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Enjoy dry January with these delicious mocktail recipes

Pollocks elderflower spritz
Pollocks elderflower spritz

HAVE you over-indulged over the festive period?

If so, you’re not the only one!

Lots of Scots wined and dined over Christmas and New Year and are using January as a chance to turn over a new leaf and have a go at ‘dry January’.

‘Dry’ doesn’t have to be boring so let’s make the dreaded detox delicious!

Whether you never drink or are avoiding alcohol temporarily, here are some mocktail recipes to have a go at.

All the drinks are tasty and refreshing and will make sure people who are staying off the booze don’t have to miss out or stick to plain old soda.

The recipes are brought to you by The Pollocks Pub Co, the team behind The Sharksfin in Mevagissey and The Longstore at Charlestown – both on the south coast of Cornwall. Charlestown Harbour was used as one of the locations for BBC 1 drama Poldark.

The company also run the The Golden Lion in Port Isaac, on the north coast of the county, made famous most recently as the filming location for ITV1’s Doc Martin.

Pollocks Virgin Mojito



Good hand full of fresh mint leaves plus one sprig for garnish.

Lime wedges or wheels

Sugar syrup

Fresh lime juice

Soda water

Crushed Ice



Using a tall old fashioned glass put in 25ml of sugar syrup, 25ml of fresh lime, a hand full of mint leaves and 3/4 good size lime wedges and pulp lightly to release the mint and lime.

Fill 3/4 with crushed iced and fill with soda water.

Stir and garnish with a wedge of lime and mint sprig.


The ratio of fresh lime juice and sugar syrup can be changed to each individuals tastes.

Pollocks Virgin Mary



Tomato juice


Worcester sauce

Lemon slice & celery to garnish

Black pepper to season



Fill a tall glass half way with ice cubes add tomato juice and flavour to taste with tobacco, Worcester sauce and black pepper. Finally garnish with a stick of crisp celery and slice of lemon.

Pollocks elderflower spritz



Elderflower cordial

Fresh mint

Fresh lime wedges

Fresh pink grapefruit

Soda water

Ice cubes



Fill a large bowl glass with ice and add 50ml of elderflower cordial, add a good few mint leaves, pink grapefruit and lime wedges and fill with soda water. Garnish with a sprig of mint and a wheel of pink grapefruit.