Festive Mocktail Recipes
We’re at that time of years where there seems to be party after party, or friends coming round for a drink or two. It’s a great time to be with friends and family. If the adverts on TV aren’t advertising toys or food, then they’re advertising drinks that are perfect for Christmas and New Years.
But what about if you aren’t drinking. You’re pregnant, abstaining for health reasons, whatever your reason, you’re tee total this holiday season. So what drinks do you have on offer?
Yes, there’s the usual cola or lemonade options. Soda and lime. Orange juice maybe? But none of those are particularly special are they? None of them say you’re celebrating Christmas or New Years with family and friends.
Since becoming pregnant I have done a lot of research into mocktails. I am a huge fan of cocktails in my non-pregnant life….although these days, with a toddler, there is less opportunity to have them. Mocktails seems to be the perfect answer. And there are so many fantastic ones out there these days. Here are just a few I’m loving right now.
Blueberry & Blackcurrant Mule
I make this one, at least three times a week at the moment, and have mentioned it several times on my instagram. Even if you’re not keen on ginger beer (like me) you’ll be pleasantly surprised by this one. I do advise using quite a subtle ginger beer though. If you have a really fiery one it can overpower the whole drink.
30ml Belvoir Blueberry & Blackcurrant cordial
30ml fresh lime juice (if you don’t have fresh lime juice, then I tend to use between 15-20ml bottled lime juice)
Belvoir Ginger Beer Presse
Sprig of mint (if you’re being fancy!)
Fill a long glass three quarters full with ice. Add in the Blueberry & Blackcurrant cordial and lime juice. Stir well. Top up with Ginger Beer presse, and garnish with a sprig of mint if you’re being fancy. As easy as that!
1/2 tsp agave or sugar to taste
1 small bunch of mint
1 fresh lime
Fill glass half full with ice. Fill glass nearly full with soda water. Add the agave or sugar, and stir well. Add in 3-4 slices (length ways) or lime, squeezing them slightly to release some juice, and stir. Add 8-10 mint leaves. Stir well, and drink up! A further lime wedge and some mint can be added if you’re wanting to be fancy.
This mocktail is a great crowd pleaser if you are having a party, just multiply up the ingredients to the number of servings you require and mix it up in a jug or bowl. Or why not get creative with your serving vessel – even a pot or pan would work well.
40ml Belvoir Blueberry & Blackcurrant Cordial
20ml lemon juice
120ml cranberry juice
Small pinch of whole sage leaves
Top up with the tiniest splash of soda water
Add all the ingredients to a tall glass with large chunks of ice and mix up well with a spoon. Make it fancy with a good sprig of sage (gives it a great smell, and you can taste it a bit too. Really yummy!)
And for something a little bit different..
Honey Bee Good
100ml Belvoir Elderflower Pressé
7ml Honey (alternatively use 15ml honey syrup – to make: 1 part honey mixed with 1 part hot water)
25ml Fresh Lemon juice
25ml Pineapple juice
Shake the honey (or honey syrup), lemon juice and pineapple juice together and pour into a champagne saucer. Top up with the Elderflower Pressé. Spruce it up with a lemon wheel, and even some honeycomb!
Here are a few suggestions from fellow bloggers with their favourite mocktails.
Raimonda from www.cosmomum.co.uk – I love cosmopolitan cocktail without the vodka and liquor, so it’s essentially cranberry juice with a bit of freshly squeezed lime, but I also add a little bit of orange juice to the mocktail. Served in cosmopolitan cocktail glass!
Filipa from www.gourmetmum.tv has a great recipe for non-alcohol mulled wine. Perfect at this time of year to get you in the spirit.
Petra from amumreviews.co.uk has a number of easy to make fruity mocktails on her post.
Dave from thedadventurer.com has got some great mocktail recipes featured on his site. I’d particularly keen to try out he Melon Margarita. Although the Mixed Berry Punch does have more of a wintery feel to it. Both may have to be tried!
I am well stocked up on the makings of multiple mocktails for this festive season, and I’m looking forward to trying lots of new ones out too.
What’s your favourite mocktail?
Festive Mocktail Recipes
I was gifted some Belvoir cordials and presses so that I could try making some of these mocktails at home and enjoy the festive season a bit more, as ever though all thoughts and opinions are my own.