I've always loved a good drink in front of me. When I settle in at night and let the stress of work wash over me, I rarely do it without a beverage by my side. I often write about my love of Beer or Wine or that I issued a labor of love to turn a piece of junk into a stocked bar cart in our apartment so that a nightcap is always available. However, most of the time, my relaxing drinks have no alcohol in them at all. I mean weekdays aren't for hangovers or empty calories- they're for exercise, nose-to-the grind and sleep... so rather, I sip on Mocktails.
|My Lemon, Lime and Basil Mocktails|
A Mocktail is just like the name entails: a blended/mixed drink that looks like a fun, summery cocktail but with a Virgin twist. These are super easy to make and you can do it with just about anything, but based on the produce I currently have in the house- here's the Mocktail I've been making for about two weeks:
Lemon, Lime and Basil Mocktail
|What you need: Lemon and/or Limes (I like both), Basil or Mint (I have Basil), Soda Water, Ice & a Knife.|
|Slice the Lemon and Limes into serving wedges.|
|Chop the Basil just enough where the Leaves are a bit more serving-size friendly|
|Put the chopped Basil into the ice-filled glasses|
|Take a wedge of each piece of fruit and liberally squeeze the juice over the ice and the basil.|
|Pour in that Soda Water! (This drink also works fine with plain water just a little less fancy)|
|Grab wedges to embellish the glass rims: I like to cut a Lemon and Lime wedge in almost-half for each glass. |
|Throw an extra wedge into the drink without squeezing the juice in first.|
|Ready to serve!|
|Beautiful, healthy, super easy to make and oh sooooo refreshing and good.|
Yum, I really can't get enough of these! As my Boyfriend said when I gave him the finished product tonight (images above from Tuesday, 5.15.2012) he sipped and said "Oh yum! It's like a really, really refreshing garden." It really is- the refreshment factor is pretty astounding... but- if you really needed to, you could definitely add some Vodka to make it a weekend drink.
I hope you give it a whirl!