Mocktails that Sparkle
Try these festive sparkling mocktails at your next mixer.
Strawberry Basil Sparkler
- 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
- 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.
- Muddle fresh strawberry and 1 basil leaf in shaker.
- Add still water, simple syrup, and ice cubes to shaker.
- Strain liquid contents into rocks glass.
- Add sparkling water and stir with bar spoon.
- Garnish with frozen strawberries and remaining basil leaves.
SERVINGS: 1 Print Recipe
Infused Limeade with Fresh Mint
- 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
- 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.
- 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.
- 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
- 2 cups fresh pineapple chunks
- 1 large orange
- 1/2 lime
- Sparkling Water
- Cut fresh pineapple into chunks and puree in blender.
- Combine with orange and lime juice in martini shaker with ice.
- Strain into ice-filled glass and stir in sparkling water.
- Garnish with lime wedge and a slice of pineapple. Cool off and enjoy!
SERVINGS: 2 Print Recipe
Grapefruit Juniper Berry Fizz
- 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
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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).
- Repeat with the remaining ingredients for the other 6 drinks.
SERVINGS: 7 Print Recipe
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