I like cocktails. It’s no secret. Scratch that, I LOVE cocktails. Especially margaritas and sangria.
Story of my life. But not on the whole30.
But let’s be real, people. Giving up sugar and booze for a month (for a whole30 or whatever other real food challenge/detox you’re doing) is NOT fun OR a piece of cake. (Forgive the awful analogy.) Whether you know it or not, those foods have a physical and psychological hold on you that you won’t even realize is there until you cant have them anymore.That kind makes me sound like a sugar addict and an alcoholic. Whoops. I swear it’s not true. At least the alcohol part.
Remember “the hangover” in the first few days of the whole30, even though you hadn’t had any sugar or booze? Yep, that’s what I’m talking about. Most people I know would probably stare open-mouthed and/or laugh at you if you told them you were willingly giving up their precious sugar and booze for a month. They’d rather eat dirt than give up their sacred nightly glass (or a few) of wine and/or dark chocolate for a month. So congrats – you’ve almost done it!
I know, I know. Why am I torturing you talking about sweets and cocktails when I can’t have them right now on the whole30?! Rude, just rude. But hear me out. I’ve got a nice surprise for you at the end of this post that involves a fancy drink BUT that won’t break your whole30. What?! Madness!
Going for 30 days (or much longer, if you’re dealing with leaky gut/autoimmune issues) without booze can be a real pain in the a** and cramp in your style. Nobody wants to be at the party as “the girl who’s not drinking because she’s doing a health thing”. Cue ALL the people at the party with those silent-but-deadly judgy eyes around you, even if they don’t say anything. Being an “outsider” is not fun at parties. Thus, on many people’s whole30’s, being antisocial can sometimes result.
Let’s put an aned to that. It’s time to get creative with the mocktails (so you don’t drive yourself nuts).
Last weekend a few friends from my crossfit gym and I had a whole30 potluck. It was beyond fantastic. So much great food we could all eat without batting an eye, no judgy friends or other random party goers, and this fantastic drink I’m about to share with you. No more feeling antisocial!
Guaranteed if you showed up for (or hosted) a party with this, people would be A) jealous and B) not even know there wasn’t alcohol in it. Plus, it’s so simple you’ll be asking yourself WHY you didn’t think of this before. for the ice cubes, I used this awesome little Perfect Cube Ice Tray. It’s adorable.
Get ready to put your (whole30) fancy pants on. And I totally wouldn’t judge you if you slipped some vodka in here too at your super bowl party this weekend. Do it.
- 3-4 mint ice cubes per glass (recipe below)
- Seeds from ½ pomegranate (about ½ cup)
- 1 bottle seltzer water
- For the mint ice cubes:
- ½ cup packed mint leaves, chopped
- about 16 oz filtered water
- To make the ice cubes, chop up the mint on a cutting board and spread it evenly throughout your ice cube tray. Mine had 15 little square cube holes. Fill almost to the brim with your filtered water.
- Stick ice cube tray in the freezer for about 3 hours, or until set.
- When the ice cubes are ready, get out four fancy glasses. Pop 3-4 ice cubes in each glass with 1-2 Tbsp pomegranate seeds, and top it all off with seltzer water. And some vodka, if you'd like.
- Sip and be fancy. Cheers!
What are your favorite whole30 drinks? Ever made mocktails before?