I love a good cocktail or a glass of pinot grigio as much as the next person, especially to relax after a long day. However, there are times when maybe you just don’t want to drink or feel as though a break would be good for you, that’s where the healthy mocktail comes into play. I love details that make simple things seem so much more special than they really are (the long-stemmed wine glass, the touch of a rosemary sprig in a drink…) so if I can come home and there is a fancy drink option at the end of the day, then I’m all set. Everyone loves to treat themselves, but these “treat” recipes won’t even bring an ounce of guilt because they’re actually really good for you!
*Note- any of these healthy mocktails can be made with half clear liquor (vodka, gin, tequila…) white wine, or rose. Just play around with the portion sizes. I do this trick a lot when I just want to drink a little less.
First, gather your “accessory” ingredients. These are the items you’ll use to add that extra special touch to your healthy mocktail. The ingredients I typically use changes with the season. Think rosemary, pomme seeds and cranberry in the winter and grapefruit and kiwi in the summer. Fresh fruits and herbs are the way to go, but be creative with your combinations! There is no “right” or “wrong” way to do this. I just make the drinks as simple as possible, while still being tasty and fun.
My go to healthy mocktail add in’s are usually lime, lemon, and mint, as used in this post. (Quick tip-I HIGHLY recommend finding a farmers market near you. Getting all of these accessory ingredients was probably under $2)
Next, gather the actual drinks you will be having. I typically find sparkling waters. (I LOVE La Croix waters. There is absolutely no sugar or artificial ingredients. These water are carbonated which means there is no added sodium, as opposed to seltzer water which may contain sweeteners as well as varying levels of sodium. The flavors are completely natural and are not over powering with sweetness. I love these because I am NOT a juice person, as it tends to be too strong for me and not quite so refreshing like these waters)
The other drink I add is typically some type of kombucha or probiotic drink. This Suja vinegar drink is great as it has a surplus of health benefits including probiotics. They also have a probiotic water that would work well for those that aren’t about having apple cider vinegar (although I promise it does not taste like straight vinegar!). Make sure to check the sugar on these products. I always try to choose something under 8g (as you also do not drink the tnire thing in one sitting). I’ve seen some drinks that have 20+ grams of sugar! Make sure to avoid those.
The other option is a kobmucha, with my favorite being the KeVita Master Brew. Most of their bottles contain 8g of natural sugar, so while you shouldn’t go overboard, they contain many health benefits. Kombucha is a tea that is fermented with a colony of yeast and bacteria, which over the process turns it into a probiotic rich drink (Quick Tip-Drink these when you’re taking any antibiotic to ward off yeast infections ladies!)
These two “recipes” are just experiments I did, and drinks that I would typically have. Play around and see what combinations you end up liking!
Passionate Peach Popper
- 1/2 glass filled La Croix Passionfruit Water
- 1/2 glass filled Suja Ginger Peach Vinegar Drink
- 3 Ice cubes
- 1 Stem of Mint
*Mix all the ingredients together and you’re set! Muddling the mint beforehand in the bottom of the glass will bring out that refreshing flavor even more!
Lemon Lime Fizzy
- 1/2 glass filled Lime La Croix Water
- 1/2 glass filled Raspberry Lemon Kombucha
- 1/2 Fresh Lemon, juiced
- 1/2 Fresh Lime, juiced
- Lemon slice to garnish
- Lime slice to garnish
*Mix the water and kombucha in a glass
*Using a hand juicer (I highly recommend this one, you get a surprising amount more juice out of it) juice half of a lemon and then half of a lime into the glass
*Stir and garnish with lemon and lime slices!