Saturday, February 19, 2011

Chastised again: Non-alcoholic drinks for those on the wagon

I like to keep a bottle of stimulant handy in case I see a snake, which I also keep handy. – W.C. Fields

Photo: dichohecho, Flickr creative commons license
So I just got a message from a friend who cannot consume alcohol, pointing out the fact that I wasn't being fair posting all these liquor recipes (I do have more to come...). 

I would assume, since she's pregnant, that her next drink will be in 18 years… or 16, when their child is learning to drive…

In reality, I really was amiss. One has to try to satisfy all one's constituents. It's only fair, and I do it for others.

The issue of cocktails, for me, is the desire to have something interesting to drink, as well as something to give a little buzz inside the top of your head.

The following few mock-tails could most certainly be "spruced-up" by the addition of some booze, or enjoyed the way they are over ice. 

I'm not going to list Virgin Mary or Shirley Temple. They're  1) easy, and  2) passé.

These recipes, plus more, can be found at

Gentle Sea Breeze Shake a mixture of equal measures of cranberry juice and pineapple juice, and strain into a glass filled with crushed ice. Garnish with a sprig of mint.

Honeymoon Cocktail (too early for some…)
Take a cocktail shaker half filled with ice, add 100ml each of apple juice and orange juice, the juice of half a lime and 2 teaspoons of honey. Shake and strain into a pair of champagne flutes. Garnish with a twist of orange peel and a cherry each.

Safe Sex on the Beach (too late for some…)
Add 1 large (50ml) shot of peach juice, 3 large shots of pineapple juice, 3 large shots of orange juice, and the juice of half a lime to a cocktail shaker half filled with ice. Stir and strain into an ice-filled highball glass. Garnish with a lime wedge, strawberry and orange twist.

Liver Recovery (too late for all of us!!)
Use a juicer to juice 2 apples, 6 strawberries and a banana, then blend the juice with a handful of ice cubes and pour into a large rocks glass.

Pussyfoot Fill a cocktail shaker with two thirds of ice, add 2 large (50ml) shots of orange juice, the juice of half a lime, a squeeze of lemon and an egg yolk. Shake very well and strain into a wine glass filled with crushed ice.

Egg Nog The classic family friendly Christmas cocktail. This recipe serves six. Break 4 eggs into a large bowl and whisk until frothy. Add a healthy splash (or a large shot) of sugar syrup or 2 tablespoons of fine caster sugar. Then add a teaspoon of vanilla extract (preferably pure Madagascan vanilla extract), half a teaspoon of ground cinnamon and half a teaspoon of mixed spice. Whisk thoroughly, and then gradually add a pint and a half of milk, whisking at the same time. Serve in tumblers.

Coco Colada Place a couple of handfuls of ice, and 2 parts of pineapple juice to 1 part of coconut milk into a blender. Blend and pour into a chilled Martini glass.


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