Fake Cod Holiday Mocktail

A holiday drink the whole family can enjoy. Freshly made cranberry syrup, ice cubes with fresh fruit, and a squeeze of lime are topped with tonic water. Serve with a string of popcorn and dried cranberries for a festive aperitivo at your holiday get-together. Make the ice cubes and syrup the night before.

Prep Time:
15 mins
Cook Time:
15 mins
Additional Time:
8 hrs
Total Time:
8 hrs 30 mins
8 mocktails


  • 8 teaspoons pomegranate seeds

  • 8 teaspoons fresh red currants

  • 1 cup chopped cranberries

  • ½ cup water

  • ½ cup white sugar

  • 3 cups popped unsalted popcorn

  • ½ cup dried cranberries

  • 6 cups tonic water (such as Fentimans), chilled

  • 1 lime, cut into 8 wedges


  1. Place 1 teaspoon pomegranate seeds in 8 of the wells in a 16-cube ice tray; drop red currants in remaining 8 wells. Fill wells with water. Freeze into ice cubes, 8 hours to overnight.

  2. Combine chopped cranberries, water, and sugar in a saucepan over low heat. Simmer, stirring frequently, until cranberries have completely softened, about 15 minutes.

  3. Strain cranberries through a fine mesh sieve, gently pressing the pulp to extract the liquid. Let syrup cool before covering, then refrigerate 8 hours to overnight.

  4. Use a clean needle to thread popcorn and dried cranberries onto one long food-grade thread. Cut into 8 equal strings.

  5. Add 1 pomegranate ice cube and 1 red currant ice cube to each serving glass. Pour 2 tablespoons syrup into each and top with 3/4 cup tonic water. Garnish with a lime wedge and a string of popcorn and cranberries.

Cook's Notes:

Use fresh or frozen cranberries.

Don't throw away the cranberry pulp. Use it for smoothies or pancakes or even muffins.

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

155 Calories
0g Fat
40g Carbs
1g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 8
Calories 155
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 0g 0%
Sodium 22mg 1%
Total Carbohydrate 40g 15%
Dietary Fiber 2g 6%
Total Sugars 34g
Protein 1g
Vitamin C 6mg 28%
Calcium 7mg 1%
Iron 0mg 1%
Potassium 46mg 1%

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.

** Nutrient information is not available for all ingredients. Amount is based on available nutrient data.

(-) Information is not currently available for this nutrient. If you are following a medically restrictive diet, please consult your doctor or registered dietitian before preparing this recipe for personal consumption.

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