(M)ocktail of the Week: The Amy D.

(M)ocktail of the Week: The Amy D.

(M)ocktail of the Week: The Amy D.

Cocktails–those with alcohol– are really our thing. However, we’ve learned over time that applying even  a skosh of the skills we’ve learned to create one mixed drink without alcohol, is a surefire way to win over…everyone.

It might be shocking to know that you don’t have to drink in order to be our friend. We have a number of friends who are excelling at procreation and then even more who are excelling at nursing their offspring and attachment parenting. A number of our Asian friends lack the enzyme to process alcohol (technically known as asian flush syndrome). We know many people who’ve seen alcohol ruin loved ones’ lives or who’ve struggled with moderation themselves and abstain altogether. Our devout Muslim friends definitely don’t drink. The list goes on. There are so many good reasons not to consume. And so many reasons why a mocktail on your party menu will be a big, big hit.

Even our friends who do drink welcome a mocktail as manna well into a party.

Whatever your reason (ooh maybe watching your weight with the start of the new year) or your friends’ reasons for needing them might be, in 2016 we’ll be periodically bringing you some great mocktail recipes. Don’t roll your eyes, we promise they are a guarantee to boost your popularity points.

We created this mocktail for the big, fun end of the year celebration for a Masters program at the Cambridge Boat Club. In buying a ticket, attendees got to vote for someone after whom one of the drinks would be named. While basically an adult popularity contest, we loved getting to craft a drink just for the winners.  Winner number one, Amy D, is loved by everyone, boasts a stellar dress collection–and drinking isn’t her thing. We made her this drink to follow suit.

The Amy D. Mocktail


  • 1 bottle Trader Joes sparkling blueberry juice
  • 1 cup lavender syrup
  • a bunch of mint leaves
  • 1 pint blackberries (for garnish)
  • 1 can club soda


  • In a flat bottom pitcher, muddle mint and lavender syrup.
  • Pour in bottle of sparkling blueberry juice, stir.
  • Cover until ready to serve.

To serve

  • Strain into ice filled glasses.
  • Top with a splash of club for a little extra fizz.
  • Garnish with 1-2 blackberries.

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Stephanie Acker Housman