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🍹Friday Happy Hour, June 26, 2020

🍹Friday Happy Hour, June 26, 2020

Makings for a Not-Quite Tequila Margarita. Lemon drop mix. Passion fruit sparkling water. Lime juice. PHOTO BY: Shelley Burbank

Happy Friday Happy Hour, Peeps!

Have you wanted to change a bad habit but at that same time maintain a pleasurable ritual?

This is me right now with my love-affair with the cocktail. I so enjoy an end of the day libation, the sense of sinking into a mellow, relaxing mood at the end of the day, maybe having a few nibbles, and listening to some jazz. 

I like cocktail glasses, cocktail napkins, and cocktail garnishes. On occasion I love a good espresso martini, but simple classics are my faves at cocktail hour. A vodka martini with an olive or three. A margarita made with real lime juice, orange liquor, and tequila. Rum and cola, anyone? Gin and tonic? 

As much as I enjoy the rituals of cocktail hour, sometimes I get the feeling I’m drinking a wee bit too much for my health and well-being. When that happens, I get this horrible feeling of deprivation–not so much because of the loss of alcohol, but because of the loss of my pleasurable ritual. Then the question becomes: what can I have instead?

This is not simple, my friends. Juice? Well, then I still get all that sugar. Diet soda? I love sugar-free cola, but again, maybe fake sugar isn’t the healthiest choice. Soda water or seltzer with a slice of lime or lemon? Yeah, if I must. Sometimes I just have a cup of coffee, but is that the best idea at the end of the day?

Enter the Not-Quite Tequila Margarita. I’m always on the lookout for a good mocktail without too much sugar. By accident, my Imperfect Foods order a couple of weeks ago came with a carton of La Croix sparkling passion fruit water. It’s okay by itself, but tonight I wanted a margarita. We ordered takeout from a taco place in North Park, and even though we have tequila, Triple Sec, and limes in the house, I was determined to maintain my week-long booze-fast. 

I poured a shot of Citra Fresh Agave Lemon Drop martini mix into my margarita glass, filled the glass up to about ⅔ full with the sparkling water, squeezed in two tablespoons of fresh lime juice, and filled the glass with lots of ice-cubes. It looks like a margarita. It smells like a margarita. It ALMOST tastes like a….well, not really, but it has enough bite to satisfy me, and I’m enjoying it. 

This is all to say that sometimes we can’t get exactly what we want, but we can get something approximate.

Have a good weekend! 


Which do you prefer, cocktails or mocktails? Do you have any good mocktail recipes to share? Drop me a line below. I comment back.

This Post Has 6 Comments

  1. I definitely prefer cocktails. I like the little floaty buzz that I get from them. Without that, I don’t need ’em! I don’t usually drink more than one, though. The glasses are definitely key to making them (and me) feel special. Kind of like dress-up as child: it made me feel like an adult! And temporarily fulfilled my wanna-be dreams … Maybe that’s what cocktails do for me – make me feel as I’m part of the jet-set!

    I really enjoyed this fun post. 🙂

    1. Ah, yes. The floaty buzz. You describe that perfectly!

  2. Reading this made me want to go out and buy all the ingredients you mentioned! And then get some beautiful martini glasses, and then some tequila! Mocktails don’t quite do it for me.

    1. Haha! I understand. I truly do. Maybe the trick is to find something that isn’t pretending to be something else. I’m considering Arnold Palmers this summer. Iced tea/lemonade. Or lavender lemonade. I just don’t want the sugar….ugh. The struggle is real!

  3. I like Diet Dr. Pepper, lol. I don’t drink Coke anymore so Diet Dr. Pepper is my “mocktail”. I actually had a coke about a week ago and thought the DDP was better, I felt like I needed to keep going back and getting more coke. Musta been the shuga. Sounds like you had a fun anniversary trip. Cool pics.

    1. I LOVE to drink a DDP once in awhile! So delicious. Cheers, my friend!

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