One of my most important go-to party tips is to always serve alcohol-free versions of your cocktails. “Mock”tails are a fun and personal way to make all your guests feel at home and celebrate responsibly. Most cocktails can easily be turned into a mocktail by substituting the alcohol for a fresh juice or club soda.

How-to Host: March Madness

The madness of March is almost upon us which means endless basketball games and the perfect excuse to host. We’ve gathered our favorite simple tips and recipes for entertaining at home to make sure you can watch the action, check your bracket and score a slam dunk in the hosting goal. The Fire Extinguisher .5oz Jack Daniel’s…

Mimosa Bar: 3 Simple Steps

1) Add fresh herbs and fruit to the bottom of your glass and use muddler or wooden spoon to smash. 2) Top with your favorite fruit juice (I like offering Orange, Cranberry & Pineapple for a nice variation) 3) Top with chilled California champagne and enjoy!

Hydration Station

Create a “hydration station” where people can get water throughout the tailgate. Make the bottles of water festive to keep it fun and keep people hydrated from kickoff to overtime. Use your team colors to print papers to wrap around the bottles or for a simple DIY touch.

Blueberry Honey Tea

A refreshing kick-off cocktail that can easily be turned into a non-alcoholic option. For a “mock”tail version: 4oz unsweet tea 2oz cranberry juice

  • 1½ oz Jack Daniel's Tennessee Honey
  • 4 oz Unsweet tea
  • 1 oz cranberry juice
  • Garnish with blueberries

Frozen Herb Ice Cubes

Fill ice trays with a variety of fresh herbs and top with water. Freeze for several hours then enjoy in your favorite summertime beverage.

On the Rocks: Fruit & Herb Ice Cubes

We love the idea of turning our favorite fruits and herbs into a refreshing cocktail or mocktail treat. These ice cubes can be made using water or fresh juice depending on how you want to serve them. A great addition to add color and flavor to bourbon on the rocks or just about any summer…

“Mock”tail Bar

Just as you set up a Mimosa Bar I love the idea of a “Mock”tail Bar which are especially fun at an event like a baby or wedding shower. Allowing guests to mix and match to create their perfect “mock”tail gives an interactive touch to your party. Setting up a “mock”tail bar is simple: Offer festive glassware…

Bloody Mary Mocktail

A Bloody Mary is a great option for a non-alcoholic drink that tastes and looks great. The garnish skewer still allows that special touch and a meal in a glass.

  • 4 oz Bloody Mary Mix
  • Ice
  • 2 dashes Worcestershire sauce
  • Hot pepper sauce (to taste)
  • Horseradish (to taste)
  • Squeeze of fresh lemon

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