Holiday mode is in full effect. Tonight is the third night of Hanukkah and Christmas is this weekend. Or maybe you are more of a Winter Solstice person. And let’s not forget New Years Eve is next Saturday! Either way, you are probably going to get down with your bad self over the next few days. This might include drinking. The drinkers among us typically have a good variety of libations to choose from at parties and bars, but what about the non-drinkers? Too often those that choose not to drink (due to age, personal conviction or obligations as the designated driver) get the short-end of the beverage stick. Another Diet Coke? Seriously?
If you are hosting a shindig this weekend, consider whipping up one (or all) of these mocktail mixers that can also be paired with alcohol for a more potent thirst quencher. This mixers would make an excellent edible gift, so consider bringing one as a hostess offering, as well.
NOTE: Since you might need to make these in a pinch, I tried to only use items readily available in your local grocery or specialty grocers.
Recipe #1: Grape Expectations
For the mixer: Combine 2 cups white grape juice with 3 tablespoons elderflower syrup and 1 tablespoon lemon juice
For the Mocktail: Combine 1 part mixer with 1 part sparkling white grape juice in a champagne flute (or for a vintage flair, use champagne coupes – just make sure to drink quickly to maintain the carbonation of the sparkling juice). Garnish with skewered frozen grapes
For the Cocktail: Combine 1 part Sec* Champagne (or sparkling white wine) with 1 part mixer in a champagne flute (in lieu of elderflower syrup, use St. Germain, but be warned: It contains alcohol). Garnish with skewered frozen grapes
Recipe #2: Teapot Dick
(for an explanation of the name, click here)
For the mixer: Peel and thinly slice a 2-inch piece of fresh ginger and steep (covered) in two cups of simmering water. Remove ginger and add 2 tablespoons of Matcha tea powder to the water. Dissolve the tea powder and allow to cool. Add 3/4 cup lychee juice
For the Mocktail: Stir together 1 part mixer and 1 part club soda in a highball glass over ice.
For the Cocktail: Stir together 2 parts mixer to 1 part gin in a highball glass with ice. Top with club soda.
Recipe #3: Late Night Oil
For the Mocktail: Combine 1 part mixer with 2 parts root beer in a punch glass
For the Cocktail: Combine 1 part mixer with 2 parts stout beer OR 1 part mixer with 1 part bourbon. Serve hot or cold in a punch glass
* Sec Champagne is a level of dryness. These “levels” refers to the amount of residual sugar per liter. The different levels include Extra Brut, Brut Sauvage, Ultra Brut, Brut Integral, Brut Zero 0.6 percent, Brut 1.5 percent, Extra Dry, Extra Sec 1.2 to 2.0 percent, Sec 1.7 to 3.5 percent, Demi-Sec 3.3 to 5.0 percent, and Doux (sweetest) 5 percent and up. Read more
Editor’s Note: While these mixers are great bases for both alcoholic and non-alcoholic drinks, From Scratch Club wants to remind you that we LOVE our readers and ask that you remember to drink responsibly this holiday season!