Mocktails Make Hydrating Fun
Why not help your residents maintain their health with a delicious mocktail?
Here’s s new twist on staying hydrated! During an activity or an event, Team McGregor always has a refreshing non-alcoholic beverage available for the residents.
Zero proof drinks, or mocktails, have been popping up on bar menus around the country in recent years. Not only do people want to eat healthier, but they want to drink healthier, too.
So that virgin piña colada must be a healthier alternative to the rum-soaked version, right? Not so fast: just because these drinks lack alcohol, doesn’t mean they’re necessarily better for you. Take the classic Shirley Temple, for instance. The simple combination of ginger ale, lemon-lime soda, and grenadine can pack about 44 grams of sugar. Yikes—that’s more sugar than two whole Kit Kat bars, which is eight pieces of chocolate.
Dehydration can be a serious health concern for older adults. The elderly are especially vulnerable to the effects of dehydration, due to:
- Less overall body fluid
- Reduced thirst response
- Decreased kidney function
- Diuretic medications
- Underlying health conditions
- Memory challenges
So, let’s start mixing up some easy, fun, mocktails for our seniors!
Combine sugar and water in a saucepan. Heat while stirring occasionally until mixture comes to a boil. Simmer for 1 minute, stirring, then remove from heat. The mixture should be clear. Pour into a container and refrigerate several hours until cold.For the mocktails:
Place cubed watermelon in a blender. Use the “juice” button or blend for about 45 seconds until the mixture is smooth and frothy on top.Add 1/2 cup cold simple syrup and fresh lime juice to the blender. Blend again for several seconds.Pour salt onto a plate. Rub the rims of glasses with lime juice. Dip the glasses into the sea salt. Fill the glasses with ice. Pour margarita mixture over the ice. Garnish glasses with a wedge of lime.Store extra margarita mix in the refrigerator. Mix in the blender to freshen.