May 1st, 2012

It’s May, and it’s hot outside. Oh wait, no it’s not (at least not in SoCal)! Funny how it was perfectly hot and sunny outside when I photographed these refreshing mocktails way back in March. How’s that for some irony?

Anyway, it’s probably hot wherever you may be, and you’ll be needing some refreshing drinks to cool off after a long day, am I right? Not only are these mocktails refreshing, but they’re healthy (bonus points!) and don’t require a juicer (more bonus points!). Well, a juicer would be handy, but I got by just fine with a blender and some good old fashioned squeezin’.

Some tips for inventing your own healthy mocktails:
#1: Squeeze juice from the healthiest fresh fruits. The best fruits to use in mocktails are berries (high in antioxidants and fiber), melons (high in potassium, vitamin C, and fiber), citrus fruits (high in vitamin C, fiber, and phytochemicals), and dark red fruits (high in antioxidants).

#2: Use fresh herbs and spices for added flavor and vitamins and nutrients.

#3: Use sparkling water instead of soda for fizzy mocktails.

And don’t be afraid to get creative. Mix and match different fruit juices for some fun vibrant drinks! Or hey, check out the recipes below. One of them even has a frozen fruit garnish.

To learn more about the nutritional benefits of these healthy mocktails, you can watch me prepare the recipes here for Student Health 101’s May issue. As always, you can also view the latest issue of Student Health 101 here.

Cheers, my mockoholics!

Sweet & Zingy Green Mocktail
Serves 1

¼ honeydew melon, chopped
½ celery stock, chopped
¼ green apple, chopped
¾ cup sparling water
Crushed ice
Orange slice (for garnish)

Place melon, celery, apple, and sparkling water in a blender and puree until smooth. Pour over crushed ice in a glass cup. Garnish with an orange slice.

 

Sweet & Zingy Red Mocktail
Serves 1

Juice of ½ grapefruit
4 basil leaves, plus 1 leave for garnish
8 strawberries, chopped
Sparkling water
4 ice cubes

Place grapefruit juice, basil, and strawberries into a glass cup. Mash basil and strawberries with the handle of wooden spoon. Top with sparkling water and ice cubes. Garnish with remaining basil leaf.

 

Lemon Berry “Mojito”
Serves 1

4 mint leaves, plus 2 leaves for garnish
4 ice cubes
½ cup freshly squeezed lemon juice (about 3-4 lemons)
¼ cup fresh raspberries
2 tablespoons sparkling water

Place mint leaves and ice cubes into a glass cup. Mash mint leaves and ice with the handle of a wooden spoon until mint is broken up.

Place lemon juice, raspberries, and sparkling water in a blender and puree until smooth. Pour over mint and ice. Garnish with remaining mint leaves.

 

Pomegranate Citrus Mocktail
Serves 1

½ grapefruit, squeezed
1 orange, squeezed
1 tangerine squeezed
½ lime, squeezed
½ cup pomegranate seeds
Lime slice (for garnish)

Place grapefruit juice, orange juice, tangerine juice, and lime juice in a blender and combine. Pour into a glass cup and set aside.

Place pomegranate seeds into a blender and puree until smooth. Pour on top of citrus mixture. Garnish with a lime slice.

 

Watermelon “Margarita”
Serves 1

1 cup watermelon cubes (frozen ahead of time)
1 tablespoon agave nectar
¼ cup water
Juice of ½ lemon
½ banana, sliced
1 slice watermelon (frozen ahead of time), for garnish
Cayenne pepper, for garnish

Place watermelon cubes, agave, water, lemon juice, and banana in a blender and puree until smooth. Pour into a glass cup. Garnish with a dash of cayenne pepper and a frozen watermelon slice.

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