Alcohol-Free Mojito Spritzer ~ Savory Simple

As I mentioned in my hot toddy post, I’m not much of a drinker these days.  Maybe I’ve developed a mild allergy to alcohol over the years, because most of time it gives me a headache that ranges from mild to severe.  It’s a shame, because I’ve always loved good wine and beer.  And, you know, drinking is fun… but in the end I’ve found it’s not worth the pain.  I usually stick with cocktails when I do hit the booze because I’ve had the best luck staying headache-free with hard liquor.  The mojito is my absolute favorite cocktail, so why should I be limited to enjoying them on rare occasions?

I’ve adapted a healthy recipe from Canyon Ranch, which they refer to as an “Almosjito Limeade.” The recipe contains several juices that I prefer not to keep around, so I’ve swapped them all out for the fresh squeezed variety.  I usually have red-seedless grapes on hand and since the original recipe calls for 1/4 cups white grape juice, I juiced grapes into a measuring cup with a garlic press over a fine mesh strainer.  Voila, fresh grape juice!

The results are so delicious.  I can drink this everyday without the least bit of guilt or pain! And if you want to turn it into a regular mojito, simply add a shot of rum.

 

Alcohol-Free Mojito Spritzer
 
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Serves: 1 serving
Ingredients
  • 1 tablespoon fresh lime juice
  • ¼ cup fresh grape juice
  • 2 tablespoons fresh orange juice
  • ¼ cup sparkling water
  • 1 tablespoon pure maple syrup
  • 6 fresh mint sprigs
  • ice
Instructions
  1. Juice fresh grapes, orange and lime.
  2. Mix all ingredients in a cocktail shaker.
  3. Garnish with lime wedge.
Notes
Adapted from Canyon Ranch

 

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Comments

  1. mmm looks good

  2. the fact that you juice your own grapes is fantastic. D is not an alcohol drinker but he does like he fancy virgin drinks. we have water carbonation machine and this is exactly something that would put together. lovely.

  3. Love it! I’m not a drinker at all, so I’m so excited to press this one out :).
    Thanks!

  4. Looks so refreshing! Also good to know it’s a headache-free indulgence.

  5. Those carbon machines are great! I have one and use it all the time.. your drink looks lovely too.. c

  6. Your drinks looks lovely and refreshing.
    Have a happy day.
    :-) Mandy

  7. Now this is something I could try as I am not a drinker either.

  8. I loooove mojitos! So refreshing :)
    And I’m not big on the alcohol, so this is perfect!

  9. Stacey (My Sweet Eats) says:

    This looks good. I’m not much of a drinker either.

  10. Hi! What a nice recipe! It helps to grab the summer and keep fall from coming too early.

  11. How cool to pop over and see this! We’re having a mini-heatwave here in San Francisco, so this is perfect, just what I was craving after spending the day in the sun. Love mojitos, but not the booze, so…Yum!

  12. I have a few friends that have allergic reactions to alcoholic drinks as well. This is perfect when you still want to make one cocktail for a party; your guests have the option of adding the rum or not and no one is left feeling like the odd ball out :-) ~Ruth~

  13. Cucpake Crusader says:

    I’m so excited to try this! I love mojitos, but without the rum, this looks like something I could drink with breakfast, lunch, or dinner!

  14. Allergies can be a bear– I have a similar issue w/ alcohol: can’t do most kinds. I get along well with 100% Blue Agave Tequila. Most other stuff is out. Congrats on conquering this one w/ a little creativity :-) Raw, live-enzyme grape juice sounds perfect… one step closer to living “…under your own vine…”!

  15. For me, it’s a chemicals & sugar thing– my body doesn’t tolerate either one well. The 100% agave-based tequila does ok for me :-) Can’t promise your body works just like mine, but maybe worth the experiment…?

  16. i love mojitos.. either its mocktail or cocktail, i dun care i just love em..
    it looks really nice and refreshing :)
    lovely blog..!!

  17. Jennifer M. says:

    Love the fresh juices in this! Definitely going to try this one out :)

  18. This sounds great and refreshing! I’m wondering if you can taste the maple in the maple syrup in the overall flavor of the drink?

  19. What a fun cocktail, Jen! Love the fauxito! : )

  20. Mojitos are my absolute favorite!!! The thought of being able to drink them as often as I want is fantastic! Can’t wait to try this!!

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