- Citrus of some kind, oranges, lemons, limes, sliced into rounds with peels ON and seeds popped out
- Berries, strawberries, raspberries, blueberries, apples, peaches, grapes, cherries (pitted) or other fruit on hand sliced thin, peel on
- 1 bottle Sprite, 7up, Ginger ale, sparkling cider, or soda water (for something less sweet)
- 1 bottle apple juice or white grape juice
- Optional: Mint, basil, or rosemary for a little kick; muddled
- Thoroughly wash all fruit and slice thin, Leaving the peels on for color and their delicious flavor.
- Pour in juice and stir. Slowly pour in sparkling drink (soda or cider) and any additional herbs you’d like to add.
- Refrigerate, covered, for at least 3 hours.
- Fresh strawberries (or frozen – see notes section below)
- Fresh limes
- Lemon-lime soda like Sprite or 7-Up
- Make a strawberry simple syrup by stirring together the water, sugar and strawberries on a medium heat until the sugar has dissolved. Separate the macerated strawberries from the simple syrup and keep aside to add to the mocktail.
- Combine the simple syrup with lemon-lime soda, lime juice, and the macerated strawberries from the simple syrup.
- Before you put ice or liquid in the glasses, garnish a glass using lime sugar, lime wheel and or a strawberry. Wet the rims of your glasses with a bit of lemon-lime soda and dip into the lime sugar for an added pop of citrus flavor.
- Put ice in the garnished glass, pour the drink over the ice and serve chilled.
* To make the lime sugar, simply mix lime zest with sugar until you get a good consistency.
Moscow Mule Mocktail
- 1/2 cup ginger beer (non-alcoholic)
- 3 tablespoons fresh lime juice
- 3 tablespoons club soda
- Mix ingredients in a copper mug 3/4 full of crushed ice.
- Stir together.
- Garnish with lime wedge.
*If you want a real Moscow Mule, you can replace the club soda with some vodka.
Grapefruit and Rosemary Mocktail
Rosemary Simple Syrup:
- 1 cup water
- 1 cup granulated sugar
- 3 sprigs of rosemary
Mocktail per 4 glasses:
- 2 cups fresh pink grapefruit juice
- 1/4 cup of the rosemary simple syrup
- 4 cups sparkling water
- Rosemary Simple Syrup: In a small sauce pan on the stove, add 1 cup of water and 1 cup of granulated sugar over medium heat. Dissolve the sugar for about 5 minutes. Do not let the mixture boil or crystals will form. Once the sugar has dissolved, pour the simple syrup into a heat safe container. Add 3 sprigs of rosemary and let steep for at least one hour. The syrup will keep in the refrigerator for ten days.
- Mocktail per glass: Add ? cup fresh pink grapefruit into a serving glass. Add 1 Tablespoon (1/2 oz) of rosemary simple syrup. Stir. Fill the remainder of the glass with sparkling water (about 1 cup).
- Garnish with rosemary sprig and serve chilled.
*4 large pink grapefruits make approximately 16 oz of juice. It’s very important that all the components of this drink are chilled.
- 6 cups water divided
- 1/2 cup sugar
- 1/4 cup honey
- 3 Tbsp dried lavender
- 2 cups lemon juice
- Lemon slices and lavender petals for garnish
- Blue or purple food coloring to make the color even brighter, optional
- Over medium heat, combine two cups of water and sugar, until sugar is dissolved. Turn off of the heat and stir in honey and lavender.
- Allow mixture to steep for 2 hours (less if you want less of a lavender taste). Strain the liquid, pressing the lavender down to make sure you get all of those juices into your mixture.
- In a large pitcher, combine freshly squeezed lemon juice, lavender mixture and water.
- Feel free to add a couple drops of blue or purple food coloring if you want more color than the lavender provides. Makes the lemonade especially cute for those brunches! Serve over ice.