How To Fake a Rum and Coke

non alcoholic rum and coke + mocktail

There is a divide in the non-drinking community where some people believe that drinking mocktails and zero alcohol beers, wines and spirits is counter-productive to abstainig from alcohol.

I disagree. Some people genuinely like mixology or the taste of beer. Back in my twenties, I used to watch my father nurse a six-pack of Odoul’s Beer over the summer and not get it.
“What’s the point in drinking a beer with no alcohol?” To which my father would reply, “I like the taste of beer, but I don’t like the effects of alcohol.”

Fast-forward about a decade and I totally see where he was coming from. Where I can understand people being concerned about the cognitive associations between a zero alcohol glass of Chardonnay, I can also understand that some people like the taste of a drink but not its side effects.

Okay, now that we’ve scratched that surface – on to today’s post; How to fake a Rum and Coke.

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How to fake a Rum & Coke

First, a public service announcement: I drink sugar-free beverages – or as they say here in Scotland, ‘fizzy drinks’ – so if that’s not your thing, you might not like this. However, I had my husband, who rarely enjoys drinking soda or anything other than water, try this the other night, and he thought it was quite tasty.

This drink recipe requires only two ingredients, contains no alcohol and is even sugar-free (though you could use regular cola if you so choose!).

Are you ready for the secret ingredients?

  1. Jordan’s Skinny Syrup in the flavour Cinnamon Vanilla.
  2. Coke Zero (or regular, again, if you prefer!).
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Jordan’s Skinny Syrups are my jam. I absolutely love them.

I have always loved blended coffee drinks, and sweet protein shakes. One thing I have struggled with now that I live in the UK is they don’t have coffee creamers. In America, you can get SO many flavoured coffee creamers, it borders on obsession. I love creamers and so Jordan’s Skinny Syrups are a fantastic alternative for making sweet drinks and snacks.

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Back in my real Rum & Coke drinking days, I loved Bacardi Razz, so I experimented with Pepsi Max Raspberry with the Jordan’s Skinny Cinnamon and Vanilla syrup and it was, well…

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So, if you’re a fan of Rum and Cokes and you don’t want to feel like you’re missing out this summer, give this one a try. Don’t forget to share it and follow me on social media!

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5 of My Favourite Mocktail Recipes

five perfect mocktail recipes for teetotalers

It might seem that alcohol is everywhere and tough to avoid, but according to statistics, young people (and I don’t necessarily count myself as one of them!) are drinking less than people in the same age group did 10-15 years ago.  Remember when everybody used to smoke and now when a person lights up we are like:

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Is it possible that drinking is on the same trajectory?  I live in Glasgow, and the drinking culture seems alive and well and thriving; this is especially evident when I go out for my early Saturday morning run and have to dodge piles of uneaten chips and other unpleasantries of the night before.

All of this information is more confirmation that I have made the right choice to embrace sober living and steer clear of alcohol and its short-lived-fun shelf life.

Just because I have given up drinking alcohol doesn’t mean that I can’t enjoy a delicious and pretty beverage.  Mocktails are on the rise; I even attended Club Soda’s mindful drinking festival in Glasgow back in October.

I never thought I would be typing enthusiastically about a festival without alcohol.

I also never thought I would be typing enthusiastically about my passion for making mixed drinks without alcohol in them, but here I am.

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Here are five of my favourite mocktail recipes

Raw Raspberry Shrub (via BBC Good Food)

5 of My Favourite Mocktail Recipes

Cucumber, lime and elderflower cooler (via Tesco Real Food)

Mountain Mojito Mocktail (via Town and Country)

Rose Lemon Spritzer Mocktail (via Elle Decor)

Non-Alcoholic Pimms (via Club Soda)

CHEERS!

Do you have a favourite non-alcoholic drink?  Do you think that it is becoming less of a stigma not to order non-alcoholic drinks on a night out?  Would you attend a mindful drinking festival?