Spring has sprung and Easter is here, which means it’s time to get together with family to celebrate life over fun, food, and of course – cocktails.
But after all the hard work you put in sacrificing alcohol and your favorite snacks for Lent, you don’t want to immediately jump back into old habits. A great mocktail allows you to toast to good times and join in on the fun, without sacrificing taste.
With these five mocktails, you can enjoy all the drinks you want this Easter (guilt free).
6 cups water divided
1/2 cup sugar
1/4 cup honey
3 Tbsp dried lavender
2 cups lemon juice
Lemon slices and lavender petals for garnish
Blue or purple food coloring optional
Over medium heat, combine two cups of water and sugar, bringing to a boil until sugar is dissolved. Turn off of the heat and stir in honey and lavender.
Allow mixture to steep for 2 hours (less if you want less of a lavender taste). Strain the liquid, pressing the lavender down to make sure you get all of those juices into your mixture!
In a large pitcher, combine freshly squeezed lemon juice, lavender mixture and water.
Feel free to add a couple of drops of blue or purple food coloring if you want a richer hue than the lavender provides. It makes the lemonade especially cute for those spring brunches! Serve over ice.
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1 measure pineapple juice
1 measure orange juice
1 measure freshly squeeze lime juice
Ginger ale, to top off
1 teaspoon mint, crushed or finely chopped
Sprig of mint, for garnish
Lime wedge and/or pineapple slice, for garnish
Add ice to tall glass. Pour in pineapple, orange and lime juice. Top with ginger ale and stir in mint leaves. Garnish with a sprig of mint and a lime wedge and/or pineapple slice, if desired. Serve immediately.
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Sparkling Cranberry Punch
2 quarts cranberry juice cocktail
1 quart sparkling water
1 6-oz can frozen pink lemonade concentrate, (thawed)
In a large container, combine the cranberry juice cocktail, sparkling water and thawed pink lemonade concentrate. Stir and serve.
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2 cups ice
3 ounces fresh lemon juice
4 dashes lemon or orange bitters
2 (6-8oz) bottles premium tonic water (Fever Tree or Q Tonic)
2 rock candy swizzle sticks
Add fresh lemon juice and bitters to cocktail shaker filled with ice. Shake until frosty then divide into two champagne flutes or coupe glasses.
Top off with tonic water until it reaches about 3/4 of the way up the glass.
Garnish with the swizzle sticks and serve immediately.
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Strawberry Pineapple Shaker-Upper
10 ounces frozen strawberries
20 ounces crushed pineapple
strawberry sherbet (1 pint)
vanilla ice cream (1 pint)
Place half of the strawberries, pineapple, sherbet, and ice cream in a blender and blend for 1 minute or until smooth.
Repeat with the remaining half. Stir the two batches together in a large bowl.
Serve by filling a glass 2/3 full with the mixture, and then slowly add club soda to the top. Give it a small stir with the straw before sipping.
Optional: garnish with a pineapple chunk.
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