Yep, when you’re the designated driver, standing at the bar leaves you with difficult decisions. To leave the pub at the end of the evening with your heart racing from probable caffeine overload – or the nasty sugary taste left after too much fake raspberry.
Non-alco drinks don’t have to be dull/sweet/fizzy. A little while ago, Nick and I were invited to join a group at an award evening. It was a foodie award sponsored by our own Brighton Gin. A bottle of gin was drunk with a very special Kombucha mixer – according to the brochure. We had a massive pitcher of this deliciously decadent tasting pink stuff on the table, so assumed our hosts had kindly pre-mixed and left us a gin cocktail. After much sharing, a red-faced waiter came over WITH OUR GIN. We hadn’t even noticed that we’d been drinking the unlaced mixer. So, clearly debunking the power of conditioning is that a great drink must be alcoholic (or maybe that’s just us…).
Kombucha Mocktails – Muddle with fresh herbs and juices – Kombucha gives your mocktail a kind-of sophisticated, adult flavour…and there are some gorgeous recipes to be found just here >>.
Apple Juice – well, we are in Sussex, aren’t we? If we didn’t have more varieties of juice than you can possibly count, then things aren’t as they should be. It’s a joy walking through the orchard at Ringden Farm, where there are fields of apple trees of heritage and modern varieties. All these are picked through their season and some are pressed at the farm.
So, from Ringden, there are varieties of juice to choose from, which are as complex as choosing a bottle of wine. From the heritage Grenadier – a tart, citrussy juice through to the honeyed sweetness of a Russet. All the apple juices and apple-juice blends are described here in their categories.
So….the blended juices. Whenever we have done a farmers market, we always have bottles of Beetroot and Apple. Most people are not so keen to try but nearly all are converted and love the slight earthiness that beetroot brings to a sweet juice…which is obviously preaching to the converted, if you’re a smoothie maker.
The Apple and Strawberry is also a winner with the drivers, as surprisingly, it’s one of the less sweet juices. Not sure why that is- it just has a kind of pleasant fruitiness.
Mocktails Using Apple Juice – Well, naturally, as it’s a great base to lighten up or add punchy flavours like ginger. A refreshing one for us is the Virgin Mojito or for a party pitcher, maybe a Red Apple Sangria type cocktail is light and add as much lime as you feel will add a bit of zing.
Or, warm the cockles with a lively glass of Mulled Apple.
Elderflower Cordial combined with apple, is something you can keep as a drink all year round (and not just for sloshing into fizz). Apple, Elderflower and Mint is light and refreshing for adults or kids.
Or for a drink that has a sparkle of colour, since it’s the party season descending, after all -then Jamie has the ideal unboozy fizz with this Elderflower Lemonade with Frozen Berries.
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