The sweltering weather and festive season that has you dreaming of sitting back and relaxing to sip on a refreshing tonic is fast approaching. But that needn’t mean you pay for it later with a headache – mocktails are taking off as the new way to enjoy a stylish and refreshing tipple without the topple. There are some delicious and healthy natural refreshments such as aloe water, coconut water or kombucha that have that refreshing pizzazz or balmy tropical flare that will put you in a festive mood, alcohol or no.
Exotic Aloe Cooler
For a tonic with tropical touch that’s also great for hydrating your skin, boosting your antioxidants and soothing your tummy.
• 2 cups fresh chopped pineapple
• 1 cup mango chunks
• 1 green apple
• 4 tbsp aloe vera juice
• 2 tbsp coconut milk (optional)
Blend them all up in a blender, chill and serve. A little tropical umbrella or two wouldn’t go amiss.
This is a traditional Indian favourite made with coconut water, that amazing healthy tropical drink for hot lazy days. It’s recently been pepped up and enjoyed by the likes of Madonna and Claudia Schiffer.
• Pour the coconut water over the sage, saffron, honey, lemon and cinnamon stick and pepper
• Leave to infuse for about 15 minutes
• Add apple juice and put in the fridge to cool for another 10 minutes
• Serve poured over crushed ice
• Garnish with coconut flakes and a cinnamon stick
Summer Beauty Mocktail
Strawberries are a great anti-aging beauty food full of antioxidants and Coconut water is the perfect refreshment for hot days, replenishing electrolytes and hydrating you with its delicate tropical nectar.
• Place the coconut water, strawberries & agave nectar in a blender and blend!
• Serve with lots of crushed ice
Frozen Margherita Mocktail
An old favourite you can enjoy with added health benefits, minus the hangover!
• Blend all the ingredients until you have an icy crush
• Pour into two glasses
• Garnish with a lime & enjoy
Mint Kombucha Fizz
Cool, refreshing, minty and great for boosting energy and a healthy tummy.
• Divide mint and lime between two glasses, mixing them together and bruising to combine and release their flavours
• Add 1/2 cup of kombucha to each glass
• top with coconut water and sliced cucumber
Bottoms up and here’s drinking to your health, for real!
(Kombucha recipes adapted from https://foodmatters.tv/content/easy-kombucha-mocktails-you-need-to-try)