Sometimes it’s the middle of the day and I open the fridge looking for something refreshing. Maybe I’m in the mood for a treat… maybe just a drink… but I need something. A glass of wine could do the trick – it sound rather lovely, but oh ya, it’s the middle of the day on a Wednesday. Maybe not – this isn’t Italy.
For this very reason, I always keep sparkling water on hand. It’s a canvas for creativity, but if effervescence isn’t your thing, just use good quality spring water (sans gas).
Foodie Note: This no-frills mocktail bar is beautiful to look at, fun to create and totally ‘foodie’. I list four options, but the combinations are truly endless. Use any seasonal produce that’s ripe and sounds delicious. I love setting out the ingredients alongside mismatched glasses and inviting people to customize their drink. It’s fun and interactive (plus a great ice breaker!)
1 lemon wedge + 2 sprigs thyme: lightly tamp herbs with a muddler, squeeze lemon, add ice and sparkling water; garnish with lemon slice.
1 blood orange wedge + 1 plum slice: squeeze orange into glass, add plum and lightly muddle. Add ice, sparkling water and garnish with orange slice.
1/2 fig + 1 sprig rosemary: lightly muddle herb into fig in glass. Add ice and chilled sparkling water, garnish with fig wedge.
1 lime wedge + 2 sprigs tarragon: lightly tamp herbs at bottom of glass, squeeze lime wedge. Add ice + club soda and garnish with lime.
You don’t need an event to whip up one of the beautiful beverages, Wednesday afternoon is as good a time as any! Happy sipping!