Happy New Year’s Eve, friends! The past few weeks have flown by with holiday celebrations (seriously, where did December go?!) but I’m happy to be back just in time for tonight’s festivities to bring you a new recipe, the Sparkling Berry Mocktail.
I mayyyy have already had a few glasses of bubbly to start celebrating NYE early (and by bubbly, I mean this Sparkling Berry Mocktail because it’s seriously so good)! And the best part? There’s a secret healthy ingredient in it that you’ll never guess. This recipe is perfect if you’re hosting a get together and want an alcohol-free option for guests or if you’re simply feeling fancy and want something other than water to drink (with your pinky up, of course, because this drink is classy). Serve it in a champagne flute for an extra fun way to enjoy it, or throw it into a giant punch bowl and let guests help themselves.
This Sparkling Berry Mocktail was inspired by my love of La Croix sparkling water and my newly discovered love of Great Lakes Collagen. You may be thinking, collagen, what the heck is she talking about?! Well, let me explain. So the thing is, I know all of the great benefits of collagen and gelatin (like bone support, gut health, and many more) but I cannot get myself to enjoy drinking bone broth — one of the most common ways many paleo-folk enjoy getting their daily dose of collagen. I’ve tried it homemade, store bought, and at restaurants, and am convinced that I really just don’t like it. This got me to wondering if this is one of those trends like quinoa which everyone eats because it’s healthy but no one really likes. Seriously though, if you have a tip for how to enjoy it, I’m all ears. I digress.
In searching for ways to add more nutrient rich gelatin and collagen into my diet, I stumbled across this Adrenal Fatigue Cocktail Creamsicle recipe from Ginger Newtrition. I absolutely LOVE the drink and was inspired to find more ways to sneak it into beverages and meals. When combined with frozen raspberries and lemon juice, the collagen blends right in without adding any unwanted tastes or textures. Thrown into a glass of sparkling water, the tart berry ice cubes add a splash of gorgeous color and a sweet and tangy taste, mocking the satisfaction of sipping on a champagne cocktail. The Sparkling Berry Mocktail is my new go-to for when I’m looking for something sweet without all of the sugar, and I hope you’ll enjoy it too! Whether you’re following a Whole 30 challenge, looking for a paleo-friendly treat, or aiming to curb sugar cravings in the new year, this drink complies with low sugar diets and is sure to delight your tastebuds.
- 2/3 cup fresh squeezed lemon juice
- 2 cups frozen organic raspberries
- 4 tbsp of Great Lakes Collagen (green lid) *optional
- 3 cans of sparkling La Croix water (I prefer unflavored, but feel free to get creative here)
- Over medium heat, add berries to a saucepan. Stir for 4-5 minutes, until the berries have softened and are no longer solid.
- Next, add the lemon juice to the berries and bring to a low simmer for 1-2 minutes. Stir constantly so the mixture does not burn.
- Then, add the collagen and stir or gently whisk the mixture until there are no clumps.
- Remove from heat and set aside to cool for 10 minutes. (I usually put the saucepan directly into the fridge or freezer to cool faster.)
- Once cooled, add the mixture to a blender and blend on high until smooth, about 1 minute.
- Pour the mixture into candy molds or a mini ice cube tray. The recipe yields approximately 24 mini cubes.
- Freeze for 30-45 minutes, until cubes are solid.
- Once ready to serve, fill 4 champagne glasses 3/4 of the way with sparkling water. Add 4-5 cubes into each glass. Serve with a fun straw or raspberry garnish if desired.
- If you don't have Great Lakes Collagen or don't care to use it, feel free to omit from the recipe. The berry lemon mixture will freeze just as well and still taste great with the sparkling water.
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