Marvellous Mocktails

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).

20160102_210233(1)Mango and Ginger Fizz

Ingredients

Stem ginger, peeled and diced into small cubes

Mango juice

Drop of lime cordial

Lemonade

Ice cubes

Method

  • 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.

20160103_182509Cranberry and Elderflower with a Pomegranate Punch

Ingredients

Elderflower cordial

Cranberry juice

Pomegranate seeds

Sprig of mint

Ice cubes

Method

  • 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.

20160103_191849Strawberry and Rhubarb with a Rosemary Twist

Ingredients

2 Sticks of rhubarb

12 Strawberries, ripe and juicy

Elderflower cordial

Sparkling water OR lemonade

Sprig of rosemary

Pomegranate seeds

Ice cubes

Method

  • 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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