Who says ‘real’ drinks have to contain alcohol? Whether you simply fancy a soft drink that’s a little more interesting than orange juice, or your guests have brought the car, or you’re hosting a teenage BBQ, mocktails are the way to go!
To get prepared in the kitchen, stock up your fridge with summer fruit and veg and cool juices, have ice cubes ready in the freezer and you’re set to serve an endless variety of alcohol free drinks to brighten up any garden party.
Here are 4 foolproof recipes to get your get together off to a good start.
Pink ‘Sham’pagne (serves 4)
Ingredients: 380 ml ginger ale, 380 ml white grape sparkling water, 190 ml club soda (or sparkling water), 3 raspberry tea bags, 4 raspberries
Make the raspberry tea with 250 ml water, steep for 6 minutes and cool completely. In a large jug, combine the chilled ginger ale, grape water and club soda, then add enough raspberry tea to reach the desired pink colour. Pour into champagne flutes, garnish with a raspberry and serve.
Mango Mule (serves 1)
Ingredients: 4 slices of cucumber, 30 ml runny honey, 50 ml mango puree, 50 ml fresh lime juice, 50 ml ginger beer, ice cubes
In a cocktail shaker, place the cucumber and honey at the bottom and muddle (smash and mix – a bit like using a mortar and pestle), then add the mango puree, lime juice and ice and cover. Shake vigorously for 10 seconds and strain into a glass mug, then top with ginger beer, stir and serve.
Cantaloupe Smoothie (serves 4)
Ingredients: 1 ripe cantaloupe melon, 125 ml cup fresh orange juice, 60 ml fresh lime juice, 10 fresh mint leaves, 2 handfuls of ice cubes
In a smoothie maker, place scooped out melon flesh, orange juice, lime juice, mint and ice and blend until smooth. Pour into 4 glasses and garnish with a lime wedge.
Capri Zing (serves 1)
Ingredients: 50 ml lemon juice, 30 ml elderflower syrup, 5 green grapes, 75 ml club soda, 6 mint leaves, ice cubes
Combine lemon juice, elderflower syrup and grapes in a cocktail shaker and muddle. Add ice and shake, then strain into a long drink glass. Top up with club soda and garnish with mint leaves.