3 Delicious Mocktail Recipes!

I have so much to be grateful for this holiday season. After 10 apartments and 6 cities, my husband and I just moved into our first house and are expecting our first baby in the Spring!

All this change and excitement makes for special holidays. There's one small thing I'll be missing out on at all the family and friends gatherings. I'll be honest with you...I love a good cocktail! I'm not a big drinker, but I do enjoy a fun festive beverage or glass of wine when the occasion and mood strikes.

So, I've taken to google to find some fun alternatives and compiled a few "mocktail" recipes so I can still indulge. These recipes are simple and refined sugar free. Great for any pregnant ladies, underage young adults, designated drivers and anyone choosing to refrain from alcohol and looking for a refreshing beverage.

I wanted to share 3 recipes that are delicious and not loaded with excess sugar. Not only are they tasty, they are beautiful! Break out your inner mixologist and check out these toast-worthy creations!

1. Blood Orange Mojito
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Ingredients
  • Juice from 1/2 lime
  • Juice from 2 blood orange
  • Fresh mint leaves
  • 1 tsp. coconut sugar, plus extra for rim
  • Sparkling water or club soda
Instructions:
1. Run a wedge of lime around rim of glass. Spread a bit of coconut sugar onto a small plate and dip rim into sugar.
2. To glass, add 8-10 mint leaves along with teaspoon of coconut sugar. Using a muddler or back of a wooden spoon, bruise the leaves of the mint with the sugar to release oils.
3. Add lime juice, orange juice, and a few pieces of thinly sliced lime and orange. Fill glass 3/4 full with ice and pour sparkling water over to fill.
4. Stir and serve with slice of orange and lime and sprig of mint.

Recipe courtesy of Reclaiming Yesterday

2. Pineapple and Cucumber Spritzer
Serves 4
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Ingredients:
  • 1 cup fresh pineapple juice (about ¼ of a whole pineapple, cored and peeled, then juiced)
  • 32 ounces sparkling water
  • ¼ cucumber, sliced
  • Ice
Instructions:
1. Mix pineapple juice with sparkling water and add cucumber slices.
2. Add ice just before serving.

Recipe courtesy of Sonnet

3. Homemade Ginger Soda
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Ingredients:
  • 1 tbsp. Freshly grated ginger root (2 tsp. ginger juice)
  • 1 tbsp. lemon juice
  • 2 tsp. raw honey
  • 8 oz. seltzer water
Instructions:
1. Grate about 1 tbsp. ginger root.
2. Squeeze the grated ginger in your hand or with cheesecloth.
3. You should get about 2 tsp. ginger juice.
4. Combine ginger juice with honey and lemon.
5. Add seltzer water.
6. Stir gently and adjust sweetness to taste.

Recipe courtesy of Andrea Beaman 

These recipes are perfect for anyone who may be cutting down on alcohol and sugar as part of a holistic health initiative for the New Year.

I hope you enjoy these pretty and guilt-free mocktails!

Well Wishes,
Christy

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