Winter doesn't have to be so cold with these drinks

By LeAnn Nguyen and Bao Nguyen
February 22, 2018

So the groundhog saw its shadow this past Groundhog Day and that means we are collectively going to suffer for 6 more weeks of cold weather whining, the activity that binds all Seattleites.

But if you’re not ready to give in to S.A.D., if you want to put up a fight, we have a few ideas – 5 to be exact.

Mocktails – nonalcoholic mixed drinks – are making their ways onto menus everywhere. These are not merely your typical cocktails with the alcohol removed (but some are). Most are created specifically to be nonalcoholic while still balanced in flavors.

We strained the internet for tropical mocktail ideas and enlisted the help of the fun folks at Crawfish King to make them to see how they really taste. These drinks certainly warmed our spirits and let’s just say it’s a good thing there was no alcohol in them because we couldn’t stop! Read Part 1 here.

Sparkling Grapefruit Rosemary Mocktail

Rosemary grapefruit mocktail. Photo by TNP Photography.

Did you know February is National Grapefruit Month? Did you know that grapefruit even had a month for it? Did you ever wonder who the heck comes up with all of these months? Maybe they had the same idea of trying to bring some warmth to a cold winter. Either way, take advantage of this by making this tangy drink with either freshly-squeezed or store-bought grapefruit juice, rosemary, and a splash of seltzer.

Taste test: It’s important to get the amount of rosemary just right for this drink, which may require some tinkering depending on what you use for grapefruit juice. Too much rosemary and it’s like drinking herbal tea. Too little and it get lost in the grapefruit. Balanced correctly, this drink is quite nice. The herb relaxes and the citrus excites.

Rosewater and Lychee

Rosewater lychee mocktail. Photo by TNP Photography.

Rosewater? Isn’t that stuff used in cosmetics and perfume? Yes AND it’s also used in Middle Eastern cuisine. It can be found in Middle Eastern and Indian markets but is also very simple to make. Lychee is a tropical fruit that can be found in most Asian markets – fresh or canned. Combine these two ingredients with lemon juice and sparkling water for a sweet, fragrant drink that’s smooth and quite romantic!

Taste test: If the lychee and rose don’t warm you up, this drink’s romantic aura will definitely crank up the heat. It’s surprisingly good and is my favorite of all the drinks in this series. We made our own rosewater by simmering rose petals. The result is a subtle flowery note that complements the lychee perfectly. Save this drink for a dinner date at home and you’ll surely impress.