This is what is created when you ask an ex-bartender/waitress turned nutritionist to do a food demo…Lavender Grapefruit Mock-tini with Basil and Cracked Peppercorn.

Since being in school I have had a hard time falling in step with my old routines of drinking everyday at backyard BBQ’s & boat parties (see my ex-party girl story here). This alcohol free concoction is one way I allow myself to feel fun without the hangover! And I promise it looks just as good as it tastes!!!

Katie’s Fancy Non-Alcoholic Party Drink:


  • 2 Cups Lavender Water (2 cups water & 1/8 Cup Lavender Blossoms)
  • 2 Cups Grapefruit Kombucha
  • 2 tsp Organic Maple Syrup
  • 2-4 Basil Leaves
  • 3-4 Peppercorns
  • Lavender Ice (opt.) (instructions below, literally just ice with lavender in it)


For The Lavender Ice:

  • Take lavender (I take fresh cut lavender from my plants at home) and remove blossoms.
  • Fill an ice-cube tray with water and add lavender blossoms to each cube of water.
  • Freeze for 2-3 hours or overnight.
Lavender Ice

Lavender Ice

For The Lavender Water:

  • Take lavender (I take fresh cut lavender from my plants at home) and remove blossoms.
  • Boil in a pot of water, covered to keep in the aroma and oils, for 10 minutes.
  • Set aside and let cool.

Creating The Drink:

  • Place all ingredients, except Kombucha (it will foam over or explode if shaken) in a mason jar with a tight fighting lid.
  • Add 3-4 lavender ice cubes (this is easy and adds amazing flavor).
  • Shake vigorously like a martini.
  • Add 2-3 cubes of lavender ice to individual glasses.
  • Pour mixture over top and finish with Kombucha.
  • Add 2-3 cubes of lavender ice to individual glasses.
  • Garnish with skewers of Basil and grapefruit wedges.

Why Kombucha?

Fermented foods are great for building a healthy gut flora and digestive system. Kombucha is fermented tea – a delicious, refreshing, effervescent beverage that you drink anytime – even party time! It is low in sugar – especially compared to juice and soda pops, and is totally kid friendly! It even makes for a great hangover fix if you do decide to indulge, but kombucha is THE drink I use when I want to have fun without the side efffects! It tastes divine! Bring on the booch!



Katie Israelson

Certified Nutritional Practitioner at Refresh Natural Health
I like to bring an organic and honest yet humorous approach to my counselling and writing. I believe in the importance of nourishing the soul and body, and hope to provide support for those open to my quirky yet insightful anecdotes. By embracing my own challenges with food sensitivities, hormone balancing, and weight management (believe me, this is an ongoing battle) I hope to connect with my readers on a personal level.

As a newbie blogger, I am here to let you know we are not alone in our struggles, challenges or successes. Everyone has a story. Regardless of setbacks we are powerful human beings, capable of achieving greatness. So may we rise up, and walk this road together.
Katie Israelson