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5 Tips for a Healthy Holiday Season

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Oh, the holidays! An exciting time filled with celebrations including your favorite food and drinks. During this time it can be hard to stay away from your guilty pleasures and most of us find ourselves indulging a bit more than we should. In order to avoid that feeling that we’ve had a few too many treats come January 1st, we are sharing 5 tips to stay healthy while enjoying your favorites over the holidays.

1.  Everything in moderation

We’re all for treating yourself and enjoying the delicious desserts during the holidays, but we like to also practice everything in moderation. Enjoy your treats and desserts, but limit yourself to one or two and then opt for healthier snacks the rest of the time.

2.  Stick to a workout routine

The holidays are busy with parties, shopping for gifts, and your normal routine on top of that, so skipping your workout to hit that snooze button a few more times or make it to the mall can be tempting. However, sticking to your normal workout routine of 3-5 times a week can be the most critical during this time, especially as you indulge more than usual. Set your alarm 30 minutes earlier to make sure you can get in a quick workout or sign up for a class with a cancellation fee so you hold yourself accountable. Whether it’s 30 minutes or an hour, moving your body is essential for staying healthy during the holidays.

3.  Bring a healthy dish/drink to share

Asked to bring a dish or drink to share for a holiday get together? Opt for bringing a healthy tray of veggies with your favorite hummus, a festive fruit tray, or a healthy appetizer. This way you know you have at least one healthy option to snack on while you socialize. This goes for drinks too! Juice and sodas are loaded with calories. Mocktails, with half the sugar and calories of juices and soda is a great alternative to bring to share with your family and friends.

4.  Control your stress

At the end of the day don’t let the busy holiday season get your tinsel in a tangle. Control your stress levels by saying yes to the things you want to do the most and no to the ones you don’t have the time for. Keep your stress levels down by planning ahead and ordering gifts online, prepping your meals the night before, working out, and only saying yes when you can be fully present.

5.  Use alternatives when baking/cooking

There are many ways to substitute healthier ingredients for baked goods and holiday dishes that can help cut back on fat, sugar, and calories. Do your research before you prep for a recipe and see if you can find alternatives equally as delicious but that better serve your waistline.

 

We hope these tips help you keep healthy during the holiday season! As always, make sure to share with us as you enjoy Mocktails with your friends and family however you are celebrating together.

Thanksgiving Mocktails – Toasting Together

With Halloween past us, it seems that everyones minds are on the approaching holiday season, and for good reason! Hosts everywhere are preparing for their guests and planning the perfect spread for their Thanksgiving dinner, holiday soiree, or company party. Now if you’re anything like us, you’re entertaining a wide range of ages and lifestyles at your celebrations and catering to all of them can be challenging.

We get it. Been there done that. That’s the main reason we created our Mocktails Beverages. We wanted something that was delicious, natural and when it came down to it we wanted something everyone could Celebrate Together with (making the shopping list a whole lot shorter).

So, as you prepare for the holiday season and are thinking about your menu, from the food to the drinks, we hope you add some Mocktails to the mix. With four unique flavors and the option to drink them straight or add alcohol, your guests will be able to say thanks and toast together all season long.

Halloween with Healthy Mocktails

The Mocktails team is in full fall mode and with Halloween right around the corner we are planning our costumes and setting up for a night of tricks and treats. However you are celebrating Halloween Mocktails wants to be apart of it.

Get in the festive Halloween spirit with us and make a cauldron of witches brew with our Vida Loca Margarita® or treat your friends to our blood-red Karma Sucra® Cosmpolitan. Clean, healthy, alcohol-free, and totally festive, allowing everyone to celebrate together. Happy Halloween!

Here’s to… what’s not in it – All Natural Ingredient Mocktails

The past four weeks we have highlighted each of our four Mocktails flavors and their truly unique tastes. Besides being alcohol-free, one thing all of our Mocktails flavors share is that each of them is crafted with all-natural ingredients. That’s right, you read that correctly! All of our Mocktails are free from the following:

  • Gluten
  • High Fructose Corn Syrup
  • Preservatives
  • GMOs
  • Trans Fat
  • Sodium
  • BPA
  • Cholesterol
  • Fat

Gluten Free, Non-GMO, and all-natural ingredients, what’s not to love! Indulge guilt-free through the week, on the weekends, or at your next celebration. Healthy and natural for everyone to enjoy!

Flavor Highlight: The Karma Sucra® Cosmopolitan Mocktail

Our Karma Sucra® Cosmopolitan may be our favorite of the four flavors to start sipping on when the weather turns cooler and the leaves begin to change. Something about the splashes of cranberry, white grape, and hints of lime have us sipping on this flavor from football tailgate to Thanksgiving dinner.

The best thing about all of our flavors, like the Karma Sucra® Cosmopolitan, is all you have to do is shake, open, and enjoy! You can also mix it up and add a twist to the Cosmopolitan for your next fall gathering with our Pink Beach Punch recipe.

PINK BEACH PUNCH

Brighten up any afternoon with this all-natural bright pink Mocktails Brand beverage. Frozen raspberries keep the sipper cool, while our berry-kissed Cosmopolitan gets a bit bubbly from a sparkling water stir-in.

Pink Beach PunchYIELD: 1 servings
PREP TIME: 5 minutes
TOTAL TIME: 5 minutes

• 1/4 cup frozen raspberries
• 1/4 cup Mocktails Brand Karma Sucra® Cosmopolitan
• 1/4 cup sparkling water or organic ginger-ale
• Edible flowers for garnish (optional)

Place raspberries in a large martini glass. Pour Mocktails Brand Karma Sucra® Cosmopolitan and sparkling water over the top of the raspberries. Garnish with edible flowers, if desired.

Note: To make alcoholic, add 1 oz raspberry vodka to the glass. Stir with a cocktail stirrer to mix.

We hope you enjoyed learning more about our four unique Mocktails flavors! To try them for yourself, Mocktails four flavors can be purchased on Amazon, here.

Happy celebrating, friends!

Flavor Highlight – Vida Loca® Margarita

Get ready to be transported to a tropical place! Even with fall finally here we know some of us are having a hard time letting go of the warmer temperatures and days spent soaking up the sun. Not to worry, with our Vida Loca® Margarita flavor you can sit back, relax, and sip on your own little piece of paradise.

With hints of lime, a splash of citrus, and that added something the Vida Loca® Margarita is a favorite among many. No matter where you are, whether it’s in a snow-covered city, at a fall football tailgate, or a tropical beach, just shake, pour over ice and enjoy.

Try our Watermelon Jalapeno Vida Loca® Margarita recipe the next time you feel like you need a getaway.

WATERMELON JALAPENO MARGARITA

Our Mocktails Brand Vida Loca® Margarita  is blended together with watermelon and jalapeño to make an alcohol-free frozen margarita with a slightly spicy undertone. If you prefer a little spice, use only one slice of jalapeno and make sure you remove all seeds before blending. If you love a lot of spice, toss in several slices and sip away!

YEILD: 6
PREP TIME: 8 hours
TOTAL TIME: 8 hours, 5 minutes

  • 3 cups seedless watermelon, cubed
  • 2 tablespoons honey
  • 1/4 cup coarse salt
  • 1 (18 oz) bottle Mocktails Brand Non-Alcoholic, Vida Loca® Margarita
  • 1/2 cup fresh lime juice
  • 1 jalapeno, sliced
  • For garnish: fresh mint and thin watermelon slices

Freeze watermelon cubes overnight. Just before serving, rim six margarita glasses with honey and salt. Set aside. Place frozen watermelon cubes, Mocktails Brand Vida Loca® Margarita, lime juice and 2-3 slices of jalapeno in a large blender. Puree until smooth. Pour into prepared glasses. Garnish with jalapeno slices, a thin slice of watermelon and a sprig of mint. Enjoy immediately!

Check back next week as we share the last of our 4 Signature Flavors, Karma Sucra Cosmopolitan!

Flavor Highlight – Scottish Lemonade Whiskey Sour Mocktail

Sparkling Melon Ball Lemonade Punch

Last week we featured our Sevilla Red® Sangria with a fall inspired Mason Jar Sangria recipe (check that post out here.) This week we’re highlighting our Scottish Lemonade Whiskey Sour. With a hint of lime and ginger, this flavor has a little kick to its overall mellow taste.

Not too hard, not too soft, we love that the Scottish Lemonade has a little something extra that’s equal parts unique and classic. Chill, pour, and drink on the rocks or try our Iron Man Mocktail, which features a little something extra to enhance our Scottish Lemonade flavor.

IRON MAN COCKTAILIron Man Cocktail

YIELD: 3 servings
PREP TIME: 5 minutes
TOTAL TIME: 5 minutes

1 bottle Mocktails Brand Scottish Lemonade
2 Tbsp honey
1/4 cup beet shot or beet juice (Found at most natural food stores)
Ice
Fresh thyme

To the Mocktails Brand shaker, add honey and ice. Shake vigorously for 30 seconds. Pour into two large ice-filled Tom Collins glasses, pour beet juice over the top. Garnish with a sprig of thyme.

Note: To make alcoholic, add 1/4 cup bourbon, vodka or gin.

No matter how you choose to enjoy, on the rocks or with an added twist, we love to see you celebrating with your Mocktails favorites. Share with us @drinkmocktails.

Stay tuned next week as we highlight our Vida Loca Margarita!

Flavor Highlight – Sevilla Red® Sangria

Here at Mocktails we love how each of our signature flavors offer a different taste experience, allowing anyone to find one that suits their fancy. Uniquely crafted for you and yours we wanted to share some key tastes in each of our Mocktails flavors so everyone can find exactly what they are looking for.

First up, our Sevilla Red® Sangria. Drink it straight or add your own fruit to spice things up. With one sip you’ll get hints of grape and black cherry and a dash of exotic flavor. What’s not to love?

Try out this Mason Jar Sangria recipe using our Sevilla Red®, that we whip up once the temperatures get cooler.

Mason Jar Sangria

YEILD: 4 servings
PREP TIME: 2 hours
TOTAL TIME: 2 hours 10 minutes

1 orange, thinly sliced
1 lemon, thinly sliced
1 lime, thinly sliced
3/4 cup strawberries, hulled and halved
3/4 cup frozen blueberries
5 sprigs fresh basil leaves
1 (18 oz) bottle Mocktails Brand Non-Alcoholic, Sevilla Red® Sangria
2 cups cranberry pomegranate juice
Special Equipment: 4 wide-mouth pint size mason jars

Fill four wide-mouthed mason jars 3/4 of the way full with a variety of orange, lemon and lime slices, strawberries, blueberries and basil leaves. In a large pitcher, stir together Mocktails Sevilla Red® Sangria and cranberry-pomegranate juice. Fill each mason jar to the top with the sangria-juice mixture. Cover with lids, refrigerate for at least 2 hours or until ready to serve.

Now serve and enjoy! Tune in next week as we highlight our Scottish Lemonade Whiskey Sour.

Introducing Our New Brand Ambassador, Tara McQuain!

We are excited to announce and introduce Mocktails newest Brand Ambassador, Tara McQuain!

Tara is a Maryland based creative entrepreneur and owner of Tara Marie Designs. She’s in the business of creating unique and thoughtful wedding invitations and decor for her clients. She is also a freelance social media specialist and blogger.

In her free time, Tara enjoys spending time with her family and friends, traveling, drawing and being active. To Tara, maintaining a healthy lifestyle is important as she struggled with Lyme Disease a few years back. She chooses to eat healthy and be active everyday and wants to help others do the same.

Like Mocktails, Tara also loves getting her family and friends together to spend time with each other. It was important to her that she found a product that everyone could enjoy and that was in line with her lifestyle. Tara believes that Mocktails makes it easy to enjoy life with the ones you love and still stick to your goals.

To find out how Tara celebrates with Mocktails and what her favorite flavor is check out her Blog Post Here. You can also follow along with her on Instagram. Welcome to the Mocktails family, Tara!

Happy Labor Day from Mocktails

Mocktails Cheers

Happy Labor Day! Did you know that Labor Day honors and recognizes the economic service of American workers who have helped the country strengthen and prosper? Today, we are raising our Mocktails to you and all off those great Americans.

We love that Labor Day weekend is also a reason for friends and families to gather and spend time with one another. Whether you are having a backyard bash, at the beach, or on a lake, we hope you are celebrating with the ones you love.

From our families to yours, cheers!