Is it weird that I'm in my 40's and yet I still feel peer pressure to drink when I go to parties and cookouts? Do you feel that too? It's crazy how our society seems to be based so much around food and drink, and if you don't drink it's like you're doing something wrong.
Nonetheless, sometimes I partake – when I'm not doing AIP or Whole30 – and I usually end up regretting it. And I'm not even getting drunk like I used to in my youth. Just one or two beverages seem to send me into a week-long hangover of increased gas and bloating, brain fog, and digestive issues. My functional medicine practitioner says it's leftover from my SIBO days – there are still some bacteria in there apparently that LOVE the ole' alcohol sugars (also why I cannot eat sugar alcohols like erythritol, xylitol, etc without the same effects).
I've found though that drinking mocktails satisfies both me and my desire for a fun beverage – and the ex-frat boys who have a need to get everyone wasted. I often don't mention that there's no alcohol in my drink, and most people look longingly at my beverage thinking it's some amazing fruity liquor drink. Seriously, the jealous stares are quite hilarious – and I'm also clear-headed enough to see them!
Here are 5 of the mocktail drinks I turn to often – they're Paleo & AIP and some of them are Whole30 as well (I indicate what diets they're appropriate for in each recipe):
You can watch this to see how to make the summer mocktails:
The Mocktail Recipes
Here are all of the recipes! Enjoy!
These fun mocktails for summer are the perfect solution if you want to enjoy a party without the alcohol. These non-alcoholic drinks are Paleo and AIP-compliant and 3 of them are Whole30-compliant as well.
Hibiscus Honey (Paleo & AIP):
- 1 cup Hibiscus Tea (I like Pique tea crystals Hibiscus Mint)
- 1 tbsp Honey
- 1/2 cup Sparkling Water or plain Kombucha
Coconut Lime Fizz (Paleo, Whole30, AIP):
- 1 tbsp Lime Juice
- 1/2 cup Coconut Milk
- 1/2 cup Sparkling Water
- optional: 1 tbsp Honey or Maple Syrup (taste without first, sometimes coconut milk is pretty sweet on its own)
Pineapple Strawberry (Paleo, Whole30, AIP):
- 1 x 13.5 oz can Pineapple Chunks (or 1.5 cups Pineapple with 1/2 cup Water)
- 1 cup Strawberries
- 1 cup Sparkling Water or plain Kombucha
- 1/4 cup fresh Mint
Watermelon Cooler (Paleo, Whole30, AIP):
- 2 cups Watermelon, cubed, seeds removed
- 1 cup Water
- 1 tsp fresh Lime Juice
Cucumber Mojito (Paleo and AIP):
- 1 Lime
- 1 tsp Coconut Sugar (or Honey)
- 1/2 Cucumber, peeled and chopped
- 1 cup Sparkling Water
- 10 fresh Mint Leaves
For the Hibiscus Honey:
- Brew the hibiscus tea and then mix the ingredients together into a cup and serve with some ice.
For the Coconut Lime Fizz:
- Mix the ingredients together in a glass and serve over ice. Taste and add sweetener if desired.
For the Pineapple Strawberry:
- Blend the pineapple chunks, pineapple juice from the can (or water), strawberries, and mint until smooth. Add the sparkling water and blend for a few seconds more or stir to incorporate. Serve in a glass with the mint leaves.
For the Watermelon Cooler:
- Blend everything in a blender until smooth. Serve over ice.
- Put the cucumber chunks into a blender. Cut the lime in half and squeeze the juice of 1 half into the blender. Add the coconut sugar (or honey) and sparkling water. Blend until smooth. Slice the remaining half of a lime into slices and add to the glass with the mint leaves and then muddle them gently with a muddler or spoon. Add some ice and then the cucumber mixture to the glass.
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