Midnight Sunshine Mocktail

The perfect mocktail for brunch – the Midnight Sunshine

If you’re looking for the perfect brunch mocktail, here it is.

Coffee spritzers are all the rage right now and the addition of chaga to this alcohol-free cocktail, instead of tonic water, doesn’t just add a delicious layer of flavour, it makes this drink even more health-forward.

We love this coffee and chaga based mocktail not just in the morning, but also as a late afternoon pick-me-up. Somehow, adding coffee to a drink gives it a little kick that reminds us of the mouthfeel of alcohol, but of course without the booze.

We’ve also made this mocktail with decaffeinated coffee with equally great results, which makes this a great drink for the evening as well. We’ve offered this to nondrinking friends when we’re meeting for an evening game of cards, to rave reviews.

Delicious options that we love:

Add a maraschino cherry or a drizzle of pomegranate syrup.

The Midnight Sunshine

This is the perfect brunch mocktail for days when you want a little extra lift. Coffee and chaga have similar flavour profiles and work well together. The carbonation in the chaga tonic lifts the flavours, and the lemon adds a touch of brightness that's ideal for a morning drink.
Prep Time2 mins

Equipment

  • microplane
  • vegetable peeler

Ingredients

  • 1 serving Espresso
  • 1/2 can Lively Chaga Black botanical tonic
  • 1 Lemon
  • ice

Instructions

  • Get yourself a tumbler and add ice cubes.
  • Make your espresso. If you haven't got an espresso maker, strong filter coffee also works well.
  • Pour over the ice cubes into the glass.
  • Fill up with Lively Chaga Black botanical tonic.
    Lively Chaga Black botanical tonic
  • Serve with a slice of lemon and a sprinkling of microplaned lemon zest.
  • If you don't have a microplane grater, take a potato peeler and slice off a slice of lemon peel. Twist it between your fingers to spray the lemon oil that's in the peel all over the drink.
  • Serve and enjoy.

Notes

Like it a little sweeter? Add one teaspoon of honey or maple syrup to the hot espresso and stir well before pouring over the ice. 

Three drinks to enhance your life

The energetic​ one

What's in it?

Sustainably foraged adaptogenic and energizing chaga from Northern Canada, distilled spruce tips and blueberries.  

What does it taste like?

Refreshingly herbaceous, hints of fruit and gently carbonated. If you like coffee spritzers or Italian bitters you’ll love this drink. 

When to drink it?

Anytime you need to energize but don’t want jitters. For brunch, it makes a sensational coffee spritzer, on its own with a dash of lemon it makes for a fantastic alternative to artificial energy drinks. 

The focused one

What's in it?

We brew this tonic with real nootropic focusing lion’s mane, confident juniper berries and and vibrant Canadian sumac. 

What does it taste like?

This is Mike’s favourite, citrus-forward, confidently herbal and resolutely upbeat. If you like a G&T, you’ll be a fan.

When to drink it?

In the days when we could still meet friends in bars, (they will return) this was our go-to after midnight drink, on the rocks or as a mixer. Now we use it to help us keep focused in Zoom meetings. 

The relaxed one

What's in it?

The perfect partner for unwinding and relaxing, brewed with adaptogenic reishi, elderberries and gentle birch. 

What does it taste like?

We call this our summer romance, complex and balanced, with subtle berry flavours. A dry rose on a sunny dock,  with bubbles. 

When to drink it?

From movie nights at home to relaxing on a dock on Lake Muskoka on a hot summer’s day, this gorgeously rose botanical tonic delivers all the chill that only reishi and elderberry can bring to the party. 

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