Recipes for a boozy baby shower without the booze
Got the food sorted, you have ordered the decorations and dressing from us. Invites have been printed and sent out. Venue has been hired. What’s next – the drinks!
In our blooming perfect opinion, drinks for a baby shower are the hardest to decide on. One of the biggest problem is that non-alcoholic drinks, let’s be honest, are usually a bit rubbish (although we do like milkshake). So we have done some extensive research into quality non-alcoholic spirits, beer and wines that you can buy in Supermarkets, via on-line sellers, or direct from the maker. And we have also provided 3 ‘ginny’ mocktail recipes that will get the party started
Whilst it is easy just to buy in the supermarket, if you can find a good deal, use the independent retailers, who offer a wider range of products.
Independent retailers include:
- Dry Drinker
- Wise Bartender
- The Alcohol Free Shop
- Time for Alcohol Free
- Heineken 0.0%
- Gadds’ No 11 (1.2%)
- Southwold Pale Ale (0.5%)
- Erdinger Alcohol Free 0.5%
- Big Drop Stout 0.5%
A word of warning: these wines are much sweeter than conventional wines.
- Rawson’s Retreat Cabernet
- Torres Natureo Muscat
- Torres Natureo Rosé
Seedlip re-imagined the no/low alcohol market in 2015: non-alcoholic botanical drinks aimed at the gin drinker with packaging and pricing to match. Since then consumers have become aware of a wide range of faux spirits – many of which are very reasonably priced, and never cost more than the equivalent. Remember, as much work goes into creating and producing these drinks as standard spirits. A word of caution – they often don’t taste great neat. Stick to mixers.
- Silk Tree (gin)
- Thomas & Evans Sparkling Botanical Beverage (gin)
- Shrb, lime and juniper (gin)
- Versin (vermouth)
- Ronsin (rum)
- Whissen (whiskey)
- Monte Rosso – a great Campari/Aperol substitute.
- Jeffrey’s Yarrow, Rosehip and Elderflower tonic
It’s a syrup to make your own tonic, and you just add sparkling water
But the very best thing is that you can use these drinks to produce boozy tasting mocktails.
Mommies to be, you’ve got to fight for your right to party, and the recipes below get you started. They were all created with Seedlip (which is a cult item, but may not be to your taste). You can always substitute your favourite botanical faux gin.
Summer strawberry sour
50ml Seedlip Garden (or other non-alcoholic gin)
25ml strawberry syrup (see recipe below)
5ml fresh lemon juice
25ml egg white
You can purchase good quality syrups, but making your own is quite simple.
To make the strawberry syrup:
250g fresh strawberries, topped
100g caster sugar
- Combine the strawberries and sugar in a sealable container, and leave in the fridge overnight to infuse.
- Blend the strawberry sugar mix with Verjus then strain through a muslin cloth.
- Store syrup in the fridge.
To make the Mocktail
- Add all ingredients to a cocktail tin and dry shake.
- Add cubed ice to the tin and shake a second time.
- Strain into a chilled sour glass and serve.
Honey spiced “lemonaide”
40ml Seedlip Spice (or other non-alcoholic gin)
20ml honey water
15ml fresh lemon juice
Soda water top
To make the honey water:
- Combine 100g acacia honey with 50ml warm water.
- Make sure mix is cool before use.
To make the lemonaide:
- Add the ‘Gin’, honey water and lemon juice to a highball glass and fill with cubed ice.
- Top with the soda water.
- Stir gently to combine and serve.
Whissin old fashioned
5ml Seedlip Garden (or other non-alcoholic gin)
5ml black tea syrup
To make the tea syrup:
8g good quality black tea
100ml boiled water
10g caster sugar
- Brew the tea and leave to steep for 15 minutes.
- Strain and add the sugar.
- Ensure syrup is cool before using.
To make Whissen Old Fashioned:
- Add all ingredients to a cocktail tin filled with cubed ice and stir to combine.
- Strain into a rocks glass
- Garnish with an orange peel disc, gently snapping it over the drink to extract the oils.
I’m sure many of you will love the drinks we have found for you, and hopefully, only a few of you will dislike them. Tell us what you think and if you find any better alternatives for faux booze. We can always use new ideas to take to our clients.
Love from Blooming Perfect