Skip the Alcohol—Mix Up a Mocktail
Sometimes, you just don’t want booze.
Plenty of us look to strike a balance between being social and imbibing alcohol, and oftentimes the best remedy is to mix up a mocktail while gabbing with friends or colleagues. I, like many of you, enjoy the regular glass of Champagne or Saturday night Martini, but I also value my yoga classes, quality writing, and, of course, liver health. I’m not afraid to order a mocktail, and dare I say they are sometimes better than the originals?
For example, a virgin Spicy Margarita hardly misses the Tequila and the same goes for Bloody Marys and Vodka. I mean, you still get the garnishes and that’s the best part, right? Recently, though, I’ve been served some impressive nonalcoholic beverages, such as chlorophyll-filled sipper in a coupe glass and house-made sodas that are just as satiating as a glass of Sancerre. At home, it’s been exciting to experiment with no-ABV drinks, including making up my own (try ginger and cinnamon syrups mixed with soda water and lime—it’s delish) and the fabulous cocktails in a book called Dry. Below, two of my favorites I’ve made from this “cocktail book.” Stir it or shake it and let me know what you think!
Blood Orange and Sage Margarita
4 oz blood orange juice (fresh blood oranges are best)
1 oz freshly squeezed lime juice
1/2 oz hibiscus syrup
3 sage leaves
Wedge of lime
Himalayan sea salt
Put the blood orange juice, lime juice, hibiscus syrup, and two of the sage leaves in a shaker with ice. Shake until chilled.
For a salt rim, run a wedge of lime around the rim of a chilled couple glass. Dip it into a saucer spread with Himalayan sea salt.
Strain the mixture into the glass. Garnish with a sage leaf.
Pear and Rosemary Rocks
2 oz pear juice from 2 pears or store-bought fresh pear juice
1 oz freshly squeezed lemon juice
1 oz rosemary-infused simple syrup
Sparkling water or club soda
Spring of rosemary
Combine the pear juice, lemon juice, and rosemary syrup in a cocktail shaker with ice. Shake vigorously.
Strain into a tumbler filled with ice and top with a splash of sparkling water or club soda. Garnish with a sprig of rosemary.