The New Year provides an opportunity to shed bad habits and try new things. Do something different this New Years – skip the alcohol and celebrate with healthier alternatives: the mocktail.
Instead of risking your health this season, serve up some delicious mocktails. Festive and eye-catching, a Mary Mocktail is a fun twist on an Alice cocktail, which is both visually and sensually appealing:
8 tsp. Grenadine (see bottom recipe)
8 tsp. Orange Juice
8 tsp. Pineapple Juice
8 Tbsp. + 8 tsp. Cream
Combine all ingredients into a sealable container; shake well and strain into a large glass of your choice.
Or If you’re in need of refreshment this New Years during your long night of partying, a Lime Daisy is for you. This mocktail is bubbly to keep up with the fun and the lime adds just that little extra bit of sophistication.
6 Tbsp. Fresh Lime Juice
4 Tbsp. Grenadine (see bottom recipe)
4 Tbsp. Simple Syrup (see bottom recipe)
In a white-wine glass, stir the lime juice, simple syrup and grenadine to combine. Add equal amounts of sprite and soda water. Serve with ice.
Honey Limeade is a delicious, fun and bubbly beverage that is enjoyed by adults and kids alike. You don’t need a ton of sugar to appeal to the taste buds – honey is a perfect natural sweetener that will keep you healthy and energized the whole night long!
4 C. Soda Water
1 C. Lime Juice
4 Tbsp. Honey
Combine all ingredients into a blender and mix on medium speed until well blended. Serve in a Collins Glass.
Bring a little history to your New Years party this year with a serving of Wassail. Middle English for ‘good health,’ it is traditionally a hot mulled cider – consumed by the English during a ritual to ensure a good apple harvest. Nowadays, this original purpose is long-forgotten, and it typically contains beer or wine, but it is still delicious in its original, non-alcoholic form.
4L (4 ¼ Quarts) Apple Juice
1 tbsp. Cloves
1 tbsp. of Sliced Ginger
2 Cinnamon Sticks
1 C. Sugar
Reserving the fruit rinds, squeeze fruit juices into a bowl and set aside. In boiling water, simmer the rinds for an hour with the cinnamon sticks, cloves, and ginger.
Remove and reserve a portion of the cinnamon sticks, cloves, and ginger, leaving half in the liquid. Strain the liquid to remove the fruit rinds, pulp and remaining ginger and cloves.
Add apple juice and the reserved cinnamon sticks and spices to the liquid. Return the mixture to heat, bring to a boil and then add the reserved fruit juices and sugar. Simmer for an additional ten minutes and serve warm.
makes approximately 1½ cup
½ L (½ Quart) Pomegranate juice
2 C. Sugar
2 dashes Orange Flower Water
Heat pomegranate juice and sugar in a saucepan. Once boiling, reduce the heat and cover the mixture, stirring occasionally while letting it simmer for 5 – 10 minutes.
Remove the mixture from the heat to cool, and then pour into a small decanter or bottle with a tight-sealing lid. Add a dash or two of orange flower water, being careful not to add too much.
Seal the bottle and give it a few good shakess.
Simple Syrup –
makes ¼ Cup
¼ C. Sugar
¼ C. Water
Heat the sugar and water just enough to melt the sugar. Let cool to thicken.
by Erin Wilkman and Peggy Yet
This series on living fantastic for the holiday season is a collaboration between Greenster and the students of the Langara Publishing Program, who as a team produce Pacific Rim Magazine. Enjoy!Photo Credit: Vikramdeep Sidhu, Robert S. Donovan, Camille Fajardo, SJG