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Mocktail Recipes ft Fentimans Botanically Brewed Drinks.




MOCKTAIL RECIPES FT FENTIMANS


BOTANICALLY BREWED DRINKS.


I would never describe myself as a heavy drinker - last week I was looking back at some of my favourite photos from 2011/2012 when I'd spend every Saturday night at the grungey night club in Birmingham before spending every Sunday hungover. I often look back and think how much I loved those nights and the bond our huge friendship group had...but realistically, it was horrible. Admittedly I've learn a lot about myself and relationships from this time period but those days we're filled with heartbreak, toxic friendships and definitely too much alcohol. 

Fortunately these thoughts tie in perfectly with this post; in the last five years I've stopped being the party girl, I'm lucky to get a night off let alone a weekend so drinking is a little out of the question. It's not that I've stopped drinking I've just cut it down massively and with that I've unintentionally done Dry January this year. The problem is, once I've put a label onto something I find it 10x more difficult to complete, I'll want to drink alcohol and truth be told I'm a huge fan of a good cocktail and with the help of Fenitmans Botanically Brewed Drinks I thought I'd do something a little different on the blog today and share some cocktail mocktail recipes

I had the help of my brother Sean for these recipes - who by the way creates some amazing disheds and has begun sharing them online; so please send his Instagram some love and be inspired by his food creations. 


AMARETTO SODA. 

One of my favourite drinks is an Amaretto and coke and when I spotted the Cherry Cola in my basket of goodies, I knew this was a drink I wanted to make and you'll be amazed at how simple is it to recreate, I promise this is a alcohol free drink but you wouldn't even tell the difference. 

What you'll need: 

○ Fentiman's Cherry Cola 
○ Cherry flavoured gelatine sweets
○ Almond flavouring
○ Ice cubes 

We started this drink with throwing a handful of gelatine sweets into a pan and boiling with some water to create a jelly mixture; letting it cool a little before adding to the glass. Once sweets were in the glass we filled it with crushed ice...this solidified the mix but turned out to be a happy accident. I then added about a tsp of almond flavouring before filling the remainder of the glass with Fentimans Cherry cola*; to complete the drink I added a couple of cherry sweets to decorate the glass. Although accidental this mocktail became an edible drink and it was wonderful. 


GINGER & LIME

Honestly this drink wasn't my choice but turned out to taste bloody amazing and looked so classy too.   The previous drink was my drink choice and idea whilst this was Sean's, I should probably take this opportunity to let him write for my blog but he's currently working but all credit goes to him, just fyi. 

What you'll need:

○  Apple Juice
○  Fentimans Ginger Beer
○  Lime Juice
○  Thyme 


Again just like the Amaretto Soda this was an easy drink to create. Simply start with pouring apple juice over some ice, Sean then peeled the fresh lime for decoration before mixing it's juices with the apple. He then filled the remainder of the glass with the Fentimans Ginger Beerbefore decorating with the lime peel and thyme. This was a subtle yet sweet drink and although not what I thought I'd like; I'd definitely create again.


Although we created our own; Fentimans kindly sent me a couple of mocktail recipe suggestions which I wanted to share with you - spoil you with choice, y'know! 

POMEGRANATE ROSE LEMONADE

What you'll need: 

○  125ml Fentimans Rose Lemonade 
○  100ml Pomegranate Juice 
○  Spring of Rosemary 
○  Handful of Berries for Garnish 

MULLED GINGER BEER & STRAWBERRY

What you'll need:

○ 275ml Fentimans Ginger Beer
○ Handful of Mulled Strawberries 
○ Sprig of Fresh Mint 
○ Cinnamon Sugar to Line the Glass 

Alternatively each of these mocktail recipes can be replaces with Cranberries, Raspberries or Blackberries...or any fruit of your choice. 
 


I wanted to focus these drinks on some of my personal favourites whilst being different to the usual mocktail menu. Of the two the Amaretto Soda was my favourite as it tasted identical to my Amaretto and coke order just 100% alcohol free - when doing a drink free month like dry January it can feel difficult when out with friends; so a drink that tastes similar to the usual alcoholic order might make things a little easier. We may only be in the middle of January but myself and some friends already have a couple of weeks planned for drinks throughout the year but apart from those dates I'm going to focus on being as alcohol free as possible throughout 2017, wish me luck!  


Do you regularly go alcohol free on weekends or when out with friends? What's typically your mocktail of choice? If you recreate any of these recipes; I'd love to know which one and what were your thoughts. 

*I was gifted these drinks from Fentimans Brewery, however images, thoughts and mocktails are 100% my own* 

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