Recently while traveling to do a weekend of volunteer work, one of my longest and most cherished childhood friends put me up at her place. After day one and arriving in a whirlwind I slumped in my chair at her bar, anticipating a good drink and dinner, since she was sipping something that appeared to be delicious and was preparing food. To my shock and amazement, the delicious beverage was a mocktail! That’s right, all the wonderfulness of a cocktail, but without the alcohol.
So, you may be thinking, but isn’t the wonderfulness of a cocktail the alcohol? Sure, at first glance, this is usually why we choose to have a cocktail. But stop and think about what actually makes a cocktail fun? It’s not just because it has alcohol. Usually the fun part is the muddled herbs, the rose water, the fruit, the party swizzle stick, the bendy straw, and the list goes on….
Therefore, when looking for a fantastic drink to have with dinner, the right choice may just be the mocktail! Honestly, it was one of the most satisfying drinks that I have ever had, and I didn’t have to worry about how many I could drink, I had as many as I wanted!
Here is a Basic Mocktail Recipe:
Muddled Mint, Half a Lime Freshly Squeezed, Ice, Lime Flavored Seltzer Water. Stirred and served with a Bendy Straw.
Remember, this is just a base idea. The possibilities are endless with the combinations that can be created here. There’s lavender, thyme, lemon, raspberries, simple syrup, bitters, ginger, vanilla, insert more ingredients here……