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Mixiology

Sparkling water and soda are refreshing, but let’s be honest — they can get a little boring. This fall, mix up something more exciting and serve it to your family and neighbors — suitable for all ages, or just enjoy a sip for yourself on a sunny afternoon.

These are a few of our favorite mocktail recipes:

Faux-jito

Mojito’s are so refreshing, and the fresh mint leaves and limes make even this mock version look fresh and bright.

Ingredients

  • 4 limes
  • 40-ish mint leaves
  • 6 tbsp sugar
  • 1.5 liters of sparkling or tonic water
  • 1 cup ice

Instructions

Juice limes into a pitcher. Muddle sugar and mint leaves. Don’t have a muddler? A thick wooden spoon will do the trick! Crushing the mint leaves releases all of the oils and flavor and creates the magic. Pour in sparkling or tonic water and add ice. Mix well. Garnish each glass with a fresh sprig of mint and slice of lime. Pairs beautifully with tapas or a light snack.

Hot “Not” Toddy

Fall is the season for getting cozy! For adjusting to the early nights and cuddling up with a warm drink. Hot Toddies are perfect for cool nights when your beverage is as much for toasting your hands as it is for toasting your insides.

Ingredients

  • 1 black tea bag
  • 1 teaspoon honey
  • pinch ground cloves
  • pinch ground nutmeg
  • 1 lemon, halved
  • cinnamon sticks

Instructions

Pour boiling water over 1 black tea bag in a mug and let steep for five minutes. In a separate glass or mug, combine the honey and spices. Add the hot tea and the juice of half a lemon to the mug. Stir. Cut the remaining half of the lemon into slices. Add lemon slices and cinnamon stick to the mug, as a fancy garnish. For extra flavor and visual appeal to “wow” your guests, add a slice of pear and sprig of rosemary.

Mocktail Mule

A booze-less twist on the ginger cocktail gets its sweetness from a honey-infused simple syrup and looks red carpet ready in a shiny copper mug!

Ingredients

  • honey
  • 1 half lime
  • 2 ounces fresh lime juice
  • 3 ounces ginger beer

Instructions

Make a honey simple syrup: add equal parts honey and water to a small saucepan and heat until the honey melts completely into the water. Let cool. Muddle lime and 1 oz of honey syrup in the bottom of a cocktail shaker. Add the lime juice and shake with ice for 10 seconds. Strain into a glass or copper mug. Top with ginger beer and stir.

Be sure to pickup a set of these gorgeous hammered Copper Mugs and Pitcher at Mountain Refined 480 N Main Street, Heber City.


 

Fancy Tip!

Add your favorite crushed berries or fruit to the mix. Blackberries anyone?

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