Strawberry Apple Cooler

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It has been a while since I posted a mocktail or cooler recipe, so its time to remedy that.  We had friends around recently, and I was looking for a nice drink to share while chatting in the garden.  This drink came to mind as a variant of a mocktail we had seen in Great Yarmouth on a recent visit.

Ingredients:

  • Strawberries 10 – 15 large
  • Truvia/Stevia 2 tsp or sugar 1 1/2 Tbs
  • Apple Juice 250 ml
  • Fizzy Lemonade/Diet Lemonade/Sprite 1.25 litres
  • Ice 2 cups

Method:

Remove the stems and leaved from berries and cut into quarters.  Place in a glass bowl and add the sweetener.  Mash thoroughly with a fork and add to a 2 litre pitcher or jug.  Add the apple juice and chill for an hour.  Add the ice to the container and top off with chilled lemonade.

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Lime Rickey

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This is a simple recipe for a tasty, refreshing drink. There are many sweet lime recipes in the realm of cocktails/mocktails, but this one “The Rickey,” was created in Washington D.C. in the 1880s.  It originated at Shoomaker’s Bar and was named after the political lobbyist Joe Rickey.  The alcohol version, made with bourbon or gin, may or may not be sweetened, but the mocktail version compensates for the lack of liquor flavour by using sugar syrup.

Ingredients:

  • Limes 4
  • Simple Syrup 100 ml
  • Soda Water  300 ml
  • Ice

Method:

Juice the limes, and add the juice to the simple syrup.  Stir and pour over a few ice cubes in a pair medium glasses.  Top off with soda water.

I usually make this in a single large glass which means it is sweeter and slightly more limey as the full 300 milliliters isn’t used.

Both versions are quite nice though.

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Blackberry Blitz

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Some very dear friends brought us a large container of blackberries today, and it was a perfect gift as I had been wanting to make this recipe for some time.  It blends the fruit, simple syrup, and fizzy water/drink to make a nice summer treat.  It is a little labour intensive but well worth the effort.

Ingredients:

  • Fresh Blackberries 2 cups
  • Simple syrup 100 ml or Stevia 1 Tbs
  • Fruit-flavoured Sparkling Water or Fizzy Lemonade 300 to 400 ml
  • Ice 1 to 2 cups

Method:

Place ice in a blender and crush thoroughly.  Divide out into glasses.  Place the berries, and 100 to 150 ml of fizzy drink into blender and blitz well. Add additional soda to the blender as needed to make a thick fruit liquid.  Place a wire strainer over a pitcher or jug and strain out the seeds from the berries.  When this process is finished stir in the syrup to the jug (if using Stevia stir in, but use more soda in next step) and pour over the ice.  Top up the glasses with additional fizzy drink.

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Strawberry Splash

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Here is a variation of the Strawberry Ginger Splash which is sweeter, and more berry flavoured. It uses raspberry flavoured/infused sparking water instead of ginger ale, and has a higher quantity of fruit as well. I made a double sized batch (2 times the recipe below) the other night when we had some friends around, and the jug sized version was well received, so the proportions in the recipe really work.

Ingredients:

  • Raspberry Water 1 litre
  • Fresh Strawberries 20
  • Stevia 1 Tbs
  • Ice 2 cups
  • Lemon Juice splash

Method:

Wash and prepare the strawberries into a blender and add 500 ml of the flavoured water and sweetener.  Blitz until fruit is evenly blended.  Add the ice and blitz until evenly mixed. Pour fruit mixture into a large glass 2/3 full, then top with additional raspberry water.

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Morir Soñando (No Added Sugar Version)

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Morir Soñando is a Caribbean drink which blends orange juice and milk to make a tasty treat.  This non-alcoholic option is similar in flavour to an orange creamsicle or solero. In the Dominican Republic it is typically made with cane sugar and evaporated milk.

This no added sugar version has the same flavour, but without the same “stickiness” on hot days.

Ingredients:

  • Milk 400 ml
  • Orange Juice 300 ml
  • Sugar Free Vanilla Syrup (I used Crusha) 1 Tbs
  • Stevia 1 Tbs
  • Ice 1 1/2 cups

Method:

Place the ice into a blender, then add the other ingredients. Blitz for about a minute, and then serve.

As a matter of note, the traditional recipe uses a 2 to 1 ratio of milk/orange juice and a full half cup of sugar.  I prefer the slightly more orange taste of the above, though it still works well with the sweetener using the traditional ratio.

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Strawberry and Shloer Rossini (Mocktail)

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Another sparkling wine based cocktail is the Strawberry and Prosecco Rossini.  Usually made with fresh berries and chilled wine, this drink is then “boosted” (or “boozed”) with a shot of vodka.  This non-alcoholic alternative, however, has all the sweetness without the bite (or the non-favourable effects for kids, the pregnant, or us non-drinkers).

Ingredients:

  • White Grape Shloer (or other sparkling Grape Juice) 250 ml
  • Strawberries 6 (hulled and sliced in half)
  • Sugar 1 rounded Tbs
  • Strawberry Flavoured Syrup 1 tsp (optional)
  • Lemon Juice 1 tsp

Method:

Place berries, sugar, syrup, and lemon juice in a blender and blitz until smooth.  Pour mixture into chilled champagne flutes (or drinks glass) and slowly pour in chilled grape juice.  That’s all there is to it.

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Cuddles on the Beach (Mocktail)

 

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One of the most eye catching names for a cocktail is the provocative “Sex on the Beach.” The non-alcoholic parallel drink is “Cuddles on the Beach.” I like the innocence of the name, and the drink isn’t bad either.  Here is an easy “summer drink” version.

Ingredients:

  • Cranberry Juice 100 ml
  • Grapefruit Juice 100 ml
  • Pear Nectar 75 ml
  • Lemonade (Sprite) 30 – 50 ml
  • Ice

Method:

Place 3 or 4 ice cubes in a glass, and add the cranberry juice.   Then add the remaining juices and stir gently.  Top off glass with the fizzy lemonade and serve.  It is that easy.

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Mock Mimosa and Mock’s Fizz

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The cocktail Mimosa was invented at the Hôtel Ritz Paris in the 1920s.  It is a blend of orange juice and champagne in equal measure.  It is named after a yellow flower of the the name, and it does have a similar colour. Buck’s Fizz is a similar drink, but which uses more champagne than juice.

Mock Mimosa is an alcohol free variation which uses sparkling white grape juice instead of champagne.  It can be served over ice (though generally not), or merely chilled as a mocktail, or summer drink.

The recipe below works well, though changing proportions to make a Mock’s Fizz is a little disappointing, and in my opinion should remain as a mimosa, as the Shloer overwhelms the citrus taste. If a Mock’s Fizz is desired, use the bottom recipe as a better option.

Mock Mimosa

Ingredients:

  • Orange Juice 150 ml
  • Shloer White Bubbly (or other Sparkling Grape Juice) 150 ml

Method:

Pour chilled orange juice into a glass (or over crushed ice in a glass), then gently pour sparkling juice over it and stir gently one or two times to blend.

Mock’s Fizz

Ingredients:

  • Orange Juice 120 ml
  • Shloer White Bubbly (or other Sparkling Grape Juice) 100 – 150 ml
  • Soda Water 80 ml

Method:

Pour chilled orange juice into a glass (or over crushed ice in a glass), then gently pour sparkling juice and soda water over it and stir gently one or two times to blend.

 

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Blueberry Blush Mocktail

 

imageedit_2_7671902630 (1).jpgIt is forecast the reach 80 degrees F in England this weekend.  That is not usual for May, much less August here in the UK.  With that said here is another cool mocktail, to enjoy the sunshine with.

Ingredients:

  • Orange Juice 100 ml
  • Blueberry Juice 200 ml
  • Simple Syrup or Cherry Cordial 1 Tbs
  • Blueberries 8 -10 frozen
  • Lemonade (Sprite) 200 ml or as needed
  • Ice 

Method:

Place the frozen berries and two ice cubes in a blender. Blitz adding splashes of juice as needed to make smooth.  Add remaining juice and syrup and mix gently.  Pour into a glass with more ice till 2/3 to 3/4 full, and top with lemonade to serve.

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“Cherry” Temple Mocktail and Cream Soda Option

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The original “Shirley Temple” mocktails, were created in the 1930s to provide a mixed drink alternative for children sharing a meal in a restaurant with their parents. The name was that of a then child actress, though she did not directly have a role in creating the drink. The earliest form of the drink was made with ginger ale and grenadine.

This variation uses lemonade and cherry cordial to provide a similar sweet, “child friendly” alternative.

Ingredients:

  • Lemonade (UK “lemonade”, US Sprite or similar) 300 ml
  • Cherry Cordial 30 ml
  • Ice
  • Cherry or Citrus Slice to garnish

Method:

Fill a glass 1/2 to 2/3 full of ice, and add the cordial.  Top off with the lemonade.  Stir lightly and garnish.

This is a rather sugary drink as made above. A lower calorie take on it can be done with “diet” or “sugar free” lemonade.  This makes a less sweet drink, but loses some of it distinctive flavour.  After some experimenting, the following variation was found, which while not technically “classic,” I still prefer.

Ingredients:

  • Cream Soda 300 – 330 ml
  • Cherry Cordial 30 ml
  • Ice
  • Citrus Slice to garnish

The method remains the same, and the drink remains a bit syrupy. “Diet” Cream Soda can be used and it lowers the “in your face” sweetness.  If low-cal cream soda is not available try this to replicate it.

Ingredients:

  • Diet or Low Sugar Lemonade 300 ml (or so)
  • Stevia 1/2 tsp
  • Vanilla Essence large splash

Method:

Pour the 1/2 of the lemonade into glass. Sprinkle in the sweetener while stirring gently (it will fizz).  Add the vanilla and again gently, then top off with the remaining lemonade.

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