We interrupt your normally scheduled alcohol to bring you.....a mocktail. I know, I know - it's the weekend. And if it's been one of those weeks, head here for our list of all past Saturday Sips columns with plenty of boozy options. But, perhaps, you've been having that nagging feeling that you need something healthier. Something that will make you feel special tonight but not retched in the morning. Today, ladies, I present the almost-like-a-cocktail mocktail.
Don't get me wrong - I love a good rosé or gin & tonic or frozen watermelon slushie. But there are some days that I know I need to lay off the booze and give my liver a break. Still, by 5pm, I want something different than the coffee, tea and water I've been drinking all day. I need something that says, "Hey, you! Congrats! You made it through work/homework/laundry/parenting/dinner prep - cheers to you!" Here's how I tricked my myself out with a mocktail.
I started with this Trader Joe's Spindrift, a flavored seltzer water. It's the first time I've tried it and so far, I'm impressed. Spindrift is available in a 4-pack of cans and comes in raspberry/lime, cucumber, grapefruit, watermelon and lemon. This seltzer has just 10 calories and 2 grams of sugar (at least for the raspberry/lime).
The tricks to making this mocktail feel like more than just seltzer water are simple.
- Pour it into a fun glass. Martini, wine, margarita - just not your basic water cup.
- Jazz it up a bit. I opted for some fresh-cut limes and a spring of rosemary.
The stemless wine glass made my seltzer water feel fancy and between the bubbles and the blend of flavors I almost might have believed there was some vodka mixed in there too. Which you could do. Tomorrow night.