A non-alcoholic cocktail doesn’t have to be crap. And there are more and more reasons to enjoy them over their boozy counterpoints. For example, when you’re pregnant, when you’re trying to improve your overall health, when you’re taking a break from drinking, or when you’re just tired of waking up a little groggy.
Relax with a drink
However, a popular ritual is to have a special drink at the end of the day. Kind of a celebration and a way to transition from to-do list mode to a more relaxed frame of mind. I hope these will provide some non-alcoholic inspiration. Play with water frescos, shrubs, kombucha and fresh fruit syrups. All can be fun components in mocktail drinks. I like to keep the ingredients in nice glasses and carafes and serve them in pretty glasses. Enjoy!
1. Rose & Rhubarb Soda – (QUITOKEETO)
Have pink rhubarb syrup ready and you’re just a squirt away from a special lemonade. I love this for brunch, it’s the perfect special non-alcoholic cocktail and if you serve the syrup with it, everyone can sweeten to their liking. Get the recipe here.
2. Sweet iced tea with hibiscus, lemongrass, basil and honey – (Half Baked Harvest) When hibiscus is brewed, I drink it. Especially if something like that! I love the tangy acidity of this flower and the incredible saturation of the (antioxidant-enriched) color. Hibiscus, lemongrass, lime and basil in an electric iced tea. Get the recipe here.
3. Beet Sumac Soda – (Healthy)
When it comes to adding a special feel to a non-alcoholic cocktail, color can do a lot of work. Just look at this beauty. Fresh beet juice is paired with a quick syrup of spicy sumac. Then you have some spritz of soda water and a squeeze of fresh lemon. Love this for fall. Get the recipe here.
4. Homemade Tarragon Soda – (101 Cookbooks)
You do this with leftover tarragon, which you can find in your fridge. When you draw sprigs of it, the scent is like falling into a cloud of aniseed, fennel and greenish-black liquorice. It’s easy to make into a syrup, keeps well chilled, and makes a nice lemonade. Get the recipe here.
5. Pineapple Coconut Water – (101 Cookbooks)
Fresh pineapple juice is one of life’s simple pleasures. Enjoy as is, spiked with fresh ginger juice and topped off with coconut water for a fragrant tropical refreshment. Get the recipe here.
6. Mandarin Rosemary Mocktail – (The Merrythought)
Herbal drinks with citrus are a weakness, and I love the unexpected use of tangerine juice here. The rosemary syrup is made separately, which is nice because you can easily sweeten it to taste. Get the recipe here.
7. Cranberry Rosemary Refresher – (In Sonnet’s Kitchen)
The rosemary makes this refreshment. Add it to your holiday repertoire this year! Get the recipe here.
8. Chai Blossom – (Healthy)
I could drink this all day, every day. Perhaps the liveliest, most refreshing thing you can make with chai spices, lime juice, and club soda. Get the recipe here.
9. Louisa Shafia’s Watermelon, Mint, and Apple Cider Vinegar Tonic – (Food52)
A nice summer option here. And you can completely switch up the melon depending on what you have on hand. Get the recipe here.
10. White Peach Maple Syrup – (QUITOKEETO)
When peaches are in peak season, make this. Get the recipe here.
11. Cider, Thyme and Tonic Mocktail – (Offbeat + Inspired)
The combination of cider and tonic here with a thyme bridge is quite brilliant. Get the recipe here. Note: Looks like the site has changed.
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