Not everyone imbibes. I know, I know, this may come as a shock to some of you, but it’s true. Some people who abstain from alcohol do so for religious, health, or practical reasons. Hey, being the designated driver is very practical and here at Home-Ec 101 we encourage adults to act responsibly and taking your turn as DD is part of acting responsibly.
A good host or hostess will always provide plenty of non-alcoholic beverages.
Did you know that people who aren’t drinking alcohol also enjoy the occasional festive drink? Treat them right, no really. Don’t relegate them to plain old fruit juice or soda. They are the ones responsible for getting everyone home safely, show a little appreciation.
First up is the Meet Me at the Mist-letoe Martini -see what they did there? I had to make a quick substitution, I live in a somewhat small town and apparently raspberry juice is just too fancy for us. I thought cherry juice would make a fine substitution because I am far too lazy to juice raspberries for my guests, even if that means I’m a terrible hostess. However Sierra Mist Natural is much nicer than me, the soda is made with real sugar, no artificial ingredients, 100% natural flavoring and I’m sure the fine folks at Sierra Mist would happily juice raspberries for you. Just ask.
My kids were thrilled to get to drink out of the “fancy” glasses when they sampled the mocktails. They felt six kinds of special.
Don’t worry, next week we’ll try out a couple of cocktails, just for fun.
: Mist-letoe Martini Mocktail
- 2 oz Sierra Mist Natural
- 1 1/2 oz Raspberry Juice (or cherry juice)
- 3 Leaves fresh basil
- 1/2 oz fresh lime juice
- 1 oz blueberry juice
- In a glass, muddle two basil leaves and lime juice. (Unless you actually have pestle, just use a wooden spoon to mush the crud out of the leaves against the bottom of the glass. The point is to bruise the leaves so the basil flavor mixes into the lime juice)
- Add the raspberry (or cherry) juice and blueberry juice to the shaker, shake well and strain into a martini glass.
- Fill the glass with Sierra Mist Natural
- Garnish with basil and blueberries, if desired.
Cooking time: 3 minute(s)
Number of servings (yield): 1
The second option is the Frost Bite.
: Frost Bite Mocktail
- 3 oz Sierra Mist Natural
- 1 oz of White Grape Juice
- Fresh Blueberries
- Fresh Mint
- 1 oz pineapple juice
- In a shaker filled with ice, mix fresh lime juice and pineapple juice.
- Add white grape juice, mint, and blueberries
- Shake all ingredients well and strain into a large glass filled with ice.
- Top with Sierra Mist Natural and fresh blueberries.
Number of servings (yield): 1
In my house, the Mist-letoe Martini was preferred four to zero by the underage set. In all honesty, I believe it all was in the delivery mechanism. I think they just wanted the opportunity to use the fancy martini glasses. Personally, I liked the flavor of the Frost Bite, but I bet I’d be much more interested in the Mist-letoe Martini with mint instead of basil. (Did I ever tell you about the basil ice cream fiasco from when I was in LA last month? Let’s just say it left a bad, bad taste in my mouth)
So tell me, Home-Eccers are you into Frost Bite or Mist-letoe based on these recipes?
This is a sponsored campaign, I was compensated for my time and the ingredients. All opinions are my own (except for the idea that non-alcoholic drinks taste better out of martini glasses, that was all the kids).