I have had sooooo many questions about my quarantine mocktail, and I have written this out sooooo many times in response to many, many DM’s that I figured it was more efficient to create a post so that it would have a place to live forever.
When my daughters both came home at the beginning of the quarantine (one from college and one to work from home), they started pulling out the wine most nights. “Who’d like a glass of wine with dinner?” I am not a weeknight drinker. I hardly drink alcohol at all, to be honest. But I started with a sip or two and then it became a glass and then Hubs got into making Tiki cocktails on Instagram. All of a sudden, I was drinking a few times a week out of habit, but it was nothing that was doing me any good.
I know some people drink socially. Well, we weren’t going out. Some people drink to relax. Well, we were all pretty relaxed. I was in a habit for no good reason, other than my daughters and husband were doing it and sometimes a drink tasted good.
But alcohol doesn’t really have any health benefits, and if I wasn’t getting any other benefits, then what was really the point? In fact, my already bad sleep was getting a little worse! So I created a mocktail to replace my nightly cocktail and you know what? I liked it MORE!
Now, I’m in a mocktail habit. I generally make the same one every night. I don’t even bother measuring the ingredients anymore. But it’s tasty, refreshing and I look forward to the process of making it every day around 5 o’clock. I do make mine very spicy, that is I use a lot of ginger juice. I think this drink is one of those things that you’ll have to adjust to your own liking. You might like a tall glass of sparkling water with a teaspoon of ginger juice and a hefty squeeze of lime. Start with just a little ginger juice and add more. If you don’t have a juicer, you can blend chopped ginger with enough water to make the blend move, and then strain through a fine mesh sieve.
I juice loads of ginger at once and freeze 1 jar for later in the week or the week after. I usually keep some ginger in the fridge for 3-4 days. I actually used some powdered ginger at my mom’s house, and it was tasty. But then I used my powdered ginger and it didn’t have the same oomph! Well, I’m, curious to hear your thoughts about this mocktail. Please tag me @pamelasalzman #pamelasalzman on Instagram if you make it. And let me know your favorite mocktails! I’m always ready to mix it up!
- 1-2 Tablespoons ginger juice*
- 2 Tablespoons lime juice (about 1 lime)
- Couple drops of stevia
- ½ cup sparkling water
- Pour ice into a glass cup. Add ginger (start with 1 T and add more if you like spicy) and lime juice. Give it a stir and sweeten with a couple drops of stevia, to taste. Top with sparkling water. Stir and enjoy!