The holidays can be a difficult time while living on the Autoimmune Protocol. Especially if you have to strictly follow it. Chef Ann came up with some delicous cocktail alternatives, or “Mocktails” that we hope will help to make you a part of celebrations. Our AIP Mocktails are simple recipes yet packed with flavor. If you are beyond the elemination phase of the AIP and have reintroduced alcohol, we have made suggestions for you as well.

AIP Sangria Mocktail

If you have added alcohol into your AIP, replace half the juices with your favorite red or white wine. Either way, this is a delicious drink that can be enjoyed anytime. Brunch anyone?

3 cups white grape juice, no sugar added

2 cups cranberry juice, unsweetened

½ cup honey

16 oz sparkling water

1/4 cup blueberries

1 Granny Smith apple

1/2 lemon

1/2 orange

1/2 cup strawberries

Cut up the fruit and add it to a pitcher

To the fruit, add the juices, honey and seltzer water

Refrigerate for at least two hours before serving. This will allow the flavors to all come together and make your sangria even better.

AIP Kombucha Mojito

1 bottle sparkling Ginger Kombucha (or your favorite flavor Kombucha)

Crushed Ice

Few sprigs of mint leaves (3 – 5 leaves per glass)

1-2 limes

Juice half a lime into 2 empty rocks glasses. Then, add the lime half and 2 – 3 mint leaves to the glass. Using the end of a wooden spoon or muddler, muddle the lime, lime juice and mint leaves. Add half the ice and muddle/mix a bit more.

Add the remaining ice to your glasses. Top each glass with half a bottle of Sparkling Ginger Kombucha.

AIP Watermelon Mojito

I think this Watermelon Mojito was my favorite. It has such a refreshing flavor and my first thought was basking in the sun poolside with my mocktail in hand. If you can tolerate it, a little rum would be delicious!

3 cups watermelon diced

2 limes juiced

1 1/2 tsp coconut sugar

18 fresh mint leaves

1 cup sparkling water

In a blender, combine watermelon, lime juice, and coconut sugar.

Muddle mint leaves into the bottom of each glass. Evenly pour watermelon mixture into each cup. Add ice and top with sparkling water. Stir to combine.

AIP Gulf Coast Sunrise Mocktail

This mocktail will have you humming that old Eagles song. The strawberry syrup replaces grenadine and in my opinion makes for an even better drink. The strawberry syrup will settle to the bottom of the glass creating the layered sunrise effect with the sparkling orange. If you have added spirits back into your diet, go ahead and add your favorite tequila!

For the strawberry syrup:

1 lb. Strawberries, washed and hulled

¼ cup honey

¼ cup Water

1 T. Lime juice

Strawberry Syrup

For the Syrup

Puree the strawberries.

Place this pulp, honey, water and lime juice in a deep saucepan and bring to a simmer. Reduce heat and simmer for 10-15 minutes or till syrup thickens and coats a spoon dipped in it. You will have roughly 1 cup of syrup.

Cool this syrup and keep in the refrigerator until needed.

For the Drink:

8 oz fresh squeezed Orange Juice

12 oz sparkling water

6 T. Strawberry syrup

3 sprigs Rosemary

3 wedges fresh Lime (to garnish)

To make a drink, fill a tall glass with crushed ice. Then add the mixture of orange juice and sparkling water. Drizzle 1-2 tbsp of strawberry syrup on top and wait for it to sink to the bottom. Gently nudge the ice around with a straw or spoon to guide the syrup down. Tuck a sprig of fresh rosemary in the drink and garnish with a wedge of lime. Of course if you have added alcohol to your AIP lifestyle, a good tequila would be a perfect addition.

AIP Pina Colada Mocktail

This is a nice, clean and simple recipe. The coconut milk makes it so rich and creamy you will enjoy this AIP Pina Colada anytime. Of course if you are able, a little dark rum would be delicious!

2 cups crushed unsweetened pineapple

1 14 oz can Coconut milk

1/4 cup honey

4 cups Ice

4 slices fresh pineapple

Place all ingredients in a blender and puree until smooth.  Pour into 4 glasses and garnish with sliced fresh pineapple.