Whether it’s dairy-free ice cream or cannabis edibles, the summer brings with it trends that may or may not remain popular once they air starts getting cold. For right now, “mocktails” are a popular trend making their mark—not boring club sodas with small lime wedges, but non-alcoholic, high-end cocktails that taste and look like sophisticated culinary art work. In addition to kombucha, mocktails are one of the leading beverage trends hitting restaurant menus. If you’re feeling inspired and want to try something new, try out a few of these concoctions with superfood ingredients, including Manuka honey. Be ready, because these drinks will have your taste buds craving more!
To make this delicious “mockgarita,” take an available cocktail shaker and combine ice with a tablespoon of lime juice, a ½ tablespoon of pure maple syrup, and a ¼ cup of fresh grapefruit juice, shaking well. Wet the rim of a serving glass before dipping it in Himalayan salt. Throw four to five ice cubes into the glass, pour the mocktail in, and garnish it with a mini chili pepper and cilantro.
With your cocktail shaker, mix together ice with a ½ cup of fresh pomegranate juice, a ¼ cup of aquafaba, a ½ tablespoon of apple cider vinegar, a ¼ teaspoon of grated ginger root, and a teaspoon of Manuka honey. Shake the ingredients well and pour the drink into a glass, using fresh mint as a garnish.
Mint Watermelon Quencher
Using a blender, combine four to five ice cubes, ¾ cup of seedless fresh watermelon, half a peeled medium-sized cucumber, a ½ tablespoon of lemon juice, two mint leaves, and a ½ cup of coconut water. Blend the concoction until it’s smooth and pour it into a glass, garnishing with a small watermelon wedge and fresh mint.
Using a blender, combine four to five ice cubes, a ½ cup of sliced frozen banana, ¾ cup of fresh pineapple, a ½ cup of unsweetened coconut milk, a ¼ teaspoon of grated ginger root, an ⅛ teaspoon of ground turmeric, a 1/16 teaspoon of ground black pepper, and a ½ teaspoon of blackstrap molasses. Blend the drink until it’s smooth before transferring to a glass and garnishing with a fresh pineapple wedge and a ½ teaspoon of shredded coconut.
Sassy Virgin Mary
Using a blender, combine a cup of tomato juice, a tablespoon of juice from jarred, all-natural olives, half a fresh medium-sized zucchini, an ⅛ teaspoon of Italian herb seasoning, a 1/16 teaspoon of crushed red pepper, and a 1/16 teaspoon of ground black pepper. Blend the concoction until it’s smooth. Throw some ice into a serving glass before pouring in the mocktail. Garnish the drink with a fresh celery stalk and a toothpick with alternating all-natural pickle slices and olives.
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