Is your New Year’s resolution to cut back on drinking? Here are some 'mocktails’ from the Taste Buds

Is your New Year’s resolution to cut back on drinking? Here are some 'mocktails’ from the Taste Buds
Il Venetian is shaking up non-alcoholic drinks for those observing "sober January" (Source: WOIO)

CLEVELAND, Ohio (WOIO) - Did you make a New Year’s resolution to cut back on drinking or lose weight?

Alcohol can certainly contribute to weight gain, or get in the way of shedding a few pounds.

This week, the Taste Buds are bringing in one of our favorite bartenders, Gigi Khoury, from Il Venetian, to shake up some of her favorite “mocktails.”

Is your New Year’s resolution to cut back on drinking? Here are some 'mocktails’ from the Taste Buds

Here are a couple of recipes to get you started:

Fresh Start

  • 0.5 oz. lemon juice
  • 0.5 oz. lime juice
  • 2 oz. mango puree
  • 6 mint leaves
  • 1 oz. honey
  • Shaved fresh ginger
  • 2 oz. ginger ale

Add all ingredients, excluding ginger ale – add honey last – and shake vigorously with ice. Pour all contents into glass including ice & top with ginger ale. Garnish with mint sprig.

Rejuvenator

  • 1 oz. carrot juice
  • 1 oz. lemon juice
  • 1 oz. coconut water
  • 1.5 oz. acai juice
  • 2 oz. sparkling water

Shake ice and all juices including coconut water and strain over fresh ice. Top with sparkling water. Garnish with carrot & lemon twist.

Booster

  • 2 cucumber wheels
  • 4 basil leaves
  • 2 oz. strawberry puree
  • 0.5 oz. lemon juice
  • 0.5 oz. agave nectar
  • 1 oz. spring water

Muddle cucumber wheels & basil leaves into shaker. Add puree, juice, agave nectar, & crushed ice and shake until shaker becomes frosted. Pour all contents into glass & top with spring water. Garnish with cucumber & basil leaves.

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