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I hosted a non-alcoholic cocktail party yesterday, and thought I'd share the recipes here. They're all pretty tasty. The julep is rather too sweet for me, but others liked it.

Iced green tea with pomegranate and ginger


It says to use pomegranate molasses with no added sweeteners, but I used a bottle from the Turkish shop with sugar in, and it was fine. I also used 6 cups of cold water instead of 8, since my first test batch tasted a bit too diluted.

Raspberry shrub with soda water


Tomato water

Core tomatoes, chop roughly, blend with hand blender until all large pieces are broken up - don't blend too long because you don't want to break up the seeds and release their bitterness. Season to taste with salt and sugar, adding bit by bit, stirring well, and tasting. You want to get to the point where it's not salty but the flavour of the tomatoes is really brought out, and it's not sweet but there's very little detectable sourness. Now you can add other flavourings - e.g. black pepper, torn basil leaves, etc.

Line a sieve over a bowl with a fine-mesh cloth (I use a square from a net curtain offcut), ladle the tomatoes in, let it drip for a moment, then gather up the corners of the square, tie string around, then use the string to suspend the parcel over the bowl and let it drip until it stops dripping. Don't squeeze the bag because that will make the tomato water cloudy.

400g tomatoes makes 200ml tomato water, which is a nice amount for one person. Use the leftover tomato pulp in a sauce or stew.

Spice and tonic

Recipe (scroll down to "Ginned Up").

I gave the juniper, coriander, and cardamom a quick bash in the pestle and mortar before adding them to the pan. I bought the lemon and orange peel from The Spiceworks.


Recipe (scroll down to "Georgia Mint Julep").

I made the peach syrup as stated (with fresh peaches since I couldn't find frozen). When I made the drinks, I doubled the lemon juice and left out the powdered sugar.

Date: 2014-10-13 01:03 pm (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] nanila
So sorry I missed this! I would've liked the Julep, I bet, but the "Ginned Up" tonic is the winner on this list for me. I don't know why, but tonic water is my go-to drink in late pregnancy, and having a bit of this syrup in for a treat sounds heavenly.

Date: 2014-10-14 06:30 pm (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] nanila
Really? Would you? That would be fantastic, yes please! Do you have my address?

Date: 2014-10-16 05:53 am (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] nanila
Address sent, and thank you again. :)

Date: 2014-10-27 02:08 pm (UTC)
nanila: (tachikoma: celebratory)
From: [personal profile] nanila
Spices arrived today! I've no idea why it took so long, but they're here now. :) Thank you.

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