In preparation for our upcoming Mocktail Happy Hour with (soon to be mom of 2!) Romer Skincare CEO Lauren Rome, we asked The Lady Bartender to share a few of her favorite mocktail recipes. Just because you're pregnant, doesn't mean you can't join in on the happy hour fun! Try one of these creative, refreshing and fun alcohol free drinks, and join us on Instagram Live Thursday the 18th for a candid conversation about self care and momming.
Rodeo Rose Mocktail
This tart citrus beverage is balanced so nicely and has an unexpected floral finish. Drinking cranberry juice while pregnant has been shown to reduce the chance of UTIs and is full of antioxidants that help reduce anxiety, fatigue and migraines.
3 oz thickened grapefruit juice
½ oz hibiscus infused simple syrup
½ oz unsweetened cranberry juice
1-2 sprays orange flower (neroli) water
1 dried grapefruit wheel for garnish
1. Make your thickened grapefruit juice:
We used Simply Grapefruit juice, but feel free to juice your own fresh if you have the extra time.
Place half of the grapefruit juice (cold) in a large mixing bowl and sprinkle with 1 tsp gelatin. Heat the remaining grapefruit over medium heat to a light simmer then add to cold mixture. Stir to combine completely and allow to chill.
Why in gods name would you thicken grapefruit juice? Great question! When you heat and thicken the grapefruit juice it brings out more of the grapefruit flavor. It will also give your mocktail added body that can often be missing in alcohol free beverages.
2. Make your simple syrup:
Simmer 1 cup of sugar and 1 cup of water until sugar is dissolved. Take off heat, add 1/4 cup dried hibiscus flowers and steep until cool. Strain into a glass lidded jar and store in the fridge.
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Prepare your rocks glass by spraying with the orange flower and adding your ice. In a cocktail shaker, mix the remaining ingredients except the tonic over ice until chilled and combined. Strain over your ice cube and top with tonic. Garnish with a dried grapefruit wheel.
Lime in the Coconut Mocktail
Like a baby moon in a glass! I've taken this classic tropical combo and add a special twist that you'll be craving more than pickles and banana sandwiches.
2 oz tulsi rose infused coconut milk
¾ oz reduced cola syrup
¾ oz fresh lime juice
sprig of fresh mint
1. Make your rose coconut milk: 12-24 hours before you want to make your mocktail, transfer one can of coconut milk into a lidded glass jar and place 3-4 bags of tulsi rose tea to steep. If you're not a big rose fan, choose a different floral tea to your liking.
2. Make the cola syrup: Simmer 12 oz cola + ¼ cup sugar over medium heat until reduced to approximately half the volume. Transfer to a glass jar and chill in the fridge.
TIME TO MIXOLOGY
Vigorously shake coconut milk, syrup and lime juice over ice until well combined and you’ve got a nice froth. Pour directly into a collins glass and top with soda. Gently 'spank' a sprig of mint between your palms and place in the glass as garnish. Giving the mint a slap before you garnish releases some of the natural oils in the mint and will make it more fragrant.
Rosemary’s Crazy Mocktail
A little kick for when your little is kicking. I love to serve this one in a large wine glass that feels like a goblet fit for a queen.
½ oz maple syrup
½ oz fresh lemon juice
sprig of rosemary + extra for garnish
citrus infused olive oil or chili oil
rosemary sea salt
1. Make your rosemary sea salt.
Get your glass ready by rubbing half of the outside rim with the lemon wedge and then gently pressing it into a dish of the rosemary sea salt. Give the glass a light tap to knock off any excess.
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In the bottom of a cocktail shaker add about a tsp of rosemary with the maple syrup and lemon juice. Muddle everything together with a few good taps. Add about 1oz of sparking water and ice and give it all a good shake. Strain into your glass, add more ice as needed and top with soda. Garnish with 5-10 drops of oil.
The oil in this recipe will also give a nice mouthfeel and an extra layer of flavor.
Join us at 5pm PST on Thursday August 18th on Instagram for a live Mocktail Hour with Lauren Rome, where she gives us her best self care hacks and survival tips for a working mom with 2 babies under 2!