In Spain the parties are closely linked to the exacerbated consumption of wine, beer and distillates. We live in an alcoholized society, in which It seems inconceivable to spend a New Year's Eve without hitting the birdseed, but it is possible to give a festive air to our drinks without resorting to wine and cocktails.
Offer non-alcoholic alternatives to wine or beer It is something that will be appreciated by all people who cannot drink (either because of a pregnancy or a medical condition), but also all those who simply do not feel like getting drunk or want to take care of their health: we must remember that it is considered a risk consumption intake in one day plus a glass or two beers.Direct to the Palate Health, alcohol and hypocrisy: is there moderate consumption or is it an invention of the industry?
This selection of Classic non-alcoholic cocktails, smoothies, lemonades and other cold drinks It will make New Year's Eve a party. Nor are they the healthiest in the world, because almost everyone has a lot of sugar, but worse is to add to the sweet alcohol. Not all can be perfect.
1. Moruno-style iced green tea
Ingredients: Green tea, brown sugar, some peppermint branches.
Elaboration: Heat water until it boils to clean the kettle. Rinse a couple of minutes and discard the water. Heat water until it boils in a saucepan and turn off the heat. Put a tablespoon of brown sugar and a tablespoon of green tea for each person inside the teapot. Pour some water into the kettle and let stand a minute. Throw water and tea will no longer have bitter notes. Now add the rest of the water that we had boiled that will be approximately 85º and let it infuse. Also add a bunch of peppermint and let stand 4 minutes. Transfer the resulting tea to a jar and let it cool. Serve in a wide glass with 3 ice stones and a sprig of peppermint.
Link | Three recipes for iced tea
2. Shirley Temple Cocktail
Ingredients for 1.5 liters: 1 liter of lemon-lime soda, 150g of cherries in syrup, 1 sliced orange. Optionally, a little grenadine (which you can make homemade).
Elaboration: Simply put all the ingredients in a jar with plenty of ice (including cherry syrup), reserving to decorate a couple of slices of orange and some cherries (also known as cherries or maraschines, which is the name of the variety used) .
Link | Shirley Temple cocktail.
3. Michelada without alcohol
Ingredients: 1 third or can of very cold non-alcoholic beer, lime juice, Tabasco, Worcestershire sauce, Maggi juice, tomato juice (optional), salt, ice.
Elaboration: The ingredients of the michelada vary greatly between countries, although the most widespread version consists of pouring a third of beer on a glass with ice, adding the juice of a lime, salt, and different sauces to taste. It is usual to take a few drops of Tabasco, Worcestershire sauce and Maggi Juice. There are those who also add some tomato juice or Clamato. If you want more spicy you can also add some chili powder. The michelada masks the lack of habitual taste of non-alcoholic beer and is a great way to encourage the party to those who cannot or do not want to drink.
4. San Francisco Cocktail
Ingredients: 15 cl of orange juice, 3 cl of lemon juice, 6 cl of pineapple juice, 3 cl of peach juice, 3 cl of grenadine, ice
Elaboration: One of the most classic non-alcoholic cocktails, or 'mocktail', to be prepared in a cocktail shaker, as if it were a combination with alcohol. Just add all the juices in the shaker, shake well, and serve the mixture in a tall, wide glass, Collins type, filled with ice. It can be decorated with a slice of orange and a cherry.
5. Mango, pineapple and lime smoothie
Ingredients: 200 g of peeled mango, 300 ml of pineapple juice, juice and zest of a lime.
Elaboration: We start by peeling the mango and cutting it into small pieces. We put them in a container suitable for the freezer and freeze the fruit for a minimum of two hours. Once the time has passed, we pour the frozen mango pieces into the glass of a blender or kitchen robot, add the pineapple juice, the lime juice and the zest, reserving a small amount to decorate. We crush everything with the blender until it thickens and we do not see pieces of mango without crushing. We put the smoothie in glasses, we decorate with the lime zest and some mint leaves. We serve immediately.
Link | Mango, pineapple and lime smoothie
6. Pineapple lemonade with a touch of ginger
Ingredients for 1 liter: 1 medium-sized pineapple, 30 ml of lemon juice, 1 piece of fresh ginger, 1 liter of sparkling water, stevia or sugar to taste.
Elaboration: Peel the pineapple by removing all the crust, trying to preserve the juices that you can release. Cut up. Peel and chop the ginger. Squeeze the lemon juice. Place all the ingredients in the glass of a blender or blender. Grind well until a homogeneous mixture without lumps. Test the sweetness point and adjust the amount of stevia or sugar. Go through a sieve or sieve if you want a totally clean drink. Transfer to a jug and let cool in the fridge. Serve with ice to taste.
Link | Pineapple lemonade with a touch of ginger
7. Raspberry Lemonade
Ingredients: 150 g of raspberries (fresh or frozen), 1 liter of cold water, 2 unpeeled lemons cut into quarters, 2 sprigs of peppermint leaves, 4 tablespoons of sugar and 8 or 10 ice cubes.
Elaboration: We start by putting the raspberries in a kitchen robot and crushing them. In the Thermomix 5 sec / vel 7. Add half a liter of water, lemons and sugar and crush again. In the Thermomix, holding the beaker with your hand, chop turbo / 2 sec / 1 time. Add the rest of the water and stir. We test how sugar is and if necessary we add one more tablespoon, depending on what we like sweet. We strain the lemonade and put it in a jar. Add the ice cubes and peppermint leaves and serve.
Link | Raspberry Lemonade
8. Guacamole 'smoothie'
Ingredients: 1 avocado, 25 cl of tomato juice, 5cl of lime juice, 1 small and chopped green chili, 1 clove of garlic, soda (optional), ice.
Elaboration: Serve the ingredients in the blender glass and add two tablespoons of crushed ice. Beat for a minute and serve in a long glass. To add some sparkle and lighten the texture you can add a touch of soda.
9. American lemonade
Ingredients: 5 lemons, 400 ml of water, 100 g of sugar, 20 g of lemon zest and 10 ice cubes.
Elaboration: The fundamental secret of this homemade lemonade is not to use water and sugar mixed with citrus juice but instead prepare a syrup with water and sugar first. By proceeding in this way, the sugar will be perfectly dissolved. Therefore, you will see that this lemonade is very stable, which even one day after preparing, remains perfectly balanced, without the sugar precipitating at the bottom of the jar or "cutting" the liquid separating the water from the lemon juice. We put the water and sugar in a saucepan with some lemon peels and bring to a boil stirring until the sugar dissolves. After about ten minutes over very low heat, we will obtain a light syrup, which practically will not have thickened. Let the syrup cool and store it. We will have obtained approximately 450 ml of syrup. To make a jug of lemonade, we put half of the syrup (225 ml) at the bottom of a large jar. We cut the lemons in half and to each one we remove a very thin slice that we also add to the jar to decorate. Squeeze and pour the juice over the syrup of water and sugar, filling the jar with a little more cold water and stirring slightly. Add the ice and put the jug in the fridge for five minutes to finish cooling before serving.
Link | American homemade lemonade recipe
10. Smoothie Pineapple, mango and coconut water
Ingredients for four people: 1 natural pineapple, 1 mango, 1 orange, 250 ml of coconut water, 10 g of fresh ginger, 40 g of honey, 200 g of ice.
Elaboration: Peel the pineapple and remove the heart, which can ruin the shake, because it is too fibrous. Cut the pineapple into pieces and place it in the blender glass. Next, we peel the mango and remove the meat from the inner bone. We discard the bone and introduce the mango pieces into the blender cup, along with the pineapple. Peel the orange, leaving no traces of white skin so that we do not bitter the smoothie and cut it in two. We peel the ginger and chop it. Add the orange and ginger glass of the blender together with the honey and coconut water. We crush until no pieces of fruit are noticed and we have obtained a creamy consistency. We remove from the glass. Finally, we incorporate the ice into the blender glass and crush them until we get a slush. We add the fruit smoothie to the glass again, we beat to mix well and we have our smoothie ready. We adjust the thickness point to taste, adding more coconut water if we consider it necessary.
Link | Smoothie Pineapple, mango and coconut water
Ingredients: 16 cl of lime juice, 36 cl of tomato juice, 48 cl of orange juice, 2 teaspoons of grenadine, 5 strokes of Worcestershire sauce, 1 touch of ground black pepper, 1 fresh chili chopped very fine, salt to taste.
Elaboration: In a large jar pour the orange juice, tomato juice, lime juice and grenadine. Next, add salt, chili, Worcestershire sauce and black pepper. Mix well with a wooden spoon and let the mixture cool for at least four hours in the fridge.