Clean Cocktails with Bootlegger Mobile Bar

Clean cocktails, crafted with fresh, unprocessed ingredients, are popping up on drink menus all over town

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Miranda Devito’s Elderberry Lemon Squeeze (left) and Lavender Blueberry Basil Gin Fizz. Photo by S.J.C Photography
Miranda Devito’s Elderberry Lemon Squeeze (left) and Lavender Blueberry Basil Gin Fizz. Photo by S.J.C Photography

Toasting to one’s health has never been easier. In today’s wellness-driven world, bars and restaurants have seen a rise in demand for clean cocktails boasting whole, unprocessed ingredients. “You can tell the difference between cocktails that contain fresh juices versus those with a lot of added sugar,” says Miranda Devito, owner of the Port St. Lucie–based Bootlegger Mobile Bar, a “boho bar cart” that serves drinks from a vintage camper at private events. “Clean cocktails provide a health boost, and you can drink one or two without having to worry about a headache the next day,” she adds. 

Two of Devito’s favorite ingredients are elderberry and lavender. “Elderberry has so many health benefits,” she says. “It’s a natural immune booster that’s packed with antioxidants and vitamins and high in dietary fiber.” She adds: “Lavender improves sleep, is a natural remedy for pain, and reduces blood pressure.” 

Here, Devito shares two of her unique, clean creations. 

Lavender Blueberry Basil Gin Fizz

  • 2 oz. gin
  • Muddled blueberries and basil
  • 1 oz. lavender honey syrup
  • 1 oz. freshly squeezed lemon juice
  • Sparkling water
  • Fresh berries and basil leaves for garnish

Mix together gin, blueberries, basil, lavender honey syrup, and lemon juice. Pour over ice and top with sparkling water. Garnish with berries and basil leaves. 

Elderberry Lemon Squeeze

  • 2 oz. vodka
  • 1 oz. elderberry syrup 
  • ½ oz. freshly squeezed lemon juice
  • Sparkling water
  • Lemon wedge for garnish

Mix together vodka, elderberry syrup, and lemon juice. Pour mixture over ice and top with sparkling water. Garnish with a lemon wedge. 

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