As the festive season approaches, we're taking a moment to advocate for a healthier choice: reducing your alcohol consumption. In celebration of this, cheers to Sober October! Rather than reaching for the usual alcoholic beverages, why not dive into some of these delightful mocktails? In our quest to offer the best, we've thoughtfully paired our Oh Lily! snacks with some of our most cherished flavors. By doing so, we ensure that when you mix them, you're in for a true taste sensation. Santé!
Spiced Apple No-Punch (serves 8)
Kicking things off, let's take a culinary journey to Normandy, France. Interestingly, one of our favorite pairings is the delightful combination of crunchy apples with our Cheesy Vegan Lily Pops. Capturing the festive spirit, this mocktail recipe embodies the essence of Christmas in every sip! Whether you opt to present it in a grand punch bowl or serve it individually in glasses, the drink exudes a festive aura, especially with the right garnish.
For the Syrup:
250ml filtered water
100g coconut sugar
5cm fresh ginger, peeled and sliced
pinch of nutmeg
For the Mocktail
750ml apple juice
350ml ginger beer or ale
350ml sparkling water
Syrup to taste (from above)
To garnish: thinly spiced apples, oranges and cinnamon sticks
For the syrup:
First ,ombine the water, sugar and honey in a small saucepan on a medium heat. Stir frequently, bring to the boil and then reduce to a simmer. Leave on the heat for a few minutes, still stirring, until the sugar and honey are dissolved.
Then add the spices and remove the pot from the heat, leaving the spices to steep until the syrup has cooled to room temperature.
Strain, keeping the spices if you like to add as a garnish at the end.
Tip: Prepare this ahead of the big day - store in an airtight jar in the fridge.
For the Mocktail:
Mix the apple juice, ginger beer and sparkling water in a jug or punch bowl, then add in the syrup (we recommend starting with around 100ml and see how the sweetness is for you.
Keep in the fridge until ready to serve, adding in the garnish and ice at the last moment.
Virgin Espresso Martini mocktail
Switching gears a bit, it goes without saying that our Aztec Treasure Dark Chocolate & Cacao Lily Pops are a match made in heaven with this concoction. Historically, the inherent bitterness of coffee and chocolate have always meshed well. In this mix, they come together in a harmonious blend, always proving to be a winning duo. Furthermore, the hint of vanilla introduces just the perfect touch of sweetness
Ingredients (for 2)
4 measures Espresso Coffee (Cold)
2 measures Vanilla Syrup
2 measures Water
6 Whole Coffee Beans
This one is super simple! Simply get your cocktail shaker, fill with ice cubes and place all the ingredients except the coffee beans in. Shake and then strain into a martini glass, garnishing with coffee beans.
On another note, Why not pair these delicious cocktails with crunchy tasty and nutritious snacks? For those with a savory palate, the Oh Lily! savoury box will do wonders to satisfy your taste buds.
Very Berry Sparkler
Moving on to a fruitier option, team our Parisian Kiss Raspberry & Dark Chocolate Lily Pops with a very-berry mocktail. To elevate the taste, add a sprig of mint and some lime juice for just the right amount of cut-through
Ingredients (for 2)
2 handfuls of mixed berries (whatever you have - strawberries, raspberries, blueberries - frozen berries work just as well, you will just need to defront)
Leaves from 2 sprigs mint
60 ml lime juice
1 tbs honey
Dash of sparkling water
Ice, lime, mint and extra berries to serve
Muddle the berries in your cocktail shaker or a tall glass.
Smack the mint leaves before adding to release the flavour, and then muddle these together with the berries.
Add the lime juice and honey, stirring (or shaking if you have a shaker) well.
Place ice in your serving glasses, strain the mixture into the glasses and top up with sparkling water.
Garnish and serve.
Matcha Mojito Mocktail
Shifting our focus to the East, our Japanese Treasure Dark Chocolate & Matcha Lily Pops pair fantastically with this matcha mojito mocktail. In a creative twist, the rum has been replaced with matcha green tea!
Ingredients (for 2)
2 tsp matcha green tea powder
350 ml boiled water
2 tsp maple syrup
1 lime - juice half, thinly slick the other half
2 sprigs mint
Optional: Sparkling water
To begin with, in your tall serving glasses, muddle most of the lime slices and mint, saving the best bits to garnish the glasses.
Now, in a separate small jug, whisk the matcha in the slightly cooled boiling water.
Add maple syrup to the matcha tea mixture, stirring till fully dissolved. Leave to cool for several minutes
Add ice to the serving glasses and pour over the matcha mixture.
Stir, garnish and top up with sparkling water if using, then serve!
Citrus & Pineapple Turmeric MocktailDiving into a tropical vibe, you've probably tried turmeric lattes, also known as golden milk. However, it's time to take it up a notch and try a refreshing turmeric mocktail. Drawing inspiration from traditional flavors, the combination of citrus and pineapple in the drink beautifully complements the peppery notes found in our Indian Gold Turmeric & Black Pepper Lily Pops. Consequently, this pairing is sure to be a foodie's delight, making it a perfect choice for a mocktail and canapés party!
Ingredients (for 4)
1 fresh pineapple, cut into chunks
4 large oranges, squeezed
2 pink grapefruits, squeezed
Fresh ginger, peeled and finely sliced, or ginger powder, to taste
Fresh turmeric, peeled and finely sliced, or turmeric powder, to taste
To serve: slices of orange and grapefruit
Optional - salt the rim of your glasses and sprinkle with black pepper if you prefer your drinks on the spicy side!
First ,place the pineapple chunks, fresh ginger and turmeric into a bowl and crush the pineapple and spices together. If using powder, crush the pineapple first then add the spices (we recommend starting with 1/4 teaspoon of each).
Then, place this mixture in the bottom of your serving glasses.
Now,pack the crushed ice on top of this mixture.
Divide the orange and grapefruit juice between the glasses, then top up with sparkling water.
Finish with garnishing with the fruit slices and serve.
French 75 Mocktail
Lastly, when it comes to our French Riviera Paprika & Herbes de Provence Lily Pops, we had to stay true to its origins, didn't we? Echoing the elegance of France, this virgin mocktail cleverly uses bitterness to emulate the taste of gin, while the tonic brings in the effervescence reminiscent of champagne. Beyond its taste, it's a unique and intriguing take on the classic cocktail. And the silver lining? You can enjoy it without worrying about a headache the next day!
Ingredients (for 4)
3 lemons (juiced)
Angostura bitters (to taste)
1 tsp honey (optional)
Tonic water (we recommend Fever Tree Mediterranean)
Lemon twist for garnish
Start by filling your shaker with ice, then add the lemon juice, Angostura bitters (start with 1/2 teaspoon) and honey (if using). Shake well.
Then, Strain this mixture into 4 champagne flutes.
And,garrnish with the lemon twist, top up with the tonic water and enjoy!
In a nutshell, Oh Lily! are the perfect snacks for your mindful drinks!
In summary, as we navigate the festive season, it's an opportune time to explore healthier beverage choices. From the rich history of Normandy-inspired drinks to the tropical allure of turmeric mocktails, there's a world of flavors waiting to be discovered. Moreover, pairing these delightful mocktails with our Oh Lily! snacks elevates the experience, ensuring every sip and bite is a journey of taste. Ultimately, whether you're celebrating Sober October or simply seeking a refreshing alternative to alcoholic beverages, these mocktail recipes offer a perfect blend of tradition and innovation. So, as we raise our glasses to good health and great taste, let's embrace the joy of discovery and the pleasure of mindful indulgence. Santé!