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A beautiful, tasty alcohol-free beverage for your next celebration – or just because – this mocktail is sure to become a favorite. Paleo, Whole30, and AIP friendly
I first made this drink a few years ago when I went to a St. Patrick's Day party while I was doing a Whole30.
I knew everyone else would be drinking and I despise that feeling of being left out, so I made this fun drink to prevent myself from being tempted to grab a glass of wine.
Ironically enough, I had SO many comments asking me what I was drinking and asking where they could get one!
Ever since then I've had mocktails like this more often than actually drinking – no hangover, it doesn't mess up my efforts to remain healthy and flare-free from my autoimmune diseases, and I can remain clearheaded as well.
How to make this mocktail
The best part is that it is REALLY quick to make. Simply mix the 3 ingredients together, garnish if desired, and go.
You can either use sparkling water or plain kombucha for this. I typically just use our Soda Stream to make sparkling water, but you can also open up a can of La Croix, Bubly, or whatever your favorite flavored sparkling water is as well.
If you use flavored water though, know the flavors will probably come through in the drink. So if you want to skip an ingredient, just use lime-flavored sparkling water!
What are blood oranges and where do you find them?
Blood oranges – the star of this drink – are just oranges with a reddish interior vs the typical orange one.
They are often found in the fruit section of your grocery store, but if you can't find them, a regular orange will work as well. Just know if you use a regular orange that the drink will be orange instead of red.
Why use garnishes?
I personally think garnishes really make this mocktail. The trend of craft cocktails in restaurants and bars over the last few years have really utilized garnishes to make their drinks so much more interesting, and we can do so too!
You don't even need to eat the garnishes, it's just there to up the fancy factor. But trust me, it really helps.
Other mocktail recipes to consider
If you love non-alcoholic drinks that can be consumed on the Paleo, Whole30, and AIP diets, check out my 5 Mocktails for Summer post.
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Blood Orange Mocktail Recipe
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Blood Orange Mocktail (Paleo, Whole30, AIP)
- 1/4 cup Blood Orange Juice (about 1 orange (you can also use a regular orange as well))
- 1 cup Sparkling Water ( or plain Kombucha)
- 1 tbsp Lime Juice
For the optional garnish:
- 1 spring Rosemary
- 1 slice Orange
- Coarse Sea Salt
- Lime Juice
- Mix the ingredients together into a cup and serve with some ice.
- Optional: Salt the rim of your glass by dipping it in lime juice and then in coarse sea salt. Garnish with rosemary and a slice of orange.