I can’t believe it’s almost 2016… eek! I can’t thank you all enough for stumbling across my little blog and sticking with me as I type away at the keyboard with stories and ideas about our family! I know Christmas just ended, but it’s almost time for new years so let’s get this party started.
With flutes of champagne and drinks a-plenty, New Years parties are always an outrageously good time. The kids (i.e. Logan) have always been a bit jealous of the decadent beverage selection, so I figured there has to be something more fun for them than some sparkling grape juice. Check out these mocktails for the kids (or even soon-to-be moms!) this New Years Eve.
Disclaimer: Be sure to use plastic cups with these…I don’t think I need to elaborate here.
Mint Chocolate Mock-tini
It’s pretty wild how much of a smash hit mint chocolate chip ice cream is in the house. In the freezer one day, out the next. This drink idea emulates a desert martini, and will bring a huge smile to the kids’ faces.
To make these even more fun, you could take a little break from the small talk with friends and serve as a ‘bartender’ for the kids. Start by coating the inside of the cup with thick chocolate syrup. In a blender, add about ½ cup of chocolate milk and a full cup of mint chocolate chip ice cream.
Pour the mixture into the glass, and even garnish with a candy cane that you probably still have sitting around from the Christmas festivities.
Pop Rocks Shirley Temple
This one is sure to garner some high fives. There’s not really a mocktail that is more classic that the Shirley Temple, so it’s remarkably easy to make. Just be sure to grab some red/pink Pop Rocks and grenadine syrup (if you don’t already have it) at the store, and you’re good to go!
Instead of rimming the cup with salt like many adult cocktails, dip the lip of the glass in the Pop Rocks. Then, add a shot of grenadine syrup over ice, and pour Sprite or ginger ale to the top!
Spruced Up Sparkling Juice
I know I mentioned sparking juice, but adding your kids’ favorite candy can take this one to the next level. I should mention that it could be a good idea to cut the sodas/juices here with water to avoid a long-lasting sugar high.
Pour light colored sparkling juice (such as white grape) into a plastic champagne flute and add your kids’ favorite sweets! Candies like Sour Patch Kids or rock candy work the best here because they contain food coloring and will change the color of their mocktail before their eyes! Magic.
While your kids might not be able to make it to the ball drop this New Years, try out these ideas to let them have a little fun of their own before it’s time for bed. Cheers to all!