I sat outside, sipping a gin & tonic enjoying the warm evening Seattle sunshine with my sister and her family. They were visiting from Nashville, and my sister was about 3 months pregnant with their third baby. I ran inside and mixed up the most festive mocktail I could for her, and said “cheers! I want you to feel like a part of the party, too!” She’s ten years older than I am, and probably thought it was a little silly that I was making a fuss in the first place, but she smiled, appreciating the gesture. My 5 year old nephew ran over and enjoyed a little sip of her mocktail, too, saying it was their “special drink”.
I teamed up with Belinda (a rockstar mom herself) of Happy Camper Cocktails to create a series of seasonal mocktails for Om Mama Co. I wanted our readers to be inspired to create a little something special for themselves, whether they’re pregnant, nursing, or choose not to drink alcohol in general!
The Seattle Sling
Why this drink:
Lavender and sage are both calming, cleansing herbs that have strong aromatic powers to help you breathe easier, slow down, and enjoy the lingering warmth of late summer. The drink tastes complex and nuanced, far beyond your average mocktail. With minimal sweetness for those who are watching sugar, and a strong lemon flavor to help ease nausea in expectant mothers, this drink will set the tone for a relaxing evening.
3 drops lavender bitters (like Scrappy’s bitters)
.75 ounces lemon juice
.5 ounces honey syrup with lavender sage
2 ounces club soda
Sage leaves and a lavender sprig
To make the syrup:
Bring equal parts honey and water to soft boil on the stove, stirring to dissolve the sugar (1 cup of each is fine for a small batch) When sugar is dissolved, reduce heat to prevent scorching and add a couple of sage leaves and a cup full of lavender buds or even whole sprigs with buds still attached. Either is fine, since they will be strained later. Taste the mixture after 3 minutes, then 5, then 7, etc., until you reach your desired robustness of the herb flavors. Pour mixture through a fine strainer or cheesecloth, then store in a sealable glass container like a small mason jar and refrigerate. The syrup will last about 4 weeks refrigerated.
Want to add a little zing for your friends that are drinking? Here’s the alcoholic version of the Seattle Sling!