I understand the title for this mocktail is long, but I think that’s okay. Partially because I want you to know what you’ll be drinking. I consider it the introduction of flavor experience if you will. Also, I kind of suck at generating recipe names.
OBVIOUSLY, 2020 was rough. I will not sugarcoat that fact. When 2021 finally came I knew I wanted to do better for my mental health. While cooking and baking are a methodical expression of creativity and nourishment, it can be time-intensive. This brings me to mocktails. They have become a form of joy and repose. I love the nuance of a drink, the layering of flavors and elements like herbs, fresh produce, and spice.
I rarely imbibe alcohol nowadays. Matter of fact, I didn’t start drinking until I was 27. In case you were wondering my favorite alcoholic drinks are those that are bubbly, slightly sweet, and/or fruity.
For this mocktail recipe, I made a lovely saffron ginger honey that adds subtle spice and color. Honey alone works just as fine too if you want to save time. Blood orange gets mixed with pineapple juice to balance out the tart of the tropical fruit. I used Kin Euphoric’s High Rhode for a bitter punch that evens out nicely.
A couple of words on Kin’s High Rhode – this is an herbaceous supplement that contains Rhodiola, hibiscus, gentian, and licorice. It is optional for this recipe but if you do decide to include it, do not mix Kin’s product with alcohol and do not consume High Rhode you are currently pregnant, taking medication, or under the age of 18. This isn’t sponsored by Kin Euphorics but I just want to make sure you imbibe safely! If you want more info on their products I recommend giving their website a visit!
Back to the drink! This mocktail gets topped off with some tonic water. Feel free to use sparkling mineral water you prefer. I garnished the drink with a slice of blood orange and fresh mint for color.
If you are someone who takes pleasure in crafting a drink and taking it easy, I truly hope you enjoy this recipe!
Saffron Ginger Honey:
Take a few strands of saffron and grate 1 tsp of ginger.
Add to 1 tbsp of honey in a small bowl and add 2 tbsp of hot water
Gently stir so all ingredients can mix.
Strain the honey out and set it aside
Bubbly Blood Orange Pineapple Mocktail is as follows:
In a glass of your choice add 2 tsp of blood orange juice and 1 oz. of Kin’s High Rhode if using
Add some ice and then pour 3/4ths of a cup of pineapple juice
Top with 6 oz. of tonic water or mineral water
Garnish with mint & blood orange slice.