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Food From The Hills: Our Favourite Non-Alcoholic Cocktails

Following our latest post on Dry January, today we are looking at gorgeously comforting non-alcoholic drinks. The correct definition of ‘cocktail’ is “a drink, usually an alcoholic one, made by mixing two or more drinks together” (Oxford English Dictionary) - and though today we are forgoing the booze, we will be investigating some seriously delicious concoctions!

So, if you are giving up or cutting down, take a look at our top three:

1 - SHEPPY’S APPLE SEED LOW ALCOHOL COCKTAIL

The lovely people at Sheppy’s cider recently brought this recipe to our attention, featuring their brand new Low Alcohol Cider range! With the same flavour profile as traditional cider range, it is made with a carefully selected blend of Somerset’s finest traditional and dessert cider apples!

Ingredients

  • 175ml Sheppy’s Low Alcohol Classic Cider 0.5%
  • 50ml Seedlip Spice 25ml
  • Non-Alcoholic Ginger Beer
  • A wedge of fresh lime

Method

1. Measure all ingredients out and combine in a glass with ice

2. Serve with a wedge of lime

2 - LOTUS ROOT, APPLE AND PEAR WATER

If something more exotic is up your street, this delicious water blend can be served hot or cold, and tastes very virtuous! You can find lotus root in larger superstores and in asian supermarkets.

Ingredients:

  • 200 grams Small lotus root peeled and sliced.
  • 600 ml. Water
  • 1/2. Golden delicious apple thinly sliced.
  • 1/2. Conference pear lengthy sliced.
  • 2tbs. Honey
  • 1/2tbs. Sugar
  • 1 handful. Crushed ice

Method

  1. Put water and lotus root in the pot, bring it to boil , then turn the heat down to medium to low and wait until lotus root is cooked but not soften ( approx 30 minutes).
  2. Turn the heat down to low then add honey and sugar , gently heat until sugar dissolves.
  3. Add the apple and pear , then close the lid , remove the pot from the heat and let all ingredients infuse for 1 hour.
  4. Strain all the ingredients out and pour the infused water in a big mason jar with lots of ice. Then put a couple of lotus root and apple slices for garnish. Yes, you can eat those garnishes as well.

    Tips:
    You can also use this recipe but replace the lotus root, apple and pear with the herbs, flowers or aromatic plants. Leave the sugar out if you wanted to serve this drink hot.

3 - RASPBERRY HOT CHOCOLATE

And finally, just because we’re talking low alcohol, doesn’t mean we are being totally healthy! January and February deserve some fun in my opinion, and so this pretty pink hot chocolate is bound to bring a smile to your face on these grey days!

Ingredients

  • 12 oz raspberries fresh or defrosted from frozen
  • 2 tbsp granulated sugar
  • 2 cups milk
  • 1/2 cup cream
  • 6 oz white chocolate finely chopped
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • Pinch salt

Method

  1. Sprinkle the sugar on the raspberries and toss to combine. Let sit for 10-15 minutes, until they start to soften and release their juices. Blend the raspberries in a blender, then pour the puree through a fine mesh strainer or cheesecloth to remove the seeds. You should be left with about 3/4 cup of puree. If you have more, save it for another use.
  2. Combine the milk and cream in a medium saucepan and bring to a simmer—you want bubbles to appear along the sides of the pan’s edges, but don’t bring it to a full boil. Remove the pan from the heat and add the chopped white chocolate. Whisk until the chocolate is melted, then add the berry puree, vanilla extract, and salt.
  3. Serve immediately with whipped cream and fresh berries on top. It can be made ahead of time and kept in the refrigerator for up to a week. Reheat it in the microwave or on the stove top.

Are you going alcohol free this January? I certainly feel inspired to get a bit more adventurous, would you join me?!

About the author: Janet Hill

I’m Janet, and I live at the foot of the beautiful Welsh Hills with my children Mary, 21, and Mark, 17. We share our four-acre plot with our six dogs, six cats (plus a cheeky regular overnight visitor!), four hens, an assortment of wild ducks and all the other wonderful wildlife that visits our garden.

Now I want to share the joys of my life in the country and invite you to read all about it here in The Hills. It isn’t a glamorous life but it is wonderful, healthy and hearty and full of the very best of people.

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