If you’ve made it this far through January without being tempted, we’re impressed! Make sure your determination doesn’t waver with these tasty recipes designed to help you stay alcohol-free all month.
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The refreshing one
Missing your weekend gin and tonic? This alternative is equally satisfying. Whip up a batch to keep in the fridge, ready to dilute when needed.
Gooseberry & Mint Lemonade
250g caster, or granulated, sugar
3 large lemons, plus more to serve
350g gooseberries, topped and tailed, then halved
Mint leaves from 3 sprigs, plus extra to serve
Ice and sparkling water, to serve
- In a large pan, gently melt the sugar in 250ml of water. Meanwhile, using a vegetable peeler, pare away a few long strips of lemon zest. Squeeze the juice to give about 100ml.
- Add the zest, juice, gooseberries and mint leaves to the pan, and bring to a simmer. Cook for five to 10 minutes until the gooseberries are very soft, then mash with a potato masher and leave to cool. Strain through a sieve, pressing the flesh well to extract the juices, then chill thoroughly.
- To serve, dilute four tablespoons of the lemonade base with 100ml of sparkling water (or to taste), adding extra ice, lemon and mint.
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The fruity one
Looking for something slightly punchier than water? This raspberry lemonade is tasty enough to stave off your alcohol cravings while still feeling like a cocktail.
For the syrup:
200g golden caster sugar
Juice of 3 lemons
A few handfuls of ice cubes
1L soda water
A few lemon slices, to garnish
- Prepare the syrup by placing the raspberries, sugar, water and lemon juice in a large saucepan. Bring to the boil over a moderate heat and cook for two to three minutes. Remove and allow to cool a little before pressing through a sieve, collecting the syrup underneath in a bowl.
- Allow the mixture to cool to room temperature, then cover and chill until ready to serve. Then, pour 35ml of the syrup into the base of each glass and top with soda water and ice. Stir well and garnish with a slice of lemon on the rim of the glass.
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The sparkling one
Don’t get caught out by a congratulatory toast – this fantastic fizzy drink looks like champagne and tastes just as good. Serve in fluted glasses and no one will be any the wiser.
60ml lime cordial
60ml elderflower cordial
3 drops orange blossom water
250ml ice-cold soda water
Pour all of the ingredients into a jug and stir.