5 Easy Mocktail Recipes for Senior Community Centers
You get FIVE different mocktail recipes from only FIVE different ingredients: what could be easier?! You can make these mocktails for a Friday night happy hour, or pair them with theme nights at your senior community. Whatever the event, have fun while you make these, and don’t forget to taste test your creations!
The Mocktail Drinks Your Seniors Will Love
Dark N’ Stormy
What you need to make the best senior-friendly mocktails:
Large mixing bowl
Ice (A great way to cool the drinks, and add in some extra water).
Sparkling water (your “alcohol”). Limes are used in each of these drinks, so lime-flavored sparkling water is a great option here.
Sugar, or sugar substitute. If you’re using a sugar substitute, feel free to go sweeter than what the recipes call for.
Non-alcoholic ginger beer
The Mocktail Recipes
Lime juice and wedges
Mix two parts tonic to one part sparkling water (the hydrating “gin” of the drink!)
Add lime juice from fresh limes or bottled lime juice, to taste. Gimlets generally emphasize the lime, so don’t be afraid to get citrusy!
Distribute the drink into your plastic cups filled with ice, and add a lime wedge as a garnish to each!
Theme night to pair this with: Great Gatsby
Combine lime juice and sparkling water, ¼ cup of juice per liter or water.
Add 1 tablespoon of sugar, and mix until it dissolves into the lime and water combination.
Add the non-alcoholic ginger beer, 2 liters for every 1 liter of water.
Pour into glasses filled with ice (no, they don't have to be copper) and garnish with mint.
Add lime juice to the mixing bowl, 2 tablespoons for every 1 liter of water. Tear mint leaves as you add to the lime juice, and mix together.
Add sparkling water, and then dissolve sugar into the mix, about 2 tablespoons of sugar for every liter of water. Or, feel free to add more sweetness if you’re using a sugar substitute.
Mix all together.
Pour into glasses filled with ice, and add more mint and lime as garnish!
Theme Night: Mexican fiesta! Pair with tacos or some chips and salsa.
Dark n’ Stormy
Non-alcoholic ginger beer
Mix 1 parts sparkling water with 1 part ginger beer.
Pour into cups filled with ice, and garnish with lime.
Theme nights: Pirate’s Ship, or Desert Island
Optional: fruits or other fruit juices
Dissolve sugar in sparkling water, about ¼ cup of sugar for every liter of water. Note, as these mocktails are supposed to be hydrating, we want to keep sugar at the minimum, so a sugar substitute would work well here.
Add lime juice, about ½ cup per liter of water.
Distribute into glasses filled with ice and serve!
Theme night to pair daiquiris with: Hawaiin Lū‘au
Notes on Senior Citizen Dehydration
If you’re concerned that one of your senior residents is suffering from dehydration, make sure to look out for these symptoms:
Tiredness or fatigue
Decrease in urination
Urine that’s a darker color than normal
Feeling dizzy or lightheaded
Rapid heart rate
Confusion or disorientation
Dehydration treatment depends on how severe the dehydration is, so make sure to contact a healthcare professional.
Bottom Line on Making Mocktails For Your Seniors
Any hour can be cocktail hour when mocktails are involved! Get your seniors involved by having them make and shake these mocktails themselves!
Do your seniors prefer cocktails? Just be sure to manage the alcohol safely.
And don't stop at mocktails...keep your seniors socializing with a variety activities! At Televeda, we've created a safe space for individuals to share stories and experiences, enjoy life events, and learn new things in an inclusive atmosphere.
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