'Tis the season to be festive and that does include the non-drinkers! For the teetotallers (temporary or permanent) and the drivers we’ve put together 5 gorgeous mocktails.
It’s not all about the alcohol, *gasp* it’s about the flavour too. Here’s 4 fast and easy mocktails, plus 1 that takes a little longer and is well worth the wait. Each recipe makes 1 delicious mocktail so you can scale your ingredients up as needed.
Traditional, seriously tasty and very easy. The St Clements is full of zesty citrus and can be made up in big batches before you start, winner!
4 parts Lemon tonic
1 part fresh Orange juice
Lemon (curl of peel) or wedge of Orange
Fill a wine glass with ice and pour over a splash of fresh orange juice. Then top up with lemon tonic and garnish with a curl of lemon peel or wedge of orange, it's that simple.
The classic - crisp, minty and fabulously refreshing.
4 parts chilled Soda (or Ginger ale/beer for more of a spicy kick)
1 part fresh Lime juice
½ part Simple syrup*
15 mint leaves
1 tsp Caster sugar
Add the mint, sugar, lime juice and simple syrup to a tall glass and muddle (gently mash) to release the flavours. Add plenty of crushed ice and top with soda.
Tart, with a kick of seasonal spice, this delicious mocktail is one for the adults!
2 parts Lemon tonic
1 part Lime juice
1 part Simple syrup*
1 slice fresh Ginger
Put the ginger slice in a shaker and muddle (gently mash) to release the flavours. Add the lime juice and simple syrup to a shaker/pint glass. Add ice and shake well. Use a sieve to remove the ginger while pouring the chilled mocktail into a martini glass. Top with lemon tonic.
CRIMSON CHRISTMAS GINGER ALE
Sugar and spice and all things nice! This one’s for your buddies who love ginger beer and cider.
5 parts Ginger ale/beer
½ part Simple syrup*
2 sprigs Thyme (leaves only)
Add 4 of the strawberries and the thyme to a shaker/pint glass and muddle (gently mash) to release the flavours. Pour into a glass filled with crushed ice, add the sugar syrup and stir. Top with ginger ale and garnish with a strawberry.
SPICED CHRISTMAS CUP
This one takes a little time to make but is more than worth the effort. Beautifully fruity and full of festive flavour.
1 Cinnamon stick
2 Star anise
2 tbsp Caster sugar
4 parts* Lemon tonic
To make the syrup
Pop the blueberries, spices and sugar into a small pan with 2 tbsp cold water. Bring to the boil, then turn the heat down low, cover and simmer for 5 minutes or until the syrup thickens slightly. Then remove from the hob and leave to cool completely with the lid still on the pan.
Strain the mixture through a sieve into a jug, pressing the fruit with the back of a spoon to release all the juice. Cover and chill, ta da!
To make the cocktail
Pour the syrup into a tall glass with plenty of ice, top up with your lemon tonic and serve with a stick of cinnamon.
* i. Parts made simple. Just stick to the ratios, so if you are making a jug ¼ of the jug could be 1 part, ½ the jug 2 parts. For 1 cocktail, 1 part would be approx 25ml, if you are making 2 cocktails, 1 part would be approx 50ml and so on - experiment and give it a try.
ii. If you don’t have a cocktail set you can shake the ingredients together in a pint glass using your hand or anything flat to seal the top and then strain through a sieve.
iii. Simple syrup is available at supermarkets or you can make a simple sugar syrup by mixing equal parts boiling water and sugar and stirring thoroughly.
To help you stick to the January ‘clean eating’ kick we bring you our favourite gin smoothies.
The gorgeous Piùcinque is our January Gin of the Month, bursting with bright, sunny Mediterranean flavours.
We love Christmas, festive fun times and all things seasonal. We will admit though, that there may be the odd moment when it’s lovely to be tackling the big day with a G&T in hand!
Follow these 7 steps for the best festive #ginnightin you and your gin buddies have ever had *cheers*!