Spiced Fruity Festive Mocktail/Cocktail Recipe

So way before this blog existed, I was working on a recipe book and I developed recipes for many different diets. I also taught classes on healthy eating and healthy cooking. Although I still love to create new recipes and share them, I don’t always have the time to publish them here.
But today I snagged a few minutes to share a yummy drink that can be made for your upcoming Fall, Christmas and or New Years Eve gatherings. It can be made with or without alcohol and is absolutely delicious.

It is a marriage of some of my favorite flavors and smells heavenly too.
It takes about 20 minutes to prepare, Here is what you will need:


1.5 inches of fresh organic ginger (chopped)
1 bag of organic cinnamon sticks
1/3 cup of organic maple syrup
1/3 cup of filtered water
1/2 cup of organic sweet potato puree (canned works best)
1.5 teaspoons of organic vanilla extract
3/4 cups of orange juice
3/4 cup of lemon juice
3 cans of Reeds ginger beer or similar (avoid anything with gluten or high fructose corn syrup)
4 fresh springs of organic rosemary
1/2 cup of pomegranate arils
1 organic apple sliced in rounds
1 orange sliced in rounds
*Optional – organic dandelion bitters


First make your simple syrup.
Place water, ginger maple syrup, cinnamon sticks in a small pan. Bring to a boil over high heat and let boil for about 3 minutes. Turn off heat and add in sweet potato puree and vanilla extract. Mix well and strain using a spoon to push out the liquid if necessary.

Bring out your favorite glass cocktail decanter or juice pitcher. A clear vessel is best because it will show how pretty this drink is. Add your syrup, orange juice and lemon juice, mix and refrigerate until chilled.
If you’re making an alcoholic cocktail this is where you would add your alcohol of choice. Whiskey, Bourbon or Vodka will work well. Add per your taste buds and preferences but always remember to drink responsibly.

After your delicious creation has chilled, set up your glasses and add a few ice cubes to each glass. Fill each glass a little over halfway your mocktail/cocktail. Add a pour of ginger beer to each glass.
Place a cinnamon stick in each glass along with a spring of rosemary, the pomegranate arils, sliced apples and the sliced oranges. Serve immediately and enjoy!!
For those wanting to aid their liver when drinking alcohol, add in a dropperful of organic dandelion bitters.

If you are serving this to children who do NOT like ginger beer you can use organic sparling apple cider instead and it tastes absolutely delish this way too!

Let me know what you think of this recipe and be sure to tag me on social media if you decode to try it.

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