Sure, a glass of wine or a beer is a nice way to unwind, but every now and then, you deserve a happy hour that's a little more...hmmm. What's the word? Refined! We love sharing a new cocktail with you every week that can be made at home with recipes that are both easy and delicious! This mocktail recipe is courtesy of Christy Goff, a registered dietitian nutritionist and yoga instructor at Pacific Medical Centers.
For a refreshing, summer-inspired mocktail (or cocktail), try this blueberry ginger cooler! The syrup is easy to make and uses antioxidant-rich, blueberries and ginger. The spicy ginger compliments the blueberries and mint, while the sparkling water adds the perfect amount of bubbles for a refreshing drink.
- 2 cups of water
- 1.5 cups fresh blueberries
- 1 tablespoon grated ginger
- 3-4 tablespoons sugar or adjust to taste
- 2 cans of lemon-lime sparkling water, unsweetened
- Ice cubes
- Mint leaves (optional)
HOW TO MAKE IT
To make the syrup:
- In a saucepan, add water, blueberries and grated ginger and let it come to a boil
- Once the mixture starts boiling, add sugar and mix till it dissolves
- Lower the heat and use the back of your spatula or potato masher to crush the blueberries
- Let the mixture simmer for another 15 minutes
- Remove from heat and once the syrup has cooled down, cover it with a cling sheet and let it sit in the fridge for 1-2 hours
- This is important so that the flavors mix well- next, blend the mixture and strain the liquid into a glass jar and keep refrigerated until use (will last about 1-2 weeks)
To serve the cooler:
- Fill 1/4 of the glass with the syrup, add ice cubes
- Add lemon-lime sparkling water and stir until well combined
- Garnish with some fresh blueberries and mint leaves
Want to make this an adult beverage? Try vodka or gin!
This recipe was adapted from www.cookwithmanali.com.