Whether you’re having a break from the booze after Christmas, or you just fancy something refreshing, making mocktails is a great way to cheer up an otherwise dreary January. Here are three of our favourite mocktail recipes – all quick and easy to rustle up.

Virgin Mojito:

Ingredients:

  • 8 – 10 mint leaves (plus more to garnish)
  • ¼ lime, chopped into small pieces (plus more to garnish)
  • 1 tbsp cane sugar
  • 1 cup crushed ice
  • 1 cup cloudy apple juice

Method:

  • Place the mint leaves, chopped lime and sugar in a glass and muddle them for 1-2 minutes. Use a muddler, or, if you don’t have one, a long-handled teaspoon.
  • Add ¾ cup of crushed ice, then top with the apple juice. Finally, add the rest of the crushed ice.
  • Garnish with mint leaves and slices of lime.
  • Enjoy immediately.

Virgin Mojito Mocktail

Blackberry and Basil Cooler:

Ingredients:

  • 1 tbsp cane sugar
  • 4 ripe blackberries (plus more for garnish)
  • 6 -8 basil leaves (plus a sprig for garnish)
  • 1 cup crushed ice
  • ½ cup soda water

Method:

  • Add blackberries and sugar to a tumbler and gently muddle for 30 seconds. Use a muddler, or, if you don’t have one, simply use a teaspoon.
  • Add the basil and gently muddle again for 1 -2 minutes to infuse the flavour.
  • Add some of the crushed ice, stir and top with the soda water. Garnish with more crushed ice, a couple of blackberries and a sprig of basil.
  • Drink immediately.

Blackberry and Basil Cooler Mocktail

Raspberry and Lime Fizz:

Ingredients:

  • 1 tbsp cane sugar
  • 6 ripe raspberries (plus more to garnish)
  • 1 tbsp lime juice (plus slice of lime to garnish)
  • Lemonade
  • 1 cup crushed ice

Method:

  • Add the raspberries and the sugar to a glass and muddle together for one minute. Use a muddler, or, if you don’t have one, a long-handled teaspoon will do.
  • Add the lime juice and most of the crushed ice. Give everything a good stir.
  • Pour the lemonade over the ice until the glass is full, then add with some more crushed ice. Garnish with a slice of lime and a couple of raspberries.
  • Serve straight away.

Raspberry and Lime Fizz Mocktail