Diet Coke, orange juice, sparkling mineral water…there’s nothing wrong with these drinks, but there’s not much that’s particularly exciting about any of them either.
When you get rid of the booze, start experimenting with tasty Alcohol Free cocktails. There’s a whole world of exciting vodka and alcohol -free drinks out there, just waiting to be tasted! Try these alcohol free cocktails suggestions for starters…
1 litre pineapple juice
400 ml coconut cream
Toasted coconut and a strawberry to garnish
Simply blend all the ingredients in a blender until smooth. Pour into a tall glass and decorate with a slice of strawberry and a sprinkle of toasted coconut – and a cocktail umbrella!
Apple, Kiwi & Lime Mocktail
250ml apple juice
Juice of 3 limes
A few basil leaves to garnish
Blend all the ingredients in a blender until smooth. Serve in a tall glass with a couple of basil leaves to garnish.
Citrus Iced Tea
5 tea bags (nothing fancy – I use Yorkshire Tea, my favourite)
2 tbsp caster sugar
Handful of chopped mint
250ml fresh orange juice
Juice 1 lime
A few mint leaves to garnish
Make the tea as usual using about a litre of water. Add the chopped mint and leave to stew for a few minutes. Strain and leave the liquid to cool. When cool, pour into a jug and mix in the orange and lime juices, sugar and ice cubes. Serve in elegant, tall glasses and garnish with a couple of mint leaves.
Virgin Mojito (serves two)
Juice of 2 limes
3 tsp. x brown sugar
Handful of chopped fresh mint
Ice for serving
Mix together the lime juice, sugar and soda water in a jug. Stir in the chopped mint, retaining a few sprigs for garnishing. Pour over ice in tumblers and top with the mint.
Spiced Orange Smash (serves three)
1 litre freshly squeezed orange juice
Handful of chopped fresh coriander
½ tsp. chili powder
Crushed ice for serving
Pinch of sea salt
Grind the coriander leaves and sea salt in a pestle and mortar. Stir into the orange juice together with the chilli powder. Pour into tall glasses over crushed ice and serve.
Coffee Frappe (serves two)
2 cups freshly brewed coffee
½ cup of milk
Brown sugar to taste
Combine the coffee, milk and ice in a blender. Pour into tall glasses to serve and add brown sugar to taste where desired