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
- 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