Mocktails and no-buzz bubbles

Alcohol-free cocktails

My go-to “mocktail” was once a standard soda and cranberry with a lime wedge. Eventually, the cranberry was eliminated for being too sweet.

Boring, I know, but I wasn’t fond of run-of-the-mill sodas, have avoided diet drinks for a while as most sweetening agents don’t mix well with me and non-alcoholic options either focussed on excessively fruity flavour profiles or seemed to be an afterthought on the drinks menu.

How times have changed.

Mocktails – or “temperance” beverages – are having their day, as are zero-proof (or almost zero) sparkling wines, as consumer preferences change and temperance options become more sophisticated and creative.

Plus, with the rise of home carbonation devices, many of us can experiment with non-boozy drinks in our own kitchens.

SodaStream recently shared a few recipe ideas with me, including the “You’re in a Jam” mocktail, which is reminiscent of my former cran-soda—strawberry jam, honey, lemon juice, cranberry juice (get the real stuff), and sparkling water. Garnish with a lemon twist and a sprig of rosemary.

The “Pear Mango Tango” mocktail could follow their recipe, or, you can replicate it with a can of Picture Pear-Fect all-natural fruit soda from Lass Chance by pouring this soda into a tall glass, adding some mango juice and a squeeze of fresh lemon, then garnish with fresh mint. Hint: freeze a few big raspberries and use them instead of ice to keep this bevvie cool.

Farming Karma Fruit Co. has expanded its product line to include four non-alcoholic classic cocktail options: the mint and lime “Musing Mojito,” rhubarb and orange zest “Conscious Cosmo,” lime and ginger “Mindful Mule,” and the mango-flavoured “Mellow Mimosa.” Order online and have the chilling for impromptu pop-ins this summer. Easy peasy.

My search for a good no-booze gin and tonic came to an end at the Naramata Inn, as their version is as close as you can possibly get without the gin. If you’re not a fan of G&Ts, the Lumette! and Tonic – with Lumette! London Dry non-alcoholic spirit, Fentiman’s Tonic,and wild rose bitters – is simply a refreshing and sophisticated fizzy drink to enjoy.

Speaking of fizzy drinks, sparkling “wines” from Ones+ have just 0.5% alcohol and come in convenient cans. The sparking rosé and sparkling red are guilt free (no sugar or carbs), and are made from B.C. grapes. The red from Cabernet Sauvignon, the pink from Merlot, Cabernet Franc, and Malbec.

The red pairs well with a meaty flatbread grilled on the BBQ, the rosé with fresh Okanagan fruits served with crème fraiche.

Share both with friends this summer.

This article is written by or on behalf of an outsourced columnist and does not necessarily reflect the views of Castanet.

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A creative thinker with more than two decades of experience in communications, Allison is an early adopter of social and digital media, bringing years of work in traditional media to the new frontier of digital engagement marketing through her company, All She Wrote.

She is the winner of the Thompson Okanagan Tourism Association's 2011 and 2012 awards for Social Media Initiative, an International LERN award for marketing, and the 2014 Penticton Chamber of Commerce Business Excellence Award for Hospitality/Tourism.

Allison has amassed a following on multiple social networks of more than 30,000, frequently writes and about social media, food and libations as well as travel and events, and through her networks, she led a successful bid to bring the Wine Bloggers Conference to Penticton in June 2013, one of the largest social media wine events in the world, generating 31 million social media impressions, $1 million in earned media, and an estimated ongoing economic impact of $2 million.

In 2014, she held the first Canadian Wine Tourism Summit to spark conversation about the potential for wine tourism in Canada as a year-round economic driver.

Allison contributes epicurean content to several publications, has been a judge for several wine and food competitions, and has earned her advanced certificate from the Wine and Spirit Education Trust.

In her spare time, she has deep, meaningful conversations with her cats.

She can be reached at [email protected]

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