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Springtime Mocktails Everyone Can Enjoy

non-alcoholic cocktail

a gentle breeze drifting through the trees, the sweet smell of flowers in the
air and the sun peeping through the clouds, it’s official: springtime has
arrived. One of the best parts about the new season is changing your dietary
habits along with it. Think about it: you enjoy ice cream in the summer, but
hot chocolate in the winter. Eat caramel apples in fall, but enjoy a good
lemonade in the spring. Our favorite dishes adapt along with the seasons just
like the weather.

if you don’t drink alcohol, there are still a few options to try as the weather
warms up. Insert: mocktails. Like their alcoholic counterparts, mocktails are
delicious, elegant and sweet enough to sip on in the spring sunshine. Unlike
cocktails, they contain zero alcohol, so you don’t have to worry about any
negative side effects. As we dive into springtime, be sure to give these
mocktails a try to see which one is your favorite.

1. Blueberry Bourbon Vanilla Lemonade

bright beverage combines a smooth layer of blueberries and vanilla alongside a
bright lemon flavor for a mocktail everyone in your family will be sure to
enjoy. First, combine two tablespoons fresh squeezed lemon juice, one-quarter
teaspoon bourbon vanilla, one to two teaspoons simple syrup and a few blueberries
in the bottom of your glass, then stir. Add in a generous amount of crushed
ice, stir in original blueberry seltzer, then garnish with a slice of lemon. Of
course, be sure to enjoy this drink on your back deck while watching the sun

2. Virgin Piña Colada

just can’t go wrong with a classic drink. Add in a special twist, and we’re
completely sold! Plus, this recipe is pretty simple: combine all ingredients in
a blender. Include two frozen ripe bananas, one cup pineapple chunks, one cup
pineapple juice and half a can of organic coconut milk (freeze in an ice tray
the night before). Once smooth and creamy, pour in a glass, then serve topped
with coconut flakes and a pineapple wedge for garnish. This creamy drink is the
perfect way to automatically transport yourself to a beach, while sitting in
your very own home.

3. Italian Cream Soda

mocktail comes with a bit of flexibility, so feel free to branch out and try
new flavors. First, add in three tablespoons of any flavor syrup to a glass, then
fill the glass three-quarters full with chopped ice. Slowly pour sparkling
mineral water in until the glass is completely full. Finally, add in one
tablespoon of heavy cream to the top, and mix before drinking. Pick your
favorite flavor depending on the day and the weather, since we all know spring
can be a little unpredictable sometimes. When you find your favorite, you’ve
got a drink to enjoy all summer long!

4. Sparkling Cucumber Limeade

you consider yourself more of a veggie person, then this is the perfect drink
for you. Combine one cup of sugar, one tablespoon lime zest and one cup of
water in a medium saucepan over medium heat. Bring to a simmer, stirring
constantly, until the sugar is dissolved. Then remove from heat and stir in
one-quarter cup fresh mint leaves. Let sit for 30 minutes. Next, strain the
syrup through a fine mesh sieve. Combine with one cup of lime juice and one
medium English cucumber, halved and thinly sliced. Refrigerate for at least one
hour. Once you’re ready to serve the drink, add in two cups of sparkling water
and serve over ice. And voila! A delicious, light mocktail.

5. Virgin Mary

to the well-known Bloody Mary cocktail, the Virgin Mary is just as tasty, but
comes with less of a headache. Stir in six parts of spicy tomato juice with one
part lemon juice, one part Worcestershire sauce, a pinch of celery salt, one
pinch freshly ground black pepper and one teaspoon horseradish. When everything
is mixed in, pour over ice and garnish your beverage with lemon and celery
before serving. This is an ideal beverage to enjoy on a cooler spring day,
curled up with a blanket while reading a book next to an open window.

springtime here, it’s time to break from the norm and explore seasonal
beverages. Even if you don’t drink alcohol, that doesn’t mean your options are
limited. Give these mocktails a try for yourself and see which one you enjoy
the most. Soon enough, summer will be here and it will be time to start
branching out again.