Real Food Party Drink Recipes
I don’t know about you but I love a party! Would you love to have some fun, yummy drinks to serve that aren’t full of artificial colors and flavors? I don’t drink alcohol but I love having a fun party drink to serve. I have done a lot of different things over the years, but I love the idea of making fruit punch from real food ingredients. There are a thousand recipes for fruit punch but most of them have cool aid or soda or some other ingredient that I like to avoid in my diet and my kid’s diets.
World famous sweet tea
My most popular party drink at my daycare parties is sweet tea. Honey, we okies love our sweet tea and I am world famous for mine. A super good tip is to always get the good ice. It costs a few cents more to run to sonic or some other place that sells crushed ice, but your party guests will enjoy it and that’s all that matters.
I have seen some ladies get all elbows and rough when it comes to who is going to get the last cup of this yummy tea. It’s super simple, so I don’t know what all the buzz is about. The truth is, I can’t stand tea at all. Not any kind. I don’t ever drink this tea. If there was an emergency and all the water on the world was gone, and I HAD to drink a glass of tea, I sure wouldn’t want it sweet, yuck.
Isn’t it funny the things I seem to be the best at are the things I don’t want to eat or drink? (I don’t like bread either, but I make world famous homemade bread, click here to see how) I love making sweet tea as a party drink cause it makes my daycare parents happy. So, sweet tea it is!
Here’s how I make it:
Take 2 family size tea bags (I use Lipton, but you can use whatever you like). Get a sauce pan with a few cups of water in it and bring it to a boil. Remove from heat and toss in the bags. Set the timer and let it steep for 4 minutes. Take out the bags and discard. I like to compost them.
Dump it in a pretty 2-quart pitcher and while it’s still hot, dump in 2/3 C. raw sugar. That’s the only sugar I have in my house, so that’s what I use. I suspect it might be why everyone likes it so much, but I’ll never know. Stir until the sugar is completely dissolved.
Fill the pitcher about 2/3 of the way with water and chill until right before the party. When it’s party time, fill the pitcher up with crushed ice and set it on out for a tasty party drink.
Of course, I always serve a nice big pitcher of water with crushed ice as a party drink. That’s what I like to drink, so I always want to make sure it’s an option for everyone. The crushed ice is what takes it from regular to party drink.
Fruit punch party drink
I wanted to throw a cookie party and have a couple of fun drinks to go with it. I had some pumpkin puree and was trying to make up something that would be super amazing with that, so I figured up this little recipe and it was a super delicious party drink. I love that we got to have punch but that it was still made with real food ingredients. The best of both worlds.
Pumpkin Apple Punch
Click here to see how to make pumpkin puree from a plain ole pumpkin.
- ½ cup honey
- 4 cups apple juice
- 2 cups sparkling water
- 1 cup pumpkin puree
Pour pumpkin puree and honey into apple juice.
Stir until dissolved.
Add sparkling water.
Top with ice.
- 4 cups cut up watermelon seeds removed
- ¾ cup honey
- Juice of 8 lemons
- 2 cups sparkling water
Roll lemons on the cutting board with pressure from your hand to release juices.
Cut lemons in half.
Squeeze juice from lemons thoroughly.
Strain juice to remove seeds.
Add honey and stir until dissolved.
Place watermelon in blender and process until smooth.
Add to honey/lemon mixture.
Add sparkling water and stir.
Top with crushed ice.
Fruit and vegetable waters
I love to make spa water even for myself to drink sometimes. If you are having a spa party or girl’s night, this is a great party drink!
- Fruits and veggies of your choice
- Assorted herbs of your choice
Fill a pitcher with filtered water.
Add fruits, veggies, and herbs of your choice
Let set for at least one hour before serving
Top with crushed ice and serve
- 1 liter sparkling water
- ¼ C . honey
- 2 C . frozen blueberries
- Juice of 2 lemons
Add honey to water
Stir until dissolved
Add remaining ingredients and stir
Top with crushed ice
I hope this article gives you lots of ideas for new recipes and you try a few of these for your next party drinks. I love knowing that there is no high fructose corn syrup, white sugar, or artificial colors and flavors in the drinks I serve my guests. It’s fun to let your guests try a new party drink they’ve never seen before.
A lot of punch has pineapple juice in it too, and I’m allergic to pineapple, so it’s fun and necessary to create my own party drink recipes.
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