Delicious Christmas Mocktails

Despite often being thought of as cocktails’ boring cousin, mocktails are more beneficial than given credit for.

Mocktails can be made healthy by throwing in nutrient-dense ingredients, like fresh fruit and vegetable juices, kombucha and coconut water. Another benefit is that they are typically easy and inexpensive to make, given that alcohol is almost always the priciest ingredient that goes into a cocktail. Leaving out alcohol, mocktails pose no risk of dehydration as alcohol is one of the most dehydrating liquids.

We’ve done the research for you and have found the perfect mocktail recipes for everyone in the family (including the children, our lovely pregnant women or the designated driver) this festive season!

 

“MULLED WINE” MOCKTAIL 

Mulled Apple Juice

Ingredients:

  • 1L apple juice
  • strips of orange peel
  • 1 cinnamon stick, plus extra to garnish, if you like
  • 3 cloves

Method:

  1. Simmer the apple juice with the strips of orange peel, cinnamon stick and cloves for about 5-10 mins until all the flavours have infused. Sweeten to taste.
  2. Serve each drink with a little orange peel and a piece of cinnamon stick, if you like.

 

“PROSECCO” MOCKTAIL

Orange & Cranberry Spritz

Ingredients:

  • 500ml fresh orange juice
  • 500ml smooth cranberry juice
  • 400ml kombucha drink

Method:

  1. Mix together orange juice and cranberry juice in a large jug. Slowly pour in the kombucha drink, as it will fizz up.
  2. Mix together and serve in tall glasses with ice.

 

“VODKA” MOCKTAIL

Pineapple & Lime Shake

Ingredients:

  • small bunch coriander leaves
  • 1 juiced lime
  • 750ml pineapple juice
  • a handful of ice
  • 200ml tonic water
  • 200ml coconut water

Method:

  1. Chop the coriander leaves and place in a cocktail shaker with the lime juice, 100ml pineapple juice and a handful of ice. Shake together until the outside of the shaker feels cold. Strain into the glasses, add extra ice cubes and divide 650ml pineapple juice, coconut water and the tonic water between the glasses.

 

PERFECT CHRISTMAS PUNCHES

Tropical Fizz Punch

Ingredients:

  • handful strawberries, hulled and halved
  • 1 kiwi fruit, peeled and chopped
  • 2 pineapple rings, chopped
  • kombucha drink
  • tropical fruit juice
  • soda water

Method:

  1. Fill 8 glasses with a mixture made up of strawberries, kiwi fruit and pineapple rings. Fill the glasses with equal amounts of chilled kombucha, chilled tropical fruit juice and chilled soda water.

 

Hot Apple Pie Punch

Ingredients:

  • 1½ tsp ground cinnamon
  • a good pinch ground cloves
  • ½ whole grated nutmeg
  • 2l apple juice
  • 2 tsp vanilla extract
  • 6 scoops vanilla ice cream

Method:

  1. Put the cinnamon, ground cloves, nutmeg, apple juice and vanilla extract in a large saucepan. Bring to a gentle simmer.
  2. When the apple juice has warmed through, add the vanilla ice cream and whisk vigorously with a balloon whisk until melted and combined with the hot apple juice – the ice cream should make a frothy top on the juice.
  3. Garnish with apple.

All recipes sourced and adapted from BBC Good Food.

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