Every day we are bombarded with hundreds of food trends that are either here to stay or quickly fade away. The latest one to hit the scene is cutting out alcohol from our diet as a natural step in a healthy direction. Life can be just as good when we reframe our relationship with alcohol. Swapping your vodka and coke for an ice tea may not sound like a big deal for many. But not drinking in social situations when you are use to having a drink permanently in your hand is difficult for lots of people. The new fashionable sober scene is encouraging numbers of mindful millennials to make the commitment to abstain from alcohol. So what better way to start your detox then with a fancy mocktail? Chilled, fruity and delicious, mocktails are the perfect solution for any alcohol free event or occasion.
Mocktails have lots of nutrients in them from the ingredients used. Especially if you create your own then you have full control over what goes in them. Nutrient-dense ingredients like coconut water and vegetable juices are loaded with essential vitamins and minerals. They are super easy to make and fairly cheap, you definitely don’t need to be an experienced bartender to create a fabulous mocktail. The alcohol that goes into cocktails is normally quite pricey, so when you remove alcohol from the drink the price reduces drastically. But the best benefit of mocktails is that unlike a cocktail party, a mocktail party won’t leave you hungover the next day.
Some restaurants and bars are getting super creative with fresh herbs, exotic fruits and home-made syrups. But mocktails are very easy to make at home and are cheaper too. Start with a base liquid(s), like sparkling water, kombucha or coconut water. Or choose your favourite juice flavour and add this too. Add whole fruits or vegetables and then top with fresh herbs or spices. They aren’t only a health benefit but also turn up the flavour too! Try citrus fruits wedges, peels or the zest for that special zing. Finally, pick a glass that keeps that cocktail feel authentic.
Bloody Mary– 5 minutes, serves 1.
- 8 ounces of tomato juice
- ½ tablespoon lemon juice
- ½ tablespoon Worcestershire sauce
- ½ teaspoon horseradish
- ½ teaspoon turmeric
- ½ teaspoon celery salt
- ½ teaspoon extra virgin olive oil
- 2 dates of fresh cracked pepper
- ice cubes
- Combine tomato juice, lemon juice, Worcestershire sauce, horseradish, turmeric, celery salt and olive oil and mix well.
- Add in the ice cubs and stir again.
- Top with cracked pepper and a garnish of your choice, enjoy your mocktail!
Cranberry Spritzer– 8 minutes, serves 4.
12 ice cubes
2 cups of cranberry juice
2 tablespoons of honey
1 orange, thinly sliced
2 cups of seltzer
Place the ice cubes into pitcher. Add the seltzer water and the cranberry juice. Mix in two tablespoons of honey and the orange slices. Stir all the ingredients together.
Mocktails are continuing to grow in popularity and are becoming healthier and healthier as time goes on. There are lots of delicious mocktails to choose from instead of relying on alcohol, you could have your favourite fruity flavour and a spice or too, whatever you fancy!