Blackberry Ginger Kombucha Mock-ito

This sparkling, cultured mocktail is filled to the brim with wild summer flavors - fresh mint, ripe blackberries and a spicy-sweet ginger syrup. The bubbliness comes from mineral water and your choice of kombucha or water kefir - fermented beverages that you can easily make at home! -- The Nourishing Gourmet

This sparkling, cultured mocktail is filled to the brim with wild summer flavors – fresh mint, ripe blackberries and a spicy-sweet ginger syrup. The bubbliness comes from mineral water and your choice of kombucha or water kefir – fermented beverages that you can easily make at home!

With mint overflowing in a pot on the deck and plenty of kombucha in the fridge, I started making mock classic mojitos to beat the Georgia heat – lime, mint, coconut sugar and kombucha.

But I was craving the addition of ginger so I made a mildly spicy simple syrup using the root and coconut sugar. It was delicious!

Bonus: candied ginger! Did you know that once you make ginger simple syrup, you are one step away from candied ginger? Once you strain the syrup, simply dehydrate the ginger (or bake at a very low temperature). Get step-by-step photos and directions here.

For more refreshing summer drinks, check out these great recipes:

This sparkling, cultured mocktail is filled to the brim with wild summer flavors - fresh mint, ripe blackberries and a spicy-sweet ginger syrup. The bubbliness comes from mineral water and your choice of kombucha or water kefir - fermented beverages that you can easily make at home! -- The Nourishing Gourmet

 

Blackberry Ginger Kombucha Mock-ito

This sparkling, cultured mocktail is filled to the brim with wild summer flavors – fresh mint, ripe blackberries and a spicy-sweet ginger syrup. The bubbliness comes from mineral water and your choice of kombucha or water kefir – fermented beverages that you can easily make at home!

Ingredients:

  • 2-3 teaspoons ginger simple syrup (below)
  • 1/2 lime, juiced (about 1.5 tablespoons juice)
  • 5 mint leaves
  • 5 blackberries
  • 1/2 cup kombucha
  • 1/4-1/2 cup sparkling mineral or soda water
  • Ice to fill the glass

Directions:

1. Pour the ginger simple syrup and lime juice into a glass. Add the mint leaves and muddle with a wooden spoon to release the oils.

2. Add 2 of the blackberries and muddle some more.

3. Add the kombucha and sparkling water. Fill the cup with ice and the remaining blackberries.

4. Stir and enjoy!

 

Ginger Simple Syrup

This spicy-sweet syrup is great in drinks or as a topping for yogurt or ice cream! Makes enough for 2-3 Mock-itos (up to 1/4 cup syrup). Keep refrigerated for up to one month.

Ingredients:

  • 1/4 cup thinly sliced ginger
  • 1/3 cup coconut sugar or sucanat
  • 1/3 cup water

1. Combine the ingredients in a small pot and bring to a simmer, stirring as the sugar melts. Continue simmering uncovered, stirring occasionally until the volume of liquid reduces by about half. Strain the ginger and cool the syrup to room temp.

Ginger Simple Syrup
 
Author:
Recipe type: Sweetener
Serves: ¼ cup syrup
 
This spicy-sweet syrup is great in drinks or as a topping for yogurt or ice cream! Makes enough for 2-3 Mock-itos (up to ¼ cup syrup). Keep refrigerated for up to one month.
Ingredients
  • ¼ cup thinly sliced ginger
  • ⅓ cup coconut sugar or sucanat
  • ⅓ cup water
Instructions
  1. Combine the ingredients in a small pot and bring to a simmer, stirring as the sugar melts. Continue simmering uncovered, stirring occasionally until the volume of liquid reduces by about half. Strain the ginger and cool the syrup to room temp.

 
Blackberry Ginger Kombucha Mock-ito
 
Author:
Recipe type: Mocktail
Serves: One
 
This little mocktail is a sippable mosaic - bubbly kombucha, tart limes, sugar and pops of fresh mint and ginger. Your tastebuds won't miss a thing!
Ingredients
  • 2-3 teaspoons ginger simple syrup (above)
  • ½ lime, juiced (about 1.5 tablespoons juice)
  • 5 mint leaves
  • 5 blackberries
  • ½ cup kombucha
  • ¼-1/2 cup sparkling mineral or soda water
  • Ice to fill the glass
Instructions
  1. Pour the ginger simple syrup and lime juice into a glass. Add the mint leaves and muddle with a wooden spoon to release the oils.
  2. Add 2 of the blackberries and muddle some more.
  3. Add the kombucha and sparkling water. Fill the cup with ice and the remaining blackberries.
  4. Stir and enjoy!

Frozen Mango Lemonade

This super delicious version of frozen lemonade is so refreshing on a hot day! It's fruit and honey sweetened for an all natural treat too. --- The Nourishing Gourmet

By Katie Mae Stanley, Contributing Writer

This treat is simple to make, and so refreshing! It’s also a great way to re-purpose leftover lemonade into a delicious new treat. It only takes 3 ingredients – frozen mangos, lemonade, and a handful of ice. And what is better on a warm spring or summer day than sitting on the porch with a cold drink?

Of course, ice cold lemonade is the perfect solution to cool you off. Many of us are familiar with frozen strawberry lemonade, so it’s about time to try something new, don’t you think? This frozen mango lemonade is so simple to make. It is an icy blend of fresh squeezed lemonade, frozen mango, and ice. That’s it!

I really do love mango. It’s a fun flavor that can be used in savory dishes, desserts, and drinks. I use to think it was only good in sweet foods like my mango sorbet but then I discovered Kimi’s mango chutney, which is what makes my  tandoori chicken sandwich so tasty.

So, back to the lemonade…

The sweet mango and tart lemonade balance each other out to create a refreshing icy treat. Let’s just say it was enjoyed a few times over the past week, and I will be making it again in the very near future. I used my basic honey sweetened lemonade for this recipe but you could stevia sweetened lemonade. All three options make for a tasty lemonade and go well with the mango. However you make it, I’m sure it will be tasty!

Other Healthy Lemon Treats:

This super delicious version of frozen lemonade is so refreshing on a hot day! It's fruit and honey sweetened for an all natural treat too. --- The Nourishing Gourmetv

Frozen Mango Lemonade

Ingredients:
2 cups of homemade lemonade
3/4 cup frozen mango chunks
1/2 cup of ice

Directions:
Blend together in a high powered blender until smooth. If it is too thick, add more lemonade or water.

Frozen Mango Lemonade
 
 
Sweet mango and tart lemonade balance each other out to create the perfect icy treat.
Ingredients
Instructions
  1. Blend together in a high powered blender until smooth. If it is too thick, add more lemonade or water.

 

Coconut Coffee Cooler

This refreshing and hydrating coffee drink is a lovely combination of coffee, coconut water, and coconut cream. Perfect for summertime (or anytime!)---- The Nourishing Gourmet

Sweet coconut water, creamy coconut cream, and dark coffee are combined for a surprisingly delicious coffee drink that is refreshing!

I love hydrating drinks during the hot summer months. The problem with coffee is that the caffeine acts as a diuretic, so ends up not being the best beverage when trying to stay hydrated. This drink combines coffee with they very hydrating coconut water, which is why it’s not only delicious, but refreshing as well.

A couple notes on the ingredients:

Coffee:

My favorite coffee to use in this recipe is espresso. We use our stovetop espresso maker (I talk about it, and 3 other “plastic free” coffee making methods here), as we don’t have a fancy espresso maker. I like using espresso best as it allows you to use more of the coconut water per cup.
However, we’ve also tried it with double strength French Press (use the same amount of coffee grounds and only half the water) and, cold brew coffee as well. All work and are delicious.

Coconut Cream:

I’ve been avoiding the additives in many of the canned coconut milks. Thankfully, I found that (Amazon Affiliate link) Aroy-D Coconut Cream is really delicious, as well as additive-free.

Other Healthy Beverage Recipes:

Coconut Coffee Cooler

You can also sweeten this more, if desired, but we found the natural sweetness from the coconut water and cream perfect for us.

Ingredients:

  • 2 shots of espresso, ½ cup of double strength coffee or cold brew concentrate
  • Coconut Water
  • 2 tablespoons of coconut cream or full fat coconut milk

1. In a large glass, stir together the warm coffee and coconut cream or milk (I add the coconut cream at this point so that it melts completely into the coffee.)
2. Fill the glass ¾ full of ice.
3. Pour coconut water to the top. Stir, and enjoy!

Coconut Coffee Cooler
 
 
My favorite coffee to use in this recipe is espresso. We use our stovetop espresso maker (I talk about it, and three other “plastic free” coffee making methods here), as we don’t have a fancy espresso maker. I like using espresso best as it allows you to use more of the coconut water per cup. However, we’ve also tried it with double strength French Press (use the same amount of coffee grounds and only half the water) and, cold brew coffee as well. All work and are delicious.
Ingredients
  • 2 shots of espresso or ½ cup of double strength coffee or cold brew concentrate
  • Coconut Water
  • 2 tablespoons of coconut cream or full fat coconut milk
Instructions
  1. In a large glass, stir together the warm coffee and coconut cream or milk (I add the coconut cream at this point so that it melts completely into the coffee.)
  2. Fill the glass ¾ full of ice.
  3. Pour coconut water to the top. Stir, and enjoy!

 

Stress Relieving Lavender Lemon Balm Iced Tea

Stress Relieving Lavender Lemon Balm Iced Tea

By April Swiger, Contributing Writer

This refreshing lavender lemon balm iced tea is not only delicious, but it helps melt away stress. It’s so simple to make and can be enjoyed hot or iced for the upcoming summer months. Tea brewed from your own garden herbs is highly satisfying, and wonderfully nourishing.

I first discovered lemon balm a little over a year ago. The snow had finally melted away from the garden area of our little rental home, and these bushy green plants began to pop up all over the place. After a little research I learned that lemon balm (part of the mint family) is a perennial herb known for its calming and stress relieving properties. One gentle touch of the leaves and an intoxicating aroma of lemon fills the air. The scent alone lifts my spirits!

Stress Relieving Lavender Lemon Balm Iced Tea 1

Lemon balm has also been known to calm headaches, upset stomach, menstrual cramps, and insomnia to name a few. My husband and I have been on a recent journey to treat our adrenal fatigue and lemon balm is a wonderful herb to help calm the body and promote healing.

It is well know that lavender is also a natural stress reliever. The lovely scent from its leaves, and the variety of purple flowers it produces makes it one of the most beautiful herbs to grow in a garden. I have two different varieties in my garden, but the one I used for this recipe is English Lavender (lavandula angustifolia).

You could also dry the leaves and preserve them for making tea during the winter months. This is very easy to do with a dehydrator, or by hanging to air dry as well.

Stress Relieving Lavender Lemon Balm Iced Tea 2

It’s good to take a few moments each day and rest. This tea, adorned with a fresh lavender flower, would be the perfect companion for seeking a stress-free summer.

Other summer drinks you may enjoy:

Stress Relieving Lavender Lemon Balm Iced Tea
 
Author:
Recipe type: Beverage
 
This refreshing lavender lemon balm iced tea is is jam-packed with stress relieving properties. Enjoy it all summer long!
Ingredients
  • 1 quart filtered water
  • 1 cup fresh lemon balm leaves
  • 4 sprigs of fresh lavender leaves
  • 1-2 Tablespoons of raw honey per quart
  • Lemon slices and/or a lavender flower (optional)
Instructions
  1. Bring the water to a boil in a large pot.
  2. Add the lemon balm and lavender leaves to the water. Remove the pot from the heat, cover, and steep for 30 minutes.
  3. Strain out the leaves and pour the tea into a glass container of your choice.
  4. Stir in the honey. Enjoy this tea warm, or chill for iced tea.