Alcohol-free alternatives


Whether you're on a sober journey or just fancy something a bit different, Christian Gott shares his favourite NoLo recipes. "2022 is the year of the NoLo drink. For those not in the loop, that's non-alcoholic and low alcohol drinks. This year will see the release of the first barrel-aged, non-alcoholic rye whiskey and non-alcoholic versions of big-name spirit brands like Gordons and Tanqueray. Why not have a go at making your own non-alcoholic drinks? These are my favourite NoLo recipes."


Frozen Margarita


The secret of many a good cocktail, alcoholic or otherwise, is to use freshly squeezed juices.

INGREDIENTS

• 250ml crushed ice

• Juice of 2 fresh limes

• Juice of ½ large orange

• Juice of ½ lemon

• 1 tbsp agave nectar

• Flaky sea salt, for the glass

• 2 lime wedges


METHOD

1. First, you need to add salt to the rim of your glass for that essential margarita flavour. Run a lime wedge over the rim of your favourite glass, and roll in the salt, gently tapping to remove excess.


2. Carefully add the rest of the ingredients into a jug and mix together. Pour into the prepared glass and garnish with a fresh lime wedge.



Rhubarb cordial

Make your own cordial ready to dilute with sparkling water for a refreshing drink.


INGREDIENTS

• 400g rhubarb, sliced

• 300g cane sugar

• 300ml water

• Zest and juice of one large orange

• Zest and juice of one lemon

• 3 Vanilla pods, scraped and seeded


METHOD

1. Place ingredients into a large saucepan, except for the vanilla seeds, and bring to a simmer, stirring to dissolve the sugar. Continue to cook until the rhubarb starts to fall apart.


2. Allow to cool slightly, then pour the mixture through a fine sieve lined with muslin into a clean heatproof jug. Add the vanilla seeds. Whilst still hot, pour into sterilised bottles. The cordial will keep in the fridge for up to 1 month.

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