Spoiler Alert: I LOVE MOCKTAILS
Glad you asked!
- As relaxing as a glass of champagne or wine is, I don’t want to have one every night. I save those for occasions because of the inflammatory effects of alcohol
- Instead of making me sleepy or lightheaded like alcohol, I can enjoy my mocktail without the negative side affects
- Lets be real, the calories and sugar in alcohol is cray cray, and it’s not something that’s needed every night. But I still want to feel like I’m treating myself, so guilt free mocktails it is!
- After being diagnosed with Celiac Disease I have really been avoiding alcohol because my liver, gallbladder, and kidneys were all inflamed due to my digestive system being a wreck.
Now I’m not avoiding alcohol forever, just for now because I’m healing. I don’t completely deprive myself, I actually had a half a glass of champagne last night at Van de Vort’s Valentine’s Soiree. Because hey, I wanted a little treat while shopping, checking out JNB’s AMAZING line, and getting a makeover by my girlfriend Alma with Kissed By A.M.L. It was super fun, and a tiny glass of champagne wont kill me!
But back to the mocktails. My girlfriends and I have been LOVING these because we can get together, enjoy them guilt free, and try some new flavors to spice it up a bit. So what is my favorite beyond favorite way to make my mocktails?
Yup, I said shrub. I love love love shrub!
Sooo What The Hec Is Shrub?
Shrubs are a delicious blend of fruit, sugar, and vinegar. They originate from the Colonial Era, originally to preserve fruit after a long harvest. When using shrubs as a mixer, the vinegar provides that perfect bite with a bit of tang that perfectly balances with the sweetness of the fruit. The perfect mixer! When making mocktails, that bite of vinegar tastes like there is alcohol in it. When I made one for my girlfriend she was convinced I put in a splash of alc.
Now I don’t just drink any shrub. I was super excited to find The Hudson Standard because they use organic ingredients and work with local farms of the Hudson region. They are all about sustainability and cooperative ventures (<<which I love). The Hudson Standard is a welcome convergence between the cocktail revolution and the “farm to table” movement. All of their shrubs and bitters are handcrafted too!
When I wanted to write a recipe post using The Hudson Standard Shrubs I contacted them because I wanted my readers to experience these amazing shrubs too! So we are hosting a giveaway!! 1 lucky winner with get a full size bottle of The Hudson Standard Peach Lavender Shrub (yumm!!!) Giveaway instructions will be at the end of this post. Now as promised…
3 Delicious Mocktail Recipes To Kick Off The Weekend!
1 oz shrub (a not quite full shot glass)
6 oz Sparkling Mineral Water (3/4 cup) & Perrier is my fav!!!
Frozen fruit (for these I have dark cherries, strawberries, raspberries, and blueberries)
*Optional lemons for added citrus flavor
FYI you get about 16 drinks out of each bottle, so they last a while!!
Strawberry Rhubarb Mocktail
(strawberries & rhubarb)
I added frozen strawberries and a squeeze of lemon to spice it up! This mocktail is so darn refreshing you would swear you were on the beach with a daiquiri in hand.
Apple Coriander Maple Mocktail
(apples, maple syrup, & coriander)
Frozen dark cherries provided such a fantastic compliment to the apple and coriander. This is perfect for fall/winter with its crisp and refreshing taste.
Winter Switchel Mocktail
(ginger, honey, turmeric, peppercorn, & cayenne)
With the slight spiciness of the cayenne & peppercorn I went with frozen blueberries and raspberries for some sweetness. An herb like rosemary would go great in this too! You guys know I die for turmeric & cayenne. I mean, they are in my two favorite drinks here and here, so of course I’m obsessed with it in a mocktail.
We teamed up with The Husdon Standard want to give 1 lucky reader a chance to enjoy these just as much as we do! The winner will receive 1 full bottle of the Peach Lavender Shrub!
✓ Tag 2 friends who you would love to kick back and enjoy a mocktail with on my latest Instagram giveaway picture
✓ For an extra entry comment below on why you would want to win this delish shrub!!
Winner will be announced 2/18/16.. goodluck!!
Now I’m about to finish off this Friday, kick back and enjoy some mocktails on this not so typical Valentine’s Day Weekend.