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December 2023

The Definitive Guide to Festive Non-Alcoholic Cocktails

As the glimmers of celebration season twinkle on the horizon, there’s a burgeoning trend in traditional festive libations. Enter the era of the festive cocktail: now served as a range of sophisticated, alcohol-free concoctions that bring all the cheer of a cocktail without the aftermath of heavy spirits. This year, let’s sing praises for these ingenious concoctions that offer a sprightly alternative to their boozy brethren, ensuring that all guests at your gatherings can clink glasses with equal festive spirit.

Whether you're orchestrating an elegant soirée, or an intimate fireside gathering, alcohol-free sparkling wine-based cocktails are your secret ingredient to inclusive merrymaking. Let's uncork the effervescence of the season with recipes that sparkle and shine, featuring French Bloom Le Blanc, the star of the show.

Sofitel's Signature Seasonal Cocktail: Golden Kick

Available at Sofitels worldwide and developed in collaboration with French Bloom, the 'Golden Kick' is a toast to opulence and celebration. This non-alcoholic cocktail is a symphony of flavors—the sweet notes of peach, the zesty zing of ginger, and the luxurious French Bloom Le Blanc, all dusted with a shimmer of edible gold. It's a drink that not only tantalizes the palate but also captures the eye with its gilded allure.

Golden Kick Recipe:

  • 10ml Giffard Pêche
  • 30ml ginger infusion, well chilled
  • 100ml French Bloom Le Blanc
  • A pinch of edible gold dust

For the ginger infusion, steep 75g of freshly cut ginger in 50 ml of hot water (90ºC) for 30 min. After 30 minutes, strain and chill well. In a sparkling wine flute, delicately pour the peach syrup, followed by the chilled ginger infusion. Top with alcohol-free French Bloom Le Blanc, gently stirring to marry the flavors. To garnish, use a medium brush to paint a diagonal line of sugar syrup or honey on the outer side of the flute then sprinkle glitter or coarse gold dust on the line and enjoy festive sparkles on the glass. For the grand finale, sprinkle a touch of edible gold dust and watch it whirl and glisten like a festive galaxy.

Bloom Royale

The “Bloom Royale” is an ode to the timeless elegance of French soirées. It's a cocktail that speaks of sophistication and refined palates, making it a perfect accompaniment to any toast.

Bloom Royale Recipe:

  • Pomegranate syrup or elderflower cordial - 10ml
  • French Bloom Le Blanc - 100ml
  • A sprig of fresh rosemary or thyme for garnish

    Pour the pomegranate syrup or elderflower cordial into a flute. Add the chilled alcohol-free French Bloom Le Blanc, allowing the bubbles to carry the essence of the syrup upwards. Garnish with a sprig of rosemary or thyme, lending a herbaceous note to this royal affair.

Sparkling Harvest 

The “Sparkling Harvest” is a mocktail to wrap your guests in the cozy embrace of autumn. With the crispness of apple and the warmth of cinnamon, this drink is the essence of the season in a glass.

Sparkling Harvest Recipe:

  • Non-alcoholic apple cider - 30ml
  • French Bloom Le Blanc - 100ml
  • A cinnamon stick for garnish

    In a flute, combine the non-alcoholic apple cider with alcohol-free French Bloom Le Blanc. Stir ever-so slightly to blend the flavors. Garnish with a cinnamon stick, which will impart a subtle spiciness as it mingles with the mocktail.

Cinnamon Sparkler

Cinnamon is the spice that sings of winter. This festive sparkling wine mocktail is a toast to the quintessential holiday flavor, wrapped in bubbles and warmth.

Cinnamon Sparkler Recipe:

  • Cinnamon syrup - 10ml
  • Cranberry juice - 20ml
  • French Bloom Le Blanc - 100ml
  • Fresh cranberries for garnish

    Begin with a flute and pour in the cinnamon syrup. Add the cranberry juice, followed by a generous helping of alcohol-free French Bloom Le Blanc. Stir lightly. Drop a few fresh cranberries into the glass as a garnish that’s both beautiful and a nod to the season’s bounty.

Rosemary Refresher

The 'Rosemary Refresher' is a mocktail that balances herbaceous notes with the crispness of sparkling wine, creating a drink that’s as refreshing as a walk through a winter garden.

Rosemary Refresher Recipe:

  • Lemon juice - 15ml
  • Honey syrup - 10ml
  • French Bloom Le Blanc - 100ml
  • A sprig of rosemary and a slice of lemon for garnish

    Combine lemon juice and honey syrup in a flute. Top with the chilled alcohol-free French Bloom Le Blanc, allowing the effervescence to blend the sweet and tart flavors. Garnish with a sprig of rosemary and a slice of lemon, adding an aromatic dimension to your mocktail.

    Festive non-alcoholic cocktails are a celebration of flavor, inclusion, and the art of hosting. With these recipes, your holiday gatherings will be remembered for their innovative spirit and the joyous toasts made by all. So here’s to the mocktails that make our celebrations sparkle, and may they fill your season with fizz and flavor.

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