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Alcohol or no alcohol? There’s a really interesting trend I’m seeing in nutrition right now and it’s a move away from drinking. This may look like taking periods of time off of drinking, moving away from it completely, or simply trying to drink less. No matter where you are in that trend, a Moscow Mule, or in this case, a non-alcoholic pomegranate mule, is the perfect drink whether you imbibe or not. From the warming qualities of the ginger ale to the refreshing kick of freshly squeezed lime, this drink is a refreshing and healthful beverage for when you don’t want an alcoholic beverage.
I specialize in working with people with complex chronic illnesses, many of whom are going through treatments like chemotherapy and alcohol just doesn’t fit in. In an effort to keep drinks fun and exciting, without the added booze, mocktails can be the perfect solution. They are a fun alternative to alcohol, the ingredients such as POM juice are antioxidant-rich which fits into any anti-inflammatory plan. Additionally, they also can be hydrating which is an issue many of my clients struggle with. If you too need more ideas on how to drink more water, check out my post ‘How to Drink Water When You Don’t Like It’.
Health benefits of mocktails
Mocktails can be more than delicious, they can be healthful too; with anti-inflammatory properties, antioxidants and added hydration. Here are some of the benefits of this Pomegranate Mule:
The characteristic deep red hue of pomegranate arils is due to antioxidant polyphenols. Antioxidants help the body fight free radicals which can cause cancer and other inflammation in the body. Pomegranates are also a great source of potassium and vitamin C which are important to support healthy body functions.
Citrus fruits such as lemons, lime, grapefruit, and oranges contain flavonoids which are known to have anti-inflammatory and anti-cancer effects on the body. Add a spritz of citrus to any beverage for extra nutritional benefits.
Did you know mint has been used for thousands of years as a digestive therapy? The active enzymes within the leaves encourage bile secretion that can reduce inflammation in the stomach hence reducing symptoms of stomach upset, indigestion, and bloating.
Making the pomegranate mule mocktail
To begin, fill a shaker with a cup of ice, add the POM juice, and shake it hard for 30 seconds. If you don’t have a shaker, don’t fret. A tip I share often is to find a water bottle that has a closed top option and it will function just the same.
Next, pour the mixture into two copper mugs. Why copper? For one, copper is a thermal conductor which means the mug will take on the temperature of the drink creating a more enjoyable drinking experience. Secondly, experts claim copper enhances the flavors of the ginger and lime. So if you want to experience this drink in all its glory, I would recommend using a copper mug. Even drinks such as my Gin Ginger Beet Cocktail with Thyme or Spiced Apple Cider Bourbon Punch would be delicious served in these mugs.
Top each glass with ¼ cup of ginger ale. It is important to note, there is a big difference between ginger ale and ginger beer. While both are alcohol-free, ginger beer has a stronger spicy ginger flavor than the sweeter ginger ale counterpart. So, if you want more bubbles and a sharper ginger flavor, go for ginger beer instead.
After that, add 1 teaspoon of lime juice, and ½ cup of ice to each glass. If you don’t have lime juice, lemon works just fine.
Finish by topping each glass with mint leaves for a pop of color and flavor. Enjoy!
To tone down the sweetness from the ginger ale, add 1 teaspoon Angostura Aromatic or Orange Bitters.
If you want more fruity notes, muddle in fresh blackberries or cherries. For a refreshing twist, muddle in cucumbers.
Want to swap out the mint? Try rosemary or basil instead. Even the POM juice can be exchanged. Use apple cider instead with a touch of cinnamon on top for additional anti-inflammatory benefits.
- Can I add alcohol to this mocktail? If you want to add alcohol, feel free. Moscow mules are traditionally made from a 2:1 ratio ginger beer to vodka. So add ¼ cup vodka in addition to the rest of the ingredients for a pomegranate influenced moscow mule.
- Is this drink gluten-free? Yes – this drink contains all naturally gluten-free ingredients.
- Is this drink sugar free? There is added sugar in the ginger ale and some naturally occurring sugar in the POM juice. This drink can still fit in any anti-inflammatory meal plan though I always recommend keeping added sugar to a minimum.
- Where can I buy POM Wonderful juice? Almost all grocery stores carry pomegranate juice. Use this store locator to find a grocery store that carries it near you.
Add the POM juice and 1 cup of ice to a shaker and shake for 30 seconds
Pour half of the mixture into each copper mug
Top each mug with 1/4 cup of the ginger ale (or ginger beer)
Add 1 teaspoon of the lime juice and 1/2 cup of the ice cubes to each mug
Finish by adding one sprig of the mint leaves to each mug
Serving: 1drink | Calories: 123kcal | Carbohydrates: 32g | Protein: 1g | Fat: 0g