Ring in 2021 with Delicious Wild Blueberry Mocktails
While we’re by no means advocating skipping over one of our favorite times of the year, it’s impossible not to start thinking about what a COVID-19 New Year’s Eve celebration is going to look like. With social distancing, masks, and cooler temperatures, especially in New England, here to stay for a few months, skipping the hangover and going with a New Year’s Eve in, featuring wild blueberry mocktails, games, and some good movies sounds pretty good.
And just because a mocktail is non-alcoholic doesn’t mean it has to be boring. Here are five of our favorite wild blueberry drink recipes that are easy to make – and good for your noggin.
- Wild Blueberry Green Tea Mojito
If you’re looking for something refreshing and extremely sippable, whip up a pitcher of Wild Blueberry Green Tea Mojitos. Couple the flavorful frozen wild blueberries with green tea goodness, and you have a drink that is packed to the brim with brain-healthy benefits. Garnish with a sprig of fresh mint to top it off to give it that classic craft cocktail feel without the alcohol added.
2. Wild Maine Collins
We know, we know–the first ingredient in this recipe is rum–but we promise that the Wild Maine Collins is just as tasty without the spirits added. This recipe hails from one of our favorite Portland, Maine cocktail bars – The Hunt and Alpine Club. With just three simple ingredients, a shaker, ice, and a chilled glass, you have a mocktail that everyone will enjoy ringing the New Year in with. Garnish with a lemon or some frozen blueberries for an extra pop of flavor.
3. Wild Blueberry Chia Fresca
Chia seeds are naturally nutrient dense (think tons of fiber) and soften when soaked in liquid after a short period of time. They make a great textured addition to mocktails, and with that, we encourage you to try the Wild Blueberry Chia Fresca. This low-calorie, nutrient dense drink is great for your nutrition-focused family member that wants something to sip on with no guilt involved.
4. Sparkling Wild Blueberry Lemonade
For those that wish for an eternal summer, the Sparkling Wild Blueberry Lemonade could be the perfect mocktail for your New Year’s Eve celebration. Between the refreshing coconut water and the zesty lemon juice, you’re in for a blended treat that will have you looking forward to 2021’s first heat wave.
5. Honey, Orange, and Wild Blueberry Thirst Quencher
It’s true that wild blueberries wouldn’t grow without honeybees, so this mocktail is dedicated to our buzz worthy insect friends. The Honey, Orange, and Wild Blueberry Thirst Quencher mocktail is a year-round treat that packs a punch with numerous bold flavors. So, quench your thirst for a New Year with this sweet drink.
From all of us at the Wild Blueberry Association of North America, thank you for another great year. We know that 2020 has had its challenges, but we hope that your 2021 will be safe, healthy and full of wild goodness. Check back with us in January for more content–until then, Happy Holidays and Happy New Year!