Honey Grapefruit Pineapple Thyme Mocktail

December 6, 2019

These Honey Grapefruit Pineapple Thyme Mocktails are the perfect balance between tart and sweet for the Holidays. Made with a simple grapefruit-thyme syrup along with fresh pineapple juice, vegan honey, and garnished thyme leaves, these homemade mocktails will leave you feeling refreshed on any given day. All vegan ingredients.

Honey Grapefruit Pineapple Thyme Mocktail

I’m super excited to share this drink recipe with you all. When it comes to drinks, I love creating bold flavors while keeping things easy!

It seems to be what you guys love as well. The popularity for the drinks on Orchids + Sweet Tea has risen beyond measure in such a short period of time.

Hopefully, this one will be loved as much by you as it was by everyone in my house.

If you’ve been an avid reader, then you’ve probably already seen this Strawberry Grapefruit Mint Spring Soda recipe which is a great summer alternative to this one, especially if you like a little fizz.

This recipe in particular is for all the citrus lovers out there! Grapefruit as we know has a very tart taste, however, paired with the coconut flavored LaCroix Water and fresh strawberries, the flavors together are just TOO AMAZING!

Honey Grapefruit Pineapple Thyme Mocktail

Why Grapefruit + Thyme Together?

OK, so the simple syrup that includes flavor from the thyme leaves and strips of grapefruit skin and is naturally sweetened with vegan ‘honey’ and organic pure cane sugar (optional) is super easy to make!

Much like my reader favorite recipe–Natural Homemade Lemon Ginger Ale, I simply boiled and steeped my ingredients to create a burst of flavor before sweetening it.

Literally, it takes about 30 minutes for things to fully infuse and cool nicely, and once done—the steps following are way too easy to not try it! Haha.

But back to why I chose to infuse both flavors. It’s simple—-they’re just amazing together! While most recipes pair rosemary with grapefruit, I chose to use thyme because it’s something that is used a lot in my Jamaican culture.

Surprisingly, the thyme leaves add a nice hint of spiciness along with the tart and sweet flavors, which makes everything so refreshing!

ANY BENEFITS OF GRAPEFRUIT?

The main plus about consuming Grapefruit is that is has high nutritional value but is low in carbs. In addition, it has a decent amount of fiber and comes jam-packed with Vitamins.

Other benefits:

  • Great for your Immune System. (Think high sources of Vitamin C!)
  • May help to promote Appetite Control. (Diets high in fiber helps to keep you more full, resulting in less frequent eating!)
  • May help with weight loss. (Since they are few in calories and contain more water, they aide in weight loss!)
  • Possibility of preventing Insulin Resistance. (This generally reduces your chances of Diabetes.)
  • May improve Heart Health! (Consuming Grapefruit daily may help to prevent Blood Pressure and reduce Cholesterol.)
  • High in Powerful Antioxidants!
  • Very Hydrating. (Think high water content which is awesome for our bodies!)
Honey Grapefruit Pineapple Thyme Mocktail

Looking for other citrus flavored recipes?

I’d recommend trying this Healthy Blood Orange Kiwi Drink. You’ll be surprised at just how easy it is to make, using all natural and organic ingredients, by a simple blend, all in just under 10 minutes TOPS! It’s certainly the best drink of the spring and summer seasons.

For a warmer citrus quench of your thirst—this Lemon Blackberry Mint Tea is EVERYTHING! It’s all about the bold mint flavors paired with the bit of tartness from the lemon and slight sweetness from the blackberries.

This Homemade Slow Cooker Apple Cider is the epitome of the sweet smelling Fall season. It’s super easy to make (just set it and forget it!), requires only a handful of ingredients, warm and comforting. Bold apple flavor, a hint of citrus, warm spices, and naturally sweetened (if preferred). Can be enjoyed hot or cold. All vegan and gluten-free.

This Cranberry Apple Cider Orange Sangria is a perfectly refreshing way to kick things off for the Holidays. Packed with a ton of sweet, Fall/Winter flavors—this recipe is the right way to enjoy a cup of non-alcoholic sangria.

There’s Honey? How is it Vegan?

I know. So the moment that you saw Honey, I’m sure that you thought to yourself—“how the heck is this vegan”? But, it is.

That’s because I use a Vegan Honey called Bee Free Honee. It’s actually made from organic apples. Crazy, right? Yup.

It’s perfect for those who are eating a Vegan diet, allergic to honey, children, and it has no preservatives, GMOs, or gluten. DYNAMITE!

Of course, if you don’t care for it to be Vegan approved, then you can feel free to use regular honey.

Honey Grapefruit Pineapple Thyme Mocktail

Now, let’s dig right into this recipe, shall we?

To begin, In a medium pot over medium-high heat, add water and let it begin to boil. Once boiling, add the thyme leaves, grapefruit juice, and strips of grapefruit skin and boil for 10 minutes.

After 10 minutes, turn off the heat and gently stir in the ‘honey’ and pure cane sugar, covering the mixture, and steeping for about 25-30 minutes to ensure that flavors are fully infused and potent.

Once fully steeped, remove grapefruit skins and thyme leaves and pour mixture into a medium pitcher and set aside.

To Make Mocktails: Add crushed ice to a glass, fill 1/2 of the glass with the Grapefruit-Thyme Syrup, then 1/4 of it with grapefruit juice, pour pineapple juice over the mixture and add sliced grapefruits and thyme leaves inside the glasses as garnish. Repeat for every serving. 

Sip and Enjoy!

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Honey Grapefruit Pineapple Thyme Mocktail
Honey Grapefruit Pineapple Thyme Mocktail

Honey Grapefruit Pineapple Thyme Mocktails

Prep Time: 5 mins
Cook Time: 10 mins
Steep Time: 30 mins
Total Time: 45 mins
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Ingredients

Simple Grapefruit Thyme Syrup:

  • 5 cups fresh water
  • handful of thyme leaves
  • 2 large grapefruit strips of skin
  • 3/4 cup organic pure cane sugar (I use Wholesome Sweetener)
  • 1/4 cup honey, Vegan-approved! (See Notes!)

Other:

  • 1 cup Grapefruit juice (That’s about 2 large Grapefruits!)
  • 1 cup pineapple juice (I use Dole)
  • sliced grapefruit
  • thyme leaves

Instructions

  • To begin, In a medium pot over medium-high heat, add water and let it begin to boil. Once boiling, add the thyme leaves, and strips of grapefruit skin and boil for 10 minutes.
  • After 10 minutes, turn off the heat and gently stir in the 'honey' and pure cane sugar, covering the mixture, and steeping for about 25-30 minutes to ensure that flavors are fully infused and potent.
  • Once fully steeped, remove grapefruit skins and thyme leaves and pour mixture into a medium pitcher and set aside.

To Make Mocktails:

  • Add crushed ice to a glass, fill 1/2 of the glass with the Grapefruit-Thyme Syrup, then 1/4 of it with grapefruit juice, pour pineapple juice over the mixture and add sliced grapefruits and thyme leaves inside the glasses as garnish. Repeat for every serving. 
  • Sip and Enjoy!

Tips & Tricks

STORAGE: Grapefruit-Thyme syrup can be stored in the refrigerator in a tightly sealed jar for up to a week. **Can be made as a traditional Grapefruit drink with the Thyme leaves OR enjoyed with the fizz from the Carbonated Water.**
SWEETENER: You can always use 1 cup of ‘honey’ instead of using pure cane sugar + honey. This makes for a more subtle sweet taste. For Bee Free Honee, click link.

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