This Cranberry Lime Mocktail is the perfect non-alcoholic drink for New Year’s Eve! It’s Paleo and vegan, but you couldn’t tell by tasting it. It’s a fantastic drink to welcome in the New Year.
I’ve wanted to make a mocktail since I began blogging! Now, six months into this endeavor, I present you with a Cranberry Lime Mocktail!
The pretense of a mocktail is simple: it is a mock cocktail, meaning it is alcohol-free. (I hope you gathered that from its name.) I do not drink alcohol, so you will not find any alcoholic drinks on my website. However, the idea of a cocktail is very appealing to me, so I made a version that I could drink! If you drink, I am sure you could add alcohol into this recipe — but as I don’t drink, I have no idea which spirits would pair well.
Alcohol aside, this drink is utterly delicious! The combination of cranberry and lime is very common, but cherries pair well too! The cherries add a deeper flavor and a beautiful burgundy color to the drink. Because cranberries, even when paired with a sweeter fruit, can be very tart, I added a bit of coconut sugar to the syrup.
I used lime LaCroix to top off the syrup, but you can use any sparkling water you like. You could probably use Sprite, too, but it wouldn’t be Paleo. If you choose to use a sweetened sparkling beverage, know that you may not need the extra coconut sugar in your syrup.
Cranberries are a beautiful garnish, and while they are edible, I wouldn’t recommend eating them. They are very sour!
Speaking of “beautiful” things, I’d like to take a moment and appreciate just how pretty these Cranberry Lime Mocktails are. There are some recipes that need almost no styling (my personal favorites!), and these mocktails are one such recipe! Nevertheless, there is something to be said for styling, adequate light, and editing. Let’s take a trip down memory lane and appreciate how much better these photos are than these. Back in July, I made fizzy Paleo Blackberry Sage Lemonade. It was delicious, and the photos weren’t bad, per se, but they certainly weren’t as good as today’s photos. I shot the lemonade photos on my old Canon Powershot with less-than-perfect lighting, and I shot the mocktail photos on my new Canon Rebel T6 with very good lighting. While a nice camera and good lighting are instrumental for good food photos, I think the most important factor is experience.
Photography rant aside, I hope you enjoy these mocktails! Make them for New Year’s Eve if you’re a minor . . . or if you’re not a minor! You will enjoy them no matter what.
Cheers to 2018!