My hubby worked at a local restaurant (Zia Diner) for 15 years and worked as a busboy, waiter, and bartender. He learned how to make a mean cosmo, margarita, and mojito during this time. So, we decided to make them into booze-free household favorites. Enjoy!
FIRST THINGS FIRST, HOW TO MAKE SIMPLE SYRUP
Simple syrup is just like the name says, simple.
To make it:
- Combine equal parts granulated sugar and water in a saucepan over medium to medium-high heat.
- Stir until sugar is completely dissolved.
- Remove from heat and allow to cool.
It keeps for up to a month when stored correctly in a jar in the fridge, so I always make extra to use later.
- Kosher salt for rimming glass (if you like salt)
- 4 ounces simple syrup
- 2 ounces lime juice
- 1-ounce lemon juice
- 1-ounce orange juice
- Lime wheels or wedges for garnish
- Top with a grapefruit or lime seltzer water
- Pour about one teaspoon of kosher salt on a small plate. Moisten the rim of the glass by rubbing with a lime wedge. Dip the rim of the glass into salt to coat evenly.
- Pour simple syrup, lime juice, lemon juice, and orange juice in a cocktail shaker filled about half full with ice.
- Cover and shake vigorously for about 15 seconds.
- Pour into rimmed glass. Garnish with a lime wheel or wedge. Add a splash of seltzer water.
- To make by the pitcher, multiply the liquid ingredients by the number of servings desired. Pour into a pitcher and stir to combine. Pour into salt-rimmed glasses filled with ice.
- 15 mint leaves
- 1-ounce fresh lime juice
- ½ ounce simple syrup
- 4 ounces club soda or sparkling water or ginger ale
- lime wedge optional, for garnish
- Muddler (or wooden spoon)
- Add mint leaves, lime juice, and simple syrup to the glass. Muddle mint leaves gently.
- Add as much ice as desired, then top with club soda. Stir lightly to combine. Garnish with lime wedges (optional) and enjoy.
- 90 ml Reduced Sugar Cranberry Juice
- 30 ml freshly squeezed lime juice
- 60 ml sparkling water
- 30 ml orange juice
- Place cranberry juice, lime, and soda in a cocktail shaker or similar (a mason jar works great!). Add plenty of ice and shake gently. See Notes.
- Pour into a martini glass.
- Add a splash of orange juice and serve
- Use a low-sugar cranberry juice for a healthier alternative.
- Shake gently, just enough to combine. The fizz in the soda water can make the cocktail shaker lid fly off if you shake too vigorously!