Valentine’s Day Mocktails

Valentine’s Day Mocktails

Valentine’s Day Mocktails

What’s missing from these cocktails is the hangover. Non-alcoholic cocktails (“Mocktails”) aren’t just for pregnant women and teetotalers. People who are health conscious and who need to work the next day are ordering up cocktails with a different kind of buzz. These drinks are so satisfying and sophisticated; I bet you’ll never miss the booze.

Peach Cooler

This peach cooler uses sparkling grape juice instead of wine. Serve it in a wine glass for a beautiful presentation.

INGREDIENTS

3 Cups Seltzer Water

1 Cup Peach Juice or Peach Nectar

1 Cup Sparkling White Grape Juice

4 Slices Fresh Peaches

Ice Cubes

In a pitcher combine seltzer, peach juice (or nectar), and sparkling white grape juice. Divide among four large ice-filled glasses. Garnish with peach slices. Serves 4

Lemon Smash

INGREDIENTS

10 Mint Leaves

3/4 Ounce Simple Syrup

3/4 Lemon (Cut Into 8 Wedges & Remove Seeds)

Club Soda

Crushed Ice

In a large glass, combine mint leaves and simple syrup. Add lemons to glass and press with a muddler to extract juice and oils. Fill glass 2/3 of the way with crushed ice. Fill with club soda and garnish with a sprig of mint. Serves 1

Raspberry Limeade

Pressing raspberries through a fine-mesh sieve will get every bit of juice into this refreshing limeade while leaving those annoying seeds behind. If you want to make it in advance, add the seltzer when ready to serve.

INGREDIENTS

2/3 Cup Fresh Lime Juice

1/2 Cup Sugar

1 1/2 Cups Fresh Raspberries or Frozen (Thawed)

3 Cup Seltzer Water

Ice Cubes

In a large pitcher combine lime juice and sugar. Stir well until sugar dissolves. Put raspberries in a fine-mesh sieve over a medium-size bowl. Using a rubber spatula press on the berries to extract the juice and some pulp. Stir the raspberry juice into the pitcher. Just before serving stir in seltzer. Serve over ice. Serves 4

Garden Virgin Mary

INGREDIENTS

3 Large Ripe Tomatoes (Cut Into Wedges)

1/4 Cup Fresh Lemon Juice

2 Stemmed & Seeded Jalapeno Peppers

2 Teaspoons Prepared Horseradish

1 Teaspoon Worcestershire Sauce

1 Teaspoon Sugar

1/2 Teaspoon Celery Salt

1/2 Teaspoon Freshly Ground Pepper

4 Large Green Olives For Garnish

Ice Cubes

In a blender or food processor puree tomatoes, lemon juice, jalapenos, horseradish, Worcestershire, sugar, celery salt, and pepper. Scrape down sides if necessary. Pour into a large pitcher and place in fridge for 2 hours. When ready to serve divide among 4 ice-filled glasses. Spear olives onto toothpicks for garnish. Serves 4

Valentine Nights

INGREDIENTS

5 Ounces Unsweetened Fresh Pomegranate Juice

1 Ounce Club Soda

3 Tablespoons Orgeat Syrup

2 Teaspoons Rose Water

1 Teaspoon Orange Blossom Water

Ice Cubes

In a large wine glass filled halfway with ice cubes, combine pomegranate juice, club soda, orgeat syrup, rose water, and orange blossom water. Stir well. Serves 1  Note: Orgeat syrup is a sweet syrup made from almonds, sugar and rose water or orange flower water. It was, however, originally made with a barley-almond blend.

© Victoria Hart Glavin

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    Victoria

    Victoria has been cooking and writing recipes since she was a teenager. Originally from Nebraska, her appreciation for culinary technique took off when she moved to Lyon, France. Victoria is published in Hearst Newspapers, Greenwich Free Press, New Canaanite, and more.

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