It’s coming up on that time of year again, time for celebrating the holiday known as the 4th of July! And since most people celebrate with barbecues and drinking, why not have non-alcoholic options for underage folk, anybody that prefers not to drink alcohol, and everyone in between? Let’s talk about today’s layered patriotic mocktail!
What is a Mocktail?
If you don’t know already, mocktail refers to drinks that are made to be like common alcoholic beverages or appear like any normal cocktails without the alcoholic content. These are usually made for younger ages, but also for anybody that doesn’t drink.
How Do Layered Drinks Work?
Layered drinks get a lovely reputation because of how unique their appearance is from having distinct color separation in the drink which is difficult to achieve. This happens by slow pouring different colored drinks through ice that helps suspend them.
Can I Make This Other Times?
You’re definitely allowed to make a mocktail anytime for any occasion or just for fun, and even though the colors for this drink are themed to be especially relating to patriotic events it doesn’t mean you have to make it for the Fourth of July!
What Drinks Does This Use?
In order to create the colors needed and not have alcohol, the choice drinks for today’s recipe are grenadine, blue Powerade, and pina colada juice which is coconut based. The grenadine also can add interesting flavor when mixing this drink together.
Why Did My Drinks Mix?
If you tried making this and struggled with mixing the drinks on accident, it’s okay! You still have a good mocktail to drink. Try adding more ice next time, and slowing down your pours even more. Also be sure to pour on top of ice to suspend drinks.
Can I Choose Different Flavors?
Making mocktails is so fun that you can definitely figure out ways to put your own spin on it, especially if you don’t particularly like the flavor of this recipe. You could even add food coloring to your favorite drink to use it as one of the color options.
Are These Safe For Kids?
Yes! The perfect part about mocktails is that you can make them for kids to have some fun drinks during an event or party. This is perfectly safe for little ones as long as they’re not allergic to any of the components.
Why Are There Such Small Measurements?
For this recipe if you haven’t noticed yet, each ingredient only calls for about 2 ounces of drink and then the ice cubes are dependent on your glass size and layering. This is to create the same experience as cocktails, and make sure you have nice layers.
How Can I Make This More Patriotic?
Obviously for some of you out there just having some interesting colors to your drinks doesn’t seem very patriotic or decorative for the 4th of July. You can change up containers for your drinks, add mini flags, and so much more to add to it!
Why Use Coconut Juice?
When there are so many clear or white drink options, why use pina colada juice in particular? This is to make the drink lighter in flavor and more refreshing since you typically would make it in summertime and grenadine is a heavier syrup texture.
How Can I Make This Fizzy?
Anybody that wants a little more of a fizzy element to their drink can easily add in a little sparkling water or substitute any ingredients for similar colored sodas. It all just really depends on how you want your drink to taste and feel.
Now’s the time you all have been waiting for, the recipe for how to put this all together. You can make all different types of mocktails or layered drinks but these are particularly special because it will give you the red white and blue colors that most items surrounding patriotic events and the Fourth of July have. Hope you enjoy!
Layered Patriotic Mocktail
- 2 oz Grenadine
- 2 oz Blue Poweraid
- 2 oz Pina Colada Juice (coconut juice)
- Ice Cubes
- Pour the grenadine into the glass.
- Fill the glass with ice cubes.
- Slowly pour the pina colada juice into the glass, having the liquid hit an ice cube to slow down the pour even more.
- Repeat with the blue Poweraid using the same pour technique.