Let me start by saying I love a good cocktail as much as the next person, however, during the week, drinking alcohol has a tendency to effect my sleep and/or productivity and has been known to leave me with a nasty headache in the morning (even after just 1). I have found that sometimes I like to have a refreshing beverage, but without some of the negative side effects of alcohol. It’s also worth mentioning that drinking even small amounts of alcohol on a daily basis has been linked to higher risk of certain cancers.
“In 2010 the official World Health Organization body that assesses cancer risks formally upgraded its classification of alcohol to a definitive human breast carcinogen…In 2013, scientists published a compilation of more than one hundred studies on breast cancer and light drinking (up to one alcoholic beverage per day). The researchers had found a small but statistically significant increase in breast cancer risk even among women who had at most one drink per day (except, perhaps, for red wine). They estimated that, every year around the world, nearly five thousand breast cancer deaths may be attributable to light drinking.”
Bearing all of the above reasons in mind, I started to play around with ‘Mocktail’ recipes and this one is a delicious and refreshing beverage to be enjoyed for any occasion, at any time of day.
*This recipe calls for a homemade simple syrup. It will likely make more than you need for 4 mocktails but I save it in a jar in the refrigerator so I have it on hand for next time.
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Grapefruit Rosemary Mocktail
- 2 c. Grapefruit Juice Unsweetened
- 2 c. Club Soda
- 6 Sprigs of Rosemary
- 1/2 c. Granulated Sugar
- 1/2 c. Water
- In small saucepan, bring the water, sugar, and rosemary to a boil, then reduce and simmer until sugar is fully absorbed. Once sugar is absorbed, remove from heat and let cool. *This only takes about 5-6 minutes so be sure to watch carefully so it doesn't burn.
- In a cocktail glass or martini glass (if you are feeling fancy), pour equal parts grapefruit juice and club soda. Add 1-2 tbsp of simple syrup (to taste), stir to combine and serve with a fresh rosemary sprig as a garnish.