Virgin Bloody Mary recipe

Mocktails!

There is nothing more refreshing than a beverage that tastes delicious and provides health benefits!  The concept of Dry January is nearly over for those who use this month to kick start a year of health. We all have the best intentions as the year starts to fulfill our expectations and goals for the year to come. Let me help with my three delicious, spiritless mocktails: Mockmosas, a Virgin Bloody Mary, and Margarita. They offer health benefits and deliciousness to help to maintain your Dry January throughout the year. 

Non-alcoholic Options

In addition to these two recipes, there are so many choices offering non-alcoholic alternatives. Most bars, restaurants and “package stores” (as we called liquor stores) offer many non-alcohol alternative beers and cocktail ingredients. 

Not only are they non-alcoholic, but they are lower in calories depending on the fruit juice and ingredients you use to create your mocktails. Generally, they are 100 calories or less. Additionally, mocktails don’t create chemical dependence, are very hydrating, and will not interrupt your sleep. Dr. B’s last blog addresses Dry January A must read!

May all your intentions become realized this coming year.🤞🤞😊

To Healthy Cooking and Eating,

Melissa 

Mockmosas or Virgin Bloody Mary … For brunch or anytime!

My mimosa cocktail is made with non-alcoholic champagne and chilled orange juice with a splash of grenadine. Garnish with whole strawberries, cherries, a sprig of mint, and/or orange slices. My virgin Bloody Mary is made with tomato juice (spicy or plain), spirit-free vodka (or leave out), and spices, olives, cucumbers, or celery stalk. Very yummy!
Prep Time 5 minutes
Total Time 5 minutes
Course Brunch & Brunch Beverages, Drinks
Servings 8 Drinks

Ingredients
  

Mockmosas

  • 2-4 cups Orange juice 50% fresh, cold OJ; alternatives are cranberry juice (to create a poinsettia cocktail), grapefruit juice (for a megmosa), or other juices!
  • 1 bottle Non-alcoholic champagne Here are two spiritless champagne brands: Sutter Home Fre Brut or Chateau De Fleur – both delicious. Alternatives include sparkling 100% juice or club soda or seltzer (2 12-oz cans)
  • splash Grenadine Optional
  • Fresh citrus fruit Strawberries, cherries, sprig of mint, and/or orange slices. Add as you wish.

Virgin Bloody Mary

  • 1 32 oz Tomato juice Or Bloody Mary mix to make it easy
  • 8 oz Vodka, non-alcoholic OR leave out altogether! Here are two examples of spiritless vodka brands to try – RITUAL ZERO PROOF and STRYKK.
  • 1 tsp Worcestershire sauce If vegan, use vegan Worcestershire sauce
  • 1 medium Cucumber and/or lime Slice, peel and seed the cucumber. Slice the lime.
  • Green olives
  • 1 tsp Fresh ground pepper
  • 1/2 tsp Hot sauce

Instructions
 

  • Mockmosas—using cold OJ and non-alcoholic champagne, start with 50/50 of each and adjust to taste. Enjoy in champagne flutes!
  • Virgin Bloody Mary—mix all ingredients together, adjust to taste, and enjoy!

Notes

Melissa’s Modifications: 
There are so many options for making clean, healthy, zero-proof or spirit-free drinks. Healthy and low-calorie ingredients that are used to replace alcohol include, but are certainly not limited to, flavored seltzers, club sodas, sparkling 100% juices, kombucha, fruit juices, as well as non-alcoholic champagnes, wines, zero-proof drinks, and beers. They have flooded the market and are offered at most local drinking/eating establishments.
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Margaritas (Virgin or Alcoholic)

Margaritas are a fresh citrus drink perfect for Cinco de Mayo celebrations or any time. They are refreshing, whether prepared as virgin beverages or with a little Jose Cuervo.
Prep Time 20 minutes
Total Time 20 minutes
Course Drinks
Cuisine Mexican
Servings 4 Servings

Ingredients
  

  • 1/2 cup Lime juice
  • 1/2 cup Lemon juice
  • 1/4 cup Superfine sugar Or more to taste
  • Crushed ice
  • 8 oz Club soda
  • 4 Lime wedges Optional, or use lemon wedges
  • 1 Tbsp Kosher salt Optional

Instructions
 

  • Simply combine the lime juice, lemon juice, and sugar (or sugar substitute) in a small pitcher, stirring until the sugar has dissolved.
  • For a Margaritaville-style frozen drink, blend the lime juice, lemon juice, club soda, and sugar with four cups of ice in a high-powered blender. Blend until the mixture is nice and slushy.

For a Fancy Margarita Experience

  • Prepare a salted glass with the below three steps. Optional, but it makes the glasses look fancy!
  • Swipe a lime wedge around the rim of the glass.
  • Pour coarse salt onto a small plate then dip the edge of the glass into the salt, rolling it around until the rim of the glass is coated.
  • Pour the lemon-lime mixture into your salted-rim glasses and enjoy!

Notes

Melissa’s Modifications: 
Margaritas are a refreshing drink for a hot summer’s day and of course to celebrate Cinco de Mayo!
To reduce sugar, I used 6 drops of Stevia Clear which reduces the sugar to zero calories and has plenty of sweetness to balance the tartness of the lemons and limes.
Nutritional Values: The virgin version contains very few calories, especially if you are using Stevia Clear.
Add 4 oz. of 90 proof tequila, and you just added a whopping 300 calories and 28g of carbohydrates!
Stick with the virgin version whenever you can … it’s certainly better for you!
Tried this recipe?Let us know how it was!

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