Juicy Varieties – non-alcoholic cocktails

  • Tracy
  • 30/03/2013 5:03 pm

Refreshing Juices for all occasions by Caroline O’Hanlon JuicyVarieties

My aim for this feature was to come up with ideas for drinks that look and taste good for people who can’t drink alcohol.

This may be for medical or any number of other reasons.

I am not a manufacturer or an ‘expert’, I simply enjoy exploring juices. These are a selection of my favourites. For best results, give juices plenty of chill time in the fridge before serving.

The ideas are quick and easy to make up. I get a wide range of juices from health food stores and supermarkets. Then I try out various combinations. Be creative and enjoy!

Lemon Ginger Crush 

This drink is very refreshing, especially if you are in hot and crowded places.Lemon Ginger Crush

Recipe: 

1 litre bottle of fiery ginger beer.

4 lemons – 2 for squeezing and 2 for slices.

Ice cubes (lots).

Method: 

Squeeze 2 lemons for juice and finely slice 2 lemons to serve with drinks.

Place ice cubes in glass jug.

Add in freshly squeezed lemon juice.

Add in fiery ginger beer.

Stir well.

Repeat the above method if you need more.

Add in lemon slices and serve.

(Serves 4)

 

Cool Minty MelonCool Minty Melon

Recipe: 

750ml/25fl.oz of Watermelon juice

1 litre of Sparkling mineral water

1 bunch of Fresh mint leaves

Sliced lemon

Ice cubes (plenty)

Lemon slices to decorate

Method: 

Place ice cubes in glasses

Fill the glasses half way with water melon juice

Top up with sparkling mineral water

Add in a generous sprig of fresh mint leaves

Decorate with lemon slices

(serves 4) 

 

Pineapple Coconut LimePineapple Coconut Lime

Recipe: 

300ml/10fl.oz Pineapple juice

300ml/10fl.oz Coconut Milk

2 limes – 1 for squeezing and 1 for slices

Ice cubes

Cocktail Shaker

Method: 

Squeeze the juice of 1 lime

Pour the freshly squeezed lime juice, pineapple juice and coconut milk into cocktail shaker

Shake vigorously

Pour into 2 tumbler glasses and serve with ice and lime slices

(serves 2) 

 

Apple Elderflower SparkleApple Elderflower Sparkle

Recipe: 

125ml/5fl.oz of Elderflower Cordial

400ml/15fl.oz of Apple juice

1 litre of Sparkling Mineral water

Cocktail shaker

Method: 

Mix the elderflower cordial and apple juice in a cocktail shaker and give it a good shake.

Fill ‘flute’ glasses about half way and top up with sparkling mineral water.

(Serves 4) 

 

Blueberry and Pomegranate JuiceBlueberry-Pomegranate

Recipe: 

300ml/10fl.oz natural blueberry juice

300ml/10fl.oz natural pomegranate juice (available in health stores and some supermarkets) 

Ice cubes

Lemon slices to decorate

Cocktail Shaker

Method: 

Pour the blueberry juice and pomegranate juice into the cocktail shaker.

Shake vigorously

Pour into 2 tumbler glasses and serve with ice and lemon slices

(serves 2) 

 

Cranberry Juice & Fresh LimeCranberry&Lime

Recipe:

600ml/20fl.oz Cranberry juice

2 Limes (1 for squeezing and 1 for slices)

Ice cubes

Cocktail shaker

Method: 

Squeeze the juice from 1 lime and pour into the cocktail shaker

Add in the Cranberry juice

Shake vigorously

Pour into 2 glasses

Serve with ice and wedges of fresh lime

(serves 2)

 

KEEP EXPLORING 

The range of ideas for combinations is endless and can hit you on the spur of the moment as you are browsing around markets stalls or shops.

The ideas featured here are good if you want something that involves little time and effort after a hard day’s work.

We hope you enjoy the selection provided here – if you have any you would like add, please do so in the comment box below.

Happy sipping!





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