In february, dry january will of course be finished. But a lot of participants will know now that celebrating something without booze can be great fun too. We created this alcohol-free cocktail with Nona June to try in the last days of dry january or to save for a special occasion.

Valentine’s day

For many participants in dry january, Valentine’s day will be the first festive occasion after their month of total abstinence. To make Valentine’s evening extra special it might not be a bad idea to make it an alcohol-free romantic evening. This cocktail, the Bloody Valentine, can certainly help.

What do you need?

  • 6 cl. Nona June
  • 10 cl. Juice from blood oranges
  • 3 cl. Honey syrup
  • 1 cl. Lemon juice
  • A (dried) sprig of thyme for decoration
  • Ice cubes

How do you make it?

  • Squeeze some blood oranges until you have enough juice for the number of cocktails you want to make.
  • Put the juice of the blood oranges through a strainer to remove most of the pulp.
  • Pour all ingredients (blood orange juice, honey syrup, lemon juice and Nona June) into a shaker
  • Add 2 ice cubes to the shaker and shake well
  • Fill a glass with ice cubes and add a slice of blood orange
  • Pour the cocktail through a strainer into the glass.
  • Finish with a sprig of (dried) thyme.
  • Enjoy!

Honey Syrup

Honey syrup gives a cocktail a sweet touch that is slightly more refined than that of regular sugar syrup. An additional advantage is that honey is simply very healthy, certainly when you use honey from a beekeeper in your area. You make honey syrup by mixing a part of honey with the same part of water. Heat this mixture and let it cook for a few seconds. When the mixture has cooled it is ready for use.

In this cocktail you can use a sprig of dried thyme as a finishing touch. The intention is that a few small leaves of the thyme remain in the cocktail, these match perfectly with the honey used.