Minute Maid Lights! $200 Mocktail Party Prize Pack!

Recently I headed to Toronto Ontario to attend a Minute Maid Lights Event hosted by the fabulous Lena Almeida of Listen to Lena.  I was excited to see some old friends, meet some new ones, and listen to food and entertaining expert Nadine Hughes share some of her favourite summertime cocktail and mocktail recipes!

The setting was truly pinterest worthy.

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I could hardly wait to dive in and create myself a mocktail, or perhaps a beautiful cocktail or two? Why had I never thought of taking my orange juice or lemonade to a whole new level?  This was about to change!

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I joined the small group of bloggers in the sweet street side cafe for a divine brunch, and to learn about some inspiring drinks incorporating Minute Maidโ€™s new Light Lemonade and Light Orange Juice beverages.

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I must confess, before this day I had not been putting enough thought into the cocktails I was serving picnic and poolside.  We were introduced to some very quick and easy ideas to wow our guests while we entertain this summer!  Some new recipes Iโ€™ve added to my repertoire include; the Toasted Coconut Orange Macarooni drink, and a dessert called Blueberry Lemon Pops! Delish!

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My all time favourite, and a mocktail/cocktail I will be creating on a regular basis, is the addictive and refreshing Lemon Ginger Punch.  Itโ€™s so easy! Hereโ€™s how to impress your guests or surprise the little people in your house with a refreshing drink on a hot summers day:

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Lemon Ginger Punch

Ingredients

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1/2 English Cucumber, cut into thin rounds

Small handful of fresh mint leaves ( I cut these right out of my garden and may have been a bit over zealous the first time,  It doesn’t need a lot)

1 lemon, cut into thin rounds

7 cups (1.75ml) Minute Maid Light Lemonade

2 1/2 cups (625 ml) Ginger-Ale (or more if you like lots of bubbles)

Crushed Ice

To Make

In a large pitcher or punch bowl, add the cucumber, mint lemons, reserving some for garnish.  Add the Minute Maid Light Lemonade and using a wooden spoon, stir until combined.  (Note: You can make this in advance and refrigerate to allow the fruits and veggies to infuse into the liquid.)  Just before serving, add the Ginger-Ale and stir.  To serve, fill al tall glass with crushed ice and pour mixture over top.  Garnish individual glasses with a sprig of mint, cucumber round and lemon round.  Adult Option: Add 2 cups of Gin based liqueur such as Pimms.

Ta da! The results is a fabulous drink that will knock your socks off!

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Minute Maid Light Lemonade and Minute Maid Light Orange Juice are delicious and refreshing all on their own, but how wonderful is it to think outside the box, add your own twist and  jazz up two favourites to create some new summer recipes for family and guests.  (or maybe just yourself pool side!)  I also have to admit, I love this low cal option, all the same great of the original and up to 65% less calories!! You can find all the Minute Maid products at your favourite grocery stores. 

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Thanks to the fabulous people at Minute Maid I have an incredible giveaway for one lucky reader of How To Survive Life In The SuburbsThe Minute Maid Lights Mocktail Party Prize Pack, valued at $200.00!  Woot!  This prize pack features everything needed for you to host your very own at-home mocktail / cocktail party! 

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The Prize Pack includes Minute Maid Lights Lemonade and Orange Juice blends, four cocktail glasses, a shaker, orange swirl straws, a beverage carafe, orange polka dot cocktail napkins and a large, stylish beverage bucket to keep everything cool! 

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This contest is open to Canada Only and ends Monday July 28th.  Please leave a comment below and enter using the rafflecopter form below.

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Disclosure:  This post is sponsored.  I have received special perks in the form of products and compensation. All opinions on this blog are my own.



Comments

  1. I’d mix up my lemonade with some strawberries and champagne!

  2. Karen E. HIll says:

    I would add a little grenadine syrup, some gingerale and a cherry

  3. Karen E. HIll says:

    Liked the FB post

  4. Crystal Englot says:

    I like to add a fresh sprig of mint and a few raspberries in my lemonade for guests. Also I add pansy flowers into the ice cubes! (yes pansy’s are edible, but it is more for looks)

  5. tanyab79 says:

    Make a slushie bowl for my guests.

  6. Crystal Englot says:

    I liked and shared your Facebook post ๐Ÿ™‚

  7. tanyab79 says:

    liked your post on facebook

  8. Crystal Englot says:

    I also follow you on Instagram (cenglot)

  9. fruits in my lemonade

  10. Mm orange juice strawberries n champagne

  11. liked and shared on facebook

  12. Melinda L. says:

    I would add some fresh mulberries and mint

  13. I would add fresh picked berries to lemonade.

  14. mongupp (@mongupp) says:

    I like mint and a sugared rim on the glass.

  15. ivy pluchinsky says:

    fruits like oranges

  16. Judy C (Judy Cowan) says:

    I would mix it up with some Diet Sprite along with lemon, orange and lime slices.

  17. Judy C (Judy Cowan) says:

    I liked and shared on FB as Judy Cowan

  18. Glenda wong says:

    I’d add vodka

  19. Chandra Christine O'Connor says:

    With gin!

  20. Chandra Christine O'Connor says:

    I shared Chandra Christine O’Connor

  21. Chandra Christine O'Connor says:

    I liked. Chandra Christine Oโ€™Connor

  22. Paula Goodman says:

    Great punch!! …although I’m not a minty kind of person and I did make a similar one a couple weeks ago, and left out the mint ๐Ÿ™‚

  23. I would add a little fresh fruit. I shared on FB, I liked on FB and liked on instagram

  24. Colleen Rose says:

    With fresh wild strawberries and raspberries

  25. stephen gordon says:

    Iโ€™d mix up my lemonade with some strawberries Raspberries Blue berries and champagne! Thanks for the chance. Cheers.

  26. Kelly Gordon says:

    I liked and shared the Facebook post ๐Ÿ™‚ Fresh Strawberries and raspberries ๐Ÿ˜€

  27. Christy E says:

    With fresh raspberries/strawberries from our garden

  28. Add some frozen fruit instead of ice!

  29. MrDisco says:

    by mixing it in with vodka!

  30. Karry Knisley says:

    I would add a bit of sprite, orange and lime wedges to orange juice

  31. Lynda Cook says:

    I would use just a splash of grenadine syrup and a shot of some sprite or 7up and some lovely fresh berries in either the orange or lemonade, yummmm

  32. Brenda Penton says:

    I’d add a bit of vodka to it. I love screwdrivers!

  33. Wendy hutton says:

    add some fresh orange slices

  34. Anne Taylor says:

    I’d add some vanila vodka and a lot of ice.

  35. My my adult friends, I’d add wine and berries!

  36. I would add fresh raspberries and gingerale to it.

  37. Berries and lime wedges

  38. Wendy hutton says:

    liked and shared on facebook thanks

  39. Courtnie says:

    I’d add berry to the lemonade!

  40. Heidi C. says:

    I would add fresh berries!

  41. Heidi C. says:
  42. Jenness M says:

    I’d mix it with vodka.

  43. I’d add some sparkling water to either one and maybe some fruits. For the adults, probably vodka would be great in the mix.

  44. liked the FB link.

  45. I’d make a spiked lemonade / sangria cross!

  46. Fresh Fruit and sugar rimmed glasses!

  47. liked post on facebook

  48. michelle tremblett says:

    I would mix in fresh fruit ๐Ÿ™‚

  49. michelle tremblett says:

    Liked post on facebook ๐Ÿ™‚

  50. Jocelyne Alldrick says:

    I would add vodka!! And maybe strawberries

  51. michelle tremblett says:

    Shared on facebook ๐Ÿ™‚

  52. Jocelyne Alldrick says:

    I liked the post on facebbok ๐Ÿ™‚

  53. Jocelyne Alldrick says:

    Shared on facebook ๐Ÿ™‚

  54. ginette4 says:

    I would add some fresh berries and wine ๐Ÿ™‚

  55. melanie modica says:

    Add champagne and fruit!

  56. I would add in some raspberries.

  57. Liked and shared on FB

  58. I would add berries, soda and min leaves!

  59. I would add fresh berries from my garden and a few springs of lemon grass & pineapple sage !

  60. Tammy Dalley says:

    I would add some fresh strawberries!!!

  61. Tammy Dalley says:
  62. STACEY DEMPSEY says:

    I would add some strawberries and blueberries and some cute little umbrellas so it feels like we are in Hawaii

  63. STACEY DEMPSEY says:

    I commented and liked and shared on your facebook post

  64. Doris Calvert says:

    We always like champagne and OJ so good

  65. Doris Calvert says:
  66. Heidi Watts says:

    The cucumber and mint sounds delish!

  67. Michelle says:

    I’d add some Sprite with lemon, orange and lime slices along with raspberrys fresh from our garden! ๐Ÿ™‚

  68. Maegan Morin says:

    I would make slushes!!

  69. Maegan Morin says:

    I liked and shared on facebook

  70. Michelle says:

    shared on facebook!

  71. Lee-Ann L says:

    Rim it in sugar!

  72. Michelle says:

    liked your post, and following you on instagram

  73. I would add some club soda and make it sparkling for my guests!

  74. Wayne Lecoy says:

    I am entering your giveaway.
    It would be great to win The Minute Maid Lights Mocktail Party Prize Pack.
    In response to your question of
    Minute Maid Lights are truly delish!
    How would you jazz up your Lemonade or Orange Juice for guests?
    I would add fresh Strawberries and Gingerale to it.
    Thank you for having this giveaway!!!!!!!!!!

  75. Kristine Ewald says:

    vodka

  76. I would freeze some berries into ice cubes and add a sugar rim!

  77. those drinks look mouth watering especially the lemonade one fingers crossed such a lovely prize

  78. KittyPride says:

    I would add some ice and cranberry juice to jazz it up in a blender, would be an awesome refreshing drink

  79. i would add raspberries or strawberries to the lemonade

  80. Amy Heffernan says:

    I would mix it with lemonade and maybe some vodka! ๐Ÿ™‚

    I liked and shared your FB post!

    Thanks!

  81. I love a good mimosa! Especially for brunch and with fresh orange slices added in.

  82. Karen C. Hill says:

    I’d add a little 7-up and some fresh strawberries

  83. Maggie C says:

    Add in frozen ice cubes made out of fresh strawberry puree

  84. Melinda says:

    Liked and shared on Facebook

  85. JaimeeM says:

    To jazz up my juices for guests I add gingerale and fresh fruit and rim the glasses with sugar

  86. Jeff Skidmore says:

    I would add sparkling water and fresh berries!

  87. JaimeeM says:

    I liked the facebook giveaway

  88. JaimeeM says:

    I shared your facebook giveaway

  89. lisa bolduc says:

    with fresh fruit and maybe mix it with some club soda

  90. Sunshine G says:

    Limeade with ginger ale and frozen raspberries in the ice cubes would be delicious!

  91. Jolan Holmes says:

    I would add some ginger ale and berries. Liked and shared

  92. Vanessa Cook says:

    With crushed ice and fruit garnishes

  93. I would add some champagne!

  94. BlessedTA says:

    With fruits

  95. Add fresh fruit and sugar up the rim ๐Ÿ™‚

  96. Debbie Bashford says:

    I would add a squirt of lime juice and fresh lime slices

  97. Debbie Bashford says:

    I liked shared and commented on Facebook

  98. I would add some fresh raspberries and a touch of mint! Delicious!

  99. Dianne Melnick says:

    I would add cherries to the lemonade ๐Ÿ™‚

  100. Dianne Melnick says:

    liked and shared on facebook ๐Ÿ™‚

  101. Champagne and raspberries

  102. Already liked your FB page. Liked and shared the contest on FB

  103. one of those great little umbrellas

  104. Joan Brown says:

    I would add champagne to my lemonade, along with sliced lemons and strawberries.

  105. Tammy Dalley says:
  106. Andrea Amy says:

    I would add gingerale or grapefruit pop!

  107. nicolthepickle says:

    With a little rum and soda water.

  108. nicolthepickle says:

    I like your facebook post as Nicole Graham.

  109. I would put strawberries and cherries to the mix

  110. Amazing contest! I would add some champagne, strawberries, raspberries and blueberries! YUM! ๐Ÿ™‚

  111. kristen visser says:

    shared your facebook post

  112. kristen visser says:

    liked your facebook post

  113. kristen visser says:

    i would use lemonade and mix in cranberry juice and limes and crushed up ice

  114. I would mix it in vodka!

  115. Liked and shared on FB

  116. angela m says:

    I would add some sprite and frozen berries
    thanks

  117. angela m says:

    Liked and shared your facebook post

  118. kelly young says:

    some fresh fruit and some rum yum

  119. kelly young says:

    liked and shared fb

  120. jane kramer says:

    I would add some lemons and limes

  121. I would drop in a few sliced strawberries

  122. Monique L.S. says:

    I would mix with other flavours – lemonade and strawberry juice; orange juice and raspberry juice.

  123. Monique L.S. says:

    I liked the Facebook post (under Monique Norton Shuell)

  124. Suzie M says:

    orange juice & sparkling wine are wonderful togerther

  125. Suzie M says:

    liked FB post

  126. Suzie M says:

    shared Fb post

  127. Courtney says:

    I’d throw in some frozen berries

  128. Darlene Schuller says:

    Vodka, fresh fruits.

  129. Darlene Schuller says:

    liked the post on fb!

  130. Victoria Ess says:

    I would use fancy glasses and straws, and use citrus or berry garnishes.

  131. DH (Dee) says:

    I would likely add some adult beverages to these juices in a punch bowl & serve to gf’s!!

  132. Juliee Fitze says:

    I would add it to a punch at our next baby shower .

  133. A little vodka! ๐Ÿ˜‰

  134. Add lemon slices, soda, crushed ice, mint leaves and a bright coloured Parasol over the rim !

  135. Liked & shared. (I enjoy entertaining at home and absolutely love this fabulous giveaway …thank you! )

  136. Francine says:

    It’s all in the presentation – I’d use pretty glasses, and fresh fruit garnish

  137. Karla Sceviour says:

    I woud add some strawberries and vodka!

  138. Karla Sceviour says:

    liked & shared the facebook post,thanks! (Karla Sceviour)

  139. MrDisco says:

    shared

  140. MrDisco says:

    Liked

  141. Carol M (Lushka S) says:

    I would add some fresh fruit

  142. Silvia D says:

    some Rose/pink wine and a few raspberries and make a pink lemonade

  143. Erin McSweeney says:

    I would add sparkling water to my lemonade with some fresh limes …I love it tart

  144. Silvia D says:

    liked on FB

  145. Belinda McNabb says:

    I would add some cut up strawberries and and some raspberries

  146. Belinda McNabb says:

    shared on facebook

  147. Belinda McNabb says:

    liked on facebook

  148. strawberries and ginger mixed in makes it awesome!!

  149. I’d add prosecco

  150. I’d mix them some sorbet for a fun summer punch!

  151. Suzanne G says:

    I would be mixing them with vodka and fresh chopped fruit

  152. I’d add champagne!! Cheers ๐Ÿ™‚

  153. Suzanne G says:

    I shared on FB

  154. Suzanne G says:

    I liked on FB

  155. Chris Stockford says:

    orange juice strawberries n champagne

  156. Wayne Lecoy says:

    I entered your giveaway.
    It would be great to
    win The Minute Maid Lights Mocktail Party Prize Pack.
    On your Facebook Page i Liked your Giveaway announcement for another entry
    and i Shared your Giveaway announcement for another entry.
    Thank you for having this giveaway!!!!!!!!!!

  157. minute maid with gingerale and some fresh sliced fruit

  158. I would add a splash of cranberry juice and some 7up to the orange juice

  159. I would add fresh orange slices.

  160. I would add some fresh fruit!

  161. Like on Facebook as well – Holly Daniels

  162. Dorothy P says:

    I would add fruit to the lemonade

  163. Like some of the others, I would add some Sprite or 7-up with some raspberry flavouring. Yummy!

  164. Tina L. says:

    Add some sprite or gingerale

  165. Silvia D says:

    shared on FB

  166. I would add some ginger ale to the orange juice!

  167. Meredith says:

    I would jazz it up with fresh fruit!

  168. I’d freeze some fruit and mint leaves in icecubes and pretty up some lemonade ๐Ÿ™‚

  169. Id mix sprite and fresh fruit, or maybe some Palm Bays

  170. I like on FB

  171. I would add fresh strawberries

  172. Add some seven up and grenadine ๐Ÿ™‚

  173. Claire M says:

    Delicious with vodka

  174. with some fresh fruit!

  175. Gillian Morgan says:

    Lemonade with fresh raspberries, strawberries, and blueberries.

  176. Laval B says:

    I add green tea

  177. Julie Bolduc says:

    Id add some raspberries!!!!

  178. Lee-Ann says:

    I think I”d add a few fresh berries to the lemonade.

  179. Janie N @copperjane says:

    Sunny morning Samosas with Minute Maid Orange Juice are a good way to start the day ๐Ÿ™‚

  180. I would use little umbrella’s and sliced fruit.

  181. I would add some chia seeds!

  182. I’d add some grenadine, 7-up and pineapple.

  183. Patrick Siu says:

    I would load it up with champagne.

  184. I’d add some vodka and fresh strawberries to my lemonade

  185. gianna borden says:

    I would jazz it up with some pims which is a liquor from England, which would be nice and refreshing!!

  186. gianna borden says:

    I shared the giveaway on facebook

  187. gianna borden says:

    I liked the giveaway photo on facebook.

  188. That party looks FAB!!!

    I so would use a little Champs to make it bubbly ๐Ÿ™‚

  189. Heather Hayes Panjon says:

    I Would Jazz Up The Minute Maid Lemonade With Strawberries For Instant Strawberry Lemonade!

  190. Heather Hayes Panjon says:

    I Liked And Shared The Giveaway Post On Facebook!

  191. I’d just up my drink with some champagne and raspberries!

  192. Liked on FB – Rebecca Roberts

  193. Doris H. says:

    Add a little Ginger Ale to spritz it up!

  194. add fruits to the lemonade

  195. Amy Brown says:

    I would add mint and crushed ice

  196. Lisa A. says:

    We’d add 7Up or Sprite to our orange juice to give it a bit of a punch feel. The kids love this as a treat in “grownup glasses”.

  197. Vivian S says:

    I would jazz it up with berries!

  198. I would jazz it up with some club soda to make it fun and sparkle!

  199. Terri O'Donnell says:

    I would add some fresh berries and a splash of vodka

  200. Piroska says:

    I would add some blueberries. I love the combo of lemon and blueberry.

  201. Lee-Ann says:

    I would jazz it up with a little gingerale and fresh mint

  202. Fb share – Suzanne Kristy

  203. Lee-Ann says:

    liked and shared on fb

  204. With a toasted coconut rim after seeing all the photos ๐Ÿ˜‰

  205. mocktails and cocktails garnished with fresh berries

  206. I would add frozen raspberries. I love the kick that they give to lemonade.

  207. I would chill with frozen strawberries instead of ice. ๐Ÿ™‚

  208. FB like Suzanne Kristy

  209. I’d add a little frozen raspberries and maybe some ginger.

  210. Lisa Atfield says:

    I would just add some soda or fruit

  211. Kayla Gilbert says:

    By adding fresh fruit or maybe some vodka (for the adults).

  212. Kayla Gilbert says:

    I liked and shared your giveaway post.

  213. I would add fresh mint!

  214. Angela Mitchell says:

    I love to put fresh berries in my lemonade and serve with our fancy metal straws and sparkly glasses.

  215. Angela Mitchell says:

    Liked on Facebook as Angela Mitchell

  216. Angela Mitchell says:
  217. Laurie B says:

    I would spice it up with some ice fruit. I saw on pinterest this really neat idea where you freeze fruit or lemons into ice cubes. Not only does it add a nice garnish but it also helps you make sure each guest gets a neat looking unique drink that you could create for your guests.

  218. I’d add some raspberries and blueberries

  219. I’d add just enough seltzer to provide some bubbles and then I’d add a contrasting garnish (e.g., half a strawberry on the rim of a glass of OJ).

  220. I would add ice and vodka to the lemonade!

  221. I always have fresh mint available to add to juice.

  222. carol clark says:

    i would freeze ice with flowers in them

  223. sparkling wine and berries and lemons.

  224. I make icecubes with raspberries in them and mint leaves in them. I also make big icecubes with lemons slices in them to put into the jug of lemonade. HINT make your icecubes using lemonade and they don’t dilute your drink

  225. sarah sar says:

    I will add some mint leaves and perhaps even some citrus rinds!

  226. sarah sar says:

    Liked your FB post

  227. sarah sar says:

    shared your FB post

  228. Sabrina Tong says:

    Vodka! Lots and lots of vodka! ๐Ÿ™‚

  229. Brenda Penton says:

    Liked and shared the Facebook post

  230. Ashley Lauren says:

    Orange slices berry icecubes and champagne

  231. Sara rai says:

    Ill add pineapple and gingerale

  232. I’d put a maraschino cherry and orange slice on a skewer and place it at the top of a collins glass

  233. SHERRI-ANNE WILLS says:

    Great blog. I will be definitely be trying the lemon Ginger punch. Thanks for all you do.

  234. steve weber says:

    I;d jazz it up with some sparkle peach rockstar!!

  235. I love to spice up my lemonade by adding ice cubes with seasonal fruit frozen into them. A new flavour every tome you make it

  236. adding mint or sparkling juice/water

  237. Carol M (Lushka S) says:

    Like & shared on FB

  238. Irene Eichler says:

    gingerale and fresh fruit

  239. I liked and shared the giveaway post on facebook.

  240. sarah jackson says:

    some peach schnapps and and some fun shaped ice cubes in some orange juice !

  241. sarah jackson says:

    shared on facebook

  242. Lynda Tomkinson says:

    with raspberries and mint. ๐Ÿ™‚ and now need to do this right away, lol

  243. I would add Vodka and fresh fruit.