Cocktails to try during COVID-19 Lockdown


Its #Day12 of being at home during the 21 day South African Lockdown due to #COVID-19…and tbh, from a drinks perspective, my taste buds are ready to move on beyond the caffeine, tea and water. They are ready to explore more!

Given that the lockdown also includes an alcohol ban…

Here are three simple, easy non-alcoholic cocktails to try with ingredients you may well have in the pantry.

Tangerine and Rosemary Cocktail


1/4 cup fresh squeezed tangerine juice

1 tablespoon fresh squeezed lemon juice

1 tablespoon rosemary simple syrup (recipe below)

2 tablespoons lime cordial (or to your tasting)

club soda


Rosemary Simple Syrup


1/2 cup water

1/2 cup granulated sugar

4 sprigs of rosemary

How to mix it : Combine water, sugar and rosemary in a small saucepan over medium heat. Bring to a boil, stirring until sugar is completely dissolved. Remove from heat and let sit for about 10 minutes. Strain out rosemary and let cool completely. Store syrup in a lidded jar or bottle in the refrigerator.

Fill glass with ice. Add in juices, simple syrup, and lime cordial. Top off with club soda. Garnish with tangerine slice and sprig of rosemary. Stir before drinking. 

Taste and adjust to your liking . It’s a good idea to give the herbs and juices some time to ‘mingle’ before drinking.

Note: recipe is for a single glass, can quadruple all ingredients for at least 4 servings 

Image and recipe courtesy from

Easy Easy Mojito-Mojito  


Lime cordial

Fresh mint leaves

Sparkling water


Lemon slices 

Cucumber slices (optional)

How to mix it: Roughly chop fresh mint and mix with lime cordial (about a cupful). Add the sparkling water (1l). Garnish with lemon slices, mint and cucumber .

Taste and adjust to your liking . It’s a good idea to give the herbs and juices some time to ‘mingle’ before drinking.

Earl Grey Tea and Tonic Recipe

The Earl Grey (Bergamot) Tea Syrup


1 cup sugar

1/2 cup water

2 – 3 Earl Grey tea bags

For the cocktail


2 Tbsp Earl Grey (Bergamot) Tea Syrup (as above)

3 tsp freshly squeezed lemon juice

100-120g tonic water

200g-250g crushed ice

Make the Earl Grey Tea Syrup: Combine sugar and water in a small saucepan. Bring to a boil, stirring frequently to dissolve sugar. Remove from heat and add tea bags. Cover and let steep for 15 minutes.

Remove the tea bags and let the syrup cool for 30 minutes, then transfer to an airtight container. Refrigerate for up to one month.

How to mix it: Fill a highball glass with crushed ice. Pour in Earl Grey Tea Syrup, lemon juice, and tonic water. Gently stir to combine and serve. 

Taste and adjust to your liking .


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