Cranberry Cinnamon Apple Kombucha Mocktail – a healthy and delicious option for the holidays!
For those moments when you Just. Need. A. Drink. This Cranberry Cinnamon Apple Kombucha Mocktail is perfectly sweet and festive – and makes you feel like you are drinking something special during all of your holiday parties!
I admittedly haven’t done a Whole30 over the holidays or even attempted to stay somewhat Whole30 compliant during a holiday season (my first Whole30 was in May of this year) ….. but I have been to enough cookouts and get-together and gatherings to know it is hard to not drink when everyone else is! I mean, I suppose it has gotten easier over this past year because I honestly don’t desire to drink that much anymore (it really just makes me feel horrible). But there is still something about that feeling that you are holding a “special drink.” Like when I get home from work and am in the kitchen making dinner….. I love having a glass of wine. I rarely even drink the whole thing, but it is just the act of drinking out of a wine glass – it is totally comforting and kind of a tradition.
When I did my first Whole30, that was one of the little things I missed, so I started drinking my favorite kombucha out of a wine glass and honestly, it completely satisfied my tradition! Such a simple thing….
Parties are a little different, and I think it will be even worse around the holidays. I don’t know what it is about social drinking, but there is essentially an expectation that if you are at a party, you should be drinking. Even if people don’t say it out loud, I swear you can feel some judging going on if you decide not to. While my very best friends have always been cool with it (of course, they are my best friends), I have totally gotten some teasing from not-so-good friends who think it is weird not to drink. I say, do what is best for you and your body – who cares what they think. I am all for a good cocktail every once in a while, a Blue Moon in a bottle with an orange or a chilled glass of prosecco….. but if I am doing a Whole30 or simply not in the mood to drink or I just don’t want to…. I am not going to drink. Period. Rant over.
So the point of this mocktail is by no means meant to appease your not-so-close friends who pressure you to drink, but it is for YOU GUYS. Because it is fun to have a fun drink in your hands. And it tastes DELICIOUS! And it is Whole30 compliant! It is so festive and happy – I know I will be carrying one of these around my first holiday party!! Cheers you guys!
Side note – I love, love, love using the drink as a centerpiece ❤️
If you are looking for good cranberry kombucha – GT’s has an awesome one and that is what I used in the picture.
- ¾ cup Cranberry Kombucha
- Splash of Club Soda
- 1 Tablespoon Apple Juice
- 1 Apple slice
- 1 Cinnamon Stick
- 1 Sprig of Rosemary
- Cranberries for garnish
- Add ice to glass.
- Pour kombucha, club soda and apple juice over ice.
- Add apple slice, cinnamon stick and rosemary sprig.
- Garnish with fresh cranberries.