It is so much fun coming up with mocktails for kids’ parties, and this Cotton Candy Mocktail is a great option for a whimsical or summer fair-themed party.
This Cotton Candy Mocktail is all about presentation. Garnishing the glass with a sugar rim, adding a straw with a bit of cotton candy wound around it, or just using some cute cups and cocktail napkins makes this mocktail the star of the menu.
For a bit of theatrics, we added tufts of cotton candy to the drinks just before serving. They dissolve into the drinks so fast that I wasn’t even able to get a picture of it! The kids swore that the cotton candy added extra flavour to the mocktails, but I personally couldn’t detect a difference.
How to Sugar Rim a Glass
To add a sugar rim to your Cotton Candy Mocktail glasses, fill a small dish with 1/2″ of water and a second small dish with sugar crystals. A soup bowl that can fit your glass inside of it is perfect.
Dip the glass straight into the bowl of water, and then dip it into the sugar crystals’ bowl. The crystals will likely not cover the complete rim at first and you will need to “roll the rib” carefully in the crystals, at a slight angle.
Some people like to use corn syrup to attach the sugar crystals, but that can be tricky and if left on your glasses can be a real pain to remove – so water it is for this mom!
- 2 cups cream soda
- 2 cups lemonade
- To garnish:
- Cotton candy optional
- Pink sugar crystals optional
If using a sugar rim, prepare your glasses first. Dip the glasses in a bit of water and then roll the rims in your sugar crystals for an even coating.
Simply mix your cream soda and lemonade together in a large pitcher before pouring into your serving glasses.
If you liked this Cotton Candy Mocktail, please check out our other Mocktail Recipes for Teenagers.