Food & Spirits: A Refreshing Alcohol-Free Cocktail

The key to this drink: Rose's Lime Juice.
The key to this drink: Rose’s Lime Juice.

Unless it’s a special occasion, I don’t drink during the week. That treat is reserved for weekends. So what could we come up with to liven up ordinary beverages for those long Monday through Thursday nights? Well, the following recipe is a simple one. My friend Brett and I came up with this for when we hang out during the week and do not quite want to give in and head for the whiskey. This drink is friendly for all ages, and is a bit better for you than the epitome of alcohol-free “cocktails” such as the Shirley Temple (Grenadine is loaded with sugar), which has faded fast. All you need are three ingredients, and the result is refreshing, mildly sweet, and a little sour and tangy.

Ingredients (makes 2 drinks)

1 can of seltzer (lime flavored works best, but regular is fine)

1-2 ounces of Rose’s Lime Juice (regular works too, but Rose’s is slightly sweeter)

Maraschino cherries

Splash of juice from the Maraschino cherry jar

Get a tall glass and pour in the seltzer over ice. I’ve used lemon-lime, and even cranberry-lime, but the former works best as does regular. Make sure these are truly seltzer with natural flavor added, not a flavored sparkling drink loaded with artificial sweeteners. Then, depending on how much of a bite you want, add 1-2 ounces of Rose’s Lime Juice. Drop in some Maraschino cherries, and then add a spoonful or two of the juice from the jar. Again, you can tweak the measurements a little bit to suit your taste. Some like sour while others enjoy a more sweet drink. However you do it up, you are guaranteed to get a nice concoction with way less sugar than a can of soda, and none of the dangerous artificial sweeteners they may contain. Give it a try and let us know how you like it.

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