The Mocktail Event with Recipes
So Prichard's was hired to bartend at an event last week. There was just one requirement: no booze.
That's right, the event was at a church and alcohol is not allowed on campus. However, the event needed to be classy and elegant without the use of alcohol in the drinks. So, I came up with three mocktails to serve.
I took the Ginger Mojito recipe, subtracted the rum and made a Ginger No-Jito. I made a rosemary and limeade base for a Sparkling Rosemary Limeade with Blueberry. Lastly I made a Pomegranate Spritzer.
3 Cups Organic Cane Sugar
3 Cups Water
3 4inch Pieces of Ginger Root (Peeled and Grated)
5 Cups of Whole Mint Leaves
4 Cups of Lime Juice
3 (1-liter) Bottles of Club Soda
Extra Mint Sprigs (for garnish)
The first step is making the ginger-mint base, which was a simple syrup with ginger.
After the ginger has been peeled and grated, add the sugar, water and ginger to a saucepan over high heat. Bring the water to a boil and allow the sugar to dissolve. This should take about 5 minutes of cooking.
Once the sugar has dissolved, remove the saucepan from the heat, add the mint leaves and let the concoction cool to room temperature. This takes about an hour.
Strain the syrup into a bowl or large glass. Discard the solid. Enjoy the smell of ginger and mint goodness. Add the lime juice and because there is no rum I added a cup of water to the mix to cut the tartness. Stir it all together. Refrigerate until ready to serve.
Fill a glass with ice. Fill the cup 1/2 way with the mojito base (2/3 if you want it strong) then fill the remainder of the glass with club soda. Give it a little stir and add a mint sprig for garnish and to make it look pretty.
Sparkling Rosemary Limeade with Blueberries
2 Cups of Lime Juice
1 1/2 Cups of Sugar
Peel of 4 Limes
4 Sprigs of Rosemary plus more to serve
Blueberries for garnish
Combine the lime juice and sugar in a saucepan and bring to a simmer over medium heat. Stir until the sugar is dissolved. Add the lime peel and rosemary, let simmer for an additional minute, remove from heat, cover and chill overnight. Strain lime peel and rosemary out and store in a container until ready to serve.
Combine one part rosemary limeade with about 4 parts club soda. Garnish with a mint sprig and blueberries for color and beauty.
1 ounce POM Pomegranate Juice
1 ounce Ginger Ale
Combine the Pomegranate Juice and Ginger Ale in a cup filled with ice, top with club soda. Add a lemon twist for garnish. This was the only drink of the three that was made in the glass that it was served in. It also allows me to use my new stripping tool on the garnish the create a very pretty lemon twist.
Of the three the Pomegranate Spritzer was my favorite. It was quite complex for a Mocktail. I have since added tequila to it to try and come up with a cocktail but I haven't gotten it correct quite yet.
All in all the event went great, the mocktails were a big hit and it allowed me to branch out a bit and try something new.