A summer sipper, a mesmerizing mixture and a cozy concoction. Today our dietitians with OhioHealth’s employer services program are bringing you three mocktails – that’s booze-free cocktails – to liven up your beverage selection at home.
So why not just pour a glass of juice or a soft drink, if you want to opt-out of alcohol? Look at it as an opportunity to try something new. “Mocktails are great because you get to experiment with fun, fresh flavors and EVERYONE gets to enjoy”, says OhioHealth Wellness Consultant, Mariah Fredritz, CHES, ACE. “They’re also perfect for a refreshing afternoon ‘treat’, especially heading into the hot summer months.”
Our wellness coaches are also noticing a trend – people are moving away from alcohol, whether that is for health reasons, clarity and focus, or not wanting to feel lousy the day after getting together with friends. “Mocktails are a great way to bridge the gap between decreasing alcohol consumption and being social”, says Jenny Pitcher, a certified health and wellness coach and registered dietitian nutritionist at OhioHealth. “They allow you to experiment with flavor and interest without the consequences that are inherent to going overboard with alcohol.”
So grab your shaker, some fancy glasses or mug and get to mixing!
Blood Orange & Rosemary Mocktail
Makes one drink
- ½ cup blood orange juice (the amount from about one blood orange)
- ½ cup rosemary simple syrup
- 2 ounces Seedlip Grove non-alcoholic spirit
- Rosemary simple syrup
- 1 cup sugar
- 1 cup water
- 4 sprigs fresh rosemary
- Rosemary simple syrup: Stir together syrup ingredients in a medium saucepan over medium-high heat. Bring to a boil, stirring occasionally, and boil 1 minute or until sugar is dissolved. Remove from heat and let stand 30 minutes. Pour liquid through a wire-mesh strainer or cheesecloth into an airtight container, discarding rosemary sprigs. Cover and chill 4 hours. Syrup may be stored in refrigerator up to 1 month.
- Pour blood orange juice, rosemary infused simple syrup, and non-alcoholic spirit into a cocktail shaker. Shake until combined.
- Line a glass with ice, a blood orange slice, and a rosemary sprig. Pour cocktail mixture into a glass.
Cucumber Mint Coolers
Makes two drinks
- 1 ounce Seedlip Grove non-alcoholic spirit
- 1/4 cup cucumber, cut into chunks
- 2 each mint leaves (plus more for garnish)
- 1 tablespoon sugar or honey
- 1/4 cup fresh lemon juice
- 1 bottle chilled Sparkling water
- Using a mini food processor, combine or muddle together cucumber, mint, sugar or honey and lemon juice until smooth.
- Fill two glasses with ice.
- Add 1 ounce of spirit and the thinly sliced cucumbers to each glass. Fill the glasses 1/3 full with the cucumber mixture. Top with sparkling water and stir well.
Spiced Chamomile Hot Toddy
Makes one drink
- 1 bag chamomile tea
- 1 ounce Seedlip Spice non-alcoholic spirit
- 2 teaspoons honey
- 1 stick cinnamon
- 1 piece star anise
- 1 slice lemon
- Allow tea bag to steep 3 to 5 minutes and sweeten with the honey.
- Pour the tea into a mug or tea cup. Add the spirit, cinnamon stick, star anise and lemon slice.
- Stir and enjoy!
If you want to check out more mocktails to try this summer, we rounded up a list for you.
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