A good friend of mine is having a baby soon (very!) and we mobilized to throw her a shower. Of course, she couldn’t drink alcohol and it hardly seemed fair to serve what the guest of honor could not drink at all. So I found a neat solution with two tasty drinks.
Several of my cocktail books also feature mocktails, although I admit they are the least used sections. One provided the recipe for a nice lavender drink and it was a simple matter to swap out the club soda with Prosecco for guests wanting a unique mimosa instead. The lavender syrup was ridiculously easy to make, as is the homemade grenadine I’ve mentioned before.4 oz sugar 4 oz water 1/2 teaspoon dried culinary lavender buds
Heat sugar and water on the stovetop until sugar is dissolved to make simple syrup. Remove from heat and add lavender buds (I used a loose tea holder to contain the buds). Let steep for 25 minutes, then strain into an airtight container and let cool completely. Refrigerate for up to 2 weeks.
Lady Lavender’s Mocktail or Mimosa (single), my variation:3 oz fresh grapefruit juice (I used 2 oz lemonade and 1 oz Rio Star grapefruit instead)
¾ oz Lavender Syrup
¼ oz grenadine
2 oz chilled club soda OR substitute sparkling wine for the mimosa
1 basil sprig
1 fresh lavender sprig (optional)
Fill a cocktail shaker with ice. Add the grapefruit juice, Lavender Syrup and grenadine and shake well. Strain into an ice-filled glass, stir in the club soda/sparkling wine and garnish with the basil and lavender sprigs.
Pitcher Quantity (makes 24 drinks):6 c. lemonade (I used the Simply Lemonade brand) 3 c. pink grapefruit juice (I used Tropicana Ruby Red) 2 ¼ c. Lavender Syrup ¾ c. grenadine Bottle each of club soda and sparkling wine
Mix the first four ingredients prior to the event and chill well. Add the club soda or sparkling wine to individual glasses at serving.
In order to attend to other details and not babysit the drinks, we put out the pitcher of mocktail mix, ice, bottles of chilled club soda and Prosecco, and instructions for guests to top their drinks with either club soda or Prosecco according to their preference, so this drink gives hosts and guests great flexibility. It is also a variable mix as you can play around with the ratios of grapefruit juice, lemon juice or lemonade, and syrups to find the sweetness or tartness that suits you.
A great drink for an Easter brunch or other occasion. In our case, the drinks were pink and perfect to sip while anticipating baby girl Coco’s arrival!
The original Lady Lavender Mocktail was created by bartender Gregory Best of Atlanta and featured as a Food & Wine cocktail.
As always, check out my Glossary of Spirits page for alcohol and mixer definitions and details.