Refreshing cocktails flavored with fruit and herbs – no alcohol required!

    Taste Creativity

    Non-alcoholic “mocktails” are an increasingly important part of any good cocktail menu.  There are endless possibilities, including fresh fruit juice combinations, vitamin-rich fruit bombs, lemonade-based beverages and more.

    Fruit and herbs provide a freshness kick

    Fresh fruit and herbs from a local garden can conjure up enticing flavor highlights.  Cuisine Style Cocktails – featuring herbs such as basil and thyme – are one of the latest trends among bartenders.  With these spicy cocktails, it is important to use fresh herbs rather than dried, so they can develop their full aroma.

    Blueberry splash with lavender

    Ingredients for 4 glasses:

    2 tbsp lavender flowers

    1 cup sugar  ¾ cup water  2 cups fresh (or thawed) blueberries 2 medium sized lemons  ½ cup mineral water  ice cubes

    Preparation:

    1.    Combine lavender flowers, sugar and water in a pan, and bring to a boil. 

    2.    Then turn off heat and let lavender sugar syrup soak for 10 minutes. 

    3.    Puree blueberries and pour through a sieve. Put juice in a carafe. 

    4.    Squeeze lemons and add lemon juice to blueberry juice. 

    5.    Pour lavender sugar syrup through a colander and add to blueberry juice until desired sweetness is achieved. 

    6.    For a refreshing drink experience, add mineral water to taste.

    7.    Pour ice cubes into four glasses, then add beverage.  Garnish with lemon slices and blueberries.

    Summer melon refreshment

    Ingredients for 4 glasses:

    3 cups mineral water  5¼ cup watermelon  3 stalks mint ice cubes

    Preparation:

    1. Remove melon from shell and cut into large pieces. 

    2. Purée melon pieces, then put melon puree in an ice cube container and allow to freeze for at least 2 hours. 

    3. Put melon ice cubes in four glasses and top up with the mineral water. 

    4. Wash mint, carefully dry, and put in the glass for decoration.