Five Playful Mocktails For You to Try
If you're totally over hangovers, you're on a health kick, or you're simply teetotal, why not get a bit creative and make up your own no-alcohol "mocktail" creations?
Stock up on things like 100% pure fruit juices orange juice, pineapple juice, or cranberry juice work well to begin with, then add a bit of zing with citrus fruits, tonic water or lemonade, and experiment with different flavors.
The real secret with mocktails is in the presentation. So, garnish your glasses with plastic toothpicks skewered with pineapple chunks, grapes, cherries, or olives, colorful straws, tiny umbrellas, or slices of lemon, lime, orange or kiwi.
Here are 5 mocktail suggestions, which are perfect for the entire family:** 1. Cran-Raz Spritz**
16 ounces cranberry-raspberry juice
16 ounces soda water
2 tablespoons lime juice
½ cup frozen raspberries, 4 lime wedges
Combine cranberry-raspberry juice, soda water, and lime juice. Divide between ice-filled glasses. Then garnish with frozen raspberries and lime wedges to serve.
2. Mary ngredients:
3 ounces sodium reduced V-8, or other tomato juice
1/2 teaspoon Worcestershire sauce
Tabasco sauce, to taste
1 teaspoon lime juice
Fresh ground black pepper, to taste
Garnish celery sticks
Mix all the ingredients together, and pour into tall glasses, over crushed ice. Garnish and serve.
3. Tropical Smash
Garnish finely chopped coconut
3 cups frozen strawberries
1 tablespoon sugar
2 tablespoons lime juice
3 cups ice cubes
Place the coconut in a shallow bowl, moisten the rim of your glasses and press into the coconut, set aside. Blend the strawberries, sugar and lime juice until smooth. Add ice cubes, then blend until frothy. Pour the strawberry mixture into your already prepared glasses.
4. Mint Zing
5 springs of fresh mint
1 ounce simple syrup
8 ounces soda water
Garnish lime wedges and mint sprigs
Mix the mint with the syrup in a tall glass, add crushed ice. Squeeze half of one lime into the glass, then add the soda water, and garnish with lime wedges and mint sprigs to serve.
5. Cranberry Cooler
Garnish salt, sugar
6 half-inch slices of peeled cucumber
6 ounces cranberry juice
Juice squeezed from half a lime
Garnish cucumber slices
Mix a teaspoon each of salt and sugar in a shallow bowl. Moisten the rim of your glass and press the rim into the salt-sugar mix. In a separate blow mash (slightly) the cucumber, add to a shaker of ice, with the cranberry and lime juice. Shake well and pour into prepared glass, garnish with cucumber slices to serve.
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Melanie Thomassian is a registered dietitian and author of Dietriffic.com. Check out her blog for healthy eating tips, and much more.