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Five Festive Mocktails: Delicious AND Nutritious

  1. Pomegranate Berry Fizz Mocktail

Serves 1

Ingredients

  • 8 raspberries
  • Squeeze of fresh lime juice
  • 90 ml tart cherry juice
  • 75 ml pure pomegranate juice
  • Sparkling water

Method

  1. Add the raspberries and lime juice to a pint sized mason jar and use the back of a spoon to press the raspberries into the lime juice.
  2. Add the juices to the jar. Put the lid on the jar and add some ice cubes – shake to combine and chill. Remove lid, then top with sparkling water.
  3. Garnish with extra raspberries and a slice of lime.

About the Mocktail ingredients:

Cherry and Pomegranate are packed with vitamin C and important antioxidants that support your body’s health. Antioxidants support the body in scavenging free radicals and support your body in preventing any cellular damage caused by external factors.

Source: https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC5789319/

  1. Ginger Mint Spritzer

Makes 2 spritzers

Ingredients

  • 1 pint sparkling water
  • 4 tablespoons ginger syrup (see what you will need below)
  • juice of 1 large lemon
  • 1 handful fresh mint
  • crushed ice

To make the ginger syrup -

  • 1 tablespoon fresh ginger, minced
  • 2 tablespoons agave or honey
  • 1/2 cup water

Method

  1. First, make the ginger syrup. In a small saucepan combine the ginger, agave/honey, and water. Bring to boil and then reduce to simmer for 30-35 minutes. Be careful not to burn the ginger and keep an eye on the temperature. Set aside to cool when done.
  2. To make the spritzers: Fill two 16-ounce glasses with ice.
  3. Add 2 tablespoons of ginger syrup in each and juice of 1/2 lemon in each.
  4. Distribute fresh mint and fill each glass with sparkling water. Enjoy!

About the Mocktail ingredients:

Ginger is an excellent addition health-wise, and is known for its abilities in calming nausea, regulating blood sugar levels and helping indigestion. It also has antioxidant and anti-inflammatory properties.

Source: https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC7019938/

 

  1. Blood Orange & Vanilla Mocktail

Serves 2

Ingredients

  • 8 oz. blood orange juice, freshly squeezed
  • 1 tbsp agave/honey
  • ½ tsp vanilla extract
  • 4 oz. lime sparkling water
  • blood orange slices for garnish

Method

  1. Squeeze the blood orange juice into a mason jar with a lid or cocktail shaker. Add the agave/honey and vanilla extract to the juice. Shake and add a little ice to cool down.
  2. Pour evenly into two ice-filled glasses. Top with lime sparkling water and a slice of blood orange.

About the Mocktail ingredients:

Blood oranges are extremely rich in antioxidants, which can support health and immunity, especially important as we enter the colder, festive seasons. They are a great source of vitamins A, C, potassium, manganese and dietary fibre.

Source: https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC6123350/

 

  1. Rosemary & Grapefruit Mocktail

Makes 10-12 short drinks on ice

Ingredients 

  • 2 lemons
  • 2 grapefruits
  • 4 sprigs fresh rosemary
  • 1/2 cup coconut sugar
  • 1/4 cup honey
  • Ice
  • Soda water
  • Rosemary and lemon for garnish

Method

  1. Peel off thick strips of zest from 1 lemon.
  2. Juice the lemons and grapefruits into a liquid measuring cup – you should have about 1 cup of juice. Top off with water if necessary to make 1 cup.
  3. Combine zest, juice, rosemary, coconut sugar, and honey in a saucepan over medium heat. Boil for 1 minute, stirring constantly to dissolve the sugars.
  4. Remove from heat and let sit 10 minutes. Strain and let syrup cool completely.
  5. To serve, fill an 8-ounce glass halfway with ice cubes, add 2-3 tablespoons syrup, fill with soda water, and stir.
  6. Garnish with rosemary sprigs and/or lemon slices, if desired.

About the Mocktail ingredients:

Rosemary has been associated with the festive holiday seasons over the years which adds a lovely christmasy twist to this delicious mocktail. Rosemary is considered to be a stimulant for cognition and has been known to support memory, boost alertness and focus.

Source: https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC6325740/

  1. Lime & Ginger Moscow Mule Mocktail

Serves 1

Ingredients

  • 1/2 cup club soda
  • 1/4 cup ginger beer or ginger ale
  • 3 tablespoons fresh lime juice

Method

Mix all the ingredients in a mug, along with some crushed ice and garnish with a lime wedge.

About the Mocktail ingredients:

Limes are a good source of antioxidants and vitamin C, a nutrient that may support the immune system. Additionally, foods high in vitamin C like limes, can help your body to absorb iron from plant based foods, therefore adding a squeeze of lime to a delicious dish or drink, can support your absorption of this important mineral.

Source: https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC4690266/