I love a good fresh drink in the Spring, the nights are getting lighter and the days are getting warmer. Sitting out in my yard on an evening wrapped in my favourite cardi, I would usually opt for a nice refreshing glass of wine. The problem now, however, is that with my kidney’s not really been that well I cannot drink much alcohol at all. It isn’t like a drink a lot anyway but I wanted to expand this into something that all of us as a family, children included can enjoy on these evenings, or even during the day.
This is my top 5 spring mocktail receipes suitable for the entire family which are also not triggering for my Crohns.
- 1 cup Sprite soft drink
- 1 cup orange juice
Place the ice in 2 glasses and add a splash of Grenadine to each glass. In a small pitcher or other container, stir the Sprite and orange juice together. Slowly pour over the Grenadine, dividing the mixture between the two glasses.
Hocus Pocus Fizz
- 1 1/2 cups pineapple juice
- 1/4 teaspoon almond extract
- 1/4 teaspoon Imitation Coconut Extract
- 3 drops Red Food Colouring
- 2 drops Yellow Food Colouring
- 1 bottle sparkling white grape juice
Mix pineapple juice, almond extract, coconut extract and food coloring in a small picture or large measuring cup.
For each drink, pour 2 ounces pineapple juice mixture into beverage glass. Top with 4 ounces sparkling white grape juice.
Herby Pineapple Limeade
- 5 cups pineapple juice
- Juice of 5 limes
- Zest of 2-3 limes
- Large handful basil
- Large handful mint
- Fizzy water (about 2-3 cups)
Mix the basil, mint and lime zest in the bottom of a big jug and add a couple cups of ice. Pour it over lime and pineapple juices and add the bubbly water to taste. Stir it up with a wooden spoon the serve in glasses. You can top this with a bit more ice and sprigs of basil and mint for garnish.
Honey-Sweetened Limeade with Strawberry and Basil
To Make the Honey-Sweetened Simple Syrup:
- 1 cup honey
- 1 1/2 cups water
For the Limeade:
- 12-15 medium size fresh limes plus 1 more as garnish (you need 1 cup of lime juice)
- 1 cup strawberries, sliced – plus more as garnish
- 1/4 cup of basil, chopped – plus more as garnish
- 5-6 cups of water
To make the honey-sweetened simple syrup: Place honey and 1 1/2 cups of water in a small saucepan. Cook until honey is completely dissolved. Set aside and let it cool. Zest 3 limes and place the zest in the saucepan with the dissolved honey. Squeeze the juices of the limes. You should have at least one cup of lime juice.
To make the limeade: Place the honey mixture and lime juice in a pitcher. Add in sliced strawberries and chopped basil. Add in 5 cups of cold water and give it a good stir. Place it in the fridge to cool for at least 2 hours. When ready to serve, pour limeade into glasses filled with ice and garnish with chunks of strawberries and fresh basil leaves.
Orange Iced Tea
- 4 Earl Grey tea bags
- ¼ cup sugar
- 2 teaspoons orange-flower water
- 2 large oranges, sliced into rounds, divided
- 4 mint sprigs, plus more for serving
Place tea bags and sugar in a large heatproof pitcher or measuring glass and pour 7 cups boiling water over; stir to dissolve sugar. Let steep 15 minutes. Remove tea bags and stir in orange-flower water, half of orange slices, and 4 mint sprigs. Chill 4–8 hours. Strain tea into ice-filled glasses and garnish drinks with remaining orange slices and more mint sprigs.
I would love to hear if you have any family friendly mocktail recipes, if so please leave them or a link to them below.
Thanks for reading.