Flying with a toddler – I’d rather get my wisdom teeth removed. Flying with a toddler while pregnant? I’d rather get my appendix AND gallbladder removed. So when I went home for a long week to see my family and had major delay issues at the airport, all I wanted was a niiiiice cocktail. But I CAN’T have a cocktail….so I made this lemon pineapple kiwi sparkling mocktail once I got home to calm my stressed-out nerves instead.
I’m not trying to toot my own horn, but if you can survive a 12-hour travel day with an overly-tired toddler, while pregnant, with 5+ hours of delays sprinkled in there, elevators/escalators not working, and a few more delays sitting on the tarmac, I think a mom of the year trophy is in order. Seriously, it was hell.
I won’t go in to all the details about how I had to hold a heavy kid, a stroller, and a backpack while getting off the plane on a steep, ice-coated ramp, or how I searched for any new distraction I could (even if it was Kleenex) in order to avoid another complete and total meltdown, or how I only had cashews and water all day, or why I found Mickey Mouse stickers in my cleavage when I showered that night…but I WILL go in to details about this lemon pineapple kiwi sparkling mocktail that you can make at home.
This fruity, refreshing, and super light non-alcoholic drink is perfect for those warm upcoming summer evenings, pregnant momma’s to be, or anytime you need a cool treat. And you can absolutely add a ‘lil vodka in there if you feel so inclined. I’m not judging – I wish I could too!
I used La Croix sparkling lemon water as a base for this beverage, but you could certainly do any variety, or just plain sparkling water with a little lemon or lime juice added. This mocktail isn’t overly sweet (to save some cals) but you could add more raw honey if you prefer more sweet than tart. Simply add the sliced kiwi, pineapple juice, and honey to a blender or food processor and puree until creamy. Then add to the sparkling water!
Not that you have to get all fancy, but if you want – freeze fresh mint leaves and water into ice cube trays for a minty, icy finish to keep this mocktail cool.
Want to drink this like every single day of summer? Double or triple the batch of kiwi puree, pineapple juice, and honey, then store in the refrigerator for a quick, go-to combo to add to any of your sparkling water flavors!Print
Lemon Pineapple Kiwi Sparkling Mocktail
- Yield: 2 1x
- 1 kiwi
- 3 teaspoons pineapple juice
- 1 teaspoon (or more if you like it sweet) raw honey
- 1 can La Croix sparkling lemon water
- *optional: ice cubes with fresh mint leaves
- Peel and slice the kiwi and place into a small food processor or blender
- Add the pineapple juice and raw honey (honey should be warmed a few seconds in the microwave so it is in a liquid state)
- Pulse or blend to make a thin, well-blended puree
- Pour 3/4 cup sparkling water into each glass. Divide the puree and pour in each glass
- Serve with mint ice cubes if desired
Rebecca @ Strength and Sunshine says
Hahaha <3 You deserve the mocktail 😉 I will join you!
I LOVE flying though! The whole thing (after getting through security) I just love the whole vibe 😛 I'm so weird!
The more the merrier! I actually don’t mind flying at all, BUT doing it with kids is a whole other ballgame!!! Actually the first time I flew alone without my son I seriously felt like I was at the spa. It was relaxing! LOL
Bless your heart! I hated flying while I was pregnant alone, so I can only imagine how thrilling it must have been with a toddler. Kudos to you,girl! This drink looks great as well! 🙂
Ha Cara – thrilling is definitely the word, in the most sarcastic way possible 😉 Thanks girl!
Alexis @ chemistry cacheta says
Love all these flavors!!! I can’t have alcohol due to health & all my medications so I love a good mocktail!
Oh I’m so glad you found this recipe and can enjoy a refreshing summer beverage too!
Joules (from Pocketful of Joules) says
YUM, this looks super delicious. As for flying with a toddler… I love my kindle for kid entertainment! =)
Oh I TOTALLY had my iPad stashed with toddler cartoons and apps, but it only held his attention for short bits of time!
This looks sooooo good! We are flying this week with two under five…I may just need to add the alcohol! ????
Oooooo hugs and positive thoughts Kathleen! You are braver than I am!! Booze it up if needed 😉
Sorry you had a day from hell, love this non alcoholic drink you shared.
Thanks Candy. I’m just glad that day is OVER and this drink will be in hand all summer 😉
This looks delicious! I love sparkling water and kiwi!
You are super mom to travel with a toddler while pregnant! This drink looks so delightful!
I didn’t feel so super doing it, but thanks Erin!! xo
YUM! Love the mint ice cubes as well. I need to up my ice cube game this summer.
So many fun ways to do it too!
Well done! In anticipation of the coming summer is very actual offer 🙂
this sounds so perfect for kicking off summer. i need this drink while i lounge by the pool
Gosh that sounds like heaven!!! DO IT!
This looks amazing! I need a good mocktail in my life!
Yes you do Shannon. Life is just better with a good mocktail 😉
Mint and kiwi sound like a really good flavor combo, I’ve never tried it though!
You can’t go wrong with it Bethany!
This looks amazing and sounds so refreshing! Bookmarking to try later!
YAY! Thanks Ashley!
Oh my goodness, I think mom of the year IS in order for you. I’ve been there and it is no fun! You survived and had a wonderful drink after! Looks and sounds delicious. Love to see that you are using my favorite brand of sparkling water! I think I will be trying this drink soon!!
Thanks Jenn. You totally get it. YES survival is the right word! I hope you give this a whirl my friend.
I love kiwi! This looks so delicious!
I appreciate this recipe because I rarley drink. I can’t wait to give this a try and see how the kiwi tastes in it.
I hope you do give it a whirl Chantal!
Ok yum, this drink looks amazing! I love La Croix and adding a twist to it! I can’t wait to try this drink on a hot day! Thank you for sharing!
Me too! It’s such a treat for me. But then adding all these extra nummy elements makes it out of this world!
Jess @hellotofit says
GIRL. So much respect for you as a busy momma! Now, let’s whip up a couple of these mocktails and chat it up 🙂
YUM this looks amazing!
This looks delicious and so refreshing! I won’t lie though… I’m going to add vodka to mine:)
Hey, more power to ya momma! Get it DONE! 😉
Warren @ Blog to Taste says
I don’t drink, so I absolutely love this! Kiwi is just such a great fruit and it’s totally underappreciated in some circles.
I know! Poor kiwi never gets enough attention! Glad you found this Warren! Enjoy.
jill conyers says
Chrissa this looks so refreshing. I’ll join you and Jess for a mocktail and chat.
Come on over!!! I’ll put some extra fluffy outdoor pillows on the patio bench 😉
Heather Davis says
Thanks for this Mocktail recipe it looks really delicious!
You’re so welcome Heather!
This looks like the perfect drink for sitting out on the back deck on a sunny day!
Yes yes and yes. I cannot wait! Summer can’t come soon enough!
Chris Huston says
You had me at Pineapple Kiwi — this looks incredibly refreshing especially for a long hot Texas summer!
Ah yes, you will definitely need a refreshing beverage in those hot temps!! Thanks Chris!
Perfect for summer nights on the patio! With or without alcohol, lol.
Totally agree. I love having date nights on the patio with my hubs when the baby is asleep!
rachel @ athletic avocado says
So much respect for you haha! This looks so refreshing! I love that you used la croix 🙂
Ha respect or sympathy? JK! Thanks Rachel!