Orange & Cherry Pick-Me-Up Mocktail

I had the best intentions of following up the last post with some new recipes–I had a few that I’d already made ready to post, and had already bought groceries to make a few more recipes. And then…

Well, isn’t it just like life to throw me a particularly busy week AND make me sick at the same time? So during the few (conscious) minutes a day that I had nothing to do, I didn’t have the energy to log on and write. Not only that, but I haven’t been doing much cooking, either; my diet has looked a lot like this:

And my spare time has looked a lot like this:

Though my beloved Vitamin Water includes vitamin C, I always hear my mom’s voice telling me to drink juice when I’m sick. “Drink juice, drink juice, drink juice…” On and on. And since said mother left me with half a carton of juice when she scurried home to Texas just before I got sick (she drinks it every morning), I decided I should heed my mother’s advice.

Here’s the thing, though: I don’t really like orange juice. It’s acidic-tasting, often sour, and it just doesn’t taste very good to me. (Especially not compared to the juice I normally drink.) But I do love mocktails, so much so that one of my friends nicknamed my Shirley Temple because of my habit of ordering that drink at bars. I can’t help it–I love the sweet, bubbly, and yes, nostalgic drink.

(Side note: according to Wikipedia, the original Shirley Temple drink was very close to what I have here, but I’ve never been in a bar where they make it with orange juice. I don’t think I’ve ever even seen it made with ginger ale; usually it’s just lemon-lime soda and grenadine.)

So here’s what I came up with: a sweet drink that takes me back to childhood and fulfills my mother’s requirement that I drink juice when I’m sick. I can’t wait to serve this at my next party; the kids’ll love it, and I know at least one adult who will, too. 🙂