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Toast to spring health with these mocktails

For five weeks I had been fighting the most epic battle against pneumonia that I have ever fought. If you are reading this, and it doesn’t say “in memory of Jessie Lacey” somewhere on this spread, it means I have won that battle. I proved all the naysayers wrong though, I am not a hypochondriac!

Having been advised to avoid alcohol lest I feel ill effects from the antibiotics, and being encouraged to hydrate (yes Mom, I am hydrating!) this month seemed like the perfect time to mix up some mocktails. Whether you are forced to avoid alcohol for health reasons or you avoid spirits altogether, this mocktail article is for you. (I swear I didn’t get pneumonia because the magazine’s theme this month is Healthy Body and Mind.)

I chose recipes that are fairly simple and ingredients that are easy to obtain. If you want to be more creative in your drinks or make mocktails often, I recommend checking out Seedlip, a distilled, non-alcoholic spirit that comes in flavors (herbal, citrus, aromatic) intended to mimic the complexity of alcoholic beverages. If you’re a whiskey drinker normally but something like antibiotics are keeping you from liquor, the first mocktail, featuring Seedlip Spice, might be just what you need.

⇓ SEEDLIP SPICE & TONIC

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2 ounces Seedlip Spice 94
Tonic syrup to taste
Tonic water to taste
Star anise
Cinnamon stick

Mix and pour Seedlip Spice, tonic syrup, and tonic water into glass over ice. Garnish with star anise and cinnamon stick.

⇓ VIRGIN CUCUMBER GIMLET

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1.5 ounces club soda
4–5 slices of muddled cucumber
1 ounce fresh lime juice
1 ounce simple syrup

Combine ingredients and shake with ice. Serve in a rocks glass over crushed ice. Garnish with a slice of cucumber.

⇓ MOJITO MOCKTAIL

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juice of one lime
1 teaspoon simple syrup
a handful of fresh mint
ice
sparkling water

Squeeze the lime juice into a glass, add syrup and mint, fill the glass with ice cubes. Pour sparkling water into the glass.

Jessie Lacey resides at the heart of downtown Portland with her border collie puppy Josie, making cocktails and trouble.

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