Festive Herbal Mocktails for the New Year

By Amy Fisher, R.D.

Ring in the new year with these festive mocktails, each of which features an herbal twist on a classic cocktail. Enjoy them at the stroke of midnight on New Year’s Eve-or any evening that needs to feel a bit more festive.

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Elderberry Spritzer

For immune support*
Servings: 1

Ingredients:
6 oz. seltzer
1 teaspoon Gaia Herbs Black Elderberry Syrup
1 teaspoon maple syrup
1 teaspoon fresh squeezed lime juice
1 tablespoon muddled blackberries or blueberries (optional)
1 mint sprig, for garnish

Directions:
Add all ingredients (except for berries and mint sprig) to a glass and stir until combined.
Add berries and top with mint and serve.


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Kava Kava Colada

To support calm and relaxation*
Servings: 2

Ingredients:
1 cup pineapple juice
3/4 cup coconut milk
1 dropperful (30 drops) Gaia Herbs Kava Kava Root Liquid Extract
1/2 teaspoon vanilla bean powder
pinch nutmeg
pinch sea salt ice (optional)
coconut sugar for glass rim (optional)

Directions:
Add all ingredients to a high-speed blender and serve.

IMG_3075Cinnamon Nog

To support healthy digestion*
Servings: 2

Ingredients:
1 cup coconut water
3/4 cup cashew nut milk (or nut milk of choice, recipe below)
1 dropperful (30 drops) Gaia Herbs Certified Organic Cinnamon Bark Liquid Extract
1 1/2 pitted medjool dates
1 teaspoon maple syrup
10 drops Gaia Herbs Ginger Root Liquid Extract
1/4 teaspoon vanilla bean powder
1/8 teaspoon nutmeg
pinch cloves
pinch sea salt

Directions:
Add all ingredients to a high-speed blender and serve.

IMG_3073Ginseng Ginger-Lime Moscow Mule

For healthy energy and stamina*
Serves: 2

Ingredients:
12 oz. seltzer water
1/4 cup fresh-squeezed lime with pulp
4 tablespoons Honey Syrup (recipe below)
1 dropperful Gaia Herbs Ginger Root Liquid Extract
1 dropperful Gaia Herbs Ginseng Schisandra Supreme Liquid Extract
lime wedges for garnish ice (optional)

Directions:
Combine all ingredients in a jar and stir. Pour over ice in 2 glasses.

Honey Syrup

Ingredients:
2 tablespoons honey
2 tablespoons water

Directions:
In a small saucepan, heat the honey and then add water. Stir until combined and let cool. Makes 1/4 cup.

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Amy Fischer MS, RD, CDN is a registered dietitian and nutritionist, nutrition writer, educator, photographer and healthy living enthusiast. She is a recipe and content developer and digital influencer of plant-based whole foods at thegreenfisch.com. She works to promote preventative health and wellness through an anti-inflammatory diet. She also works at a one of the largest teaching hospitals in NYC as a clinical dietitian in adult acute care. Amy received a bachelor’s degree in journalism from Miami University of Ohio and a master’s degree in clinical nutrition from New York University. She completed her dietetic training at Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center. Prior to living in New York City, where she currently resides, she has lived in China, Switzerland and France. For more green living inspiration, you can connect with her on Instagram and Twitter.