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Mocktail Monday: Chill-ax with our Raspberry Bergamot Shrub cooler

Spikers_BlueberryJuniperCoolerYesterday was so blissfully cool and clear that I totally forgot about crafting a beverage for Mocktail Monday. But last night even in the depths of sleep, I could feel the mugginess creeping back into the house. So here — a day late — is the official offering for this week’s alcohol-free sip.

Although richly flavored, this mocktail has a cool finish thanks to the addition of juniper berry and mint. These herbs give it an herbaceous frostiness which makes it ideal when you want something to take your mind off the underbelly of summer.

Picture this as something to serve at bedtime, when the mucky air is unbearable even if the A/C is blasting. Place some clear glass cups or goblets in the freezer to get frosty, then take a shower to hose off. Wrap a chunky towel around your torso, and pour the chilled cooler sans ice just before you retreat to the boudoir to read (or whatever). Ahhhh.

Raspberry Bergamot Shrub Tea Cooler

Serves 4
Cook time 30 minutes
Dietary Alcohol-free, Diabetic, Gluten Free, Vegan, Vegetarian
Meal type Beverage
Misc Child Friendly, Serve Cold
On a sweltering hot day or evening, Spiker's Blueberry Juniper Shrub pairs with green ice to create a chilled, refreshing alcohol-free beverage with a lovely herbal note.

Ingredients

  • 2 premium grade green tea bag (or 8 teaspoons loose-leaf)
  • 2 peppermint tea bags (caffeine free)
  • 4 cups water
  • 8 mint leaves (bruised)
  • 2 tablespoons Spiker's Raspberry Bergamot Shrub
  • 1/2 cup fresh blueberries (optional - for garnish)

Directions

Step 1 Place tea bag or leaves in a heat-proof vessel (tea pot, large Mason jar, etc).
Step 2 Bring water to boil (in a tea kettle or microwave).
Step 3 Pour water over tea leaves and add the mint. Allow to infuse for at least 30 minutes. You want the tea to be stronger than usual so that it will hold up to the chilling.
Step 4 When cool, strain the tea and add the Spiker's Raspberry Bergamot Shrub and fresh blueberries (optional). Cover and store in the refrigerator until well-chilled.

Splash serving cups or goblets with water and place in the freezer to get frosty.
Step 5 At serving time, remove glasses from freezer and pour the cooler. Add ice if desired, but ideally this drink should be served well-chilled so that ice isn't necessary.