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It’s time to raise your glass and #drinkTEN!
Being pregnant for basically the past two years means that I have missed out on a lot of margaritas. Okay, I don’t actually drink THAT much, but you always miss the things you can’t have, right? Now I’m breastfeeding, so Mocktails are a lot more my speed. What’s a Mocktail? I know there are at least a few of you about to hit up Google right now. A Mocktail is a cocktail without the alcohol. But just like regular old cocktails, there can be a lot of empty calories, so using Canada Dry TEN cuts out a lot of the guilt right off the bat.
Why Canada Dry TEN? I love love LOVE ginger (did you see my champagne cupcakes with ginger-orange icing??) and it is a great base flavor for drinks. Plus, ginger is fabulous for nausea, so it is perfect for serving Mocktails to my lovely mother-in-law, who has struggled to get anything down lately because of chemo. I was so pleased she drank a whole glass of the CherryMelon Ginger! I really needed something prettier than a wooden toothpick to garnish the drinks—next time I’ll plan a little better. As long as something tastes great, though, right? Right.
Here are two great recipes you can try with Canada Dry TEN: the CherryMelon Ginger and the CinnaGinger. Since both are red, they also might make great additions to a Halloween or vampire-themed party.
- Slice of fresh watermelon (plus pieces to garnish)
- Juice from maraschino cherries (plus cherries to garnish)
- Canada Dry TEN
- Mash the watermelon until it is nice and pulpy and mix in juice straight from the jar of maraschino cherries. I used about equal parts of each. Use a strainer to push the liquid (but not pulp or seeds) into a shaker and combine with ice.
- Fill a glass halfway with the cherry-watermelon mixture and then top it off with Canada Dry TEN. Garnish with cherries and/or a slice of watermelon. Best when the Canada Dry is also chilled.
- Canada Dry TEN
- Chewy Cinnamon Candies (like Hot Tamales)
- Candied Ginger for Garnish
- Fill a glass with chilled Canada Dry TEN. Drop 10-12 cinnamon candies in the bottom of the glass and garnish with candied ginger. Let the sugar and cinnamon from the candies seep into the drink for 3-5 minutes before serving.
There are a lot of TEN products you can find at Kroger, making your options for Mocktails (or cocktails!) pretty extensive. What do you think the best combinations would be for you?? I can safely say the CherryMelon Ginger was a big hit with the kids who were hanging around for our girls’ night as well. Who DOESN’T like fresh watermelon and sweet cherry with ginger? Even the candied ginger (a fairly intense taste) went over well. Nom!
Do you have any go-to drink recipes as we move into holiday season? Any unexpected flavor combinations or ways to cut the guilt from our drink choices?