Ah! This AIP mocktail with a fresh herb sprig was inspired by my love for a good early summer beverage! There’s something about the month of May, maybe the start of long summer holiday weekends, that gets me in the mood for anything besides plain H20.
I love an alcohol-free beverage that you can use as a base for parties and gatherings. I allow my guests to add an ounce of vodka to their mocktails, and everyone is happy (and I only had to make one drink!) This recipe can be easily doubled, tripled or quadrupled depending on your crowd! As written, the recipe makes one large 8-ounce glass, but you can always add more sparkling water to make it more economical for larger crowds.
If you really want to impart the earthy flavor of the thyme or rosemary, you can let it “marinade” in the juice for an hour before you serve with the sparkling water and ice. Have different melon on hand? Easily sub an equal amount of watermelon or honeydew here. You can even replace the grapefruit with blood orange or navel orange or add a squeeze of lime. Make this Spritz your own!
- 1 cup peeled and cubed cantaloupe
- ½ cup peeled and cubed seedless cucumber
- ½ large grapefruit, peel and pith removed, segments chopped
- ½ cup sparkling water
- Ice, for serving
- Sprig of thyme or rosemary
- In a blender, combine the cantaloupe, cucumber and grapefruit on high speed until smooth and liquified.
- Set a fine mesh strainer over a wide-mouthed glass or measuring cup and strain the liquid well. Discard the leftover pulp and froth.
- Transfer beverage to your desired serving glass. Stir in sparkling water just before serving, and add ice to chill. Serve immediately with the sprig of thyme or rosemary as a garnish or in the glass for added flavor.