We are about halfway through January, which means halfway through Dry January, a time when many people crack and decide to have a drink! I thought now would be good timing to share a delicious mocktail recipe to help those of you who are trying to cut out/reduce your alcohol intake. I personally love cocktails, particularly margaritas, I think it is that sharp citrus taste that is just so refreshing! These blood orange mocktails are full of delicious citrus flavour and are oh so refreshing, you won’t miss the alcohol!
Blood oranges are in season at this time of year and they are my favourite. They are no ordinary orange with that deep ruby colour and the flavour of them is just delicious. They can sometimes be a bit tricky to find, but M&S seems to have them every year. If you can’t find blood oranges, a good quality orange or clementines will work well.
- Alcoholic: add a measure of mezcal or tequila per glass and shake with the juices – divine!
- Grapefruit: swap the two blood oranges for a grapefruit.
- Long: use tall highball glasses and top up with extra soda to make a long mocktail.
- Frozen: blend all of the ingredients except the herbs up in a blender with a good few handfuls of ice. You may want just a dash of soda water.
You don’t need any special equipment for this recipe, it can be made in a mixing jug! A cocktail shaker and some nice cocktail glasses do add to the experience though! Our favourite range is the Soho Home Barwell Crystal, we have the rocks glasses, highball glasses and wine glasses.
Blood Orange Mocktail
- 2 blood oranges juice of
- 2 tsp agave syrup or honey
- 1 lime juice of
- 500 ml soda water
- 2 sprigs mint
- 2 sprigs rosemary
- 1/4 cup sugar or salt optional – to coat glass rims
- To add a sugar or salt rim to the glasses, wet the rim by rubbing around it with fruit juice or water. Spread the sugar out on to a plate and dip the rim in to the sugar and rotating it a bit to coat evenly.
- Mix the blood orange juice, lime juice and agave in a jug or cocktail shaker.
- Pour and divide between two glasses.
- Top up the glasses with soda water.
- Garnish with a spring of thyme and mint in each glass.