Cocktails minus the hard stuff and hangover.
It's January, we made it! You've survived the Christmas parties, the once a year drinkers. New Years Eve is done and dusted, despite the carnage you managed to see in 2018 with a quick drink and a pat on the back from your colleagues. So let's box up the tinsel for another year and get ready to face dry January.
It's not a cause to panic, the majority of us Brits will be struggling through January with a whisky in hand. However, data from the Office for National Statistics puts the percentage tee-total adults at 21%, the highest it has been since records began. Plus let's not forget the January abstainers. The ones ditching the booze in an attempt to combat the excess of the Christmas period. Or the ones doing their bit to support charity, be it through their own volition or the betting or badgering of friends and family.
The alcohol free trend might be the bartender's least favourite but with over 40% of UK adults classed as non-regular drinkers it's not one to be sniffed at. Having recently concluded my own 17 month sobriety due to childbearing/rearing I can tell you, there's only so many lime and sodas and fruit teas you can stomach. So here's a few drink options for those customers in the mood for a cocktail minus the hard stuff...
This one is an oldie and a goodie! Probably created in the mid 30th, most certainly made in homage to it's name-sakes child star. Rumour has it she hated the drink, stating
"The saccharine sweet, icky drink? I had nothing to do with it. But, all over the world, I am served that. People think it's funny. I hate them. Too sweet!"
The Shirley Temple is traditionally made with grenadine, however swapping it out for raspberry freshens it up and brings it into the 21st century.
25ml lemon juice
Built in a hi-ball filled with cubed ice.
Topped with ginger ale.
Garnish with a lemon wedge.
This non-alcoholic twist on a rum swizzle takes you on a journey of flavour. Aromatic spices, sharp citrus and fresh apple all wrapped up in a warm honey hug.
- 15ml Bristol Syrup Company Falernum
- 20ml lime juice
- 1 tbsp honey
- 40ml cloudy apple juice
Built and churned in a hi-ball of crushed ice.
Crown with more crushed ice.
Garnish with a lime wheel and star anice.
Who doesn't love passionfruit? Our syrup's fresh juicy notes work perfectly with rich bitterness of a strong black tea. The egg white softens the strong flavours and adds a great texture.
- 30ml Bristol Syrup Company Passionfruit
- 50ml oolong tea
- 20ml egg white
Shake and serve up.
Garnish with a small pinch of cocoa powder.
Written by Dee Davies