I am not doing Dry January. There, I’ve said it. But I know many of you are and I salute you. And in order to help you on your way, I am super excited to bring a little cheer to your drinks cupboard with these three Sussex mocktails created by our cocktail goddess and lover of all things Sussex, Sophie Bradshaw. We haven’t yet found an alcohol-free Sussex gin (any referrals welcome) but we’re still working on it. However, there are plenty of Sussex coffee brands available for the Espresso Martini.
1 tsp Jaggery (or dark brown soft sugar)
Juice of one lime
8/9 Thai basil leaves
Folkingtons Traditionally Hot Ginger Beer
Put the lime juice, Jaggery and basil leaves into a rocks glass and muddle to crush the leaves and dissolve the sugar. Fill the glass with ice and top it up to taste with the ginger beer. Garnish with lime peel curl. Very fresh, aromatic and a little spicy! Add a shot of dark spiced rum for a boozy version.
60 ml Seedlip Garden 108
20 ml Silverhill Farm Elderflower Cordial
Pour into a cocktail shaker and shake over ice until super chilled, strain into a chilled martini glass and garnish with lemon peel twist. A take on a classic dry martini. Make it a Bad Company by replacing the Seedlip with a floral gin like GVine and the elderflower with St German liqueur and add a basil leaf!
Finally, a classic, Espresso Martini
60 ml freshly brewed espresso cooled
1 tbsp double cream
10 ml vanilla sugar syrup
Shake over ice and strain into a chilled martini glass, garnish with a coffee bean and enjoy!
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