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Recipes: 4 Alcohol-free drinks to indulge in over the holidays

Keep the festivities going and skip the hangover with these delicious classic mocktails and sensational spritzers

By House & Garden South Africa | December 27, 2021 | Recipes

Non-alcoholic drinks have grown in popularity over the past few years with brands like Abstinence, JC Le Roux, The Duchess, Van Loveren and Absolute Zero releasing alcohol-free options that allow us to still enjoy celebrating every occasion while staying healthy. Below, Absolute Zero shares four delicious non-alcoholic drink recipes for you to try out over the holidays.

Classic Mojito

Prep time: 5 minutes

Serves: 4

Ingredients

20ml agave syrup

250ml soda water

500ml Absolute Zero Nectar

Serve with

Crushed ice

Lime slices

Fresh mint leaves

Method

Place crushed ice, lime slices and mint leaves into a large jug. Using a wooden pestle or spoon smash the ingredients to bring out their flavours. Top with soda water, Absolute Zero Nectar and agave syrup.

Grapefruit & Rosemary Mimosas

Prep time: 15 minutes

Serves: 4

Ingredients

250ml freshly squeezed grapefruit juice

500ml Absolute Zero

Serving suggestion

Ice

Grapefruit segments

Fresh rosemary sprigs

Method

Place ice into 4 glasses, top with ¼ cup grapefruit juice, ½ cup Absolute Zero, a fresh rosemary sprig and garnish the glass with a grapefruit segment.

Spicy Passion Fruit Sangria

Prep time: 15 minutes

Cooking time: 20 minutes

Serves: 4

Ingredients for spicy passion fruit compote

Pulp from 8 granadillas

1 cinnamon stick

2 star anise

Ingredients for sangria

60ml spicy passion fruit compote

1 pineapple, peeled and cut into triangles

250ml sparkling water

500ml Absolute Zero

Serving suggestion

Ice

Fresh mint

Cinnamon quills

Star anise

Method for spicy passion fruit compote

Place all ingredients into a small pot and cook for 5 minutes on high. Then turn the heat down to low and simmer for 15 minutes. Allow to cool.

Method for sangria

Place ice, pineapple pieces, spicy passion fruit compote, cinnamon quills and star anise into a large jug. Pour over sparkling water and Absolute Zero. Serve cold and enjoy!

Strawberry & Lavender Spritzer

Prep time: 5 minutes

Cooking time: 30 minutes

Serves: 4

Ingredients for homemade strawberry syrup

500g frozen strawberries

2 tbsp pure maple syrup or coconut sugar

Ingredients for spritzer

60ml homemade strawberry syrup

250ml soda water

500ml Absolute Zero Nectar

Serving suggestion

Ice

Fresh lavender flowers

Method for homemade strawberry syrup

Combine strawberries and maple syrup or coconut sugar into a saucepan, bring to the boil and then lower the heat. Simmer for 25-30 minutes and allow to cool. Strain the mix and use the syrup for the spritzer. A little waste free hack – keep the strawberry pulp in a glass jar and refrigerate, it’s delicious served onto of plant-based yoghurt with crunchy granola as a great breakfast treat!

Method for spritzer

Place 1 tbsp of homemade strawberry syrup into the bottom of a glass, fill with ice, top with ¼ cup soda water and ½ cup Absolute Zero Nectar.