The Gracias Madre is a delicious summer drink you need at your poolside (or the beach)! This paleo mocktail is sweet and refreshing and sure to be a hit!
Gracias Madre- Paleo Mocktail ingredients
There's only a small amount of ingredients which makes this all the easier to make!
You absolutely want to use fresh lemon juice. The bottled stuff won't do! The bottled flavor is NOT as fresh and delicious, and just doesn't taste as lemony.
The agave is a nice, paleo sweetener that takes the place of syrupy sweeteners that are loaded with high sugar content from unsavory sources. I use light agave in the recipe, but experiment with dark and see which your prefer!
The rosemary here is optional. The original drink (see below where the original is from) has rosemary listed as an ingredient. I took dried rosemary and ground it in a coffee grinder to get a fine powder. I actually prefer it without the rosemary at all, but my husband prefers it with the rosemary! Again, just experiment to see what you like!
Finally, the sparking mineral water. The original recipe specifies that topo chico water was used. There is almost a cult like following for topo chico's mineral water, but I wasn't able to go to Whole Foods or Target to get some, and supposedly those are the only local to me stores that carry it. If you can find it, definitely use it!
However if you can't find it, use a plain sparkling mineral water from another brand. San Pellegrino is good, even a plain store brand will work!
Note that this is NOT one of my usual Whole30 recipes, as it contains agave, which is an added sweetner that is off limits for the Whole30.
Read below for garnish options!
Gracias Madre Mocktail
- 10 blueberries
- ¼ teaspoon fresh lemon juice
- 3 tablespoon agave
- ⅛ teaspoon ground dried rosemary optional
- 1.5-2 cups sparkling mineral water topo chico is best
- Place blueberries in a cup and muddle. If you don't have a muddler, use the back of a wooden spoon or the like.
- Add the lemon juice, agave, and rosemary. Add ice if using.
- Pour mineral water in the glass, and mix gently until agave is dissolved.
- Garnish with a lemon slice or sprig of rosemary!
Inspo for this paleo mocktail
Where did the gracias madre come from? For my last anniversary, my husband and I went to a restaurant called Malibut Taco. We both got mocktails, and this was my choice. The flavor for the gracias madres was absolutely delicious!
If you're local to CT, you have to try the restaurant! It's got such unique offerings. The idea is a California take on Mexican food. So delicious!
Pairings for the Gracias Madre
At the restaurant itself, we had tacos, rice bowls, and guacamole. They all paired fabulously! Such a refreshing drink for delightful food! We had both pork belly tacos, and duck and pineapple tacos.
If you want to make some tacos at home to pair with this, here is a great taco meat seasoning!
Another fabulous option would be these Ricante Caribbean Taco Bowls. Such a great way to add flavor to any meal!
Garnishes for the Gracias Madre
Any good paleo mocktail needs a garnish! It already has the muddled blueberries, but needs something more.
At the restaurant we had the drink at, they pierced a lemon wedge with a wooden toothpick and laid it across the top. That's one great option!
My favorite option though is to put in a fresh sprig of rosemary right in the glass! Make sure it's tall enough to stand up a little bit above the glass.
The fresh sprig of rosemary just looks so visually appealing! It also compliments a straw and looks aesthetic.
Did you try this recipe? Let me know in the comments below what you thought, and if you tried it with or without the rosemary! I love hearing your feedback! Want to save it for later? Click the pin button at the bottom of the screen for pinning options!
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