Refreshing Non-Alcoholic Drinks: Rock the Layered Look

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Layered drinks add a little magic to any party. Here's the trick on how to rock the rainbow look. The amount of sugar in each drink is what keeps the layers separate in the glass. Successful drink layering means working your way up the sugar ladder. The bottom layer needs to have the highest sugar content, then the middle has less than the bottom and finally the top needs to be sugar-free or have less sugar than the rest of the layers. And wholaah, you have a beautiful, tropical look on your hands. Here are the basics to make any kind of layered drink.

Step 1

Fill your glass with ice cubes.

Step 2

Pour the bottom layer about 1/3 of the way full.

Step 3

Pour the second layer very slowly over the back of a spoon in the glass another 1/3 of the way up.

Step 4

Finally pour the top layer in the last third of the glass.

Step 5

Here are some great layering combos:
- Cranberry juice, lemon-lime soda and blue sports drink
- Berry-blend juice, lemonade and berry-flavored iced tea
- Cherry juice, pineapple juice and orange juice
- Kiwi syrup, lemonade and watermelon juice
- Grenadine, passion fruit and club soda

Step 6

This recipe is excerpted with permission from "Planning Perfect Parties: The Girls' Guide to Fun, Fresh, Unforgettable Events" by Jen Jones and published by Capstone Young Readers.

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