Bubble tea and fresh dishes made to order

Thursday, December 5th, 2019 00:00 |
A guest waits for her order at DJC Kitchen on Koinange Street, Nairobi. PD/NAILANTEI NORARI

Going without booze shouldn’t be boring.

Our fab and festive mocktails and hot drinks allow teetotallers and kids to join in the festive cheer.

Make mulled wine minus the booze with a fruity, alcohol-free recipe. Combining pomegranate juice, blackberries and spices, it’s just as warming as the real deal.

You can also mix a spiced syrup into hot apple juice for a sweet and fiery burst of Christmas flavour. It’s also delicious drizzled over ice cream for dessert.

Alternatively, treat yourself to an amaretto sour mocktail, with all the sweet, sharp and nutty flavours of the classic cocktail, without the booze.

Non-alcoholic mulled wine


500ml pomegranate juice
25g golden caster sugar
Handful of frozen blackberries
250ml apple juice
1 cinnamon stick
1 star anise
4 cloves
3 black peppercorns
1 orange, quartered


-Put the pomegranate juice, sugar, blackberries and apple juice in a saucepan.
-Add the cinnamon, star anise, cloves, peppercorns and orange, and heat gently until simmering.
-Taste for sweetness, then strain into heatproof glasses.

Spiced apple syrup


200ml apple juice
1 cinnamon stick
1 tsp whole allspice
1 mace blade
2 whole cloves
Small strip fresh ginger
Zest from 1 clementine, finely peeled with a vegetable peeler
100g golden caster sugar


-Heat the apple juice with the whole spices, ginger, zest and sugar.
-Bring to a boil, then simmer for 10 minutes.
-Remove from heat and leave to cool, then strain the syrup into small bottles.
-You can mix it into hot apple juice or even wine.

Alcohol-free amaretto sour


100ml pineapple juice
50ml lemon juice
½ egg white
10ml syrup from cocktail cherries (or more if you prefer), plus cherries to serve
A few drops almond extract


-Put the pineapple juice, lemon juice, egg white, cherry syrup and almond extract into a blender.
-Whizz the melange a few times at high speed, until the mixture is pale and starting to increase in volume.
-If your blender is suitable for use with ice, add a few handfuls and pulse twice more to chill the mixture. Alternatively, stir in the ice until the outside of the jug feels cold.
-Pour into glasses and garnish with the cherries to serve.

       -BBC Good Food

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