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There's nothing more relaxing in the summer than a cold + refreshing drink in hand. This Tropical Lemonade Mocktail recipe is sparkling sweet and just the perfect amount of tart. Made with Canada Dry Ginger Ale and Lemonade, pineapple juice, mango nectar and fresh fruit, this is an easy mocktail punch recipe you are going to love.
Plus, we are going to show you a fun + cute stenciled glass tutorial on how to make custom drinking glasses for all of your parties. (Or Tuesdays. It is totally ok to drink out of your pretty glasses on a weekday.)
This post hits all of my summer high notes. A fun + easy craft idea plus a juicy and sweet mocktail recipe to sip on while you take a break and relax. First stop? Kroger. Yep, a few clicks to my ClickList and all of my mocktail-makin' supplies were ready for pickup. Of course I had to have my new fave sipping beverage, Canada Dry Ginger Ale and Lemonade. (Exactly what you need to make this punch.) Click HERE to add it to your Kroger Clicklist now.
But first, let's talk about this stencil craft idea.
Stenciled Glass DIY (No worries, we'll get to the yummy mocktails soon.)
This craft DIY idea for decorating your glassware is so fun and really easy. I had most of the items already on hand. If not, no worries. Everything is pretty affordable and can be found easily.
Supply List for this Craft:
- Rubbing alcohol or white vinegar
- Soft cloth (not shown)
- Tape (painters tape or stencil tape is best)
- Acrylic enamel or acrylic glass paint
- Sponge pouncers
First, you want to clean the outside of the drinking glasses with the rubbing alcohol or vinegar using a soft cloth. This step makes sure the glass is super clean and free from detergent, chemicals, or fingerprints. Be sure to use a lint-free cloth so you don't get any fuzzies in your paint job.
You can use pretty much any type of glassware with a smooth surface. Think jars (how cute!), juice glasses, or in our case, tall highball cocktail glasses. (Fancy, huh?)
Next, pick your paint colors. This is the fun part. I love working with acrylic paints because they are water-based and easy to work with. For this craft, we picked an acrylic enamel. Acrylic glass paints also work. Always follow the instructions for curing on the back of the paint. (I'll give some basic info later in this tutorial.)
We wanted summer-fun colors, so we picked a lemony yellow and a pool aqua blue. Use your imagination and let your creativity shine with your color choices. You could even do a fun patriotic theme with red, white and blue using star stencils. Love!
Once your glasses are clean and dry and your paint is ready to go, cut your stencils and tape them onto the glass in the area you want to paint. Use stencil tape to secure the stencils nice and flat. This keeps the shapes and pattern of your stencil clean without bllet siurry and blobby lines. (But hey, even if you get a few blurry shapes, like I did, that's ok. This is your craft and I think it gives it a nice personal touch. Everybody blurs....sometimes.)
Dip the sponge brush or pouncer into the paint. Make a few dabs BEFORE painting over the stencils to get the extra paint off. I like to pounce around using different pressure to create different shading. For example, some of our polka dots on this glass are lightly painted, and others are heavier. This gives the effect of different shades of the same color and I like the depth it gives the glass.
Once you have painted all of your stencil patterns, let the glasses dry. (Refer to the back of your paint for drying times.) I let mine dry to the touch, then CAREFULLY removed the stencils. Acrylic paints dry pretty quickly, so mine came right off with great results.
After you remove the stencils, let the glasses air dry completely before the curing process.
To permanently keep the paint on, you'll need to cure the glasses by baking them. Always refer to the curing directions on the back of the paint you are using. We cured ours by placing them on a flat baking sheet and placing them in a COLD oven. Then we turned the oven on 350 degrees, and left the stenciled glasses in for 30 minutes. Remove, cool, and allow to cure for 48 hours before using them.
Once they are cured, most paints say that they are top-rack dishwasher safe. I'm not so sure about that, and recommend hand washing for longest use. (Be sure to wash the glasses before serving up these delicious mocktails we are about to show you.)
How stinkin' cute are these? Which one is your favorite? I had a hard time deciding, but I'm digging the yellow arrows. Even my daughter and her friends loved them...so much that they actually took a picture and put them on Instagram. MOM WIN!!
Quick Recap on How to Make Stencil Painted Glassware:
- Clean the outside of the glasses with rubbing alcohol or white vinegar. Let air dry.
- Cut stencils to desired shape.
- Tape stencils securely onto the glass.
- Make sure the tape is secured and the stencils are flat directly against the glass.
- Using acrylic paint and sponge brushes, paint the pattern through the stencil with a gentle dabbing motion.
- Let the paint dry to the touch.
- Carefully peel the tape off and remove the stencils.
- Let air dry completely for about an hour.
- Cure in the oven according to paint manufacturer's instructions.
- Let sit for 48 hours before using.
- Hand wash and enjoy!
Tropical Lemonade Mocktail
Making the stenciled glasses certainly made me thirsty. Here's what you'll need for this super-easy and way-delish mocktail recipe:
- Canada Dry Ginger Ale and Lemonade from Kroger
- Pineapple Juice
- Mango Nectar (can also use peach nectar, passion fruit nectar, etc.)
- Maraschino Cherries (and the juice)
- Fresh Pineapple Chunks
- Pitcher or Jug
Once you make these fruity Tropical Lemonade Mocktails, you'll want to make them again and again. This recipe is so perfect for parties, entertaining, or any time you want a cold and refreshing fruity drink.
For the perfect amount of bubbly and tart lemonade flavor, we used a 2-Liter of the new Canada Dry Ginger Ale and Lemonade. You get the classic refreshment of ginger ale with a nicely tart lemonade flavor that is excellent for mocktail and punch recipes. (Plus, it is so yum all alone.)
Combine all other ingredients in a large pitcher or jug. The recipe at the end of this post will give you the amounts. Our mocktail mix makes 1 gallon.
We recommend you chill the ingredients before combining so everything is ready to serve. If not, no worries, just pop the mocktail punch into the refrigerator until nice and cold.
Serve Tropical Lemonade Mocktails over crushed ice in your darling DIY Stenciled Glasses for a relaxing treat. Garnish with fresh pineapple and cherries for an extra tropical touch. Doesn't it feel great to give yourself a break and relax for a bit?!
If you love this post, check out our fun Girl's Night In Party Tutorial with Canada Dry.
We love mocktail recipes and would love to hear your favorites. Leave us a comment below with your best for us to try this summer. If you try our DIY Stenciled Glass craft, feel free to share your creations on our Facebook page.
Tropical Lemonade Mocktail
- 2 liters Canada Dry Ginger Ale and Lemonade chilled
- 46 ounces pineapple juice chilled
- 12 ounces mango nectar chilled
- 11 ounces maraschino cherries fruit and juice
- 1 cup pineapple chunks fresh or canned
- Combine all ingredients in a pitcher or jug. Use the cherries AND the cherry juice.
- Chill and serve over ice with additional fruit for garnish.