Oh, the joys of January! After all the indulgence over the Christmas period, Dry January is an almost welcome retreat. For anyone going through fertility treatment who has been on their own over Christmas with limiting or stopping alcohol, it’s quite nice to have everyone else joining them for a change! However, even with moral support from others, Dry January can prove a bit of a challenge for those whose social events usually revolve around drinking, as historically the choices when it comes to tasty alcohol-free drinks have been
You can’t really have more than one Virgin Mary as it’s so filling, alcohol-free wine is a let down flavour-wise, and fizzy drinks are definitely off the menu as far as I am concerned (too much sugar and artificial sweetener), so what’s left? Sparkling water and tonic water? Is it too much to ask for a little flavour?!
In the last few years there’s been a big increase in the number of people choosing to go alcohol-free, not just for Dry January, but for good. This has led to some rather gorgeous non-alcoholic cocktail lists being added to menus in bars everywhere (and even the odd dry bar opening!) to cater for this group of discerning dry-drinkers. So, what do these delicious creations contain as their main ingredients? Well, botanicals are right up there at the top of the list.
Bax Botanics are a Yorkshire-based brand led by husband and wife duo, Chris and Rose Bax. Organic and ethically-sourced herbs and botanicals lie at theheart of their alcohol-free spirits. You can use the same terminology for Bax’s drinks as you would for fine wine and craft beers. Descriptions like aromatic, smoky, warm and bitter all apply, such is the depth and richness of flavour they posses. With sophisticated and interesting flavours, Bax Botanics are a delicious, alcohol-free alternative that leave you with no hangover at all in the morning! What’s not to like?
Remember: If you are trying to conceive, both partners should limit alcohol intake as it can interact with hormones, reduce sleep quality, and affect sperm. Alcohol can also affect the way IVF drugs work so it’s always best not to drink when you start an IVF cycle. Give these non-alcohol cocktail recipes using Bax Botanics a try instead!
Bax Sea Buckthorn
A bittersweet non-alcoholic treat that is perfect with tonic and a twist of orange. Take 50ml of Bax Botanics Sea Buckthorn, add a dash of really good tonic, a twist of orange, and some ice (or not).
Bax Pornstar Martini
The flavours of passionfruit and lime go incredibly with Bax’s Sea Buckthorn. You can sweeten to taste with sugar syrup.
50ml Bax Sea Buckthorn
5ml vanilla extract
8ml lime juice
A few cubes of ice
Cut the passionfruit in half and scoop half of the pulp into a cocktail shaker (save the other half for garnish), add the other ingredients and shake well. Strain into a martini glass then add the remaining passionfruit half as a floating garnish.
This bright, non-alcoholic spirit makes a refreshing herbal aperitif. Perfect with tonic and a slice of cucumber. Take 50ml of Bax Botanics Verbena, add a dash of really good tonic, a slice of cucumber, and some ice (or not).
Bax Verbena Mojito
The natural freshness of the verbena perfectly pairs with the citrus and mint in this nonalcoholic take on a classic cocktail.
50ml Bax Verbena
Juice of half a lime
6 fresh mint leaves, gently bruised
15ml sugar syrup
50ml sparkling grape juice
20ml soda water
A slice or two of fresh lime and a few sprigs of mint to garnish
Stir together the Bax Verbena, lime juice, bruised mint leaves and sugar syrup in a tall glass. Add the ice, grape juice and soda. Mix gently and garnish with the lime slices and mint sprigs.