At the beginning of January I wrote about the BRITA Boost Challenge that I was taking part in, and Friday 10th January saw hubs and myself (along with other bloggers and their plus ones!) attending a Mixology Mocktail Masterclass in Shoreditch, London. The 10th of January is the day that most people give up on their new years resolutions…how have you fared so far? For me, so far, so good! I’ve stuck to my healthier way of life – more exercise, reduced calories and no alcohol!
We had a great night learning how to make some delicious non-alcoholic cocktails using BRITA filtered water with other fruity, herby, spicy ingredients and I’m going to share the experience (and recipes) with you! If you’re wondering why mocktails, well, one of the (five) reasons people drink alcohol is Taste… Many people love the taste of great wine or a delicious cocktail, but there are lots of different options when it comes to alcohol-free tasty drinks that can be enjoyed on their own or to compliment a meal.
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We caught the train up into London and arrived at Shoreditch a little early, so had a walk around the most hipster of places in town! Of course, it’s an opportunity for me to take some photographs, and it was nice to be back in London – my favourite city on earth!
We then made our way to Mixology where our masterclass was taking place and the venue was a great space – not too small and not too big, and perfect for this sort of event! Kinda wish I knew about it when I had my hen night!!
There were five mocktail making stations plus one for our mixologist – Neil – at the front of the room. Each was set up with everything we’d need to make our mocktails – glasses, shakers, BRITA water filter jug, muddler, shot measures, ice, juices, syrups, herbs and spices. We couldn’t wait to get stuck in and shaking a few mocktails up!
We were going to be making four mocktails – Hot Toddy, Elderflower Julep, Lavender Sour and Pink Champagne. Neil demonstrated how to make them first, so we didn’t have to worry about trying to listen and do at the same time – but hey, with clear heads from not drinking alcohol we should have been okay ;)
The first mocktail we made was a Hot Toddy, a warming drink that is great for giving you a boost if you have a cold, feel run down, or need warming up on a cold evening. Our mocktail version had fresh ginger, lemon, cloves, honey and cinnamon and tasted sweet and sharp and spicy all at the same time. Much nicer than boring old honey and lemon that I usually drink when I’ve got a cold!
The recipe (which you can view at the bottom of this post, along with all the others) uses ginger syrup – we used fresh ginger which we muddled with honey in the glass, before adding fresh lemon juice, cloves, hot BRITA filtered water and finally stirring with a cinnamon stick.
Our next drink was an Elderflower Julep made with elderflower cordial, apple juice, lemon and fresh mint, shaken together and served with a LOT of crushed ice! I could just imagine myself relaxing in the garden with one of these in my hand! Lovely!
We then took a break for a bite to eat with some delicious antipasti and bowls of veggie pasta, before carrying on with making our final two mocktails.
As Neil listed the ingredients of the next cocktail – Lavender Sour – both my husband and I pulled a “blargh” face because it included flavours neither of us could stand – coconut for him and lavender for me! But the finished product looked so pretty with lavender syrup poured over the top, we both bit the bullet and gave it a try…and the verdict? Well, I loved it! It may have had something to do with the fact that I put the tiniest of tiny pinches of dried lavender in it, but it was so refreshing and would be a delightful drink to serve on a balmy summers night! Hubs though…still not a coconut fan, so he had a polite sip and let me finish this one off! Out of all the four mocktails this was my favourite – such a surprise! I’ll be making it next week at home for my guests when I throw a dinner party as part of the BRITA Boost Challenge!
The final cocktail was a punch called Pink Champagne using a simple sugar syrup, fruit juices, BRITA filtered water and ginger beer to give it fizz! If you’re ever stuck for a non-alcoholic punch recipe to serve at a party, this one will definitely hit the mark. Serve it in a jug or punch bowl with chopped citrus fruit and lots of ice.
Our Mixology Mocktail Masterclass was almost over, but not before a bit of friendly competition between all the bloggers in attendance! It was a chance to put our new found knowledge to the test and make up our own mocktail. After a quick think (we only had ten minutes to create and serve our drink!) I mixed together fresh ginger, fresh lime juice, honey, coconut syrup and BRITA filtered water which I shook with ice before pouring over crushed iced and drizzling with grenadine. I called our cocktail Thai Tumble because of the ingredients I used and the type of glass it was served in. I thought we were on to a winner, but sadly it was not to be! My cocktail has a sharp kick from the lime juice, so when you make it yourself, adjust the honey to your taste.
Makes 1 drink
- a small piece (about 1cm) of fresh ginger, chopped into small pieces
- juice of 1 lime
- squeeze of runny honey
- 12ml coconut syrup
- 50ml BRITA filtered water
- cubed ice (to shake)
- crushed ice (to serve)
- grenadine (to drizzle)
- In a cocktail shaker, muddle the fresh ginger to release the juice, add the lime juice, a squeeze of honey to your taste, coconut syrup and water.
- Shake with cubed ice until well mixed then pour into a tumbler filled with crushed ice.
- Drizzle over some grenadine and serve with two straws.
With a winning mocktail declared, our two hour masterclass had drawn to a close. We had a fab night of making (and drinking) non-alcoholic cocktails, and we all received an awesome gift each of a cocktail making kit. Now, there is no excuse for us not to mix up some fun and fruity mocktails any time we like! This is not the first time I’ve made mocktails at home, I set up a fruity cocktail bar for my sister’s Cocktails & Dreams Hen Party back in 2012, and now I’ve got five more recipes to add to my repertoire!