By Samantha Coffin, Health Enthusiast + CHH Office Manager
Who says you can't make a fancy drink minus the booze? Whether you are sober or simply looking to make some different choices as we spring into summer, check out these delicious, refreshing alternatives to sipping on sugary depressants you find on most cocktail menus.
Consuming alcohol can have many adverse effects on our bodies, especially over long periods of time and in larger quantities. Yet, it is not even just the alcohol that has a negative impact on your health. Cocktails rich in simple syrups and mixes filled with preservatives can cause complications with our gut health.
Yes, we know for some of this, this is a punch in the gut, literally. We drink at social events, family gatherings, upcoming summer cookouts, Memorial Day, the 4th of July and so many other upcoming festivities. Well, lift that frown upside down because whipping up these mocktails may very well make you the life of the party! Check them out and let us know which is your favorite. Be sure to share any creations you come up with too!
Now, we raise a glass to you! Way to be proactive on your wellness journey!
1. La Paloma
Juice of ½ a ruby grapefruit or juice of 1 blood orange
Juice of ½ a lime
Mix together juices, top with sparkling water and ice if you wish. Garnish with a lime slice and lift your pinky to feel extra fancy!
2. Cucumber Basil Mock-tini
2 inches of english cucumber cubed (reserve a thin slice for garnish)
4 basil leaves
Juice of 1 lemon
Muddle the first three ingredients together, top with sparkling water and toast to the warmer weather!
3. Virgin Mary
12 oz. tomato juice
Juice of 1 lime
hot sauce, to taste
dash of salt
celery sticks and lime slices for garnish
Mix everything together. Feel free to add horseradish, worcestershire sauce or more spice of your choice. You can get creative with the garnishes too! Be sure to show us your masterpiece.
4. Red Tea-A-Sangria
1 bag pomegranate tea
1 bag hibiscus tea
3 cups water
½ cup fresh cut fruit (berries are the yummiest)
Few pieces of fresh mint leaves
Brew the tea bags in hot water and let chill. Pour tea over fruit and mint and top with sparkling water if you would like some effervescence.
5. Rosemary Berry Smash
¼ cup raspberries (fresh or frozen)
1 sprig fresh rosemary leaves
Juice of ½ a lemon
Muddle raspberries and rosemary and add lemon juice. Top with sparkling water and ice if desired. Strain mixture into a new glass, discarding the rosemary leaves. If you make a pitcher full, garnish the pitcher with a intact sprig of rosemary.
Let us know what you think! Be inspired to play with ingredients, add bitters and create your own flavorful concoctions! Be sure to share your recipes with us on social media.