Many can be fooled by water or juice and a well-placed citrus wedge….asking for the “virgin’’ version of better-known cocktails is popular shorthand among bartenders. But surely there must be more to this socializing than discussing what people do or do not drink. So, you need only say, “That’s what I prefer.’’ Miss Manners
Sanford Behavioral Health’s Holiday Support
The clinical team at Sanford Behavioral Health takes extra time and consideration to provide a place of support and safety for clients and a treatment experience that considers the individualized needs that often arise during the holiday season. The Sanford team understands that the holiday season can bring about additional stressors that require specific interventions and detailed responses. The programming provided through the holiday season incorporates treatment objectives with seasonal community excursions and extended opportunities for family interaction. The clinical team prides itself on individualized treatment programming that recognizes the potential barriers of being in treatment during the holiday season. If you or a loved one are struggling, do not hesitate to call 616.202.3326.
Alcohol-Free Mocktails from Sanford Behavioral Health
The Islander (without the rum to make you numb)
½ cup mango
1 teaspoon lemon juice
Add ½ cup pineapple
And ¼ cup ice
¼ cup of coconut juice
2 teaspoons agave nectar
Combine all ingredients in a blender and puree until smooth. Garnish with a pineapple slice.
The Sparkler (all is bright – including your memory of last night)
1 cup of mixed berries
2 – 3 tablespoons agave nectar
1 teaspoon fresh lemon juice
1 cup of sparkling water
Combine all ingredients in a blender and add a splash of sparkling water to bubble it up!
The Stand-By (you’re not a wallflower – you’re filled with sober power!)
Fill your glass ¾ with Club Soda over crushed ice
Add a splash of Italian Volcano Organic Lemon Juice
Garnish with lemons and limes.
Warm Winter Lemonade (cozy by the fire – no wine desired)
Fill mug with hot steeping hot water (or microwave it)
Slice whole fresh lemon, skewering 3 lemon slices with a cinnamon stick
Stir agave nectar or honey into hot water
Drop the cinnamon stick and lemon into a teacup and let it steep!
(There is so much flavor, this can be re-enjoyed throughout the day by pouring hot water over the lemon skewer. Or use some orange slices on their own or with the lemon.)
Liz Scott’s “herbal infusion” apres holiday – From Zero Proof Cocktails
1-liter bottle of purified water
6 thin slices of unpeeled cucumber
½ lemon, thinly sliced and seeded (2-inch) sprigs of mint
1 sprig basil
Splash of grenadine
2 lemon slices, for garnish
Pour the water into a large pitcher and add the cucumber, lemon, and herbs. Chill for at least 2 hours. Strain. Pour into glasses, add a splash of grenadine, and serve garnished with the lemon slices.
Have a joy filled 2023!
Our favorite holiday drink in the Sanford residential houses is a “mistletoe martini” that we have made with club soda and cranberry juice. We also rim the glass with crushed candy cane to make it extra fancy!” Peter Claus, Sanford behavioral Health Executive Chef
No matter what you do to celebrate a fresh new year, relish the fact you are clear-headed. And even if you don’t have the fancy ingredients for a full-fledged alcohol-free mocktail – treat yourself. Put your soda water in a special glass or toss in a few maraschino cherries or a sprig of fresh mint. Light a fire or a candle, count your blessings, and sip on something that makes you feel special. You deserve it any time of year!