cocktail1Unfortunately, if you go out for the evening, someone has to draw the short straw and drive, unless you hire a minibus or book taxis.
I’m quite happy to be the driver for the evening and I don’t drink any alcohol at all then, not even one!
And I never, never encourage friends who are driving to drink!
But non-alcoholic drinks are pretty boring after the first one, and can make you feel really bloated, unless you stick to water.
More and more pubs and restaurants are adding a couple of well-thought-out non-alcoholic Cocktails to their drinks menu, I’m pleased to say!
Here’s a selection that I’ve created and collected.
They’re quick and easy to throw together. And I’m sure that your guests will appreciate being given something that they can enjoy.
Do experiment and make your own versions, and let us know any that you’re proud of!

ANITA  Orange juice, lemon juice, 3 dashes Angostura Bitters, topped up with soda water
BELLE LYNNIE  Peach juice topped up with fizzy white grape juice
BITTER SWEET  2 dashes Angostura Bitters topped up with soda water.
BLOODY WARY  Tomato juice, Worcestershire Sauce, Dash of lemon juice, salt & pepper, topped up with soda water.
BUX FIZZ  Fresh orange juice & fizzy white grape juice
cocktailsCLASSIC  2 dashes Angostura Bitters, ¼ teaspoon sugar, orange juice topped up with sparkling white grape juice.
CLAYTON’S PUSSYFOOT  lemon juice, orange juice, Pepsi-cola
COOL PASSION  Orange juice, pineapple juice, topped up with lemonade.
FROSTY LIME  Lime juice, grapefruit juice, topped up with soda water.
GRAPEFRUIT & MINT RICKEY  Grapefruit, lime juice, mint leaves, topped up with soda water.
JERSEY LILY  Apple juice, 2 dashes Angostura Bitters, ¼ teaspoon sugar.
HONEYMOON  1 measure clear honey, a dash of lime juice, orange juice, apple juice.
KEEP SOBER  Grenadine, lemon juice, topped up with tonic water.
NURSERY FIZZ  Orange juice, ginger ale.
PINK TONIC  2 dashes Angostura Bitters topped up with tonic water.
PROHIBITION FRUIT PUNCH  Peach juice, orange juice, a pinch of salt, a dash of lime juice, topped up with soda water
PROHIBITION PUNCH  Lemon juice, apple juice, ginger ale, ¼ tsp sugar.
SHANGRI-LA  Orange juice, red grape juice topped up with lemonade.
TROPICAL TREAT  Pineapple juice topped up with soda water.
VIRGIN COLADA  Coconut cream & pineapple juice
WARBINE COOLER  2 dashes Angostura Bitters, a dash of lime juice, topped up with ginger beer

About Lyn

LYN FUNNELL CV (well, sort of!) Lyn had very successful careers as an Air Hostess, Sales Rep, (she was one of only a couple of women. She beat all the men regularly, becoming the Top Rep in the UK, and 2nd in the world.) And then Catering took over. She did everything from the washing-up, to Silver Service Waitress, and Chef. A few times, she had to cook the meal, dash round the other side and Silver Serve it! In between all this, she wrote as often as she could, building up a reputation as a published short story writer, (Horror and a twist in the tale,) and a Poet. She has appeared as a Performing Poet, and a Demo Chef. Then she discovered the world of the Food & Travel Writer. And that’s what she has continued doing to this day. Her main hobbies are Cookery and entering Competitions. She has won many prizes, including holidays and a moped. She enjoys entering Competitions, submitting her original recipes. She was first in many Competitions, including the Good Housekeeping Millenium Menu, Fruits of France, Bernard Matthews Turkey Recipe, and appeared on BBC’s The One Show Spag Bol contest. She was one of three Finalists, coming 2nd, which makes her Britain’s Spag Bol Queen! Now she runs B-C-ing-U! and loves it! After several years of being messed around by Editors, and having loads of contacts, Lyn formed her own online Magazine, vowing to treat her writers fairly, and to do everything possible to further their careers, publicise their books, etc. She now has a band of excellent regular writers, and the Magazine’s going from strength to strength! Lyn’s online published books; Adverse Camber A collection of my published poems. The First Book of Short Stories The Second Book of Short Stories The Third Book of Short Stories. Many of these stories have been previously published. St Anthony of Padua. The Patron St of the Old. A story of one woman’s terrible ordeal in a Home, and her family’s rescue of her. The Girl Who Watched. A Cuban girl is attacked by an English journalist & what follows! Willy the Whizz & the Wormhole. Suitable for Young Adults, aged 15-95! Get Out Of Debt And Stay Out – Forever! Unsympathetic, hard-hitting, realistic solutions to your problems. All these books are published by Andrews UK Ltd www.andrewsuk.com No, I didn’t pay them to Vanity Publish! They’re all available from Amazon, and many other online publishers. LYN FUNNELL.