on top, a cherry and an orange slice. I felt so grown up and classy! You could also get coloured sugar for the glass rims!

Post # 14
243 posts
Helper bee

Lemon, lime and bitters.

Post # 15
269 posts
Helper bee

How about a root bear float, just for the kids? Zombie potion (grape soda and orange juice with granadine) looks particularly gross but tastes great! Sprite with a few skittles dropped in is also a treat!

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