Milky Way Mocktini
A belated Happy New Year to you! How are your resolutions going? I myself am not a huge New Year’s resolutions person – I like to step right in when I’m ready for a change. I also don’t do well with complete prohibitions. Moderation is key to a happy Olena. I just can’t know that something I like and want, be it pizza, ice cream or (gasp) wine, is out of my reach for the rest of my life.
As a mom, I love to unwind after a particularly crazy day with a glass of wine. This happened quite a few times in 2016, and I don’t think 2017 will be any different. Motherhood is a never ending roller-coaster ride full of both thrills and chills, so I know many more unwinding nights are ahead of me.
On some nights, though, like Mondays, it would be great to relax with a tasty drink that doesn’t have a lick of alcohol. Enter my new favourite mocktail – then Milky Way Mocktini. This delicious drink serves a lot of fun and flavour without any booze. Rather, a heaping dose of probiotics, which help strengthen the immune system, is included to keep gut flora healthy and help kick colds to the curb. With two school-aged children at home, I am all for good bacteria, and Bio-K+ drinkable probiotics are a great way to load up on viable, 100% live probiotics.
Traditionally, a Milky Way Martini is made with vodka, Irish cream and creme de cocoa, but you won’t miss any of that in my alcohol free version. With the same smooth consistency, rich flavour and real pieces of dark chocolate (sticks or cookie straws are highly recommended), this mocktini will put your mind at ease after a busy day, and may even become a conversation piece with your girlfriends. So send your besties the link to this recipe and set up a mocktini date!
Milky Way Mocktini
1/2 cup ice cubes
1 bottle Bio-K+ original
1/4 cup almond milk
2-3 tbsp maple syrup
2 tsp cocoa powder
1 tsp almond butter
1/2 tsp pure vanilla extract
Shaved chocolate, chocolate sticks or cookie straws, for garnish
Add all ingredients in the order listed above in a shaker. Shake well for 30 to 60 seconds.
Strain and pour into a martini glass. If desired, garnish with chocolate shavings, a chocolate stick or a cookie straw. Serve immediately.
Use peanut butter instead of almond butter or simply skip the nut butter entirely.