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Previously seen on Nourish Move Love — updated to make this post more user-friendly and to include new recipes!
Sweet summertime, my favorite time of year to enjoy a refreshing cocktail; or for all my fellow pregnant mamas a mocktail.
I was fortunate to grow up on one of Minnesota’s 10,000 lakes. So summertime still includes lots of trips back to grandma and grandpas lake house which we cherish. I love long weekends spent boating and tubing, followed by nights around the bonfire.
All of these activities are typically much better with a sweet and refreshing drink in hand. As you know I’m all about taking traditional recipes and finding ways to make them a bit ‘healthier’ — reducing sugar, adding fresh fruits and veggies — and my cocktails and mocktails are no exception.
Whether you’re pouring traditional cocktails or non-alcoholic mocktails, these 12 healthy cocktail and mocktail recipes are a great way to sidestep all those extra calories and belly-aching fake sweeteners. Cheers!
A ‘mocktail’ is simply a cocktail, or alcoholic drink, without any alcohol. Also known as a ‘mock’ cocktail or non-alcoholic drink.
Mocktails are a great way to add some flavor to your life, especially for my fellow pregnant mamas. And mocktails make everyone feel included at celebrations, parties, and dinner dates.
Simply omit the alcohol from any cocktail recipe!
This is super simple with cocktail recipes that use liquor because the liquid amount is usually small and easy to cut out without changing the recipe. You can always substitute additional club soda or sparkling water to increase the liquid amount in the cocktail recipe without adding alcohol; this works really well in recipes that use wine as a base, like sangrias.
Whether you’re enjoying one of these recipes as a cocktail or making it a mocktail — summertime just got a little sweeter with 12 drinks you can feel good about sipping on!
Cheers to sipping lightened up and healthy cocktails and mocktails this summer!
And these are two of my favorite kitchen accessories for adding real fruit flavors to water, mocktails and cocktails:
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