Whether you’re taking a break from alcohol or just looking for ways to add nutrients to your diet, these mocktail recipes are sure to delight. Packed with vegetables and fruits, these beverages will help you meet your daily produce quota while also providing hydration. Grab your fanciest glass and try out one of these special recipes!
Recipe #1 - Morning Sunrise Mai Tai (serves 1, includes ½ serving fruit)
This recipe uses vitamin C-rich orange juice and apple cider which will give your immune system a boost. In addition, the ginger-infused simple syrup contains vitamin C, magnesium, and potassium.
2 ounces spiced apple cider
½ ounce ginger-infused simple syrup
2 ounce fresh orange juice
¼ tsp almond extract
Ice cubes and crushed ice for serving
Apple slices and a fun straw for garnishing
Combine the apple cider, simple syrup, orange juice, and almond extract in a cocktail shaker. Add ice cubes and shake well. Strain into a glass filled with crushed ice and garnish with apple slices and straw.
Recipe #2 - Virgin Mary (serves 6, includes 1+ serving of fruit & vegetables)
The horseradish in this recipe is a proven anti-inflammatory while the tomato juice is rich in lycopene, which may reduce the risk of stroke and certain cancers. Just be sure to choose a low-sodium juice if you’re watching your salt intake!
2 tsp horseradish
1 tsp shallot
Dash of Worcestershire sauce
1 tsp celery salt
1 tsp kosher salt
A few splashes of Tabasco sauce (to taste)
Juice of 2 limes
6 cups (48 ounces) tomato juice
Celery sticks for garnishing
In a blender, combine the horseradish, shallot, Worcestershire sauce, celery salt, kosher salt, Tabasco, and lime juice and process until smooth. Pour the mixture into a pitcher, add the tomato juice, and stir. Chill for at least 2 hours then pour into tall glasses and garnish with a celery stick.
Recipe #3 - Sangrita (serves 6, includes ½ serving of fruit)
This tasty drink is full of vitamin-C rich orange juice, lycopene-rich tomato juice, and also includes an olive garnish. Olives have been shown to contain potent antioxidants and may fight cancer.
2 cups tomato juice
½ cup fresh orange juice
¼ cup olive brine
1 Tablespoon sugar
Dash of Worcestershire sauce
Dash of hot sauce
Pinch of black pepper
Olives for garnishing
Combine all of the ingredients in a large pitcher and refrigerate until well-chilled (at least a few hours). Stir and pour into small glasses. Garnish with olives and a sprinkle of black pepper.
Recipe #4 - Virgin Mojito (serves 1, includes ¼ serving of fruit & vegetables)
Muddle your mint leaves well (or nibble on the garnish) and you’ll be adding a decent amount of iron, vitamin A, and fiber to your diet. Meanwhile the lime juice adds a hit of vitamin C. Cheers!
Handful of mint leaves
1 ounce fresh lime juice
1 ounce simple syrup
4 ounces seltzer water or club soda
Lime wedge and mint leaves for garnishing
Muddle the mint leaves in a cocktail shaker then combine the ice cubes, lime juice, and simple syrup and shake well. Pour into a glass and top with seltzer water. Garnish with lime wedges and extra mint leaves.
Recipe #5 - Shirley Temple (serves 1, includes ½ serving of fruit)
3 ounces lemon or lime flavored seltzer water
3 ounces tart cherry juice
Maraschino cherry for garnishing
Lemon wedge and sugar for garnishing
Run the lemon wedge around the rim on a tall glass then dip the rim in sugar to create a special presentation. Add a few ice cubes to the glass followed by the tart cherry juice and seltzer. Garnish with a maraschino cherry.
The next time you want a nutritious (and alcohol-free!) beverage, give one of the above recipes a try. You’ll be fueling your body with antioxidants and avoiding a hangover - a win-win!
Megan is a writer, RRCA certified running coach, and new mom living and training in rural upstate New York. She competed in DIII track and cross-country at Wesleyan University and now focuses on the half-marathon and marathon distance.
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