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Mocktails that Sparkle

Mocktails that Sparkle

in Cooking | October 11, 2013

Try these festive sparkling mocktails at your next mixer.

Strawberry Basil Sparkler

Strawberry Basil Sparkler
  • Ingredients
  • 3 frozen strawberries
  • 1 fresh strawberry
  • 4 basil leaves
  • 8 oz sparkling water, chilled
  • 1 oz still water, chilled
  • 1 oz simple syrup
  • 4 ice cubes
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 4 oz still water, room temperature


  1. Add equal parts still water & sugar to a small saucepan and bring to a boil.  Turn off heat once liquid is boiling, and stir until syrup thickens.
  2. Muddle fresh strawberry and 1 basil leaf in shaker.
  3. Add still water, simple syrup, and ice cubes to shaker.
  4. Shake
  5. Strain liquid contents into rocks glass.
  6. Add sparkling water and stir with bar spoon.
  7. Garnish with frozen strawberries and remaining basil leaves.

SERVINGS: 1 Print Recipe

Infused Limeade with Fresh Mint

Infused Limeade with Fresh Mint
  • Ingredients
  • 5 large limes
  • 1 cup spring water
  • 2/3 cup maple syrup
  • 1 oz bunch fresh mint, rinsed and spin-dried
  • 1/4 teaspoon sea salt
  • 2 – 750ml bottles sparkling water
  • lime slices as garnish


  1. Using a vegetable hand-peeler, peel the zest of each lime into 5 strips. Set aside. Juice the limes. You should have about 1 cup of juice.
  2. Place the spring water, maple syrup, lime zest and mint in a medium saucepan and bring to a boil. Reduce heat to medium/medium-high and fast-simmer for 2 minutes. Turn off the heat and let stand for 15 minutes to infuse. Strain through a fine sieve and let cool to room temperature.
  3. Once cooled, add the lime juice, salt and sparkling water and stir a couple of times. Pour into glass bottles with strong bottle caps to keep the limeade fresh and sparkling. Serve with ices cubes and garnish with a lime slice.

Cook’s note: The limeade is best consumed the day it’s made, but it will stay fresh for up to 2 days.

SERVINGS: 4 Print Recipe

Sparkling Citrus Pineapple Ade

Sparkling Citrus Pineapple Ade
  • Ingredients
  • 2 cups fresh pineapple chunks
  • 1 large orange
  • 1/2 lime
  • Sparkling Water


  1. Cut fresh pineapple into chunks and puree in blender.
  2. Combine with orange and lime juice in martini shaker with ice.
  3. Strain into ice-filled glass and stir in sparkling water.
  4. Garnish with lime wedge and a slice of pineapple. Cool off and enjoy!

SERVINGS: 2 Print Recipe

Grapefruit Juniper Berry Fizz

Grapefruit Juniper Berry Fizz
  • Ingredients
  • 1 cup water
  • 1 cup granulated sugar
  • 1 1/2 tablespoons juniper berries, lightly crushed with a mortar and pestle
  • 7 cups sparkling water
  • 1 3/4 cups freshly squeezed grapefruit juice


  1. Combine the water, sugar, and crushed juniper berries in a small saucepan and heat the mixture over medium high heat. When it comes to a boil, lower the heat and let it simmer for 20 minutes.
  2. Remove the saucepan from the heat and pour the syrup into a glass jar or bottle and allow it to steep in the refrigerator for at least 4 hours.
  3. After steeping, strain out the crushed juniper berries, and the syrup is ready to use. The syrup will keep fresh in the refrigerator for up to one month.
  4. Mix 1/4 cup of the fresh squeezed grapefruit juice and 3 tablespoons of the Juniper Berry Syrup together in a tall class, then pour in 1 cup of soda water. Garnish with a grapefruit twist (optional).
  5. Repeat with the remaining ingredients for the other 6 drinks.

SERVINGS: 7 Print Recipe

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