Mix it up and try a very tasty mock­tail?

More and more are shun­ning al­co­hol

East Kilbride News - - DON'T DRINK & DRIVE -

Not long ago, be­ing a non-drinker meant hours of sip­ping soda wa­ter and lime in a bar - or, at best, a glass of mixed fruit juices topped with a cock­tail um­brella.

But no longer. Fol­low­ing the run­away suc­cess of non-al­co­holic spir­its, the zero per cent booze mar­ket has blos­somed.

These drinks, pack­aged in beau­ti­ful bot­tles, may be free of al­co­hol but they still taste like their al­co­holic coun­ter­parts.

Some com­pa­nies aim to em­u­late ex­ist­ing spir­its such as gin, while oth­ers have cre­ated their own range of vi­brant botan­i­cal in­fu­sions.

And they have given mixol­o­gists new ma­te­ri­als with which to fash­ion a fresh wave of mock­tails.

Any­one for a No-jito, a non­al­co­holic spin on the rum, mint and lime clas­sic? Or how about a No-groni? Far from be­ing a fly-by-night trend,it seems that al­co­hol-free cock­tails are here to stay.

Whether seek­ing to be health­ier or sim­ply wish­ing to avoid a hang­over, more peo­ple than ever are shun­ning al­co­hol.

One in five adults claims not to drink at all - an in­crease of a third in just over a decade - and many more are try­ing to cut down.

Al­co­hol Re­search UK es­ti­mates that 4.5mil­lion peo­ple took part in Dry Jan­uary this year.

So why not make a de­ci­sion to avoid hang­overs and ban­ish the risk of be­ing over the le­gal driv­ing limit and in­stead sip a mock­tail and re­lax this fes­tive party sea­son.

Here are some for you to try at your of­fice party or you could make some for your Hog­manay bash at home. Or­ange and Cran­berry Spritz In­gre­di­ents: 500ml smooth or­ange juice 500ml smooth cran­berry juice 400ml sparkling el­der­flower drink To make: Mix to­gether or­ange juice and cran­berry juice in a large jug.

Slowly pour in the sparkling el­der­flower drink, as it will fizz up.

Mix to­gether and serve in tall glasses with ice. Driver’s Punch In­gre­di­ents: 100g cran­berry 100ml­cran­berry juice 500ml blood or­ange juice (San­guinello) juice of one lime Thin wedges of lime Thin wedges of or­ange Mint sprigs 600ml Ap­ple­tise, sparkling ap­ple juice drink To make: Put the cran­ber­ries into a medium Pineap­ple and lime mock­tail In­gre­di­ents: One tsp clear honey Ed­i­ble gold glit­ter Small bunch co­rian­der leaves Juice of one lime 750ml pineap­ple juice Hand­ful of ice 400ml tonic wa­ter To make: Dip a pas­try brush in the honey and paint a line down one side of four tum­blers.

Sprin­kle some ed­i­ble gold glit­ter over the honey, dust off any ex­cess, then put the glasses in the fridge.

Chop the co­rian­der leaves and place in a cock­tail shaker with the lime juice, 100ml pineap­ple juice and a hand­ful of ice.

Shake to­gether un­til the out­side of the shaker feels cold. Strain into the glasses, add ex­tra ice cubes and di­vide 650ml pineap­ple juice and the tonic wa­ter be­tween the glasses.

Non-al­co­holic lime mock­tail Pineap­ple and size, rigid freezer con­tainer, cover with wa­ter (by about 2.5cm), freeze un­til solid.Mix the cran­berry juice in a large jug (about 1.5 litre) with the or­ange and lime juices.To serve, smash the sheet of frozen cran­ber­ries into shards and put in the bot­tom of eight high­ball glasses.Put a wedge of lime and or­ange and a mint sprig in each glass, then pour in the mixed fruit juices and top up with Ap­ple­tise.

No hang­over Driver’s Punch mock­tail

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