LEMON GINGER ROSEMARY MOCKTAIL
Serving size: 1
Those that know me know this is my signature mocktail combo. There's something about ginger paired with rosemary that I just can't get enough of.
You'll notice that all my mocktail recipes have some health-supportive component to them to elevate them above essentially "sugar water". If you're going to be putting something in your body, you might as well make it worthwhile and have it do *some* good for you, no matter how small.
• 1 tablespoon rosemary syrup* (recipe below)
• 2 tablespoons fresh squeezed lemon juice
• 1 piece fresh ginger (size of a brazil nut)
• 1 dropper full The Nue Co. Defense Drops
• ice cubes
• 1/2 cup ginger flavored kombucha
These immune boosting drops from The Nue Co. work like a charm and are made with a blend of herbs and adaptogens like echinacea and astragalus to support immune function as well as schisandra berry and eleuthero to help the body's stress response. I love all of their products and highly recommend checking them out.
My kombucha of choice for this mocktail (and always) is GT's Kombucha "Gingerade" flavor. Side note: the black bottle version (as opposed to the clear) taste SO much better so be sure to buy those if available.
ROSEMARY SYRUP INGREDIENTS
• 1/2 cup raw honey
• 1/2 cup water
• 4 sprigs fresh rosemary
DIRECTIONS FOR ROSEMARY SYRUP
Combine the honey and water in a small saucepan and bring to a boil. Once boiling, reduce the heat to low, add in the rosemary sprigs and simmer for 1 minute. Then, turn off the heat and allow the rosemary to steep in the liquid for a minimum of 1 hour (the longer you let it sit, the stronger the rosemary flavor).
Allow this mixture to cool completely before using and discard the rosemary sprigs. Store in a glass jar.
This syrup is so heavenly, I truly wish I could use it in more things.
DIRECTIONS FOR MOCKTAIL
In your glass, stir together 1 tablespoon of the rosemary syrup and the lemon juice. (For a stronger rosemary flavor or for a touch more sweetness, use 2 tablespoons of the rosemary syrup.)
Using a garlic press, squeeze the piece of fresh ginger over your glass to add fresh ginger juice to the mixture and scrape off any ginger pieces from the press into the glass. You may use 2 pieces of ginger (about the size of a brazil nut each) if you desire more of a kick.
Add in 1 dropper full of the immune boosting drops from The Nue Co. and stir everything together.
Add the ice cubes to the glass, followed by the kombucha and give the glass another stir. Top with a sprig of fresh rosemary, lemon slices, and garnish of choice (I picked these little flowers on my morning walk and couldn't resist adding them).
This is a classic mocktail for me for a reason. Outside of the health benefits from the fresh pressed ginger juice, lemon juice, and kombucha in here, the immunity drops take this up another level as a true tonic featuring adaptogens and more. The drops also tie in the rosemary theme with the addition of rosemary extract (a natural anti-bacterial and anti-fungal).