I used to joke that being part Irish and part German meant I could probably drink just about anyone under the table. That being said, I never really tried. I was raised with a healthy respect for alcohol and while I used to enjoy going out to my favorite local bar with friends every now and again, I very rarely ever drank too much, in part, because it always did a number on my stomach. Even before I knew that alcohol was a contributor to leaky gut I knew that it wasn’t helping my ulcerative colitis.
That being said, it was hard to be diagnosed with a life-altering autoimmune disease and come to this realization, at 21 years old. The time when everyone else is out for happy hour after work, attending parties and having fun wondering why you are being the party pooper. It doesn’t get much easier when you are married and 25 because when you don’t drink everyone automatically assumes you must be pregnant… (insert annoyed look here).
I know how important my health is and no amount of inconvenience, nostalgia or peer pressure is going to cause my commitment to waver, but every now and again I do get bored with herbal tea, water and yes, even kombucha.
With Valentine’s Day coming up, I decided to put together a fun AIP friendly mocktail that everyone can enjoy as a fun variation from the norm. So maybe, when your snuggling with your love, after a hearty homemade AIP dinner this Valentine’s Day you can sip on something with a little excitement!
Cranberry Ginger Mocktail:
¼ cup of honey
¼ cup of water
1 cup of fresh or frozen cranberries
¼ cup of finely chopped ginger root
1 TBS grated orange peel
¼- ½ cup of seltzer water
½ lime to garnish
In a small saucepan, over medium combine your honey, water, cranberries, ginger and orange peel. Bring the pot up to a steady simmer and allow it to simmer for about 7 minutes, stirring frequently. Remove the pot from the heat and cover. Let it sit for about 30 minutes. When it is done sitting, strain the liquid into a glass and add seltzer water to taste. Add ice and garnish with a lime. Enjoy!