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Celebrate with These Festive Cocktail and Mocktail Recipes! *

The holidays are coming and many of us are ready to party! So, let’s celebrate with these festive cocktail and mocktail recipes!

Cocktails And Mocktails?

 

 

A trend that has gained substantial ground in recent years is the unexpected surge in non-alcoholic drinks, especially concoctions that mimic the real thing: a “mocktail”. Restaurants and bars including various Asheville hangouts have discovered that a menu dedicated to mocktails is one way to add more revenue. In addition, a whole cottage industry has arisen of distillers who make craft alcohol as well as their alcohol-free (AF) cousins.

A Winter Kiss:

  • 1-1/2 oz Raspberry vodka
  • 3/4 oz triple sec
  • 1 oz white cranberry juice
  • 1/2 oz simple syrup
  • 1/2 oz lime juice
  • Add all ingredients to shaker, shake with ice and strain into a chilled martini glass. Add a 1/2 oz creme de cassis.

The Mocktail:

    • 1 oz white cranberry juice
    • 1/2 oz simple syrup
    • 1/2 oz lime juice
    • 1 oz Pom juice
    • Add all ingredients to glass with ice and top with club soda
Watermelon Crush:
  • Start with ice in a pint glass
  • Add 4 oz. of fresh watermelon puree
  • 3 oz. of Skyy Watermelon vodka
  • 1 oz. Triple Sec.
  • Top with club soda
  • Stir & garnish with a lime slice

The Mocktail:

    • Start with ice in a rocks glass
    • 1/2 oz fresh watermelon puree
    • Top with club soda
    • Stir & garnish with a lime slice
Dark & Stormy:
  • Start with ice in a tall glass
  • Add 2 oz. of dark rum (preferably spiced)
  • Add 3 oz. of ginger beer (non-alcoholic) and 1/2 oz. lime juice
  • Stir & garnish with a lime slice

The Mocktail:

    • Start with ice in a tall glass
    • Substitute 1/2 teaspoon of blackstrap molasses for the dark rum
    • Add 3 oz. of ginger beer (non-alcoholic) and 1/2 oz. lime juice
    • Stir & garnish with a lime slice

For those interested in experimenting with their own cocktails and mocktails, check out offerings by Monday (alcohol-free gin), Lyres (classic AF spirits), Sexy AF Spirits, among others. Also browse your supermarket for kombucha blends and alcohol-free Ginger beers such as Fever Tree, The Great Jamaican Ginger Beer Company, Reed’s and Barritt’s.

Wildberry Lodge wishes you and your loved ones a Happy, Safe and Healthy New Year. We are featuring some new and exciting specials and packages in 2021-including for Valentine’s Day! Now is as good a time as any to plan your 2021 Asheville vacation!