Here Are 5 Veggie-Inspired Mocktails That You Must Try
A mocktail is not just a drink without alcohol, it also comes with a series of benefits. Since it heavily relies on natural ingredients, you are offered the benefits of antioxidants and vitamins. Mocktails are also very hydrating, especially when they include coconut water or sparkling mineral water as the base. Here are five mocktail recipes that celebrate the goodness of vegetables.
Carrot Citrus Sunrise
Brimming with vitamins A, C, potassium and other goodness, the Carrot Citrus Sunrise will give your immune system the boost that it needs.
5 carrots (peeled and juiced)
3 oranges (peeled and juiced)
1 grapefruit (peeled and juiced)
1 apple (peeled, cored and juiced)
An orange wedge and carrot stick for garnishing
Juice the carrots, oranges, grapefruit and apple and blend them together. Pour the mixture into a glass filled with ice and serve with an orange wedge and carrot stick.
Ginger Pumpkin Fizz
This gingery and exuberant mocktail is an ode to the wizarding world of Harry Potter.
60 ml maple syrup
60 ml water
¼ cup thinly sliced ginger
¼ cup pumpkin puree
½ cup water
1 cup sparkling water (chilled)
In a saucepan, over medium heat, add the maple syrup, water and ginger slices until it comes to a boil. Then, turn off the heat and let the mixture sit and infuse for about 30 minutes. While this happens, prepare your pumpkin juice by blending it with water, and setting it aside. Then, discard the ginger slices from the syrup. In two glasses, add three tablespoons of the syrup in each glass. To this, add pumpkin juice and stir the mixture. Top off both the glasses with sparkling water, and your drink is ready to be served.
Spinach Pineapple Paradise
The Spinach Pineapple Paradise is a real tropical treat that combines the nutrient-rich goodness of spinach with the sweetness of pineapple.
Handful of fresh spinach leaves
1 cup of pineapple chunks
1 tablespoon of coconut milk
Lime juice (to taste)
In a blender, blend the coconut milk, lime juice, spinach leaves and pineapple chunks until you arrive at a smooth mixture. Strain the mixture to get rid of any pulp. In a glass filled with ice, pour the spinach and pineapple base and top it off with pineapple juice. Stir the drink and serve it with a wedge of pineapple.
A spin on the traditional and popular Bloody Mary cocktail, the Green Mary involves all the goodness of vegetables and fruits in a delightful mix.
2 Granny Smith apples
I cucumber (peeled)
2-3 cups arugula
3-4 stalks celery
1 cup spinach
1 large handful of parsley
5-6 cherry tomatoes
1 teaspoon lemon juice
Pinch of cayenne
2-3 drops of Worcestershire sauce
Celery sticks or parsley (for garnish)
In a juicer, add the apples, cucumbers, arugula, celery, spinach, parsley and tomato along with the lemon juice and cayenne pepper. Serve the drink with ice, Worcestershire sauce and pepper. Garnish with celery sticks.
From refreshing to spicy, these veggie mocktails offer a spectrum of flavours. It’s all about experimentation. Play around with the portions to create your own healthy concoctions.
Pear Ginger Mocktail
If you love the spicy kick of ginger, then this Pear Ginger Mocktail is the way to go!
4 tablespoons pear juice
1 tablespoon ginger simple syrup
Ginger sparkling water, plain sparkling water or club soda
To create the ginger simple syrup, combine ½ cup of sugar, ½ cup of water and ½ cup of fresh ginger root, which is peeled and diced into small pieces, in a saucepan over medium heat. Bring the mixture to a boil, until the sugar is completely dissolved. Reduce the heat and allow it to simmer for about 10 minutes. Then, remove the saucepan from the heat and let the mixture sit for around 20 minutes before removing the ginger bits.
Now that you have your ginger simple syrup ready, it’s time to create the mocktail. Fill a glass with ice and combine the pear juice and simple syrup. Top off the drink with sparkling water, and garnish with a slice of pear or a sprig of sage. Stir the mixture before drinking.