Have a Mocktail Hour

Just like with food, we frequently have emotions attached to alcohol and it is often prominently featured in our social gatherings and celebrations. In fact, you may be hard pressed to find a ‘dry’ Christmas party or wedding. No one likes to be the ‘odd man out’, so if your person with dementia can no longer safely consume alcohol, you might consider these mocktail alternatives. Even if alcohol is not off-limits, mocktails are just plain fun and they are typically easier to assemble than their spiked counterparts.

Hold a mocktail hour with your person by putting on groovy music and dancing the afternoon away. Let your creativity run wild!

Want another reason to indulge in virgin refreshments? Dehydration is rampant among the elderly, particularly those with dementia. Severe dehydration can exacerbate dementia symptoms, resulting in increased confusion or even hospitalization. Mocktails can help encourage your person to stay hydrated and have a ball while doing it!

Ready to create your own non-boozy drinks? Check the recipes below found on this website. Needless to say, these are just a few suggestions for mocktail creations. By doing a simple Google search, you can turn up plenty more ideas to keep you sipping.

Cran-Apple Cider


Rim glass with cinnamon sugar. Combine equal parts cranberry juice and apple cider. Garnish with a rock-candy swizzle stick.

 Shirley Temple


Rim glass with pink Pop Rocks. Add 4 Tbsp grenadine syrup to 16 ounces ginger ale. Garnish with maraschino cherry.


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