Post # 1
I want to preface this by saying that my fiance and I are having a dry wedding this September. I know it is a touchy subject on here, but PLEASE do not use this post to try to tell us that it is a bad idea. Its a long story that I dont really want to get into.
The kind of good news is that (1) We are already having a brunch/lunch reception and (2) The reception is only scheduled for 2.5 hours.
Right now, we have coffee, tea, soda, juice, and water. We are having the reception in a hotel, and we have asked the contact there if we could have a bartender and serve a few different types of mocktails/virgin drinks. She responded asking us for some ideas.
I am really not too familar with these, but a number of people on a different forum suggested that it might be a good idea to offer.
What are some basic mocktail options? We arent looking for anything too crazy, as we are assuming the hotel wont have 100 different ingredients to work with.
Post # 2
- Wedding: September 2018 - City, State
I love a good mocktail. Definite social drinker myself, love wine and whiskey, but I wouldn’t bat an eye at a dry wedding for a couple who doesn’t drink. What about a lemonade bar? Really good lemonade in a big beautiful dispenser, then you can mix in your own “toppings” (mint, strawberries, blueberries, cinnamon syrup, whatever) and give it a muddle. Could be delicious.
Another option would be custom italian soda:
Or here are some other ideas:
Post # 3
Shirley Temples? Orange juice, cranberry juice, sprite and grenadine. They are pretty sweet, but the hotel should have most of those ingredients.
French 75 Mocktail? Lemon juice, orange bitters, tonic water and suger.
Post # 4
alexam : I always think mocktails end up being incredibly sweet. They are usually filled with sugary juices and such. As a responsible drinker, I would not choose a “mocktail” option that was filled with juices/sugars but not provide any sort of buzz… feels like a waste of calories for somethin “pretty”. I’d look into a kombucha drink or an infused tea of some sort.
Post # 5
A fauxito is really good! Muddled mint with some simple syrup, lime juice, and seltzer. You can also use a bit of fruit juice or muddle fruit as well for additional flavor
Post # 6
- Wedding: September 2018 - City, State
littleanchor : Damn that sounds nice. We are getting into Terminal Swamp Ass weather down here in the mid-Atlantic and a fauxito sounds like just the ticket for a refreshing, not-too-sweet treat.
alexam : Maybe this but offer a couple flavors? (non-alcoholic, obvs)
Post # 7
alexam : for brunch a virgin bloody mary would be great! I’d order them all the time when I was pregnant and honestly they are so flavorful anyways you barely notice that it’s virgin. I’ve done the lemonade bar too! I hosted a shower and we had Del’s Lemonade and various fruit juices (and booze, but you don’t need it) to mix in with it and it was a huge hit.
Post # 8
littleanchor : yes! I had the best fauxito the other day and it wasn’t too sweet at all thanks to the seltzer. Go easy on the syrup because you don’t need to offset the alcohol taste like a real mojito. Also you could do a mimosa bar with sparkling cider and seltzer instead of champagne.
Post # 9
How about a mock Mimosa in champagne glasses? Orange juice and sparkling water, or ginger ale or something to make it bubbly.
Post # 10
We are a dry family entirely but, i still serve pretty drinks at home in my stemware. 🙂 Also, on occasion (like something major bc Im keto 90% of the time) we go to Trader Joe’s and get a non alcoholic sparkling wine. I wasn’t sure what I thought of it at first but, it is a nice drink to have on a special occasion. Pinterest has a bunch of mocktails if you scroll around in the baby shower boards.
sparking water, splash of cranberry juice, and an orange slice is pretty and festive.
Regular tea made with a fruit tea bag and then chunks of that fruit frozen instead of ice.
sparkling water with slices of frozen fruit.
sparkling grape juice is available in white or red.
Welch’s also came out with a “sangria” spakling drink that is non alcoholic.
You have to do what is best for your family and your wedding. Drinks are part of the food fun whether they contain alcohol or not! 🙂
Post # 11
- Wedding: October 2019 - Chateau Lake Louise
I am cutting booze out to lose weight for the wedding. I agree that when other people are drinking – or on occasions where it is typical to drink – it can be nice to have an alternative.
I have been drinking what I can describe as a poor man’s italian soda. I buy LaCroix in a variety of flavors (Peach Pear is my fave) along with Torani syrup and mix. The coconut LaCroix with some pineapple juice in it is ah-maze-ing.
I also love to take mixers that would normally go in a cocktail and use seltzer as the base. So I picked up some Elderflower Lemonade and put in some Lemon LeCroix and it was to die for. I tried it again later with some Gin in it and it is my new favorite drink.
You can be pretty creative if you try. Bitters or flavored simple syrup in tonic water is also quite tasty, and less sweet than some alternatives. Sparkling cider is also usually a pretty good way to go.
Post # 12
Lots of great ideas here! I do drink, but I love virgin Bloody Mary’s.
Post # 13
teamroro : not trying to derail the OP’s thread but, you just saved the day! lol I have my carbs pretty low at the moment and just wanted ‘something’ without breaking my progress. I have Torrani’s and I have LaCroix… now I have something to play with. Thanks!
Post # 14
alexam : I think the idea of having a bartender there for the sole purpose of mixing mocktails seems odd. It may confuse guests/get their hopes up for booze. I’d stick to premade and passed mocktails: lavender lemonade is my favorite, a passion fruit tea, maybe some sort of punch drink.
Post # 15
chitownyogini : We are having a smaller wedding (75-100 guests) and almost everyone already knows/will know that there is not going to be alcohol there.