Your alcohol free weekend just got better…

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If you are still going strong through Dry January we salute you – you’ve made it through Blue Monday; the peer pressure from your friends as you order your third lemonade on a Friday night; and the quiet longing for a glass of red with your steak. But the end is in sight, so we thought you deserved a reward.

Cast aside your cups of tea and lime and sodas, we have some of the best non-alcoholic cockatils out there. These marvellous mixtures are simply begging for a mocktail party. Sweet or sour, straightforward or complex, we have one for every taste, just proving you don’t have to spend your Sunday with a hangover, and that Dry January wasn’t as bad as you thought it would be.

The Millionaire Sour 

1 Millionnaire Sour

With a crisp and tangy taste, this drink will quench your thirst like no other. By simply replacing the whiskey with ginger ale, you’ll still be able to enjoy this mocktail, while staying teetotal.

Ingredients: makes one
55ml lemon syrup
55ml ginger ale
1 handful crushed ice
10ml grenadine
1 lemon slice and 1 cherry for garnish

Method
1. Add the lemon syrup, ginger ale and half of the ice to a chilled glass and gently stir to mix
2. Top with grenadine and garnish with lemon and cherry.
3. Garnish with lemon & cherry

The Nojito 

2 Mojito

The mojito is renowned for being refreshing and flavoursome, and this delicious drink is so often made without rum, it even has its own name – the nojito. By adding a slice or two of cucumber, this beverage becomes amazingly cool and fresh. It’s so easy peasy, lime n’ squeezy, you’ll be reaching for this recipe time and time again.

Ingredients: makes one
2 sprigs mint, leaves removed from stem
Juice of 1 lime
1/4 cucumber, peeled and deseeded
1 tbsp honey
1 handful ice
100ml soda water
Lime wedge for garnish

Method
1. Blend together the mint, lime juice, cucumber and honey in a blender until smooth. Fill a glass with ice and pour the blended mixture over the top.
2. Top of the glass with the club soda and garnish with lime wedge.

The Clover Club

3 Clover

If you’re feeling creative, and dedicated to making yourself a mocktail, then this beverage is the choice for you. Named for a gentlemen’s club in Philadelphia, this delicious drink is easy to identify by its bright colour and frothy top.

For the gin replacement/wine infusion:
Ingredients:
2 tbsp juniper berries
1 tsp coriander seeds
3/4 tsp aniseeds
1 medium lemon
475ml non-alcoholic white wine

Method
1. Place the juniper, coriander, and aniseeds into a frying pan over a medium heat and toast. Shake the pan occasionally for about three minutes, until fragrant. When done, transfer to a medium bowl.
2. Remove the zest from the lemon with a vegetable peeler and add it to the bowl. Add the wine and stir to combine. Cover the bowl with cling film and let it sit at room temperature for three hours or refrigerate for one day.
3. Once the mixture has finished infusing, sieve the mixture into a jar. Drink immediately or seal the jar and refrigerate it for up to one month.

For the mocktail
Ingredients: makes one
55ml gin replacement/wine infusion
1 egg white
15g lemon juice
3 dashes grenadine

Method
1. Add all ingredients to a mixer along with cracked ice and shake. Strain into a chilled cocktail glass.

Thai Iced Tea

4 Iced Tea

If you’re a fan of tea, but are looking for something a little different to drink, then why not try a Thai Iced Tea. This mocktail is easy to personalise and adapt to your personal preferences, from changing coconut milk to soy, to using a readymade Pantai Thai tea mix to black tea bags… the possibilities are endless.

For the Thai tea mix
Ingredients:
4 black tea bags
950ml water
150g sugar

Method
1. Bring water to boil and add black tea bags. Gradually add sugar and gently stir until it all completely dissolves. Gently boil for approximately three minutes and then remove from heat.
2. Allow to steep for at least 30 minutes until the tea is cool. The longer it is left to steep, the stronger the Thai tea mix will taste.
3. Remove the tea bags once cool and place in the fridge to chill.

For the mocktail
Ingredients: makes one
225ml pre-made Thai tea mix
75ml milk
2 handfuls of ice

Method
1. Fill glasses with ice and pour in the Thai tea mix. Top of the glass with the milk and stir.

Virgin Bloody Mary 

5 Bloody Mary

Most people will agree that a Bloody Mary is a beverage reserved for when you’re nursing a pounding headache, and only a special concoction can save you. You won’t need the ‘hair of the dog’ after a mocktail party, but you could begin the morning afternoon with a mocktail so healthy it counts as one of your five a day.

Ingredients: makes one pitcher
3 stalks celery
2 tsp horseradish
1 tsp chopped shallot
1 dash Worcestershire sauce
1 tsp kosher salt
1 tsp celery salt
12 dashes Tabasco
Juice of 2 limes
Celery for garnish

Method
1. Cut the celery into dices and puree in a blender. Add the horseradish, shallot, Worcestershire sauce, kosher salt, celery salt, Tabasco and lime juice and blend until smooth.
2. Pour the mixture into a pitcher, add the tomato juice and stir. Pour out into glasses and serve each with the top half of a celery stalk.

 

 

 

 

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