Make Mine A Mocktail

Make Mine A Mocktail

by Amy Newson

Dry January doesn’t have to be boring. These mocktails make a marvellous alternative and are packed with wholesome and healthy ingredients to keep you feeling tip-top – just grab some friends and enjoy!

The festivities may be done with for another year and after all the over-indulging on delicious food and drink, you probably feel like taking a break and concentrating on healthy living. Now, this doesn’t mean you should restrict your diet to lettuce leaves and water. If you are considering giving up alcohol for the month, there are drinks out there that won’t make you feel like you’re missing out on all the fun.

To make your alcohol-free January an enjoyable and guilt free experience, why not make yours a mocktail? These recipes aren’t super-sugary or boring and even have great antioxidants and healthy components.

Having an alcohol-free January and trying these delicious and hydrating mocktails should leave you bursting with energy and with a heavier purse to combat those January blues. Get your friends round to show off your new mixologist techniques, or even better, get your local to make one for you!

CranberriesSUSSEXPOLITAN (Serves 1)

Ingredients:

  • 60ml freshly squeezed orange juice
  • 30ml homemade mango puree (just blitz some peeled and deseeded mango in a blender for a couple of seconds)
  • 20ml fresh lemon juice
  • 15ml agave syrup
  • Crushed ice
  • 30ml cranberry juice

Method:

Shake the orange juice, mango puree, lemon juice and agave syrup together in a big jam jar or a cocktail shaker. Put some crushed ice into a martini glass, then add the drink and top it up with cranberry juice. Enjoy!

MULLED APPLE JUICE (Serves 4)

Ingredients:

  • 500ml Sussex apple juice
  • 250ml cranberry juice
  • 250ml pomegranate juice
  • Zest and juice of an orange
  • 1 cinnamon stick
  • 5 cloves
  • 2 cardamom pods
  • Half a tsp of grated nutmeg
  • 1 apple, sliced

Method:

Keeping back a few slices of apple for garnish, put the rest of the ingredients into a pan and warm on a low heat for about 15-20 minutes. Make sure the pan doesn’t come to the boil, as the juice will lose its flavour. Pour into mugs and garnish with the apple slices.

Rosemary And Blueberry MuleROSEMARY AND BLUEBERRY MULE (Serves 1)

Ingredients:

  • A handful of blueberries, crushed
  • Leaves from a small sprig of rosemary
  • 1 tsp of honey
  • 2 tbsp of fresh lemon juice
  • Crushed ice
  • 120ml sparkling water

Method:

Mix the blueberries, rosemary leaves and honey in a jam jar or cocktail shaker. Add the lemon juice and crushed ice and shake until well combined. Use a cocktail strainer to ensure the rosemary leaves don’t escape, and pour into a tall glass, topping up with the sparkling water. Stir and serve.

Strawberry and Chamomile MartiniSTRAWBERRY AND CHAMOMILE MARTINI (Serves 1)

Ingredients:

  • 1 tbsp of elderflower cordial
  • Half a tbsp of agave syrup (optional)
  • 1 tbsp of lemon juice
  • 1 tbsp of orange juice
  • 80ml chamomile tea, cooled
  • 5 strawberries
  • 5 mint leaves
  • Crushed ice
  • Orange and lemon wedges

Method:

Crush the strawberries in a cocktail shaker or jam jar, while mixing with elderflower cordial, agave syrup, lemon juice and orange juice. Add the chamomile tea, mint leaves and crushed ice and shake well before tipping into a martini glass. Use the orange and lemon wedges to decorate and add a citrusy zing to the drink.