Living in New Orleans, we know a thing or two about great drinks. In fact this is the birthplace of a few long lasting favorites like the Hurricane, Brandy Milk Punch, Sazerac and the French 75. As we enter into Carnival season and the lead up the Mardi Gras many people like to take a break before the revelry of the season by participating in Dry January. However, for some it is a lifestyle choice that has been long decided and continual years of sobriety. For others, it is where they begin to dip their toe into sober curiosity.
Two years ago I read an article about 6 women in new orleans and their journey through sobriety In a town where most social activities surrounded the consumption of alcohol. As an entrepreneur, I get very little time off and found myself indulging every chance and feeling miserable the next day when I needed to be 100%. I was so inspired by their stories that I became sober curious myself and changed my entire relationship with alcohol, became more productive and that hangxiety disappeared.
Everyone has their own path and if you joined the Dry January challenge or if this has been a lifelong commitment, the team at Badass Balloon Co. has created some of their favorite cocktail recipes for you.
1 ½ cup cubed seedless watermelon
½ cup frozen strawberries
½ cup frozen raspberries
½ cup water
2 cups ice
Juice of one lime
4 oz agave syrup
In a large blender, combine all ingredients. blend for 20-30 seconds
or until slushy. Add additional water 2 oz at a time if too thick.
Using large glasses, dip rim into water and dredge with sugar OR
sugar and salt. Serves 3-4.
CUCUMBER MINT LIMEADE
4 slices of cucumber
6 mint leaves
Juice half of lime
1 oz water
1 oz simple syrup or agave syrup
In shaker, muddle 2 slices of cucumber, juice of lime, 2 mint leaves,
simple syrup, water, and half cup of ice. Shake for 10-15 seconds and
strain into medium sized glass. Add ice and top with sparkling water.
Slap 4 leaves of mint to release the scent and stir gently into drink.
Garnish with two cucumber wheels and two lime wheels. Serves 1.
Juice of half blood orange
Juice of half lemon
Elderflower tonic water
In wine glass or medium sized glass, add ice to brim.
squeeze blood orange and lemon into glass.
if blood oranges are not in season,
substitute navel oranges with a splash of pomegranate juice.
top with elderflower tonic water and garnish with orange wheel
and rosemary sprig. Serves 1.