Bored of Water? Try Making Hydrating & Healthy Mocktails!
Of course, mocktails are always a good idea, but they're an even better idea in the heat of the summer!
Ideas for What to Put In Healthy Mocktails
Use real fruit like raspberries, strawberries, limes inside the drink and as a garnish!
When using herbs, like mint, put them on the bottom first and "muddle" them: mash them until they soften and begin to break, this releases the scent and flavor
Instead of using simple syrup, make your own simple honey syrup, a good paleo option or use maple syrup, a great option for those following a vegan diet (how to below)
Avoid juices and other high sugar beverages like sodas and opt for flavored sparkling water instead
How to make Simple Syrup
Making your own simple syrup is just as it sounds, simple. All you need is sugar and water at a 1:1 ratio. (Ex: 1/2 cup of sugar and 1/2 cup of water). Some prefer a richer syrup to make even sweeter drinks and give them a little texture. All this means is they use a 2:1 ratio, or 1 cup of sugar to that 1/2 cup of water.
- Heat the water on the stove, add the sugar, and then stir constantly until it dissolves. The water doesn't need to be at a boil before you add the sugar, but it will get there quicker without the sugar already in.
- To make simple syrup out of honey, follow the exact same recipe and procedure, replacing the sugar with honey. Let the honey water simmer for about 10 minutes while continuing to stir, as it will harden up a bit. Then its ready to cool and be stored for use!
Fun tip: try making your honey simple syrup flavored with these ideas from Fit Foodie Finds by adding one simple step.
Seal your simple syrup in an air tight container and store for one month (sugar) or two weeks (honey).
Another option for sweetening up your homemade mocktail is maple syrup. This might be of interest if you or the person you're serving follows a vegan diet.
Which one you choose is up to you- they are pretty interchangeable and can be adjusted to personal taste.
WHAT YOU NEED
sparkling water- regular works, but try lime, strawberry, or strawberry margarita flavored for a bigger flavor burst
simple syrup or maple syrup
This pretty and divinely refreshing take on the classic beverage breaks the monotony of a boring glass of water and reminds you of a fun night out. If you're looking to keep Taco Tuesday PG and stay hydrated, this is the perfect option. Add and stir strawberries with ice first to break the berries up and release their flavor. Add seltzer, lime juice, and syrup to taste. Pro tip: make it a simple blended margarita like this Banana Diaries recipe by pureeing and blending the strawberries before adding them to a mixture of lime/regular seltzer, lime juice, maple syrup or (other sweetener) and ice. This recipe makes 4, 8 oz glasses!
Cherry Immunity Cooler
WHAT YOU NEED
tart cherry juice
lime sparking water
Both ginger and tart cherry juice are known for their health benefits and may help improve/maintain a healthy immune system. This cooler combines them both together with the typical lime base for a unique flavor and a hydrating immunity boost! For this, grind 1-2 cm of ginger into the bottom of a glass. Add ice, squeeze in your lime, and drop in a spoon or two of maple syrup for sweetening. Fill the glass almost full with the sparkling water and top it off with cherry juice.
Mix and enjoy!
WHAT YOU NEED
sparkling water- regular or lime
simple or maple syrup
raspberries, or berry of choice
Mojitos are tasty, but ridiculously simple to make! We opted for raspberry this time around, but you can use any berry your heart desires. First step is to muddle some fresh mint by placing it at the bottom of the glass and smashing it a bit to release that wonderfully minty flavor. Add ice, a handful of berries, and lime juice before topping it off with sparkling water.