Mocktails to get you started with Dry January

Delia's Not Quite a Pina Colada

A pina colada without the rum, but still tasting deliciously creamy and looking every bit as good as the real thing.

Serves 4

1/2 x 1 400 ml can coconut milk

1/2 x 1432 g tin crushed pineapple in natural juice

1 x 300 ml carton pineapple and coconut juice drink (Tesco or Sainsbury)

about 5 oz (150 g) ice, plus extra to serve

2 scoops mango sorbet

4 glace cherries

pineapple wedges, to decorate

Begin by adding all the ingredients (except the cherries and pineapple wedges) to a blender and whiz everything together for 1-2 minutes, until frothy and smooth.

Serve over ice in tumblers and decorate each glass with a glacé cherry and a pineapple wedge (you could even add an umbrella if you feel so inclined!)

© Delia Smith 2004

For further Delia recipes and cookery school videos visit deliaonline.com

Delia Smith

 

Benedicts' Richard Bainbridge's Lavender and Rosemary Mocktail

When January comes along and you are feeling low, over indulged and your New Year's resolutions are a dimming memory, (almost broken dreams by the time you have written them) it is time to get fit and healthy. A chance for your body to recover from the abuse of the previous year and dreams of running marathons are running through your mind! The first step I always think is stopping the booze! Finding something to replace it can sometimes be a challenge, but I like to try and kill two birds with one stone so no alcohol and a chance to blow away the winter blues! I need a drink that reminds me of long summer nights, BBQ's on the beach, the smell of my garden in the midday sun and for me this does all of the above! It is Norfolk in a glass, using Lavender and the sweet earthy flavour of rosemary. So good luck and enjoy the new year with a new you! Happy 2017 everyone!

Lavender & Rosemary Spritz, serves 4 with top up

Ingredients:

1l sparkling Water

500 ml Water

120gr Honey

4 tbs dried Lavender

4 sprigs Rosemary

220ml Lemon Juice

Place the Water & Honey into a large pot and bring to the boil. Once boiling remove from the heat and add the Lavender and Rosemary. Cover with Clingfilm and allow to infuse for 1 hour (or longer if you are organised) We want it strong in flavour as we are adding extra Water and Lemon Juice. Strain the liquid through a fine sieve or muslin, add the sparkling Water and Lemon Juice and serve over Ice. Garnish with a slice of Lemon, sprig of Lavender and a sprig of Rosemary.

Richard Bainbridge of Benedicts restaurant

 

A Moscow Mule Mocktail from actor Sam Claflin

Ingredients

Sparkling Water

Ginger Beer

Fresh Mint Leaves

Fresh Limes

Ice

Instructions

Mix up: 150ml of sparkling water, 150ml of ginger beer, juice from a whole lime. Three fresh or lemon mint leaves, slightly crushed, plus ice or crushed ice. Give it all a good shake and serve in glasses from the freezer. Add lime slice and mint sprig to serve!

 

The Blue Joanna Tropical Twist

Owned and run by the team behind Norwich's iconic Last Wine Bar, Blue Joanna on the city's Unthank Road opened a year ago, and has become hugely popular for its Asian-style street food, live music (including that played on the eponymous blue piano), and its cool cocktails. Challenged by The Matthew Project to come up with a new non-alcoholic cocktail, joint owner Ecky Limon created the Blue Joanna Tropical Twist - a refreshing mix of lime, lychee, passion fruit and orange juice, with a colourful splash of cranberry.

1. Sprinkle some citric acid monohydrate on a saucer (you can get this in any chemist). Take a wedge of lime and run it round the rim of your glass, and then rub the rim in the citric acid so that it is well coated. Put the lime wedge into a cocktail shaker.

2. Add six ice cubes into the shaker, and six more into the glass.

3. Put 50ml lychee juice, 50ml passion fruit juice and 25ml orange juice into the shaker. Add the juice of half a lime.

4. Make some sugar syrup by heating 75mg sugar with 25 ml water until it has dissolved and thickened into a syrup. Once cool, add a teaspoon of the syrup to the shaker.

5. Shake well, then pour into the glass. Garnish with a slice of orange. Finally, pour a splash of cranberry juice into the glass. This will float, giving a pleasing red tinge to the cocktail.

Ecky Limon and the Blue Joanna Tropical Twist

 

The Dynamic Fizzness from Ross Lenton at Dynamic Fitness

"Some mocktails are full of sugar - which isn't helpful when you're trying to detox. So this one is very low in sugar and carbohydrates. It's genuinely refreshing and rehydrating!'' says Ross.

It is quite simply:

- Juice of 1 lime

- Cucumber - thinly sliced (and spiralled for garnish)

- Soda Water

Served in a Balloon glass

Ross Lenton of Dynamic Fitness

 

Norfolk Cordial Non Alcoholic G&T

1. Add 3 to 4 cubes of ice and a slice of lemon to high ball glass.

2. Add 25ml Elderflower & Cucumber Cordial

3. Top up with 200ml bottle of Fever Tree tonic water.

4. Stir and serve.

 

Norfolk Cordial Strawberry & Lime non alcoholic pimms

1. In a 1litre jug add 100ml Strawberry & Lime cordial.

2. Then add fresh strawberries along with cucumber mint and slices of lime.

3. A scoop of ice and top with chilled sparkling water.

4. Stir well and serve in tumblers.

 

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