THERE is nothing better than gathering friends together to soak up the sunshine and enjoy al fresco food and a cocktail.
But often someone has to take on the driving duties.
6 Summer mocktails that everyone will love and the driver of the group will appreciate
So here are some fantastic mocktail recipes that everyone will love.
They are perfect for summer – refreshing and tasty and without a drop of alcohol. Cheers.
Serves 1 – 96p per serving
6 TIP: Freeze some strawberries and you can skip the ice
Preparation time: 5 minutes.
2 large strawberries, hulled
4 tablespoons caster sugar
1 tablespoon fresh lemon juice
4 ice cubes
180ml chilled lemonade
A sprig of mint and a wedge of lime to serve
METHOD: In the container of a blender, combine all ingredients and blend until smooth. Pour into your favourite fancy glass to serve.
Sparkling Iced Tea
Serves 2 – 50p each
6 TIP: Make lemon ice cubes in advance. Simply grate the zest of a lemon and pop a couple of pieces of zest into each square, fill with water and freeze
Preparation time: 30 minutes.
1 fruit or herb tea bag, e.g. camomile, spiced apple, green tea
3 ice cubes per glass
300ml Shloer White Grape
1 lemon, cut into wedges
2 sprigs mint
METHOD: Put the tea bag in a measuring jug and pour over 300ml/½pt boiling water. Leave to stand for 2-3 minutes, then remove the tea bag and leave the tea to go cold.
Add ice cubes to two tall glass cups and divide the tea between them.
Top up with Shloer White Grape, decorate with lemon wedges and mint sprigs and serve immediately.
Serves 1 – 32p per person
6 TIP: Although this is a mocktail it also makes a brilliant breakfast when you are on the go
Preparation time: 5 minutes.
180ml tomato juice
Salt and pepper
Couple of dashes of tabasco sauce
Dash of Worcestershire sauce
6 basil leaves
1 stick of celery
METHOD: Squeeze half a lemon into a glass. Add salt and pepper. Add a couple of dashes of tabasco sauce. Add a splash of Worcestershire sauce.
Tear four basil leaves and add them to the glass. Add ice and tomato juice.
Top the glass with a shaker and shake contents thoroughly. Get a tall glass, add ice and pour the contents of the shaker into the glass through a strainer.
Garnish with a celery stick.
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Serves 8 – 70p per serving)
6 TIP: Serve with sprigs of mint
Preparation time: 20 minutes.
750ml grape juice, 500ml orange juice, 60ml lemon juice, 30ml lime juice
1 orange, ends trimmed, sliced into half rounds
1 apple, cored and in thin wedges
METHOD: In a two-litre jug, stir the juices together. Stir in orange and apple wedges and refrigerate, covered, for four to 48 hours. Serve in tall glasses, add some of the fruit.
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