I do not drink alcohol but I do like to enjoy a special drink at Christmas. Here are some great non alcoholic drink recipes to enjoy this Christmas.
- STEP 1Muddle the sugar with leaves from the mint using a pestle and mortar (or use a small bowl and the end of a rolling pin).
- STEP 2Put a handful of crushed ice into 2 tall glasses. Divide the lime juice between the glasses with the mint mix. Add a straw and top up with soda water.
Pear and Rose Punch
- 1l pear juice
- 1 vanilla pod
- 1 tbsp golden caster sugar
- 4 cardamom pods
- few slices root ginger
- 25ml raw apple cider vinegar
- ½ tsp rosewater
- 250ml sparkling water
For the garnish
- STEP 1Pour the pear juice into a large pan. Add the vanilla pod, golden caster sugar, cardamom pods and root ginger, then bring to a simmer. Leave to cool completely, then strain into a punch bowl or jug.
- STEP 2Add the raw apple cider vinegar, rosewater and sparkling water. Garnish with rosemary sprigs, thyme, sliced red pear and a handful of frozen redcurrants. Add ice and serve.
Passion fruit Martini
- 3 passion fruits , halved
- 1 lemon , juiced
- 1 egg white
- 100ml alcohol-free spirit
- 2 tsp sugar syrup
- handful of ice
- sparkling grape juice , to serve
- STEP 1Scoop the flesh from four of the passion fruit halves into a cocktail shaker. Add the lemon juice, egg white, spirit and syrup and shake vigorously until frothy.
- STEP 2Add the ice, then shake again until the outside of the shaker feels cold. Double strain into martini glasses (see tip below).
- STEP 3Top up the martinis with the grape juice and garnish with the remaining passion fruit halves.
- 500ml pomegranate juice
- 25g golden caster sugar
- handful of frozen blackberries
- 250ml apple juice
- 1 cinnamon stick
- 1 star anise
- 4 cloves
- 3 black peppercorns
- 1 orange, quartered
- STEP 1Put the pomegranate juice, sugar, blackberries and apple juice in a saucepan. Add the cinnamon, star anise, cloves, peppercorns and orange. Heat gently until simmering. Taste for sweetness, then strain into heatproof glasses.
For the mock rum syrup
- 100g dark brown muscovado sugar
- 1 pineapple , a few strips of skin, plus leaves to garnish
- 5 black peppercorns
- 5 cloves
- 1 cinnamon stick
- STEP 1To make a mock rum syrup, put the dark brown muscovado sugar and 200ml water in a saucepan, stir well and heat gently until the sugar has dissolved. Add a few strips of skin from the pineapple, add the black peppercorns, cloves and a cinnamon stick, then bring to the boil. Turn off the heat and leave to infuse until cold. Strain into a jug and set aside in the fridge until needed. Will keep for up to three days.
- STEP 2Pour the pineapple juice into a tall glass, and add the coconut milk and lime juice. Stir gently. Fill up the glass with a handful ice then slowly add 25ml of the syrup so it sinks to the bottom. Garnish with pineapple leaves and a tinned cherry.
Let me know how you get in if you try any of these, if you have another favourite please let me know in comments box.