Monday, June 10th, 2013
Now that I have a blog called “Everything Pregnancy,” people think I must know, well, everything about pregnancy—including throwing an awesome baby shower. I’ve always loved a good theme party (from tequila and mezcal tastings for Cinco de Mayo to Mad Men-style ’60s costume and cocktails), so when a friend recently wanted baby shower ideas for her sister’s fete, I told her two words: Dr. Seuss!
Whether you are—or someone you’re giving a baby shower for is— having a boy or a girl, a Dr. Seuss-themed party is always a big hit. Who doesn’t love Dr. Seuss? Not only are favorites like The Lorax and Green Eggs and Ham gender-neutral, but some Dr. Seuss characters are perfect for twins too, like Cat in the Hat‘s Thing One and Thing Two and the red and blue fish from One Fish, Two Fish.
IMHO every party should have a signature drink. So here is a Blue Hawaiian mocktail recipe I like to call Thing One for a Dr. Seuss-themed party (but this could also be used for any baby shower for a boy).
Serving size: 1 drink. To make large batches, multiply recipe by double the amount of guests you expect.
- 5 oz. blue fruit punch drink (like Kool Aid or Hawaiian Punch)
- 1 oz. coconut milk
- 1 oz. pineapple juice
- 1 oz. ginger ale
Mix all ingredients and pour into a plastic glass filled with ice. Garnish with a maraschino cherry.
For the non-preggo ladies at the bash, add 3/4 oz. vodka and 3/4 oz. rum to each drink to create Thing Two. Make sure each is clearly labeled “Thing One Mocktail” and “Thing Two Cocktail” so there’s no confusion for your guests.
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Image of blue mocktail courtesy of Shutterstock.
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Wednesday, May 8th, 2013
No alcohol doesn’t have to mean no fun—or no flavor! Here are two refreshing mocktail recipes from celebrity chef Todd English’s New York City restaurant, Olives. Both mixed drinks were created by mixologist Tom Favorule, who says the pomegranate-aloe-lime and honey-grapefruit-lemon concoctions were originally designed with the Mediterranean hot spot’s lunch clients in mind.
According to chef Todd, he wanted tasty alcohol-free drinks on the menu that were as satisfying as cocktails but allowed his clientele to go back to work without being tipsy. Trust me, they taste as terrific as they look, and would be perfect for a purple and orange-themed shower (a hot color combo right now), a Carribean dinner party, Mocktail Mondays with your pregnant girlfriends, or just a plain ol’ Tuesday night in. Cheers!
Hallow Vera (Makes 1 cocktail)
1 oz. pomegranate juice
1 oz. Pomegranate Shrub (recipe below)
3 oz. aloe juice
2 oz. club soda
Squeeze of lime juice
Fill a shaker with ice cubes. Add all ingredients. Shake and strain into glass. Top with club soda. Garnish with fresh lime wedge.
4 cups pomegranate seeds
1 cup sugar
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1 cup apple cider vinegar
1 tbsp. pomegranate molasses
In a quart container, mash pomegranate seeds with a muddler until juice forms. Add sugar to coat and pomegranate molasses coating completely, cover and let sit overnight or up to 8 hours in the refrigerator. The following day, add vinegar and cook on stove over medium low heat until sugar is completely dissolved. Remove from stove and strain out/remove seeds using a sifter.
Kame-e-Meel Kool (Makes 1 cocktail)
2 oz. chamomile tea
2 oz. grapefruit juice
.5 oz. honey anise syrup
Splash of fresh lemon juice
2 drops of grapefruit bitters
Fill a shaker with ice cubes. Add all ingredients. Shake and strain into glass. Garnish with grapefruit peel.
Tell us: Do you have a favorite mocktail recipe to share? Try these and let us know which you love the most.
Images courtesy of Ivan Martinez.