Summer is on its way and what better than to celebrate with a flavoursome mocktail.
The craze for alcohol free cocktails means there are lots of brilliant concoctions on the market as people look for different tastes and smells to spice up their drinks.
Versatility is the key in mocktail making and it’s all in the careful blending of flavours to balance out a good and tasty drink.
Scottish based artisan deli Demijohn launched its cordial range in 2017 and since then has gone on from strength to strength, with new flavours popping up all the time.
The beauty of the cordials are that they contain British grown or foraged ingredients, which are seasonal and so are only on the shelf for a short while.
The latest flavours are pear and cinnamon and spiced plum, both a winning combination in my household and the beauty of them is that they are so concentrated, you only need to add a small amount to dilute with water.
My testers, Ruaridh (15) and Flossie (12) loved the Harry Potter style bottles the cordials came in and quickly jumped into professional mode, as they smelt the “potions’’, dipped in to test the full concentrated version and then poured themselves a diluted version, in their cocktail glasses of course.
Both were impressed with the deep rich colours, choice of blends and the actual taste, which had them both asking for more!
The two flavours join old favourites, rhubarb and ginger, spiced apple, nettle, elderflower, raspberry, lemon and mint, lime and chilli, blackcurrant and lime and gooseberry and vanilla in the range. Each cost £1.70 per 100ml and there are gift sets featuring a range of flavours, starting at £11.
Angus Ferguson, owner of Demijohn, said:
“These amazingly delicious alcohol free drinks are causing a revolution. They are handmade for us by a Suffolk micro producer Charlotte Grant, who is not only immensely passionate about making cordials but has a magical skill. The secret of their success is that they give you a similar buzz to an alcoholic drink, and yet are not too sweet. They can be drunk all night, in place of a G&T or a glass of wine. If you don’t believe us, try them!”
The mocktail cordials are bottled in distinctive refillable Demijohn bottles and are available by mail order via Demijohn’s website at: www.demijohn.co.uk.
Rebecca Hay is an experienced travel writer and member of The British Guild of Travel Writers. Follow her adventures with her family on Twitter and Instagram @emojiadventurer and on Facebook via EmojiAdventurers2.
Photographs by Frances Ferguson of Demijohn