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Four Money-Saving Mocktail Recipes

Four Delicious Money-Saving Mocktail Recipes

Did you know that the average Brit spends around £65 a month on alcohol?

It’s amazing how quickly a few drinks here and a bottle of wine with the groceries there adds up. A whole year of drinking, on average, costs around £780 per person. That’s a return flight to Australia, or a couple of really fun weekend breaks in Europe!

For the first month of the #TravelHacked Challenge, we’ll be saving that £65 (plus the costs of a late night Uber, kebab and the next day’s hangover brunch) by giving up booze.

Four Money-Saving Mocktail Recipes

Sign up to the #TravelHacked Challenge and within a year you could save up to £1,000 to put towards your dreams.

Before you panic, we’re not going to ask you to give up drinking for a full year. We wouldn’t do that to you. But a month without alcohol isn’t too tricky, especially if you have some delicious alternatives to sip.

I have to admit, I’m pretty skeptical when it comes to mocktails. When I see them on menus they always just seem to be made up of a few fruit juices thrown together, with a £4 price tag attached. I’ll take the prosecco, thanks.

Four Money-Saving Mocktail Recipes

But after trying a few combinations at home, I now have four mocktail recipes I am confident will impress even the most picky drinker. They’re tasty, they look great, and they all come without a banging headache the next morning.

So if you’re joining the #TravelHacked Challenge and you’re craving a drink with friends after work, invite them over and whip up some of these money-saving mocktails.

Refreshing Pear & Elderflower Fizz Mocktail

This mocktail is fruity, floral and not too unhealthy, as the only sugar comes from the cordial. Make some decorative ice cubes in advance – I froze some raspberries in water – and throw this refreshing drink together for a great after-work treat.

Four Money-Saving Mocktail Recipes

Ingredients

  • 1 shot glass (around 25ml) of elderflower cordial
  • ½ shot pear juice (either buy it or grate fresh pear and squeeze through a clean cloth)
  • 1 glass sparkling water
  • Ice

Add the elderflower cordial and pear juice to your glass and stir. Add ice cubes and top up with cold sparkling water.

Autumn Apple Fizz

Four Money-Saving Mocktail Recipes

It almost feels like cheating to include this mocktail in the list because it’s so flipping easy to make, but as a prosecco lover this is my favourite of the lot. The flavours are perfect for autumn, and if you serve it in a champagne flute no one will even guess you’re not sipping a glass of bubbles.

Warning: it’s a little spicy, which I love, but if you aren’t a huge fan of ginger you can use less than I did.

Ingredients

  • Appletiser
  • Fresh ginger

Grate a thumb-size piece of fresh ginger and add the pulp and juice to the bottom of a champagne flute. Top with Appletiser.

Not A Cosmopolitan

One of my favourite cocktails is a Cosmopolitan, so I had to find a non-alcoholic alternative for October. This one is more than just a few juices mixed together thanks to the orange bitters, which adds depth and complexity.

Four Money-Saving Mocktail Recipes

You can buy orange bitters, but I had some ingredients lying around that I threw together to make my own version and save some money, and it turned out great!

Ingredients

  • 1 shot glass (around 25ml) orange juice
  • A few drops of orange bitters (or make your own*!)
  • 100ml Cranberry juice
  • ½ shot glass lime juice
  • Handful of fresh raspberries
  • Ice cubes
  • Orange peel slices to garnish

*To make the orange bitters, squeeze the juice of half an orange into a glass and add spices like cardamom, ginger, juniper berries, star anise, cloves…I honestly made it up and just added a pinch of all of the above. Leave in the fridge overnight, then strain all of the spices out and just use the juice – put it towards the 25ml of fresh orange juice you’ll be using.

Four Money-Saving Mocktail Recipes

Add all ingredients except the garnish to a cocktail shaker and shake for around 10 seconds.

Strain into a martini glass and decorate with the orange peel.

Coconut Iced Coffee

Four Money-Saving Mocktail Recipes

This one’s perfect for after dinner, when you’d usually sip a whisky or port. You can switch up the coffee to decaf if you’d prefer, and you can use whatever milk you like – I just adore coconut milk in this recipe.

If you like your coffee sweet, just add a dash of sugar syrup and you’ll have a much sweeter drink.

Ingredients

  • ½ cup coffee (I use filter coffee, but instant is fine), cooled
  • Coffee ice cubes (just freeze coffee in your ice cube tray)
  • ½ cup coconut milk
  • Coffee beans, to garnish

Pour the coffee and milk into a glass and stir. Add ice cubes, and garnish with whole coffee beans.

What are your favourite non-alcoholic drinks? 

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Four Money-Saving Mocktail Recipes

Elle Croft is a London-based travel blogger who is equally happy exploring the city she lives in as venturing to far-flung destinations. She's a firm believer in stylish travel, and will always look for a twist on the traditional. Luckily for her, London offers unusual experiences in abundance. When Elle's not travelling or blogging over at A Bird in the Hand you can usually find her, coffee in one hand and camera in another, strolling the beautiful streets of the city she calls home.

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