Make Mine a Mocktail

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When I was pregnant with my firstborn, a July baby, I remember distinctly craving a frosty margarita. Cool, refreshing and just the right balance of sweet and sour. I learned how to concoct many a tasty mocktail creation that summer. But it doesn’t take pregnancy to make a mocktail great. Sometimes you just don’t want the heaviness of alcohol. You may be the designated driver. Or, maybe, like me now (!), you may just need a break from the nightly ritual of wine.

With mocktails in mind, I enlisted the help of my friends in the hospitality community to come up with some tasty beverages low in the liquor department, but high in taste. Of course, I am sure that you could spice these up with spirits if you so desired.

Mango-Basil Lemon Drop, available at Relish Burger Bistro at The Phoenician Resort
Mango-Basil Lemon Drop at Relish Burger Bar
Mango-Basil Lemon Drop at Relish Burger Bar
  • 1 oz. mango puree (or nectar)
  • 2 basil leaves
  • 2 oz. sweetened lemon juice (sweet & sour mix)

Shake and strain into a Martini glass with a sugar rim.

The Merry Berry Fauxito at Deseo at The Westin  Kierland Resort & Spa

Merry Berry Fauxito at Deseo at Westin Kierland Resort & Spa
Merry Berry Fauxito at Deseo at Westin Kierland Resort & Spa
  • 6 mint leaves
  • 1/2 lime, cut into quarters
  • 1 strawberry, cut into quarters
  • 3 raspberries
  • 4 blueberries

Place these ingredients into a glass and middle to release oils from the mint and juices from the fruit. Add ice to the glass.  Add 1/2 oz simple syrup. Shake briefly to incorporate ingredients. Top with club soda. Garnish with sugar cane swizzle stick and serve.

Cucumber Lemonade at Four Seasons Resort Scottsdale at Troon North

Cucumber Lemonade at Four Seasons Resort Scottsdale at Troon North
Cucumber Lemonade at Four Seasons Resort Scottsdale at Troon North
  • 3 – 4 cucumber slices
  • agave syrup, to taste
  • lemonade (pre-mixed, or homemade)
  • soda water, splash

Muddle 3-4 cucumber slices with a touch of agave. Fill glass with ice and lemonade. Top with a splash of soda – stir and enjoy!


Virgin Strawberry Mojito at Hotel Valley Ho

Virgin Strawberry-Mojito at Hotel Valley Ho
Virgin Strawberry-Mojito at Hotel Valley Ho
  • club soda
  • fresh mint
  • fresh lime, sliced
  • 4 raspberries
  • simple syrup, splash

Muddle mint leaves and lime together. Add club soda, and a splash of simple syrup to taste.  Garnish with raspberries.

Prickly Pear Smoothie at Boulders Resort & Spa

Prickly Pear Smoothie at Boulders Resort & Spa
Prickly Pear Smoothie at Boulders Resort & Spa
  • 5 oz. prickly pear puree
  • 1 whole Gala apple
  • one ½ banana
  • 1 whole peeled orange
  • 6 oz. ice cubes
  • ¾ tablespoon honey

Cut all ingredients into small pieces and place in blender.  Blend on high speed for two minutes, serve with a strawberry garnish.

The Greatfruit Martini, available at Kai at Sheraton Wild Horse Pass Resort & Spa 

The Greatfruit Martini at Kai at Sheraton Wild Horse Pass Resort & Spa
The Greatfruit Martini at Kai at Sheraton Wild Horse Pass Resort & Spa
  • ¾ oz lime juice
  • ¾ oz simple syrup
  • passion fruit-grapefruit elixir (equal parts passion fruit and grapefruit juice)

Combine all ingredients in a martini glass.  Garnish with a fresh or dehydrated grapefruit slice.

 

What are some of your favorite summer sips?  Inventive mocktails? Would love to hear about them !

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