While this recipe details a non-alcoholic version of the Raspberry Repair, tapping into an increasing trend for low and no serves, the cocktail can be easily adapted with vodka to create an alcoholic version, either with or without using a jigger.
Double Dutch co-founders Raissa and Joyce de Haas told The Morning Advertiser: "This is our take on the Raspberry Smash cocktail - but without the alcohol! It’s fruity and flavourful, and can be enjoyed with either Double Dutch Cranberry & Ginger or Pomegranate & Basil, making it super versatile for pubs and bars.
"It’s simple and really easy to make without compromising on flavour. It’s a perfect serve for busy venues to stay efficient and keep a speedy service for customers.
"January and February are renowned for being quieter trading times for pubs as consumers look to reduce their alcohol intake after the festive party season.
"However, interest in low and no alcohol options is increasingly becoming an all-year round preference, and [serves like this] showcase low or no alcohol options that taste just as good and of the same quality as alcoholic versions."
This comes as a recent snap poll conducted by The Morning Advertiser showed 70% of operators had noticed fewer people drinking alcohol in their pubs last month compared to previous years, while just 18% had not noticed a decline and 12% thought the the number was level with previous years.
Moreover, as the cost-of-living crisis continues to squeeze both consumers purse strings and operators margins, Double Dutch advised their Raspberry Repair cocktail offers a "healthy gross profit" that is beneficial for both parties, costing just £2 to make with an RRP of around £4.50.
The cocktail also pairs well with a variety of dishes, Double Dutch said, including roast duck or salmon, chicken liver or duck pate, cheesecake and cheeseboards.
In addition, the Double Dutch co-founders noted the importance of keeping drinks menus fresh and updated throughout the year in a similar way to food menus.
They continued: "Drink flavours can be just as seasonal as food. While changing food menus every season is already prevalent in restaurants, pub operators should also look to evolve their drinks menu to keep customers coming back for more.
"Consumers are increasingly looking to find experiences when they go for drinks and trying out new variations is a fun way to do this, particularly as 38% of UK drinkers find meeting friends for cocktails much more fun than doing dinner."Ingredients and measurements:
- 6 raspberries
- 20ml lime juice (or just over ½ lime juice for a jigger-free recipe)
- 10ml honey (or 2 x tsp honey for a jigger-free recipe)
- Double Dutch Cranberry & Ginger or Pomegranate & Basil
- Garnish: fresh raspberries
- Highball glass
- Cocktail muddler
- Spirits jigger
- Combine 20ml Lime (or just over 1/2 a lime) and 10ml (or 2 x tsp honey) into a highball, and stir well together until honey is dissolved
- Add in 6 raspberries and gently muddle until broken up
- Add a good handful of ice
- Top with Double Dutch Cranberry & Ginger or Pomegranate & Basil
- Stir gently and garnish with fresh raspberries
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