Mixing up some mocktails 

This summer, one of my favorite activities was sitting on the front porch, sipping a Paloma mocktail with my older daughter, who loves a fancy drink just as much as anyone. We’d grind up some rosemary in lime juice, mix in some grapefruit juice and club soda, and – as Fancy Nancy would say – voila! — instant summer mocktail. 

This fall has been no different, and, as I bought a gallon of apple cider at the first moment I could, we have been experimenting with various mocktails that I wanted to share. 

First thing’s first, though: For the first two recipes, you need a fancy glass rimmed with cinnamon sugar. You can use a lime wedge (or water, let’s just be honest) and then dip the rim of the glass in a shallow dish with cinnamon sugar. But all of these semi-made up recipes need that because it’s just fun. 

This first recipe is based on Tieghan Gerard’s apple martini. For each drink, I mix 2 oz pomegranate juice, 4 oz apple cider, 2 oz club soda, and 1 tsp of maple syrup. But don’t forget the edible gold glitter. DON’T FORGET IT. It’s what makes this recipe. The deep red of the pomegranate juice and the light amber of the cider combining with the glitter is just absolutely beautiful. 

The second drink recipe is my own concoction, fruity and full of apple cider. It doesn’t have a name – yet, I suppose – but it’s easy and definitely makes you think of fall. Mix 4 oz apple cider with 4 oz club soda and add a sprig of rosemary. Rosemary and a sugar rimmed glass make drinks look super fancy, especially if you’re a preteen girl (ahem, my girl). Bonus points if you cut an apple and wedge it on the side. 

Lastly – it’s not a fancy drink, but it’s the one my little girl requests almost daily. It’s a hot chocolate I used to make my dad. First, ditch the pretty mocktail glass and grab a coffee mug – something big and warm and campfirey. Add a packet of hot chocolate and add warm milk into the mug – warm milk is always better than water. It just is. Then, add a scoop of ice cream; we prefer vanilla, but I think you could get creative and maybe mix in butterscotch or pistachio for a little added flavor. Then add in some chocolate chips; they’ll melt slowly and add an extra thickness to the hot chocolate packet. And, of course, the last step is marshmallows – the more the better.  

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