RECIPE: Making Mocktails

Mocktaillimone2Summertime.  Camping, Boating, Beaching and BBQing.

It’s hard not to over indulge as your social calendar cranks up (and your responsibilities wind down).  I could easily end up over-indulging ever night of the week, if I’m not careful. I’m often told, “You’re on vacation”. Which I find exceedingly annoying, because as it turns out, every weekend of summer is vacation.  And every summer I seem to swell!

A client and I were discussing this conundrum, which subsequently inspired my mocktail making.  What is a mocktail you ask? It’s a alcohol-free beverage that is still super fun to drink.  Many mocktails are made with syrups and sugars and other headache-causing ingredients that can still leave you feeling lousy the next day.

I wanted my mocktail simple and both chemical and sweetner-free.  I used a lemon lime La Croix as the base. (Can someone please give me the correct pronunciation on these!? Is it La “quwaah”? Or La “croy”? or some other Alex Trebek pronunciation I haven’t considered)

Give this a go, or make your own and share here!


4 oz ice-chilled lemon lime La Croix (or pour over ice)

1/4 lemon juice and pulp

1/4 lime juice

1 ginger shaving

ALWAYS serve a mocktail in a fun glass with a garnish.

Mocktails. They’re not just for pregnant women.

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Madeleine Vanstory attended Duke University and began her post-graduate journey at The Elaine Clark Center working with special needs children. She went on to work as a Clinical Research Scientist running clinical trials for the CDC and developing medical devices for Welsh Allen, Abbot Labs, Roche and Johnson & Jonhson Her work included non-invansive cervical cancer detection, continuous diabetic glucose monitoring, non-harmful infant bilirubin level detection and studying Vitamin C's anti-aging effects on the skin. Madeleine attended Medical school at The Brody School of Medicine at East Carolina University and completed a residency in Family Medicine at Moses Cone Hospital in Greensboro NC. Dr. Madeleine Vanstory is a board certified Family Physician who has practiced all over the world. She has lead medical missions in Kenya and Honduras. She has participated with Operation Smile in Russia, she has patients in North Carolina, Maine, Oregon and New Zealand. Dr. Vanstory has worked the medical tents in the Marine Corps marathon in Washington DC and at the Kona Ironman World Championships. And Dr. Vanstory has marched with the Surgeon General promoting "Exercise is Medicine" at the World Congress Sports Medicine Conference. Disillusioned by the current health care system and armed with the realization that culture, nutrition and emotional well-being have a profound impact on health, Dr. Vanstory now motivates clients and patients to discover the healthiest versions of themselves through humor, counseling in her "Upgrade Your Health" Wellness Program.

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