Delicious Alcohol-Free Beverages for this Holiday Season
Swearing off alcohol doesn’t mean you need to be stuck sipping mineral water with lemon! Enter the mocktail. We love a cheeky bevvy from time to time, but putting health first sometimes means cutting out alcohol.
Mocktails are a deliciously fabulous way to enjoy social gatherings alcohol-free, but most conventional mocktails are high in empty calories and refined sugar from processed juices and soft drinks with added sugars, and syrups.
The trick to preparing healthy, yummy mocktails is using fresh, wholefood ingredients like antioxidant-rich fruit and cold-pressed juices, probiotic-rich kombucha, and health-promoting herbs.
Virgin Watermelon Margarita
1 medium seedless watermelon, cut into chunks
5 cup fresh lime juice
4 tsp agave
5 tbsp sparking water
1. In a blender, puree enough watermelon chunks so that you have 4 cups of watermelon puree.
2. Add lime juice and agave and mix again.
3. Pour into 4 cups.
4. Top with sparkling water.
Virgin Pineapple Mojito
1 pineapple medium sized, peeled and cubed
1/4 cup lemon juice
1/4 cup Maple Syrup to serve mojito
12 mint leaves
1 lemon sliced Ice cube
Chilli flakes optional
1. Take cubed pineapple cubes along with Maple Syrup and lemon juice in a blender jar. You can also use mixer grinder.
2. Add one cup of water and blend to a smooth puree/juice.
3. Take a chilled serving glass. Add 4 ice cubes, 4 crushed mint leaves and a slice of lemon. Muddle well.
4. To the mint ice cube mixture add the prepared pine apple juice. Top with chilled club soda if desired. Add more mint leaves, chilli flakes and pine apple cube. Serve immediately.
Classic Mango Margarita
½ a cup of fresh mango puree (1-2 mangoes)
2-3 tablespoons of lime juice
1 tablespoon of Maple syrup
A few lemon wedges
A handful of mint leaves
1. First, peel & cut the mangoes and blend them until you get a smooth puree.
2. Next, take the mango puree and pour it into a container. Add your Maple syrup and lemon juice to the puree.
3. Now, add water and stir the ingredients properly.
4. Take the mocktail glasses and rub the lemon wedge on the rim of each of them.
5. You can now spread the salt on a plate and dip the glass rim so that the salt sticks to the glass rim, if you feel the mangoes are too sweet for your liking.
6. Once your mocktail glasses are done, you can put some ice cubes in the glasses and pour in your mango margarita. Garnish with some fresh mint leaves. (You can even put some lemon wedges on the rim of the glasses!)