My Favorite Homemade Cocktail (and Mocktail too!)

 My favorite homemade Cocktail (and Mocktail too!) Lately I have been all about the mocktails (#notpregnant). Ever since completing my Whole 30, I have continued my weeknight mocktails and indulged in some occasional weekend cocktails too. I'm loving this new routine, and I look forward to my mocktail every night when Jeremy and I watch television. I've slowly created my own versions of "tricked out" sparkling waters that felt more special than drinking it straight from the can. And today I'm here to share my new go-to recipe that I've been making every single night.  

In the past I posted my three favorite mocktails. And I'll be honest—it's hard to find those special drinks that taste equally as good with or without alcohol. Bonus points if it's light and healthy like the one I am sharing today! 

I'll share how to make this as a delicious, light cocktail or mocktail. 

 My favorite homemade Cocktail (and Mocktail too!)Elsie's Go-To Home Cocktail (or Mocktail), serves one.

frozen blueberries
Simply Balanced sparkling water (available at Target, sub for any other sparkling water you want!)
cranberry juice cocktail (sub with %100 cranberry juice if you are avoiding sugar) 
lime juice (fresh or bottled is fine) 
gin (optional)
St-Germain (optional)

In a tall glass (I typically use a mason jar), add a few ice cubes, a handful of frozen blueberries, a squirt (or squeeze) of lime juice and a splash of cranberry juice. Top it off with sparkling water (this flavor pictured is my favorite, but any will work). 

Next, if you are in the mood for a cocktail, add 1 ounce of Gin and 1/2 an ounce of St-Germain. The St-Germain adds a lot of sweetness and flavor. 

*Note—this is a very lightly sweetened drink, which I love. If you want something sweeter, change your proportions to 1/2 or 3/4 cranberry juice cocktail and less sparkling water. :) 

 My favorite homemade Cocktail (and Mocktail too!)  The thing I love most about this drink (besides the fact that it's delicious) is that it looks REALLY pretty and it's super simple to make! I hope you have a chance to try it. 

 My favorite homemade Cocktail (and Mocktail too!)   If you make this recipe, share with us on Instagram using #mybeautifulmess. It makes our day to see what blog posts you guys are inspired to do at home!

Cheers! xx. Elsie 

Credits// Author and Photography: Elsie Larson. Photos edited with Stella and Color Pop from The Signature Collection