By now you’ve probably heard of “dry January”also known as people trying to get it back together after consuming their fair share of booze during the holidays. I know I’m guilty. Let’s just say that no sparkling was was safe.
Due to this mocktails have become a big deal, especially in January. The word mocktail comes from crushing together “mock” and “cocktail” together. A mocktail is a non-alcoholic cocktail which can consist of a wide range of ingredients like fruit juices, drinking vinegars, tea-based syrups and homemade bitters or shrub, herbs and spices, soda and other elements
I know some people ( mainely bartenders) who aren’t thrilled with the word “mocktail”. However, it’s kind of the perfect word. It lets you know what you are getting into. So until someone comes up with a better word, non-alcoholic drinks will be known as mocktails.
If you are having a dry month, there’s good news. For the first time in America we be celebrating, National Mocktail Week. Taking place, the second full week of January 13-19, the week recognizes the growing desire by a number of Americans, mindful of alcohol consumption to seek alternatives to traditional drinks.
National Mocktail Week supports and celebrates the decision to drink non-alcoholic cocktails and encourages friends and family to do the same. The movement is spearheaded by founder Marnie Rae. 15 years ago, Marnie got sober and it didn’t take long for her to realize that fun, delicious, grown-up cocktails were not an option in most of the hospitality world. Marnie founded National Mocktail Week as just one aspect of her movement to make Mocktails a standard on the drink menu.
Below is a recipe by Marnie Rae so that you are mocktail ready for the week. If it’s not your jam, check out her website where she has an array of recipes to choose from.
1 ½ cups pomegranate juice
1 cup frozen raspberries
4 tbsp. vanilla bean paste
5 drops lemon extract
5 drops orange extract
2 pomegranates worth of pips
In a large saucepan, add all ingredients but the pom seed. Bring to light simmer over medium low heat. Simmer for approximately 25 minutes. Let cool.
Blend well in a blender to incorporate all ingredients. Add soda/sparkling water to taste. Garnish with pom seeds!