~Takes boring old juice or soda and makes it something special
~Makes ya more likely to drink (seltzer) water throughout the day
~ Has fewer carbs/calories than a cocktail (which only sometimes matters)
But what I think is so nice about a mocktail is that, unlike a cocktail, which demands precision, mocktails are very forgiving. Today at the Warner Brothers Farmers Market, for example, we made a BASIL & BLACK PEPPER POMEGRANATE SODA. Soooooo light and refreshing, and soooooo simple.
|In honor of our dear Shirley.|
Seriously, it's that simple.
That's what's so great about a mocktail!! You can add more or less syrup, depending how sweet you want it. If you accidentally overdo it on the sweet, just add more soda water. Too mild? Just add more of whatever it needs (lemon, basil, etc.)
*Barkeep's tip: Be sure to include basil in each glass, either muddled or as a fresh garnish-- the nose on this mocktail makes the whole thing. So herbacious and fresh-- a unique soda experience.
Also, you may want to strain the mocktail before serving, depending how well you cracked the peppercorns. Or, if you like the bits, like we do, just pour and enjoy!
Another super simple, and super delicious mocktail.
The SHIRLEY TEMPLE.
Add HOUSE GRENADINE to Sprite/7-up. (approx 1:3)
Garnish with BOURBON POACHED CHERRIES
*Barkeep's tip: fill the glass with ice before starting, pile it in there!! The perfectly sweet mocktail really needs the chill and the bruising. Also, a straw really makes the magic happen