You read right; mocktail. This wine lover is considering giving up alcohol. Ok, well maybe not give up entirely but certainly reducing the amount I drink and finding healthier alternatives that don’t leave my head pounding and insides a mess.
I am by no means a heavy drinker. I generally have a couple of glasses of wine at the weekend and that’s it. BUT in the last year my tolerance to alcohol has massively declined. I would never get hung over (with the exception of a few too many rum punches in Barbados), I could have a few glasses of wine, sleep sound and wake up a fresh. Ha, not now. One glass and my head hurts, my tummy starts to feel unsettled, my sleep is disturbed and I wake up feeling like I’ve been hit by a truck.
At the grand old age of 23 I, Elle, declare myself a light weight. I think this is just another sign that I am a grandma before my time [see: always cold, likes to be in pjs by 7pm, ready for bed by 9pm].
Not drinking can be a great decision for your health but it can be boring af in social situations. Don’t get me wrong, I love herbal tea and drink a lot of water but sometime I want something more, something a little fancy, perhaps with a fizz. My go to would be kombucha or vegan kefir which I LOVE but sadly there is only one premium priced store with limited options near me that sells it, and online shipping costs are crazy expensive.
To save my pennies and satisfy my wine cravings I decided to try my hand at mocktails. This recipe is adapted from ‘Simmer and Sauce’. I eliminated the sweetener because I don’t have a sweet tooth but if you do, by all means put it in.
Juice ½ lemon
1 tsp dried rosemary (or ideally a fresh sprig)
200ml soda water
1 tsp agave/honey (optional)
- Add all the ingredients to a tumbler. [Note: I squished my blueberries a bit to get more juice/flavour out of them].
- Give it a good shake, like you’re playing a single maraca.
- Strain into a glass. Garnish with a few blueberries and a sprig of fresh rosemary.
- Best enjoyed outside with friends.