Long before the advent of Carrie et al sipping Cosmopolitans in Sex and the City, surely responsible for the modern revival of the cocktail, I was the proud possessor of all the necessary accoutrements of cocktail making, and a panoply of obscure bottles procured to work my way through The Savoy Cocktail Book, the bible of cocktail connoisseurs from 1930 to the present day. And to my immense joy I was bequeathed a genuine 1930s cocktail cabinet to keep it all in. Although it remains on my to do list to have it re-wired so as to enjoy the full '30s splendour of the lift up top with sparkling glassware and mirrors, even little Bakelite hula girls to perch on the side of your glass - bliss!
Bu of course there is one big problem, what to do when pregnant?? Whilst I do indulge in the odd glass of wine in the latter stages of pregnancy, I would definitely draw the line at a 2 or 3 measure cocktail! So the only thing to do is come up with some 'virgin' alternatives. I am also going to be entering my creations in the upcoming Red Hot World Buffet challenge.
Virgin Jelly Baby
Pour 25ml of grenadine into the bottom of a tall glass and top with 100ml of (shaken) carton pineapple juice. Then pour over 100ml of carton orange juice. By using carton juice the pineapple should be heavier than the orange so the orange will sit nicely on the top, but if they do mix together that's fine too, the Grenadine will stay at the bottom. Mix together to drink or be a child (like me!) and drink your layers separately!
Lovely garnished proper cocktail-styleee with a slice of orange or a cube of pineapple and a couple of coktail cherries, you can even add a little wooden umbrella...
Use a muddler (or even a fork) to crush a quarter of a ripe peach, skin removed. Place the peach puree in the bottom of a champagne glass and top up with Bottle Green (or other good quality) Sparkling Elderflower. Recline and drink! You can also add a good dash of peach and white grape juice to both sweeten and dry up the drink, a nice alternative.
Or why not try making the raspberry version which tastes just like Chambord with Prosecco, and float a dear little fresh raspberry in the top of the glass; oh and the strawberry variant is lush too! Great way to make the most of all the lovely summer fruits.
Raspberry & Rhubarb Punch - a non-alcoholic Pimm's
First, chop the regulation Pimm's fruits and veg - apples, strawberries, cucumber, mint and place in a punch bowl or large jug, top with Shloer Raspberry & Rhubarb Punch and I guarantee you won't be hankering after everyone else's Pimm's at the party!
Virgin Sea Breeze
And finally, one of my favourite drinks is a recipe given to me by the Welch's team last year:
- 25ml Lychee juice
- 200ml Welch’s Rosé Grape Juice
- 2 Squeezes of Lime
- Cubed ice
Garnish with the lime wedges and a lychee.
What's your favourite cocktail, alcoholic or not? If you would like to enter the competition, you can also invent new alcoholic cocktails too, and to inspire you a selection of Red Hot World Buffet's favourite in-house cocktails can be found here.