Non-Alcoholic Cocktails – Mocktails Made Easy!

Mocktails made easy!

Pink Grapefruit Cooler

Grapefruit juice, refreshing and tart, is making a come-back in cocktails today, so here is one with the sweeter succulence and rosy hue of the pink variety

• 80ml juice from a ripe pink grapefruit
• Juice of half a lemon
• 40ml sugar syrup (made with equal parts sugar and water, heated until sugar is dissolved then cooled)
• Cold sparkling or soda water
• 2 x mint sprigs
• Crushed ice

Bitter Tonic

Anything slightly bitter is deeply fashionable this summer. Do try this simple, chic drink with different types of bitters – Fee Brothers’ Cranberry Bitters, for example, are in M&S. Note that a dash of bitters will add a tiny amount of alcohol.
• 2-3 dashes bitters, according to taste (Angostura is readily available, or try The Bitter Truth’s Tonic Bitters)
• 200ml chilled premium tonic water (such as Fever-Tree)
• Lemon or lime slices
• Ice cubes

Shirley Temple

The classic ‘mocktail’, which today is often given a fresh lift, as here, with a squeeze of citrus juice (lime is best). Drink with a brightly coloured straw.

• 15ml grenadine syrup
• 15ml freshly squeezed lime juice
• 200ml chilled ginger ale
• Maraschino cocktail cherry and thin lime slice, to decorate
• Ice cubes

Lavender Lemonade

The aroma of the steeped lavender heads is wonderful, but do be sure to use lavender which hasn’t been sprayed with any chemicals. It’s best made with flowers that have started to dry out naturally in high summer. Makes about 75cl of pink-tinged liquid.

• 10g lavender heads
• 250ml boiling water
• 75g sugar
• 600ml cold water (sparkling if you prefer)
• Juice of 3 small or 2 large ripe lemons, strained
• Ice cubes