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The Ultimate Spring Drinks Recipes

Spring Drinks

Winter was all about warm drinks, comfort by the fire and festive spices. Don’t get me wrong, I love the festivity, but I’m definitely ready to freshen up my drinks cabinet for Spring. We’ve put together a few refreshing alcohol-free ideas for you. I’m really excited about delving into some of the more bitter products available, I genuinely feel that we’ve achieved some really mature pours here, and I hope you’ll enjoy them.

Alcohol-Free Sbagliato

Sbagliato

This is a take on a Negroni, but using prosecco instead of gin (alcohol-free of course). It is rich and bitter and is designed for sipping. Negroni is traditionally served before dinner as an aperitif, it’s said to enhance the appetite.

Note: I used cheap options from Sainsbury’s for the prosecco and the red wine, and it still tasted great. You can splash out more if you want to.

Ingredients

50ml The Bitter Note

50ml alcohol-free red wine

125ml alcohol-free prosecco

To Garnish

Orange peel

Take a heavy bottomed tumbler and fill with ice, or use a ball of ice if you have one of those fancy ice sphere makers. Combine your Bitter Note and red wine and stir for a few seconds. Slowly add your prosecco, keeping the bubbles under control. Stir gently to combine. Take an orange and carefully make a long peel from the skin. Holding this close to the liquid, give it a twist. Finally, rub the orange peel around the rim of the glass, and then drop it in to garnish. It could not be simpler, and it makes for a real grown-up welcome drink when you’re hosting guests.

You can get Bitter Note in the UK from Wise Bartender – use code CLUBSODAVIP and get 5% off your order.

Aperol Spritz 

Alcohol-Free Aperol Spritz

Nothing celebrates the longer evenings better than a spritz. Light and refreshing with a delightful pop of colour, it’s one of my favourite indulgent treats. I made one of these for a friend who recently had a baby and she was so excited to have something that felt a bit special.

Ingredients

100ml Spritz Syrup (made by 3/4 oz)

150ml Scavi & Ray (or another alcohol-free fizz, but this one is my favourite for the job – and don’t forget to use code CLUBSODAVIP to get 5% off your order at DryDrinker.com!)

Soda water to top

To Garnish

Orange slice

Another easy one, but so effective. The Spritz Syrup gives a wonderful bitter marmalade kick, with just the right amount of acidity. Take a large wine glass and fill with ice. Add your spritz syrup followed by your Scavi & Ray, go steady to avoid overflowing bubbles. Top with a little soda, and stir gently to combine. Garnish with a generous wedge of orange and voila! The perfect pour for a little afternoon indulgence.

Alcohol-Free Rhubarb Mojito

Rhubarb Mojito

A little warning, this one is pretty sugary.

Rhubarb season is a tricky one, unfortunately, by the time I got round to making rhubarb syrup I couldn’t get my hands on any of the pretty forced pink stuff, and my syrup looked a bit murky! So I used a cordial instead because I wanted that lovely pink hue to the drink. If you want to make rhubarb syrup simply combine equal parts chopped rhubarb, water, and sugar. Poach this mixture on a very gentle heat for around ten minutes. Remove the rhubarb and reduce the remaining liquid until you have a syrupy consistency. And don’t forget to use the rhubarb, maybe as a nice breakfast compote, or in a crumble.

 

Ingredients

50ml Rhubarb cordial

50ml Monin Caribbean syrup

One lime, quartered

2 tsp sugar or stevia

Soda water

14 Mint leaves

To Garnish

Mint sprig

Take a tall glass and combine your lime, mint leaves and sugar. If you have one, use a muddler to squeeze the juice from the limes and crush the mint, the end of a rolling pin would also work. Basically, mush it all together until there is plenty of lime juice and you can smell the mint. Now, add your Rhubarb cordial (or syrup) and your Caribbean syrup. Stir to combine. Fill the glass with ice and top with soda water. Use a long spoon to gently lift your muddled lime and mint to disperse it through the cocktail, you can place your hand over the top of the glass to avoid any spillages or ice escapees! Finally, garnish with your sprig of mint.

Green Goddess Smoothie 

Green Goddess smoothie

I wanted to include some of my favourite seasonal veg and was inspired by a salad I made recently. It was from a cookbook called ‘A Modern Way To Cook’ by Anna Jones, and it is jam-packed with green goodness. This smoothie is inspired by that, and I’ve really enjoyed drinking this in the morning or after a workout. Any excuse to make the most of asparagus season!

Ingredients

50g spinach

Half a green chilli, deseeded

Half a ripe avocado

Juice of half a lemon

A good handful of coriander

A good handful of basil

2-3 asparagus spears

1 tsp soy sauce

200ml coconut water

a teaspoon of sesame seeds

To Garnish

A small pinch of regular and black sesame seeds

Yes, it sounds very savoury, but I promise the coconut and avocado soften things and bring a little sweetness. It’s a joy to drink, and so easy to make. Combine all the ingredients in a blender and whizz until smooth. Sprinkle with sesame seeds, and there you have it, all your veg for the day in one nifty little glass!

anja

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Club Soda drinks writer. Beer lover, enjoying discovering AF drinks and embracing a moderated lifestyle. Prepping for Marathon Des Sables in April, 156 miles across The Sahara!

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