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Easy Paleo Mocktails

Easy Paleo Mocktails | stupideasypaleo.comFull credit for this idea goes to one of my awesome readers, Krista from Kansas. On my Whole30 tip #4 about how to handle social drinking, she wrote, “I love Club Soda with lime, but I’ve also recently discovered that flavored Balsamic Vinegars mixed with sparkling water is the shizz.” I love this woman already, and this mocktail* is dedicated to her.

The concept is simple: sparkling water plus a splash (or a bit more) of flavor-infused balsamic vinegar plus ice and a fruit garnish. Tangy with a hint of sweetness! The flavored balsamics are generally not as harsh as what you’d pour over a salad and are infused with different layers of flavor. Read below for my combinations.

Prep time: 5 min     Cook time:  0 min    Makes: 1 serving

Ingredients for Easy Paleo Mocktails 

  • 4 large ice cubes
  • 1 oz flavor-infused balsamic vinegar 
  • 4 oz sparkling water
  • Herbs or fruit to garnish

Directions for Easy Paleo Mocktails 

In a 6 oz Glass

  1. Place 4 ice cubes in the glass. 
  2. Pour the vinegar in the bottom of the glass.
  3. Slowly pour the sparkling water on top. If you do this carefully enough, you’ll be able to create a vinegar layer at the bottom and the sparkling water in a layer above (because the vinegar’s more dense…SCIENCE). This makes the flavor more intense as you keep sipping. Or, just stir it all up!
  4. Garnish with your choice of fresh fruit or herbs.
  5. You can experiment with different amounts of vinegar. 4 parts sparkling water : 1 part vinegar was where my tastebuds were happy, but you may want more or less.

My flavor combinations were orange-vanilla white balsamic with fresh blackberries and a slice of orange for garnish and lemongrass-mint white balsamic with muddled mint and a garnish of lemongrass leaf (not edible). Krista also tells me that lemon balsamic with a bit of lemon olive oil floated on top is amazing.

The flavor-infused vinegars can be found online (the good people at The Tasteful Olive got me my order FAST) or at some gourmet food stores. Yes, they can be a bit pricey BUT think of these as special occasion drinks, and maybe the splurge is worth it. If not, you could play around with plain sparkling water and different fruits / garnishes or even freezing fruits and herbs like mint into ice cubes.

*I know we always talk about not trying to Paleo-ify bad food choices – like eating Paleo pancakes and cookies on your Whole30 and perhaps the same argument could be made against the mocktail. However. Many folks are reluctant to start a Whole30 because there’s a ___________ coming up this month (fill in the blank…birthday, anniversary, holiday, wedding…). Choosing something like this would give you a sparkling to hold and sip on and mingle with so you can feel like you’re part of the celebration with your fancy beverage.

Paleo Pumpkin Spice Latte Recipe

Paleo Pumpkin Spice Latte Recipe | stupideasypaleo.comThis recipe for Paleo Pumpkin Spice Latte is dairy-free and oh so delicious…without all the fake flavorings.

You can use the spice mix in regular coffee or add it to espresso and coconut milk to make a latte-style drink!

Paleo Pumpkin Spice Latte Recipe
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Serves: Serves 1
  • 2 oz freshly brewed espresso
  • ¼ cup full-fat coconut milk
  • 1 tsp ground cinnamon
  • ¼ tsp ground nutmeg
  • ¼ tsp ground ginger
  • Splash of pure maple syrup or honey, optional
  • Splash of pure vanilla extract
  1. Brew your espresso. If you don't have any espresso machine, it's okay! Make some dark french roast coffee. I do this with a French press now since I gave my espresso machine away.
  2. Froth the coconut milk using the steamer on your espresso machine. Again...no machine? Heat the milk on the stovetop. It just won't be foamy or give the same consistency but will still taste amazing. Heavy cream also works well here.
  3. In a small container, combine the cinnamon, nutmeg and ginger. Shake to combine. You will only be using about ⅛ tsp per cup, so save the rest.
  4. Combine espresso, steamed coconut milk, 1-2 tablespoons of pumpkin, vanilla extract and ⅛ teaspoon of spice mix. Add splash of maple syrup or honey if you prefer. Stir to combine.
  5. Top with foam and sprinkle with a pinch of spice.


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Paleo Pumpkin Spice Latte Recipe | stupideasypaleo.com