Church Basement Cocktail

This summer has been filled with drinks parties.
I never thought I would say it but I think I need a little break from the drinks parties. Some of my friends are saying they need a break too. The best line I heard was when one guy said he needed to find a church basement soon. This was just a joke, and I know alcoholism isn’t a joke but the church basement part was a little bit funny.  I actually thought it was a lot funny.  Why is it that movies and TV shows always depict drug and alcohol support meetings in the basement of a church?  I’m sure they have meetings in lots of other places, but the media seems to stick to that profile.

This conversation started because a friend of mine was on antibiotics and wasn’t drinking alcohol so she was telling us girlfriends that she didn’t feel much like going out.  Another friend said, “You can go out and ‘fake-drink’.  I do it all the time.”  I chimed in that we could have a church basement cocktail night so our friend on antibiotics wouldn’t feel left out.  We girls got a good giggle out of it and they said they would await my recipe for our church basement cocktail.

I kind of forgot about it until later that very week when my church basement cocktail presented itself to me, typed up neatly on a card from a food historian. I was on an all-day outing with two of my most favorite gal pals.  We were enjoying a day of culture at The Getty Villa, learning about Byzantine art, history, and of course, food. (There will be more on that in another post on another day.)  We cooked a Byzantine-inspired lunch that was quite fabulous and interesting, and the beverage to accompany our meal was none other than a non-alcoholic Pomegranate Julep that was popular among the food stalls of Constantinople.  Delicious, healthy AND inspiring!


I took it as a sign that the cocktail came my way that day to remind me that we all need a church basement cocktail once in a while. Especially if it is to support someone in our lives who needs some extra care. Let’s all “fake-drink” in support of our friendships.  Cheers to all my inspiring and loving friends!

“Life is not a solo act. It’s a huge collaboration, and we all need to assemble around us the people who care about us and support us in times of strife.” -Tim Gunn


Church Basement Cocktail
(Serves one. )

1/4 cup unsweetened pomegranate juice
1/2 cup sparkling water
1 T fresh squeezed lemon juice
1 tsp sugar
sprig of fresh mint, lightly crushed

Mix all ingredients together until the sugar is dissolved.  Pour over ice.

To make a pitcher, multiply by 10.
2-1/2 cups juice
5 cups sparkling water
3/4 cup lemon juice
scant 1/4 cup sugar
10 springs mint



  1. The best church basement cocktail I’ve had this summer is a cucumber-mojito-like virgin cocktail at the Hungry Cat, made with fresh cucumber juice.


  2. So funny! Use a decorative glass for extra camouflage.


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