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Celebrate Spring with April’s Marvelous Mocktail…The Carousel

By Nandini Natasha Austin | April 8, 2022

Welcome to April! And not a moment too soon, everyone in the Hudson Valley is so ready for Spring. Each month we encourage you to unplug and soak up what’s happening around you. Take note of nature’s seasonal changes. Spend time celebrating and connecting with friends, family, and neighbors. It’s time to step into Spring with outstretched arms and an open heart.

With that said, we’re delighted to share April’s celebratory mocktail created by Nandini Natasha Austin, co-founder of The Cocktail Architect. Of course, if you prefer to enjoy a cocktail you can add a jigger of your favorite spirit.  : )

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Nandini Natasha Austin:  April is a month of rebirth, rejuvenation, and renewal. It’s a time for our bodies and minds to embrace the new Spring season with the right balance of nature, nourishment, and balance. This month, we’re sharing a mocktail, The Carousel a delicious ginger honey and turmeric elixir designed to repair, replenish and revive.

This refreshing libation is aptly a sunshine color to match bright Spring flowers like daffodils or forsythia. Yellow is the lightest hue of the spectrum; illuminating and uplifting, it offers hope, happiness, and cheeriness. It is also linked to your solar plexus chakra, which aids digestion; potent antioxidant ingredients will boost your immune system, fight infection and improve gut health.

Celebrating Spring upstate nyThe Carousel Mocktail Recipe

The Carousel name is taken from my favorite 1976 Sci-fi film, Logan’s Run, starring Michael York, Farrah Fawcett, and Peter Ustinov. The film is set in 2274, and on the surface, it all seems to be an idyllic society. Living in a city within an enclosed dome, there is little or no work for humans to perform, and inhabitants are free to pursue all of the pleasures of life. There is one catch: Your life is limited and when you reach thirty, it is terminated in a quasi-religious ceremony known as “Carousel.”

Carousel Ingredients

  • 1 Tablespoon of Bee Pollen (for rimming the glass ) is optional, but it’s known to decrease stress and protect your liver.
  • 5 oz. fresh lime juice
  • 5 oz fresh turmeric juice
  • 5 oz fresh ginger juice
  • 2 oz. honey water: equal parts hot water to honey. Let cool.


  • Pre-rim the highball with the bee pollen
  • Add all ingredients to a shaker, and shake hard
  • Strain over fresh ice in a glass of your choice
  • Garnish with the flower of your choice or a slice of lemon

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The Cocktail Architect is hosting a cocktail class called Healthy Tonics, where we create yummy and healthful beverages using Ayurvedic herbs and spices, organic fruits, and vegetables with unique flavor profiles that aid the stomach and uplift the spirit. If you’d like to learn more about non-alcoholic drinks, you can get in touch with us here.


Nandini Natsha Austin, AKA “The Cocktail Architect”

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