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Mocktails To Help With That January Recovery


January is a time for recovering – both your waistline and pocket. So tone down the boozy fun and drink these virgin drinks instead.


Get crafty with a non-alcoholic Aperol Spritz

700ml of Aperol

4g of malic acid

100ml of water

rhubarb soda, preferably Square Root

ice cubes

1. Add the Aperol to a pan and reduce over a low heat until it has a syrupy consistency – this will remove the alcohol from the liquid. Remove from the heat and allow to cool before returning to a clean bottle.

2. Dissolve the malic acid in the water and stir thoroughly. Add to a dripper bottle.

3. To assemble the mocktail, add 15ml of the reduced Aperol to a glass with ice. Add 3 drops of the malic acid solution and top with the rhubarb soda. Stir and serve.

Non-Boozy Mint Mojito

2 litres of club soda

2 tsp agave or sugar (or to taste)

1 small bunch of mint

2 fresh limes, sliced lengthwise


1. Fill glass half way with ice.

2. Fill glass with club soda.

3. Add agave or sugar, stir.

4. Add 3-4 fresh limes, lightly squeezing and stir.

5. Add 8-10 mint leaves.

6. Stir and Enjoy!

garnish with lime wedge and mint leaf, if desired.

Rose water, apple and rhubarb mocktail

1 egg white

caster sugar, 3-4 tbsp

600ml of apple and rhubarb juice

400ml of soda water

2 tsp rose water

2 limes, 1 juiced, 1 sliced

ice cubes, crushed

mint leaves, to serve

1. First, prepare your rose petals. Paint both sides of each rose petal with egg white and sprinkle with caster sugar on both sides. Set on a piece of parchment paper and leave to dry overnight.

2. When ready to serve, combine the apple and rhubarb juice, soda water, rose water and lime juice in large jug. Stir together to combine. Divide the ice between four tumblers, pour over the mocktail and top with the rose petals, mint and slices of lime. Serve.


Photo credit: The Independent and Cooking with Ruthie  

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