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Zesty Citrus at the Forefront of the Modern Mocktail

Zesty Citrus at the Forefront of the Modern Mocktail

One only has to chat to the leading mixologists to know that a huge trend for the summer is mocktails.

As South Africa’s top cocktail bars release their seasonal menus, it’s clear the modern mocktail is all about zesty flavours – and when it comes to zesty citrus flavours, Sanpellegrino Sparkling Fruit Beverages are a firm favourite.

“There is definitely a conscious movement whereby patrons are more aware of what they put inside their bodies,” says Denzel Heath of Mootee Bar, “and this has led to an increased demand for mocktails. But gone are the days when a mocktail was dull. They need to be sensational and full of flavour, using only the best ingredients on the market.”

It is this very sentiment that saw Mootee Bar voted in the top 10 new bars in the world and why top mixologists use Sanpellegrino Sparkling Fruit Beverages to give their mocktails the edge it needs to deliver a full-bodied flavour.

Cape Town’s newest cocktail destination, Cause|Effect in the trendy Garden’s district unveiled their new cocktail menu last month with a selection of delicious mocktails. A sure favourite is the Cinnamon & Orange Granita – spicy orange sorbet, orange zest and topped up with Sanpellegrino Aranciata.

Whether mixing or simply enjoying on its own, the citrus range is ideal for any palate. Containing genuine fruit juice, and best served chilled, the flavours are bold and fresh. With no preservatives, the timing of the harvest of these Sicilian citruses at the Southern tip of Italy is what creates that rich flavour and fullness – and with a heritage dating back to 1932, Sanpellegrino has certainly perfected its craft.

Aranciata (orange) has intense aromas of real juice and peel from sun-ripened oranges. A taste of well-balanced freshness and a soft sensation of sugar, with a predominantly citrusy finish. If you prefer a more delicate citrusy flavour, then the Aranciata Rossa (blood orange) is for you. With a full, soft and well-balanced taste, the Aranciata Rossa has an intense aroma of ripe Sanguinello oranges. Then the third varietal in the citrus range is the very popular Limonata (lemon). Made with the real juice of ripe lemons, it has intense fragrant aromas and notes that are beautifully balanced between sweet and sour.

For those that enjoy sipping a cheeky mocktail at home and showing off at their dinner-parties, here are two quick and delicious mocktail recipes to try:

The Rossa Fizz

Ingredients and method:

  • 2 orange segments
  • 2 teaspoons of Muscovado sugar (or alternatively, use plain sugar)
  • A splash of soda
  • Topped up with Sanpellegrino Aranciata Rossa

 

The Lemor Mix

Ingredients and method:

  • ½ oz /15 ml Strawberry syrup
  • 1 oz/30 ml Orange juice
  • Top with Sanpellegrino Limonata

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