Cocktail Making as a team building activity is an effective way for your team to bond and to learn how to work better as a team. Having fun together in a team building event like this will strengthen team bonds and create trust between the team members. It will help you uncover strengths in your team you never knew existed as the participants push the boundaries of their creativity in a safe environment. TBAE’s Mix It Up Cocktail Making team building activity also offers a non-alcoholic option. The following are some of examples of non-alcoholic recipes for cocktail making.
Vampire’s Blood Pomegranate Punch
This drink recipe is super easy to whizz up and makes a great punch bowl option for kids and non-drinkers at any occasion or get together.
- 500ml pomegranate juice
- 250ml grape juice
- 250ml ginger ale
- Fresh blueberries
Pour the chilled pomegranate juice, grape juice and ginger ale into a large punch bowl and stir.
Sprinkle a generous handful of blueberries so that they bob on the surface of the cocktail. Use a ladle to serve.
Pink Grapefruit Cooler
The refreshing and tart taste of Grapefruit juice has become popular in cocktail making.
- 80ml juice from a ripe pink grapefruit
- Juice of half a lemon
- 40ml sugar syrup (made with equal parts sugar and water, heated until sugar is dissolved then cooled)
- Cold sparkling or soda water
- 2 x mint sprigs
- Crushed ice
Pour the sugar syrup into a tumbler and add one mint sprig, stirring and bruising it lightly. Add the citrus juices and stir, then top up with crushed ice and the sparkling or soda water. Garnish with the second mint sprig.
This classic cocktail is given a fresh lift with a squeeze of citrus juice.
- 15ml grenadine syrup
- 15ml freshly squeezed lime juice
- 200ml chilled ginger ale
- Maraschino cocktail cherry and thin lime slice, to decorate
- Ice cubes
Place a few ice cubes in a tumbler, add the grenadine and lime juice, then top up with ginger ale, and garnish with the cocktail cherry and lime slice.
The aroma of the steeped lavender heads is wonderful, but do be sure to use lavender which hasn’t been sprayed with any chemicals. It’s best made with flowers that have started to dry out naturally in high summer.
- 10g lavender heads
- 250ml boiling water
- 75g sugar
- 600ml cold water (sparkling if you prefer)
- Juice of 3 small or 2 large ripe lemons, strained
- Ice cubes
Put the flower heads in a small pan and pour over the boiling water. Heat up again and simmer gently for two minutes. Take off the heat and leave to steep for ten minutes. Strain off the flowers, add sugar to the liquid and stir to dissolve it. Add the cold water. Add the lemon juice and stir (the mix turns pink here), then serve in tall, slim tumblers with a few ice cubes in them.
Here’s a hot, spicy, but fresh-tasting drink to wrap your chilly hands around on those cold winter days.
- 100ml cranberry juice
- 100ml red grape juice
- Half a star anise
- Half a cinnamon stick, plus one to serve
- 2 cloves
- Slice of peeled fresh ginger root
- 1 teaspoon brown sugar
Simply put all the ingredients except the extra cinnamon stick in a pan and warm up very gently, stirring, and keep hot (not boiling) for several minutes until the spices infuse. Strain into a thick glass tumbler or mug and serve with the cinnamon stick for stirring to release the steam. Drink while hot.
Make your own red cherry juice with a tang of lime, topped up with sparkling water.
- 225g fresh, ripe red cherries
- 600ml freshly boiled water
- Half a lime
- 50g caster sugar
- Chilled sparkling water, to taste
- Ice cubes
Destalk the cherries, wash them, halve them and take out their stones. Put the fruit in a big bowl and bruise slightly with the back of a spoon. Pour the hot water over them and stir. Peel the lime zest off in thin strips and juice the lime, adding both zest and juice to the bowl, with the sugar. Stir until the sugar is dissolved, cover and leave for two hours. Strain off the liquid, divide it between 3 or 4 tumblers and top up with ice and a little cold sparkling water.
Lime and Lemon Grass Spritzer
Easy to make, scented and mouthwatering cocktail.
- Half a lemon grass stalk, outer leaves removed, core sliced, plus an extra stalk to garnish
- 30ml fresh lime juice
- 15ml sugar syrup (make sugar syrup from equal quantities warm water and sugar)
- Chilled soda water, to top up
- Ice cubes
Place the lemon grass in a glass tumbler and ‘muddle’ to release its oils. Fill the glass with ice and pour in the lime juice and the sugar syrup. Top up with soda water, stir briefly and garnish with the remaining lemon grass stalk.
Coconut Lavender Lemonade
This is a fresh squeezed lemonade made with coconut water and lavender simple syrup. It’s just as gorgeous as it is refreshing.
- 1 1/2 cups fresh squeezed lemon juice, from about 9 lemons
- 1 3/4 cups sugar
- 8 cups coconut water
- 4 cups water
- 1/2 recipe Lavender Simple Syrup (recipe follows)
Place lemon juice, sugar, coconut water, and water into a pitcher and shake or stir vigorously until all the sugar is dissolved. Pour 1/2 of the lavender syrup into the pitcher and stir. You can add more or less lavender syrup to your personal taste. I personally find that 1/2 of the lavender syrup recipe is a good balance.