It’s party season for adults – and kids! That means celebrating with friends and relatives, toasting to the good times, and cozying up and enjoying some of your favorite Christmas shows on Netflix. We’ve had a great time being a part of Netflix’s Stream Team this year, and we want to help you celebrate with some special drinks, a special new show, and a special sneak preview opportunity – more on that in a moment.
At most holiday parties, while adults are toasting with their fancy drinks, the kids’ “bar” area is usually nothing more than a few bottles of soda or juice boxes. But it doesn’t have to be this way. This year, try giving the kids something pretty (and a little healthier) that they can have fun making and drinking. Presenting… the kids’ Mocktail Bar:
What are the elements of a great mocktail bar? Start with some fun and fancy plastic cups that will make the drink special and non-breakable. Then offer a main drink that’s fizzy and delicious, like sparkling apple juice or white grape juice, kept chilled in an ice bucket. (If you’re in a pinch, like we were at one point, you could even make your own sparkling drink with seltzer and juice.)
Next you’ll want to offer plenty of add-ins, including:
Fresh fruit: Blueberries, raspberries, pomegranate seeds, kiwi slices, mango or pineapple chunks, champagne grapes
Frozen fruit: Cranberries, grapes, strawberries, mango, pineapple, cherries
Fruit purees: Strawberry, mango, raspberry
Garnishes: Fresh mint leaves; lime, lemon, orange, or grapefruit wedges
Accessories: Drink umbrellas, colorful stirrers
…And then let the kids go to town! Side bonus: If you make your mocktail bar appealing enough, you may just find the adults partaking as well.
While you’re enjoying your holiday mocktails, we’ve got a great Netflix suggestion for you: On December 19, Netflix will air the first five episodes of “All Hail King Julien,” a new Netflix original series featuring the beloved character from the Madagascar series. So as you gather with all of your loved ones to get in the holiday spirit, you can “Move It, Move It” with the best of them… while drinking your mocktail, of course!
And now the special opportunity: We have a super-secret bonus for local Southern California Jolly Tomato readers: If you’d like to attend a special screening of “All Hail King Julien” (it’s on December 14 at 2 p.m. in Santa Ana), let me know – either in the comments or by email: jeanne [at] jollytomato [dot] com.