Stop. Stop what you are doing right now and go make this drink. MAKE IT NOW.
I came up with the prototype for this one night and asked Jack – Captain Picky Pants – to try it out. He said “holy smokes Mom, this is delicious. Can we have this every morning for breakfast”? It is that good, and you need it in your life.
Troy and I don’t drink for personal reasons, and often we’re left out of the fun drinks scene at parties and BBQs. We expect this, so will often bring a bottle of flavored sparkling water, but it’s still not the same. This recipe came from a desire to have something fun to drink along with the other adults. Since the 4th of July was approaching when I created it, I wanted to focus on something that was red, white, and blue. A tasty drink for us has to include sparkling water, and these effervescent mocktails do not disappoint.
My favorite part of these mocktails is that one of the key ingredients is a part of a delicious fruit that no one eats, and everyone just throws away. The humble pineapple core is woody, and almost no one saves it. I always slice it and put it on a plate lined with parchment and freeze it for smoothies. It may not be as delicious as the rest of the pineapple, but it still has a solid “pineappley” (<—- that’s word) flavor. Why waste it when you can use it in such a delightful drink?
Red, White, and Blue Mocktails
A delicious dairy-free mocktail that is a perfect drink for the 4th of July, BBQs, and parties. A tasty blend of red, white, and blue goodness in a glass.
- 1 can light coconut milk
- 1.5 cups pineapple core chunks (or sliced pineapple)
- 1/3 cup blueberries (fresh or frozen)
- 1/3 cup sliced strawberries
- plain sparkling water
In a blender, combine coconut milk and pineapple. Blend until smooth.
Pour into ice cube trays or muffin tins lined with parchment liners. Freeze for 20 minutes, and then add the berries. Alternatively, you can add the berries before pouring in the liquid mixture, but they will all sink to the bottom. If you want them more evenly distributed, adding them when the mixture is already a bit icy will help.
Once frozen, pop out the mocktail mixture from the ice cube or muffin tray. You can transfer to a freezer bag and store until ready to serve. Fill glass about 75% full with plain sparkling water and then add the ice cube. If you do it in reverse, the sparkling water will likely foam and could potentially cause a spill over.
These mocktails fits many needs – it is patriotic, delicious, and dairy-free. It is so fun and tasty that no one will even notice that it is free of booze.
Happy Independence Day (tomorrow) to my American friends, and to everyone else, enjoy your Tuesday! May I recommend you enjoy that random Tuesday with a red, white, and blue mocktail?