There are many different stories surrounding the invention of cocktails. Some say it was concocted by the British, some believe it was the Irish who first invented the cocktail, while some other legends believe it was invented in The Big Apple. Cocktail “Spirits historian David Wondrich” explores all of these myths and legends about cocktails and gets to the root of their origin.
But today’s post is about mocktails and especially, sentient mocktails. A few years ago when I was in London, helping a friend “dissipate some of his chubbiness”, I watched him and his guest sipping “X”, which made me come up with the mocktail alternative. Cocktails, that my friend and his guest were constantly gulping down, glass after glass, is made to explode inside the bellies. Just thinking about the harmful effects it would have on their bodies made me feel sorry for them. Alcohol is certainly a nuclear blast in any sentient body.
Cocktails – a concoction of different alcohols and syrups, are a common party favorite. They’re not only bad for health but also burn a large hole in your pocket. Instead try out these fresh, healthy, and inexpensive Veggie and Citrus mocktails. The veggie mocktail with kale and cucumber has a deep green color of chlorophyll, while the citrus mocktail with a slightly bitter sweetness of grapefruit, orange, and is packed with nutrients. These alcohol-free beverages are perfect to refresh yourself on a hot summer evening, after a “hard day’s night” working like a dog.
Nutritional Benefits: Grapefruit is a vitamin C powerhouse just like other citrus fruits which offers great immune boosting benefits to your body. It also contains a good amount of vitamin A which is another immune booster that helps accelerate your recovery time when under the weather. Adding grapefruit to your mocktail is a great way to strengthen your internal functions. Green grapes contain of the highest natural levels of vitamins C and K that boost your immunity and help with clotting. They are also rich in potassium that binds to excess sodium in your blood stream and flushes it out thus helping regulate blood pressure levels. Green grapes also contain resveratrol, a plant compound that helps your body metabolize fats which is great for people trying to lose weight. Add a bunch in your mocktail and enjoy these amazing benefits.
- For Citrus Mocktail
- 1 grapefruit
- 2 oranges
- 2 cups of green grapes, with seeds
- For Veggie Mocktail
- 4 kale leaves
- 1 cucumber
- 2 sprigs of coriander leaves
- 1 thumb-sized ginger
- 4 celery sticks
- Handful of arugula
- 2 cups green grapes
- 2 cups of cubed pineapples
Using a juicer
Wash, peel, and slice all the ingredients into small pieces.
Add the fruits to the juicer one and a time, and extract the juice
Mix well, pour the mocktails into serving glasses and serve.
You may add some cubes for an ice-cool Mocktail.
Using a blender
Blend all ingredients for citrus mocktail into a smooth liquid.
Pass the liquid through a cheesecloth and squeeze out the juice.
Repeat the same process for the veggie mocktail.
You may want to transfer the juice into an elegant decanter or jar to serve your guest or family.