Celebrate the holidays with 9 of our favorite mocktail recipes featuring a Food Matters twist with some of our favorite medicinal ingredients.

STRAWBERRY, MINT AND ROSEMARY MOJITO

A delicious mix of berries, rosemary, and mint makes this mocktail the talk of the party. All you need is some kombucha or kefir and a few ingredients, and you're set to impress all of your guests this holiday season!

INGREDIENTS

  • 500 mL of Kombucha or coconut water kefir (we love making our own but a good-quality store-bought one is great too)
  • 500 mL sparkling water 
  • 1/4 cup sliced strawberries 
  • 2-inch piece of ginger, finely sliced  
  • A handful of fresh mint leaves  
  • 1-2 sprigs of fresh rosemary

METHOD

  1. Combine all ingredients in a 1-2 L jug and serve straight away.

FRESH FENNEL COCKTAIL

Soothe your tummy with this combination of turmeric and fennel seeds. Fennel seeds are well known for their ability to treat the gastrointestinal tract. The seeds help to relax and soothe muscles, stimulate the flow of digestive juices and assist in reducing pain and inflammation. So next time you over-indulge, create this number to help reduce the bloat.

INGREDIENTS

  • 1-inch turmeric, grated 
  • 1 tsp fennel seeds 
  • 1 tbsp pure maple syrup 
  • Juice of 1 grapefruit 
  • 500mL (2 cups) water 
  • Sprigs of thyme to serve

METHOD

  1. Combine all ingredients, share between two glasses, top with water and serve with a sprig of thyme.

HAPPY TUMMY PUNCH

Lemon and ginger are always our go-to ingredients when the tummy is feeling a little off! These two combined will work quickly to soothe any tummy ache and have you feeling happy again!

INGREDIENTS

  • 1 lemon, skin removed 
  • 1 orange, skin removed 
  • 1 pink grapefruit, skin removed 
  • 1-inch of fresh ginger 
  • Handful of mint 
  • 1 small Lebanese cucumber 

METHOD

  1. Juice all ingredients. 
  2. Divide between two glasses and serve with fresh mint and fresh pieces of grapefruit.

MULE KOMBUCHA COCKTAIL

Fermented drinks such as kombucha are a great post-meal drink to help your body along with the job of digestion! Including some kombucha in your day over the busy holiday period will help keep your bodies healthy bacteria in check!

INGREDIENTS

  • 500mL (2 cups) kombucha 
  • Handful of mint 
  • 1 lime, cut into wedges
  • 1-inch piece of ginger, thinly sliced

METHOD

  1. Divide ingredients between glasses and serve.

HOMEMADE CULTURED LEMONADE

This naturally fermented lemonade soda is loaded with probiotics that give it its fizz and foam. A dryer soda, the lemonade is only slightly sweet from honey with lemon. Serve it over ice, garnished with fresh lemon slices.

INGREDIENTS

  • 6 cups water
  • 1/2 cup honey
  • 1 cup fresh lemon juice (approx. 6-8 lemons) 
  • ½ - 1 cup kefir

SPECIAL EQUIPMENT

  • Glass Bottles

METHODS

  1. Juice your lemons using a juicer or squeeze juice to make about 1 cup of lemon juice. 
  2. Warm the water in a saucepan over low heat, keeping it just warm enough to dissolve the honey. Whisk in the honey continuously until fully dissolved. Turn off the heat, and remove the pot from the stove.
  3. Whisk the lemon juice and kefir into the honey water. 
  4. Pour the lemonade through a funnel into three glass bottles. Seal the bottles, 
  5. Allow the lemonade to sit at room temperature to ferment at least 24 hours or up to 7 days. You can open a bottle to check for fizziness and flavor, keeping in mind that the warmer your kitchen and the more time you allow, the sourer and more fizzy your soda will be.

RASPBERRY LIME & POMEGRANATE FIZZ

We all need a little extra gut loving at Christmas time, which is why we choose to include drinks like this water kefir number that we know are going to help nourish our gut!

INGREDIENTS

  • 500 mL water kefir (we used some of our favorite from Felicity Evans, but it's so easy to make yourself) 
  • 1 lime, sliced or quartered
  • 1/2 cup fresh raspberries  
  • 1 pomegranate, deseeded
  • A few fresh thyme sprigs

METHODS

  1. Combine all ingredients in a glass jug and enjoy immediately!

TURMERIC, ORANGE & GINGER SPRITZER

INGREDIENTS

  • 2 oranges 
  • 1 lime 
  • 3 cm (1 inch) piece fresh ginger 
  • 3 cm (1 inch) piece fresh turmeric 
  • 1 tbsp coconut sugar (optional) 
  • 1 bottle chilled sparkling mineral water

METHODS

  1. Juice citrus fruits, ginger & turmeric. 
  2. Mix in coconut sugar. 
  3. Serve mixed with mineral water & extra fruits if desired.

BERRY LEMONADE

INGREDIENTS

  • ½ cup lemon juice 
  • ⅓ cup filtered water 
  • 1 tbsp pure maple syrup 
  • 1 cup frozen berries 
  • 1 lime, sliced 
  • 1 bottle chilled sparkling mineral water

METHODS

  1. Mix together lemon juice, filtered water, maple syrup in glass jar and shake well. This will be the lemonade base. 
  2. Add berries to jug or divide between glasses, along with sliced lime. Top with lemonade mix.

VEGAN EGGNOG

"Vegan" and "Eggnog" do not sound like two things that should go into a sentence together, however, we had community requests for a Vegan Eggnog so we took the same great flavors, ditched the dairy, ditched the eggs, soaked some cashews and created a version that tastes so good!!

INGREDIENTS

  • 3 cups almond milk 
  • 1/2 cup full-fat coconut milk
  • 6 Medjool dates, pitted
  • 1 cup cashews, soaked overnight, drained and rinsed
  • 2-3 tsp ground cinnamon 
  • 1 1/2 tsp freshly grated nutmeg
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract 
  • Pinch of ground cloves
  • Generous pinch of sea salt
  • 2 tbsp Bourbon (optional)

METHODS

  1. In a high-powered blender, combine all ingredients. 
  2. Blend on high until smooth and creamy.
  3. Optional: to heat or strain through a fine-meshed sieve.