Not every party needs booze – especially when there are kids around.
When planning a summer party, people usually remember to stock up on beer, wine and liquor. However, it’s likely that not everyone at your shindig will want to imbibe. So in order to make your get-together fun for the whole family, be sure to include some fancy non-alcoholic beverages.
This bevy is packed with fresh watermelon and kiwi, so everyone can get in some of their daily servings of fruit while keeping cool and refreshed.
This slush bears no resemblance to the cloyingly sweet frozen drinks you might get at the corner store. The flavors of grapefruit, lemon, ginger and strawberry combine for a unique, crowd-pleasing slush.
This version of a mimosa is too good not to mention. In order to make this berry-and-orange drink safe for kids and designated drivers, replace the champagne with sparkling grape juice.
These espresso-based drinks will provide a mild caffeine buzz for daytime or work get-togethers. Also, in our opinion, they’re much better than the popular coffee house versions, and much less expensive when making a relatively large quantity.
Ah, the Arnold Palmer – a summertime classic on or off the golf course. This is the perfect drink for those of you who can never decide between lemonade and iced tea, because it’s got ‘em both, baby!
This is an old school virgin drink that stands the test of time. All you need is some ginger ale, a splash of orange juice and a drizzle of grenadine, and you’ve got yourself a glass of good, clean fun.
Everyone loves sangria, except for those who are too young to have tasted it. This recipe for family-friendly sangria lets everybody get in on the fruity, sparkling goodness.
This drink’s got it all: fizz, fruit and tea. Unsweetened tea and sparkling water help lighten up sometimes overly sweet juice, making the beverage both delish and figure-friendly.
Planning a get-together full of fitness or healthy-eating enthusiasts? These energy-boosting smoothies are the perfect thing to serve because they combine sweet oranges, honey and vanilla yogurt with ground flaxseeds for a boost of nutrition.
Speaking of smoothies, there are almost endless variations of this blended drink. Try this basic recipe if it’s your first time, and experiment from there to find your favorite fruit and juice combinations. For a party, you could also set up a smoothie bar and let everyone make their own.
Taking the idea of a drink bar to the next level, what about having your guests mix up their own coffee-based beverages? This is the perfect idea for a brunch get-together or an early work meeting.
Ok, so this recipe actually does include gin, but we promise that it’s awesome without the booze, too! Seriously, how can a drink made of lemon, soda, fresh blueberries and mint be bad? (If it makes you feel better, you can add the gin later once all the teetotalers are gone.)
If you’re serving up Mexican food, it’d be a shame to not include some margaritas. Follow this recipe and make ‘em virgin by replacing the tequila and sugar with some agave syrup, which will provide sweetness and a very mild hint of tequila-like flavor, and substitute orange juice for orange liqueur.
Peachy punch is fun for all ages, unless it includes booze. But it’s an easy fix, just replace any liquor with your favorite syrup, juice or soda.
15. Bubbly Lemonade
Give your basic lemonade a sparkling twist by combining it with a bit of lemon-lime soda. Garnish with citrus slices, and you’ve got yourself a party in a glass.
This awesome-sauce punch combines the fresh flavors of strawberry, watermelon and lemon – all served up in a hollowed-out melon rind – for a truly amazing summer treat.
The best part of this kind of soda is that you can make it as sweet or subtle as you want it, because you add your own syrup. This version is topped off with whipped cream to make it a little more decadent.
18. Mud Sodas
If you can’t decide between serving milkshakes or soda, this recipe is right up your alley. Chocolate milk, ice cream and root beer, it turns out, taste pretty amazing together. See for yourself.
We love this festive drink during the holidays, but who says you can’t have it when it’s warm out, too? Cranberry juice, sherbet and ginger ale make fruity, sparkling goodness in a glass.
Finally, for hosts in a hurry, this cranberry punch is super easy and contains ingredients you can find pretty much anywhere.