Mocktails: The New Trend in Drinking

Everyone is more health conscious than ever, and now is the era of the…Mocktail! Have you ever asked a friend to go out for a drink with you only to be told they don’t drink alcohol? What a party killer! Now your non-alcohol drinking friends have no excuse to say no to going out on the town for a drink. These new drinks are perfect for anyone on medications, pregnant or who just hates the taste of alcohol. Bars and restaurants have caught on to the trend and saw that they had an opportunity to increase revenue by selling more than just a glass of sparkling water, or another boring glass of Coke. They are now turning the non-alcoholic drink into something of a hot trend. In Miami and other cities there are many Mocktail bars that only serve nonalcoholic drinks! No longer do you have to whisper with embarrassment for a …..Virgin Pina Colada, but instead you can ask in a loud voice for the …..Mocktail drink menu. And let me tell you some of these drinks are delicious. A Mocktail in not a soda with a splash of juice, it’s just as complex as the most elaborate martini and often comes with the same martini price. Mocktails aren’t served in humiliating plain glasses that scream…hey this person is having a VIRGIN drink! Instead they are served in Martini or Champagne stemware and come with fruit and umbrellas. Now your dedicated driver for the evening or friend that does not care for alcohol can also enjoy themselves……cheers!

Rosemary Blueberry Smash

1 sprig of rosemary
6-8 blueberries
1 oz honey syrup
1oz fresh squeezed lemon juice, strained
4 oz sparkling water

Gently muddle the blueberries, honey syrup and rosemary leaves in a cocktail shaker. Add lemon juice and ice and shake vigorously for a few seconds. Strain into a tall glass with ice. Add sparkling water and stir.