You do not need alcohol to produce a delicious beverage
When hosting your next dinner party for family and friends, why not make it a special occasion by crafting your very own mocktails.
While many head out each weekend to enjoy a plethora of fruity cocktails, expertly made by bartenders, there are plenty of alcohol-free alternatives which taste just as good.
Here are a couple of fantastic and fruity mocktail recipes for you to try at home.
Virgin pina colada
A pina colada is an incredibly popular cocktail and this alcohol-free alternative is equally as delicious.
150ml pineapple juice
50ml coconut milk
25ml lime juice
100g dark brown muscovado sugar
5 black peppercorns
1 cinnamon stick
1) Start by making a mock rum syrup by putting the dark brown muscovado sugar and 200ml of water in a saucepan, before stirring well and heating until the sugar has dissolved. Add a few strips of skin from the pineapple and add the black peppercorns, cloves and a cinnamon stick, then bring to a boil. Turn off the heat and leave this to infuse. Strain into a jug and set aside.
2) Pour the pineapple juice into a tall glass and add the coconut milk and lime juice, before stirring. Add ice to a glass and 25ml of the syrup. Now enjoy!
Watermelon and lemon flavours come together fantastically for this amazing mocktail.
1 large watermelon
250ml lemon juice
100g golden caster sugar
1L bottle soda water
Small handful of mint
1) Cut the top off the watermelon and hollow it out using a spoon, making sure you fish out any pips. Mash the flesh through a sieve into a bowl. Put the flesh in a blender with the lemon juice and sugar, before whizzing into a puree and stirring in the soda.
2) Heap some ice into the hollow watermelon and fill it with the lemonade mixture. Serve the rest in a jug with the lime slices and mint.
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