Berry Blissful and Spiced Apple Spark: Six Gluten-Free Mocktails
There is no reason not to love a mocktail. Those non-alcoholic, sometimes whimsical, beverages that make parties more fun without the woozy aftermath. Often passed up on over their stronger cousins, mocktails are a great way to be inclusive towards all kinds of guests, including kids! And, in the spirit of specificity, today we're diving into a selection where gluten is also given the cold shoulder, but flavour is welcomed with open arms.
With these healthy gluten-free mocktails, unwind after a long day or get a holiday bunch started minus the gluten and the grog.
Citrus Burst Sunshine
First up, imagine a sip of sunshine. Citrus Burst Sunshine is a zesty concoction where oranges, lemons, and a hint of grapefruit unite in a tangy frenzy. Splash in some Gordon's tonic water for a fizzy finish. It's like a citrus cloud, floating you to sensory delight. Serve in a highball glass, garnished with a spiral of orange zest, and watch the day glow a little brighter.
Next, dive into the Berry Blissful. Imagine a medley of strawberries, raspberries, and blueberries muddled together to perfection. Blend these with a splash of cranberry juice and a dash of lemonade for a mocktail that may as well be mistaken for a fruit basket in a goblet. The rich hues of the berries paint a picture of indulgence, minus the gluten to keep the gut happy.
Gingered Green Whisper
Fourth on our list is the Gingered Green Whisper. This one's for the people who savour subtlety. It’s a delicate mix of cooling cucumber juice shaken with a simple syrup infused with ginger. Topped with sparkling water for a fizzy lift and served with loads of crushed ice and a few peels of cucumber for garnish, this refresher will gently nudge your senses to life.
Spiced Apple Spark
Now, let’s warm up with the Spiced Apple Spark. Imagine apple cider infused with a small stick of cinnamon and a star anise, gently heated together to release their aroma and flavour. Top it off with a splash of Black and White ginger ale for a fizzy twist.
Reminiscent of lazy Sunday brunches at seaside hotels, this mocktail will deliver a mini vacation in a cup. Make this by blending pineapple juice with fresh coconut water and a splash of Black and White ginger ale. The notes of this drink sway gently between sweet and spicy, perhaps like having toasty fish tacos by the beach in Cancun. Garnish with a pineapple wedge and a cherry, and let each sip transport you to sandy shores.
Lastly, the Pomegranate Delight. This is a bold, ruby-red mocktail you can whip up in minutes by blending a few ingredients from your pantry. A mix of pomegranate juice with a dash of lime and finishing off with a fizz of club soda will just do the trick. Serve in a chilled glass over crushed ice, and enjoy this game of sweet and tart.
In these six mocktails, we've swirled together a variety of flavours, each unique yet united in their gluten-free character. Whether it's a burst of citrus, a touch of ginger, or some spiced apple, each offers a journey of taste, sans the gluten. Remember, in the world of mocktails, creativity is your only limit.