Lately I’ve become obsessed with the idea of non-alcoholic mixology. Booze drinkers have all kinds of fun mixing bits of this and that with their favorite liquid fermented by-products; maybe I’m feeling left out. I’m not going to start breaking the Word of Wisdom just to be part of the “in-crowd,” though. I’m too much of a rebel for that.
Yes, I know. You’re laughing at me. That’s okay. Being “Mormon” means “conformity” to most people, but if you compare us to the rest of the world, we’re pretty peculiar. Those who stand apart from the masses are rebels. If you think about it from the standpoint of the institutions surrounding Jewish authority during Christ’s time, he was kind of a rebel, too.
But I digress. I don’t think I should feel left out. Many of the older cookbooks I’ve got have tons of recipes for various drinks and punches. I’m not just talking lemonade and hot chocolate. I’m talking about drinks like shrubs. No, I’m not trying to juice the foliage in my front yard! A shrub is a sparkling drink made with fruited vinegar that was popular during the 1700’s. You see, I’m not looking for another drink that’s perfectly acceptable for my kids. I want to find, or develop, non-alcoholic drinks for adults.
Thank goodness I bought a new blender.
Do you have any non-alcoholic drink recipes you’d like to share? Feel free to post them, or links to them, in the comments.