It is so much fun coming up with fun mocktails for kids’ parties, and this Cotton Candy Mocktail is a great option for Valentine’s Day, whimsical, Circus-themed, or summer fair-themed party.
Oh, but if you’re throwing a party, you’re definitely going to need to check out these 20+ Mocktail Recipes kids will LOVE!
But back to this amazing treat that is just screaming to be made again and again.
If you can’t tell, 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 and the most fun drink ever.
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 was barely able to get a picture of it! The kids swore that the cotton candy added extra flavor to the mocktails, but I personally couldn’t detect a difference.
This is the perfect party punch recipe for a baby shower or just a fun New Years’ Eve party.
Whatever you choose to make these drink recipes for, fill a punch bowl with some Cotton Candy kid-friendly mocktail and enjoy!
What are Mocktail Drinks?
According to Wikipedia:
Alcohol free, or non-alcoholic beverages, are non-alcoholic versions of typically alcoholic beverages.
These may take the form of a non-alcoholic mixed drink (a “virgin drink”), non-alcoholic beer (“near beer”) and “mocktails”, and are widely available where alcoholic beverages are sold.
Mocktails are a smooth blend of only non-alcoholic beverages, which could be fresh fruit juices, syrups, cream, herbs and spices
. Mocktails are designed specifically for those who do not take alcoholic beverages or need to refrain from them, which means these blends can be enjoyed by people of all ages.
In other words, mocktails are just plain fun!
Honestly, mocktails are part of a trend that has been growing since the “party times” of the 80s and have hit an all-time high in popularity.
Parents now “do up” fancy kid parties and serve these beautiful drinks–and they’re perfect for baby showers so the mom-to-be doesn’t have to miss out on the fun drinks.
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!
And, frankly, there’s enough of a mess to deal with–and this cotton candy punch is such a super fun treat anyway, adding that corn syrup to the glass is really unnecessary.
Not that making this kid-friendly mocktail is mess. There are only a handful of ingredients and then it’s done. I love it so much, I always make one for myself, too. Because why shouldn’t mom have some fun, too?!
And that’s one of the best parts about this drink: it’s not just enjoyable for the kids, but also for adults too.
So, if you’re ready, let’s get your glasses ready and get mixin’!
Can I use different flavors?
Absolutely! You absolutely can if you want to use your favorite flavors instead of Pink Lemonade. Just remember that using your favorite things instead will change the flavor of these fun cotton candy mocktails.
- Cranberry juice will be a darker red and less sweet.
- Pineapple juice will be more yellow and could be great for a tropical party – especially if you can find a yellow cotton candy color.
- If you prefer a blue mocktail, you could use blue raspberry drink and blue cotton candy
- Grape juice would give you a deep purple non-alcoholic drink that could be fun at a unicorn party
The following ingredients are affiliate links on Amazon because they may be a bit hard to find in your normal store. I wanted you to be able to see exactly which things we are using in this delicious recipe.
- Pink Sugar Crystals
- a piece of Cotton Candy
- Sparkling Pink Lemonade (Strawberry Soda or Ginger Ale in a pinch, but Strawberry Soda is better)
Reminder, not all ingredients in the Cotton Candy Mocktail Recipe are linked above, just the ones that may be a bit difficult to find or that you might be unsure of what to look for
Must Have Resources:
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Make it a Meal:
Main Dish: Chicken and Sausage Sheet Pan
Starch Side: Scalloped Potatoes
Don’t forget Dessert: S’mores Pretzel Cups
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- 2 cups cream soda
- 2 cups lemonade
- 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.
- Fill your glass with cotton candy.
- Simply mix your cream soda and lemonade together in a large pitcher before pouring into your serving glasses.
Nutrition Information:Yield: 10 Serving Size: 1 Servings
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 57Total Fat: 0gSaturated Fat: 0gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 0gCholesterol: 0mgSodium: 8mgCarbohydrates: 15gFiber: 0gSugar: 15gProtein: 0g