Natural Cocktails: for Goodness in a Glass

Anna Young shares three cocktail recipes free of refined sugar and filled with fresh fruit and herbs! These three recipes with an organic twist are bound to tickle your tastebuds and give you a fresh summer kick.


Let’s face it. We all love cocktails. Whether it’s for a post-exam garden party or simply just a relaxing Saturday night in with friends, cocktails are a perfect go-to drink for any event. As a student, when asked to write an article about cocktails (or any type of alcohol to be honest) I was, as you would expect, very excited.

Yet when thinking about the topic more I thought to myself, how can I make these cocktails different? Whilst I can’t go wrong with a classic piña colada or a cosmopolitan, why can’t I try something more creative, diverse, and also packed with goodness and nutrients? 

Now why are these cocktails so different, you may ask? These three recipes with an organic twist are bound to tickle your tastebuds and give you a fresh summer kick. All contain natural sugar rather than additives, and thus are full of beneficial substances such as fibre, vitamins, minerals, and antioxidants. Providing a healthy yet just-as-enjoyable taste of ‘goodness in a glass.’ 

Raspberry and Rhubarb Summer Shaker

This mix of fruity goodness tastes like summer and is perfect for a post-exam party.

Ingredients

  • 2 cups chopped rhubarb
  • 1 cup frozen raspberries
  • juice of 1/2 lemon
  • 2 cups of gin
  • 1/2 cup fresh lime juice
  • one litre of soda water
  • 3 cups of ice

Method

  1. Place rhubarb and raspberries in a large pot. Pour in lemon juice. Top with 2 cups of water. Bring to a boil, then simmer for about 15 minutes. Do not stir. Turn off heat and allow to infuse for an additional 20 minutes.
  2. Afterwards, strain the mix through a fine mesh sieve lined with a clean tea towel, coffee filter, or cheesecloth. Cool completely. Refrigerate until ready to use, up to 5 days.
  3. To mix the punch, combine 2 cups of the raspberry-rhubarb mix, gin, and fresh lime juice in a punch bowl or large pitcher. Pour in the soda water and tip in the ice. Add sliced lime and rhubarb and stir to combine.
  4. Serve well chilled.
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Mint and Matcha Mixer

This lean, green cocktail is a nutritious and fresh post-dinner cooler, ideal for a classy summer night. 

Ingredients

  • 1/4 cup mint leaves
  • 3/4 ounce of agave or honey
  • 3/4 ounce lime juice
  • 1 1/2 cups water
  • 2 1/2 ounces gin
  • 1 tsp matcha

Method

  1. In a cocktail shaker, muddle the mint with the agave and lime juice. Add the remaining ingredients and shake until well chilled and the matcha is dissolved.
  2. Strain through a fine-mesh strainer, dividing between 2 ice-filled rocks glasses, then serve.

 

Lime and Strawberry Slush

This quick and easy strawberry cocktail is perfect for a lazy summer's afternoon, an organic and natural way to cool down and relax.

Ingredients

  • 50 ml of gin
  • 25 ml lime juice
  • 3-4 crushed strawberries
  • honey
  • glass with crushed ice and topped with soda water

Method

  1. Top and chop the strawberries and place alongside gin and lime into a shaker, then add honey. Shake until well combined and serve in a glass with crushed ice and soda water.