Bring some bright flavors to the glass with these winter wellness mocktails. Whether you are sober curious or choosing a dry-ish month, a thoughtful, flavorful mocktail can be a lovely alternative to another cocktail.
Recently, beverage trends have leaned towards using ingredients not only for their flavor but also for their functionality. Whether it is an herb, a sweetener or a spice, combining certain ingredients can transform a simple beverage into a stellar sip.
When thinking about crafting a great mocktail, it isn’t just about eliminating alcohol from a particular beverage. The mocktail needs to build and layer flavors. It makes a single sip turn into a flavor exploration.
Ready to sip on these winter wellness mocktails?
Have you every thought about adding cardamon to a mocktail? The flavor has a touch of mint like qualities but with more smoky aromas. It is almost like an alluring component that will bring you back for another sip.
Pure Leaf Herbal Tea Fizz
- 14 ounces Pure Leaf Unsweetened Black Tea
- 3-4 sprigs mint, plus more for garnish
- 3 green cardamom pods, cracked open
- 1 4-inch sprig rosemary, plus more for garnish
- 1 star anise
- 1 tbsp. maple syrup
- Ice Soda water
- Add the tea into a small sauce pot along with the mint sprigs, cardamom pods, rosemary and star anise. Bring up to a simmer on medium then remove from heat and let steep for 30 minutes. Strain and stir in maple syrup. When ready to serve fill a tall glass with ice and fill 3/4’s with the tea. Top off with soda water and garnish with a mint and rosemary sprig. Drink throughout the day, refilling the glass with ice, tea and soda water as needed.
- Recipe Courtesy of Megan Mitchell
Many people love adding ginger beer to a mocktail. That touch of spice tends to linger on the tongue. It is both refreshing and inviting.
In this cocktail, the combinations of sweet, spicy and sour make for a delightful way to ward off the winter chill.
bubly Lime Drop
- 3 oz. limebubly
- 2 oz. Ginger Beer
- Splash of Apple Cider
- Squeeze of Fresh Lime Juice
- Lime Wheel, garnish
- Pour all ingredients over ice in a highball glass
- Stir well with a cocktail stirrer
- Garnish with a lime wheel
Citrus flavors are popular during the winter. The brightness from the seasonal fruit just seems to make those long winter days less dreary.
This particular winter wellness mocktail is both floral and bright. The powerful yuzu juice will is a definite wake up call.
Pure Leaf Mango Hibiscus Refresher
- Pure Leaf Unsweetened Mango Hibiscus Tea
- Hibiscus Syrup (to taste)
- Yuzu Juice (to taste)
- Hibiscus Flower (garnish)
- Pour 1 – 2 cups of tea into a glass and add hibiscus syrup and yuzu juice to taste. Garnish with flower.
These winter wellness mocktails are just a few of the many beverages that could help to whisk away the winter blues. Whether you try one of these options or create your own, a flavorful journey is just a glass away.
What is your favorite mocktail recipe? Do you have a special beverage to share?