Here’s a way to celebrate cocktail hour without the alcohol — try this deliciously hydrating mocktail smash made with smashed red berries, rosewater and coconut milk.
As in mocktail smash, that is.
Boozy smash cocktails are usually lightly sweetened and flavored with crushed fruit and different kinds of spirits.
But this creamy coconut and red berry version is a fun alternative sipper when you’d rather forego the alcohol.
And — bonus! — it looks pretty, too.
The key to making a great non-alcoholic cocktail is to keep the components interesting and the flavors balanced.
Just because the booze is missing doesn’t mean your glass has to be boring,
This creamy concoction is light and refreshing and would be a perfect drink to serve at a brunch or daytime get-together, or just when you want an elegant, booze-free somethin-somethin that feels more festive than the usual options.
I’ve been adding rosewater to drinks and really loving its lightly floral musk scent and flavor, even in basic plain sparkling water and lemonade.
It’s an unexpected touch that goes a long way, and you only need a tiny splash.
Red berries, like raspberries and strawberries, are a perfect match for rose flavors.
The unsweetened coconut milk in this mocktail smash adds creamy lusciousness without making this drink feel like a milkshake or an overly-rich umbrella drink.
I also added agave nectar for a little sweetness.
Honey would work too, but be sure it’s liquid honey as thicker honey can solidify when combined with ice.
How to make a party-worthy mocktail smash:
- Use simple, good-looking glassware — for this drink, a plain rocks glass is best for easy sipping because it’s short, wide and can accommodate the ice cubes.
- A muddler is an inexpensive tool that makes the smashing part of this recipe easy (and kind of fun).
- Don’t forget to garnish! Float a few berries on top of your drink for color and a little extra treat.
- Sparkling water goes a long way in mocktails, adding that festive bubble that everyone seems to enjoy. I’ve tried coconut-flavored and plain sparkling water to make this drink, and they’re both good. But if you already really enjoy coconut, the flavored sparkling adds more flavor without any added sugar.
- 12 raspberries, plus more for garnish
- 4 hulled strawberries, plus more for garnish
- Crushed ice
- 1 cup canned unsweetened coconut milk, stirred if separated
- 3 tablespoons agave nectar
- 1 teaspoon rosewater
- Cold coconut-flavored sparkling water (unsweetened) or plain sparkling water
- Divide the berries among individual rocks glasses and muddle until lightly crushed. Top with some crushed ice.
- Stir together the coconut milk, agave and rosewater in a small pitcher or 4-cup glass measuring cup.
- Divide the coconut mixture into the glasses and top off with sparkling water. Stir to blend and garnish the glass with a raspberries and sliced strawberry.
To make a bigger batch, muddle a handful of berries in a pitcher. Multiply the coconut milk, agave and rosewater by the number of servings and stir into the berries (don't add ice). For each serving, pour over ice filled glasses and top off with the sparkling water.
Inspired by this drink.
Look for rosewater in specialty markets or buy it on Amazon.
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 157 Total Fat: 7g Saturated Fat: 7g Trans Fat: 0g Unsaturated Fat: 0g Cholesterol: 0mg Sodium: 65mg Carbohydrates: 23g Net Carbohydrates: 0g Fiber: 3g Sugar: 18g Sugar Alcohols: 0g Protein: 1g