The Twelve Recipes of Christmas continues with nine ladies dancing…merrily with their mocktails infusing their evening.
We give you: Marvellous Mocktails
Dawn: (Singing away) On the ninth day of Christmas my true Love Food gave to me…
COUGH COUGH CROAK!!! Something tasty to drink after all this merry melody-making and fun-filled dancing!
Andrew: I have just the thing or three!
Dawn: I could empty a Cinderella slipper of more-ish delicious liquid! I’m that parched!
Andrew: How about some alcohol-free cocktails?
Dawn: Ideal! Refreshing and just the thing for our readers who are looking for a healthier option after the indulgences of the season.
Andrew: Something more interesting for our designated drivers, too!
Dawn: So have you had your inventing hat on?
Andrew: Indeed I have! Three varieties for you to sample!
Dawn: Excellent! Can’t wait (perches in a ladylike fashion on a high-backed cocktail bar stool after all the merry dancing and watches Andrew start to mix his magic).
Stem ginger, peeled and diced into small cubes
Drop of lime cordial
- Place a teaspoonful of stem ginger at the bottom of a glass.
- Half fill the glass with mango juice. Stir well.
- Add a ‘finger’ of lime cordial. Continue to stir.
- Add ice if desired. Top with lemonade.
- Garnish with a sprig of mint and a sliver of lime.
Sprig of mint
- Half fill a glass with ice cubes.
- Pour in elderflower cordial to about one third of the way up the glass.
- Add cranberry juice to a little below the top of the glass. Stir well, as the cranberry will sit on top of the elderflower.
- Sprinkle on 2-3 teaspoons of pomegranate seeds. Some will sink and others will sit on the ice cubes.
- Serve with a sprig of mint.
2 Sticks of rhubarb
12 Strawberries, ripe and juicy
Sparkling water OR lemonade
Sprig of rosemary
- Stew two sticks of rhubarb, cut into 2cm pieces, in a little water and sugar in a pan until tender. Drain, cool then press through a sieve, collecting the juice in a glass below.
- Press half a dozen very ripe strawberries though a clean sieve, collecting the juice in the same glass.
- Half fill the glass with crushed ice. Top up with dilute elderflower cordial (1:1 with sparkling water or lemonade).
- Add a sprig of rosemary, and a few pomegranate seeds for an extra sparkle.
Dawn: Beautiful colours and wonderful textures, too.
Andrew: Refreshing and vibrant; a tasty homemade alternative soft drink combination for the festive season.
Dawn: Congratulations, Andrew! You’ve given Tom Cruise a run for his money, that’s for certain! They are absolutely delicious! More, please, Sir!
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