Perfect additions to your summer BBQ
Listen, we love a cocktail or two. We’re constantly trying to find the best in the city and we’re always happy to taste test a homemade concoction. But sometimes we need a break from the booze. Pregnant, the designated driver, or just not a fan of alcohol, mocktails are the perfect solution for non-drinkers to still enjoy the party. Here are some of our favourite, quick and easy mocktail recipes. There’s even one on the list that only requires three ingredients!
Mango and Lemon Mocktail Margarita
- 6 tablespoons of fresh mango puree
- 3 tablespoons of simple syrup
- 500ml sparking water
- 2 tablespoons of fresh lemon juice (Meyor lemons work best)
- Course sugar
- Ice cubes
- 1 lemon wedge
- Mint sprigs for garnish
- In a large pitcher, manually whisk the puree, syrup and lemon juice. Then stir in the sparkling water, but be careful not to over-stir the mixture, as this will reduce the carination and fizz.
- Rub a lemon wedge along the rim of each glass and dip them in coarse sugar.
- Pour the ice into the glasses and then add the drink mixture. Finish it off with a sprig of mint for garnish.
Recipe courtesy of An Edible Mosaic.
Non-Alcoholic Frozen Watermelon Mojito
Serves two to four.
- 4 cups of seedless watermelon, chopped into chunks
- 1 cup of lemon-line soda
- ¼ cup of fresh lime juice
- Optional – 1 tablespoon of rum extract
- 1 ¼ tablespoons of minced fresh mint and extra for garnish
- Blitz the watermelon in a blender to create about three cups of watermelon puree.
- Pour two cups into an ice cube tray and freeze until solid. Keep the final cup of puree in the refrigerator for later
- Once the watermelon has frozen, pop the cubs of watermelon puree (16 cubes), into the blender along with the reaming refrigerated puree, lemon-lime soda, lime juice (you can add the rum extract if you are using it).
- Blend until smooth. Stir in fresh mint and pour into two tall glasses or four martini glasses. Garnish with additional fresh mint.
Recipe adapted from fitpregnanacy.com.
Orange and Cranberry Spritz
- 500ml cranberry juice
- 500ml orange juice (smooth)
- 400ml sparkling elderflower juice
- Mix the orange and cranberry juice in a large jug.
- Slowly add the sparkling elderflower drink to the mix.
- Serve in tall glasses with plenty of ice.
Recipe courtesy of James Martin for BBC Good Food.
Good Morning Sunburst
Serves one, multiply the recipe if needed.
- 240ml of sparking water
- 120ml of orange juice
- 1 splash of grenadine syrup
- 1 sprig of rosemary
- Freeze the orange juice in spherical ice cube trays.
- Once frozen, place the orange juice ice cubes into a 12-ounce glass and add the sparkling water.
- Slowly pour in the grenadine syrup and then the vanilla syrup.
- Serve with a sprig of rosemary for garnish.
Recipe adapted from The Worktop.
Pineapple & Lime Shine Light Mocktail
- 750ml of pineapple juice
- 400ml tonic water
- A handful of coriander
- A handful of ice
- 1 tablespoon of clear honey
- 1 lime juiced
- Edible glitter
- Take a pastry brush (or clean paint brush) and dip it in the honey. Paint a line down four tumbler glasses and sprinkle the edible glitter over the honey. Place the glasses in the fridge.
- Add the lime juice, coriander (chopped), 100ml of pineapple juice and ice into a cocktail shaker and shake well.
- Take the glasses out of the fridge and strain the shaken mixture into the glasses. Add the remaining pineapple juice and tonic water and extra ice cubes if needed.
Recipe taken form BBC Good Food.
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