Summer Berry Mocktail
This mocktail “The Summer Berry”, is the first of two themed drinks I created in honor of the Mom’s on the Move Podcast based out of Greenville, SC.
The “Jennifers” (both hosts are named Jennifer, which I love), created their local Facebook group and podcast because: “We want to empower each other and create a place for understanding, while also navigating tough topics, with a few laughs in between. We, as women and moms, are in this together.” Click here to connect with the Moms on the Move community, watch/listen to their podcast, and receive their exclusive biweekly newsletter. Pimento & Prose recipes and blogs are also currently featured in the Mom’s on the Move biweekly digital newsletters along with exclusive local recommendations & coupons to local Greenville shops!
I used a ton of in-season, local produce for both of these drinks. The vision was to create something easy and fun to sip on for the women in my life who might not want to, or couldn’t drink alcohol for whatever reason (be it pregnancy, taking a break from drinking, etc.), but who still wanted to have a great tasting, balanced drink they could enjoy for themselves or scale up for a party!
We were also lucky enough to partner with a local Greenville restaurant, Limoncello, to be able to use their restaurant bar for some of our photos and videos for behind the scenes on how to make these drinks (check out the YouTube link for that here)!
I also wanted both drinks to be related to each other with ingredients, so both feature lemon elements and fresh, in-season fruit for our area in them (strawberries in the mocktail, and grapefruit in the cocktail!).
Make sure to check out the sister cocktail to this one, the Squeeze the Day, at the link here!
- Prep Time: 5m
- Total Time: 2m
- Serves: 1 person
- Yield: 1 serving
- Category: Drinks & Alcohol
- 2 fl oz Peach nectar (can buy in the juice section at your local grocery store)
- 2 fl oz Strawberries, pureed
- 3 fl oz Spindrift Lemon sparkling water (or any other non-sweetened lemon seltzer water brand of your choosing)
- 1 Lemon peel to garnish
Bartending tools needed:
- 1 Bartending shaker
- 1 Bar jigger (usually double sided, used to measure fl.oz. for shots, could also use a liquid measuring cup for this if you have it at home instead)
- 1 Hawthorne strainer
- 1 Small fine mesh strainer (optional if you don't mind the strawberry seeds or a more smoothie-like consistency)
- First, start by pureeing about 3-4 washed strawberries in a blender or food processor, removing the leaves and stems before adding them to the machine.
- Measure the 2 fl. oz. of peach nectar and 2 fl. oz of pureed strawberries into the bartending shaker with a handful of ice; put a lid on the shaker; and shake for about 30 seconds until the strawberry puree and peach nectar is combined and cooled.
- Carefully remove the top of the shaker. Put the Hawthorne strainer over the shaker, and use the fine mesh strainer over your glass to strain your drink from the shaker into your glass of choice. We're double straining this cocktail instead of single straining to make sure we remove all the strawberry seeds (optional though if you don't mind the strawberry seeds or a more smoothie-like consistency). You may need to use a spoon to kind of push some of the drink and strawberry purée through the fine mesh strainer and past the seeds at this point.
- Remove the fine mesh strainer from the glass, then add the 3 fl. oz. of sparkling lemon water to your glass to finish the mix, and stir gently with a spoon for 3-7 seconds to combine the flavors (but not remove the bubbles!).
- To garnish, take a vegetable peeler and take a long curl of lemon rind out of a lemon. Depending on the size of the rim on your glass, you can cut a small incision in the lemon rind so it holds onto the side of the glass, or you can use a long toothpick to skewer the lemon rind as well and place it along the side of the glass.
- *Optional: if you'd like to add more lemon flavor to your cocktail, you can "express" the oils in the lemon rind. You can do this by gently squeezing the lemon rind with your fingers, over your drink, a little essential oil will come out of it into your drink. Then rub the inside of the rind over the rim of the glass.