With more and more households running out wine, beer and other alcohol, and the ban on the sale of them still in place, we asked some of the lecturers from Capsicum Culinary Studio to come up with a couple of cocktails that were not only non-alcoholic, but equally delicious and perhaps just a little healthier for you. Here are three mocktails that you might like to try at home ...
(your daily Vitamin C shot!)
Ingredients1 cup fresh orange juice1 tablespoon lemon or lime juice1 cup sprite club soda or ginger alesugar (optional)mint leavesice cubes salt to taste
Mix the orange juice with lime/lemon juice in a jug. Fill two glasses with ice cubes. Pour the juice mixture in the glass till half full. Add Sprite/soda/ginger ale and a pinch of salt.
Lightly crush mint leaves and add to glass. Pop in a eco-friendly straw and garnish with a slice of orange. Enjoy!
The Lockdown & Loaded
(a gin-free G&T)
Ingredients 5 cardamom pods½ cucumber1 chamomile teabag½ bunch mint leaves, plus extra to garnish1 strip lemon zest5 cloves½ bunch rosemarytonic watericeslice of lemon for garnishLightly bash the cardamom pods to bruise them and slice the cucumber. Put them both in a large jug and add the chamomile teabag, mint leaves, lemon zest, cloves and rosemary. Top up with 500ml cold water. Cover and leave to infuse in the fridge for 2-4 hours (in fact the longer the better). To serve, strain the infused water and pour 50ml of it into each glass. Top up with tonic water and lots of ice. Garnish each one with a slice of lemon.
Barman's note: Instead of a half a slice of lemon you can also garnish with pomegranate seeds, raspberries or cucumber.