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Tuesday, July 14, 2015

The Best Mocktails

blueberry-ginger mocktail recipe

I've been on a simple syrup kick lately -- I like to have some plain and some flavored around at all times. It comes in handy for so many projects and recipes: homemade bubble tea, unique cocktails for our home bar, and as this title suggests, mocktails.

On a recent elimination diet, my mother decided she wanted to come up with a fun, delicious alternative to alcohol that she could enjoy in the evenings. We chose to make our own mocktails using a base of fruity simple syrup, lemon or lime juice, and soda water.

blueberry-ginger mocktail recipe
blueberry-ginger mocktail recipe

Simple syrups based only off of fruit are fine, but you can really take them to the next level by adding in a little something extra. Below are three of our favorite recipes to use -- try them out and experiment! You won't regret it.

blueberry-ginger mocktail recipe

Blueberry-Ginger Simple Syrup (pictured)
1 cup blueberries (fresh or frozen)
1 cup water
1 cup sugar
1 tablespoon freshly grated ginger

Strawberry-Rosemary Simple Syrup
1 cup fresh strawberries, rinsed, drained, and cut in half
1 cup water
1 cup sugar
1 tablespoon fresh or dried rosemary

Raspberry-Lemon Simple Syrup
1 cup raspberries, fresh or frozen
1 cup water
1 cup sugar
Zest of 1 lemon (you can slice thin slices of zest off with a paring knife, rather than getting out a rasp)

Directions:
Combine all ingredients in a saucepan and bring to a boil over medium high heat, stirring occasionally.

When the mixture boils, take it off the heat and allow to cool slightly (between 10 and 30 min).

Pour through a strainer to remove the fruit and flavorings. Press the fruit with a spoon to get as much moisture out as possible -- leaving the strainer to drain for a couple of hours will also do the trick.

Store in the refrigerator in an air tight container. Syrup can last up to a month. The leftover fruit makes an excellent topping/flavoring for yogurt and ice cream.

For Mocktails:
Combine 1/4 cup simple syrup with juice of half a lemon or a whole lime in a goblet and top off with club soda and/or ice cubes for a refreshing, non-alcoholic beverage. (Though I'm confident a shot of vodka wouldn't go amiss.) 

blueberry-ginger mocktail recipe

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