Phew. Another year down.
I don’t know about you, but 2014 was a pretty big year for me. It felt like a lot of hurdles and in looking back, I’m not quite sure how I got through it all. I just have to say that I’m immensely grateful for all of the supportive, wonderful, and loving people in my life. You guys rock.
And, thank you, dear reader, for always brightening my day and giving me a reason to make pretty things in my kitchen.
Since it’s time for the year to come to a close, I think we better live it up… and that means, it’s time for a drink! I love all the pretty drinks on Pinterest these days, but since I don’t drink alcohol often, I wanted to round up my favorite non-alcoholic drinks so here are some healthy mocktails, DIY sugar-free sodas, juices, and smoothies so we can all ring in the New Year in style while still taking good care of our bodies.
I hope you have a wonderful and safe New Year’s and a happy 2015!
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Mocktails: Sodas, Spritzers and Bubbly Drinks… oh my!
Virgin Ginger Mimosas: OJ + Sparkling Water + Ginger + Fresh Clementines = Must Drink!
Non-Alcoholic Cranberry and Pear Spritzer: A simple mix of kombucha with fresh cranberries and sliced pear. Get your probiotics while you party on.
Non-Alcoholic Natural Calm Sangria: Definitely a holiday favorite! Instead of a base of sugary wine, this sangria uses a natural magnesium supplement for a bubbly and sweet treat loaded with health benefits.
Fermented Non-Alcoholic Ginger Beer: Did you know that you can ferment your own non-alcoholic ginger beer at home? It’s so easy! I have a full tutorial to show you how!
Sour Cherry Fermented Digestive Tonic: You know what sounds like the weirdest thing you could add to a drink? Brine. (Yup, brine — that salty liquid that’s used in sauerkrauts and vegetable ferments.) But you know what makes this drink absolutely awesome? Brine!
Non-Alcoholic Mango Mojito: This simple drink combines fresh mango with mint, lime wedges, and a splash of sparkling water for a delicious treat!
Ginger Spritzer: A simple mix of ginger tea and sparkling water makes this drink the perfect way to spice up the New Year.
Pineapple and Cucumber Spritzer: A delicious mix of fresh pineapple juice with sparkling water and cucumber slices. Tropical and refreshing!
Calm-Marita (aka the Healthy Margarita): Who needs tequila when you can enjoy this healthier version of a margarita that won’t leave you with a hangover!
Sugar-Free Vanilla Rosemary Soda: I love this soda for its sweet vanilla flavor that pairs perfectly with fresh rosemary and without any sugar!
Sugar-Free Green Tea Soda: Kick the diet soda habit this year by subbing this energizing blend of green tea, sparking water, and stevia instead!
Cranberry Rosemary Refresher: This one combines fresh cranberry and apple juice with rosemary for a deliciously sweet and herbal treat.
Pomegranate and Fennel Digestive Spritzer: Maybe it was all the heavy food or your tummy just needs a little help. This digestive spritzer is a delicious combo of kombucha with fresh sliced fennel that will help you get things back on track.
Blood Orange Spritzer (with Magnesium): Winter is the perfect time for fresh citrus and this drink combines fresh juice from blood oranges with magnesium for a delicious and calming beverage that’s sure to please.
Just Juice It!
Spicy Dessert Juice: Fresh beets, carrots, and apple are combined with ginger for a sweet and spicy combo that you’ll love – especially if you drink it from a wine glass!
Cucumber, Fennel and Ginger Juice: This fantastic combo eases the digestion and tastes great. What more can you ask from your juice?!
Kiwi Cleanser Juice: If you need to get back on the health track, this delicious combo will help you refresh your taste buds and take good care of your body.
Mojito Juice: Okay, this probably tastes nothing like a moijto that you’d find at a bar, but the combo of fresh cucumber, lemon, and mint always leaves me satisfied.
Digestive Aid Juice: The perfect remedy for after the holidays! This juice will get your digestive track back in order after indulging in heavier foods.
Green Lemonade Juice: A little sweet, a little tart, and perfect for any occasion.
Smoothies and Blended Goodness!
Coconut Ginger Smoothie: Do you like pina coladas? This smoothie is far better than any pina colada I’ve ever had and you won’t find any strange additives or extra sugar in this one!
Super Antioxidant Smoothie: Goji berries make this smoothie a delicious way to give your body an extra dose of antioxidants post-holidays.
Dreamsicle Smoothie: Remember those delicious dreamsicle popsicles from childhood? Now you can have a healthier (but just as delicious) version straight from your blender!
Sparkling Fruit Slushie: Fresh fruit combined with a little ice and sweetness? Yes! This one can be enjoyed in hot weather or on a cool New Year’s Eve.
Chia Agua Fresca: This agua fresca started as a summertime treat, but it can be enjoyed any time of the year! Sub a seasonal fruit of your choosing and get blending!
What’s your favorite healthy mocktail for New Year’s?0