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Five of the best mocktails

Howdydoo cowgirl, you still on the wagon? Get your gun-toting chops around these local mocktails then - all the thrill of a cocktail, and none of the hangover.

If you’re feeling angelic this Dry January (excuse me, I’m just polishing my halo), then you’ll need a fabulous mocktail to keep the cravings at bay. Even if you’re just cutting down after the holiday boozefest, these five mocktails from some of our favourite local bars are as good as the real thing – and you can avoid the hangover the next day too. Chin chin!

Feel the Beet

Looks crazy, sounds crazy, tastes amazing. Plus the espresso will still give you that buzz if you’re not ready to give up the booze and the caffeine just yet.

Ingredients

  • Fresh shot of espresso
  • Beet It beetroot and apple juice
  • Dash of honey syrup

Shake hard to create a froth, strain into a glass and decorate with coffee beans.

Try it at Clayton’s Marlow.

 

Jasmine Tea Mojito

If you love a mojito, this is a refreshing non-alcoholic alternative with a little extra kick.

Ingredients

  • Fresh mint
  • Lime juice
  • Sugar syrup
  • Crushed ice
  • Apple juice
  • Cold jasmine tea

Muddle together fresh mint, lime and sugar, top with crushed ice and lengthen with apple juice and jasmine tea.

Try it at the Crazy Bear Beaconsfield

 

Virgini-tea

If you like your mocktails on the sweet side, this pretty-in-pink number should slip down a treat.

Ingredients

  • Whole milk
  • Red fruit tea
  • Strawberry syrup
  • Apple juice
Shake and strain into a martini glass, garnish with crushed dried strawberries.

Try it at The Garage


Royal
High-ness

 

This sweet and herbaceous number is packed with natural antioxidants, so you can feel even more virtuous. Here’s to the high life.

Ingredients 

  • Pineapple juice
  • Clementine juice
  • Sage
  • Green tea and juniper berry infusion
  • Agave syrup
  • Soda water
  • Tonic water
  • OTO CBD bitters

Shake together over ice, serve in a hi-ball and garnish with fresh pineapple and sage.

Try it at Dirty Bones Westgate Oxford

 

Lovers in Trinco

Technically not alcohol-free, but too pretty to ignore, this low-ABV beauty from Oxford’s The Coconut Tree is inspired by the waters of Sri Lanka’s East Trinco Bay, which turn pink at dusk as the sun sets (we’ve heard).

Ingredients

  • Ketel One Botanicals Cucumber and Mint
  • Lemongrass and ginger cordial
  • Butterfly Pea Flower Tea
  • Fresh lime juice

Shake together and strain all the ingredients except the lime juice. Garnish glass with a cucumber wheel, and then add fresh lime to watch the cocktail change from blue to pink in front of your eyes!

Try it at The Coconut Tree, Oxford

 

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