sparkling orange and elderflower

You know those times you just don’t want to – or can’t – drink, and all you’ve got on offer is a can of coke or a large glass of concentrated orange juice? They are a bit crap, aren’t they? Why – just because you’re not on the booze-hound-train – do you get something less exciting? Well, when you’re in the driving seat you can do something about it – that’s where this sparkling orange and elderflower comes from. It’s about having an interesting drink when you’re not drinking.

I’d be the first to admit that alcohol-free drinks have largely passed me by in life (pass me a gin and tonic any time), but as someone who has to drive quite a lot to get places and who has had friends do the whole ‘on call’ thing, I’ve become quite aware of the lack of booze-free options when we all go out. Not up for a pint of coke or a large orange juice (from concentrate)? Yeah, it’s a water for you. If you’re lucky you might get a half-dead slice of lemon in it…

sparkling Orange and elderflower mocktail

So if we’re not to have an eye-watering amount of added sugar what can you do? Often not much, but if you’re in the driving seat then take a swing at making this sparking orange and elderflower, it’s like a little, partially grown-up take on an orange juice and lemonade. How so you ask? Well, it’s orange juice and something a bit fizzy. That’s about where the similarity ends, and the deliciousness starts.

sparkling Orange and elderflower mocktail


Sparkling orange and elderflower

sparkling Orange and elderflower mocktail

This is the perfect drink for when you don’t fancy drinking – it’s a mocktail, if that’s the words you’re looking for. Whatever you call it, you’ll enjoy it. This recipe is to make one, but it’s pretty easy to scale up – just multiply it up by however many you need. I tend to use Fever Tree’s elderflower tonic (this isn’t sponsored by them, I just like it, but if you fancy some it’s on Amazon, where you can also find the fancy ice cube ball moulds I use)

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  • Prep Time: 5 minutes
  • Total Time: 5 minutes
  • Yield: 1 glass
  • Category: Drinks


  • 1/2 an orange, juiced (it’ll be about 4 tbsp)
  • 1/2 tsp lime juice
  • 150ml elderflower tonic water
  • 1 sprig of rosemary
  • lots of ice


Start by mixing the orange and lime juices with ice – it’ll mix and cool them. If I’ve people about I make it in a cocktail shaker, otherwise I do it in the glass…

Pour into the glass you’re having it in with more ice. Top up with the tonic and then stir the rosemary through a few times to get some of the flavour in it.

Serve and enjoy.