Did someone say Happy Hour?!?!  It’s that time of year, where we gather more with friends and family, create memories and laugh until our cheeks hurt!  We often like to indulge a little more while on summer vacation and with camping or being at the cabin on a regular basis.  Those “Happy Hour” gatherings are meant to bring people together, over some snacks and refreshments.  It doesn’t always have to revolve around alcohol. I don’t want you to forget about your health goals and perhaps your family and friends who are pregnant, trying to get pregnant or breastfeeding.  Also, remember, we often have little ones watching us and role modeling healthy habits sets them up for success.  With this in mind here are some great examples of delicious “Happy Hour” drinks without the alcohol so everyone can be included and indulge!

          Our family tried this amazing mocktail for our friends gathering celebrating a pregnancy:

Grapefruit and Rosemary Mocktail

INGREDIENTS

Rosemary Simple Syrup

  • 1 cup water

  • 1 cup granulated sugar

  • 3 sprigs of rosemary

Mocktail per 4 glasses

  • 2 cups fresh pink grapefruit juice

  • 1/4 cup of the rosemary simple syrup

  • 4 cups sparkling water

DIRECTIONS

Rosemary Simple Syrup: In a small sauce pan on the stove, add 1 cup of water and 1 cup of granulated sugar over medium heat. Dissolve the sugar for about 5 minutes. Do not let the mixture boil or crystals will form. Once the sugar has dissolved, pour the simple syrup into a heat safe container. Add 3 sprigs of rosemary and let steep for at least one hour. The syrup will keep in the refrigerator for ten days.

Mocktail per glass: Add 1/2 cup fresh pink grapefruit into a serving glass. Add 1 Tablespoon (1/2 oz) of rosemary simple syrup. Stir. Fill the remainder of the glass with sparkling water (about 1 cup). Garnish with rosemary sprig. Served chilled.

Thank you Purely Katie for this amazing recipe:

https://www.purelykatie.com/grapefruit-and-rosemary-mocktail-2/#Rj83WiUlqFAlsWCo.99

To find your perfect mocktail for your event, here is a great list of ideas to make your gatherings alcohol free!

http://theeverygirl.com/10-mocktail-recipes-to-enjoy-during-pregnancy/

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