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I am hosting a backyard baby shower. It will be 2 pm on a Sunday and our weather will probably be hot. Drink ideas? I will probably have Pellegrino on the tables and an urn of "spa water" (I add mint and/or cucumber) and want something else to serve too. I sometimes make an herbal iced tea (Barefoot Contessa recipe) but want something a little more festive. I really hate the overly cloyingly sweet typical shower punches with soda or a sherbet ring lol. I want something pretty & festive that actually tastes good. Ideal would be something that I could make an alcoholic version and a non-alcoholic version. I was thinking possibly sangria then some other type of punch. Anyway, got any good recipes?

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  1. I have a great Punch recipe. Everyone always really loves it. use 1 can pineapple juice 1 can apricot necter 3 bottles of gingerale serve chilled

    1. There is an amazing Fresh Honeydew Mint Limeade I tried for a shower a few months ago, and it was a big hit. It is non-alcoholic but is very good with vodka as well! The recipe is at Foodnetwork.com

      1. You could do a simple lime syrup and make mojitos and a mint limeade (and use sparkling water). You could make lime mint ice cubes for decoration.

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        1. re: chowser

          Thanks for ideas - keep 'em coming! I do make sparking mint limeade sometimes (club soda & frozen limeade with mint to garnish, salted rims) and the combo with mojitos could be good, especially if the day is hot.

        2. Since you don't like very sweet drinks (I don't either) you might like this. Carbonated limeaade (T.J.'s) mix with seeded, sliced cucmbers and lime slices. Just before serving time add ice and lots of sparkling water so the lime and cucumber is just an essense. It's easy, delicious and you can just keep filling the pitcher (without discarding the cucmbers and limes.)

          1. What about something like a peach sangria - then you could make a "virgin" version and a "high-test" version . . . it would be on the sweet side, and looks pretty and festive, but wouldn't fall into the cheezy, cloying category of the sherbety pinky punch drinks . . . .