Showering: Non-Alcoholic Beverages

If you suspect that your guest of honor will lay seige on the bar if she sees one of you drinking that mojito she's been craving for, I suggest serving a non-alcoholic cocktail. Preferably, her favorite to get her through the next few months of pregnancy and breast feeding!

Here are some recipes that I've tried in the past and they're so tasty that you might start serving these instead of the real thing. One, entertaining is less expensive without alcohol and two, if you live in California where all of us drive, you won't have to worry about your guests getting home in one piece.

Sparkling Mojito
A handful of ice cubes
1/4 cup of fresh lime juice
2 tsp of sugar
2 sprigs of mint
4 ounces of 7-Up or Sierra Mist soda

Combine the first four ingredients into a blender. Pour into a sugar rimmed glass and top off with the soda. Yields one cocktail.

Margarita Smoothie
12 oz. can of thawed lemonade concentrate
12 oz. can of thawed limeade concentrate
1 cup of powdered sugar, or 3/4 cup of agave nectar
6 cups of ice
1 quart of club soda

Mix the first three ingredients in a non-metal 4-quart container and store in the freezer. Remove the mix from the freezer 30 minutes before serving. For one drink, combine 2 cups of margarita mix with 1 cup of club soda and a 1/4 cup of ice into a blender. Rub the rim of the glass with a lime slice and dip into coarse salt before serving. Yields 24 cocktails.

Note: you can find agave nectar at most health food stores. I discovered it recently and no longer use sugar or artificial sweetner in my coffee and tea!

I also suggest Food Network chef, Ingrid Hoffman's Watermelon Lime Spritzer, or her Ginger Lime Crush.

Cocktail Girl III
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by Shari Warren