Sometimes you want to take it easy or mix up a drink for a guest who would like to abstain. Shake up a mocktail, kick back, and enjoy. Cheers!
To create a boozeless version of one of the booziest cocktails, Harris replaces whiskey with strong-brewed barley tea. “You are trying to capture the spice of the whiskey, a little bit of the bite and the malty sweetness,” Harris says. The barley tea, which Harris brews for 20 minutes instead of the 3 minutes that the package usually recommends, has all of those characteristics. To the chilled tea, he adds bitters, simple syrup, ice and a lemon twist, just as he would for a classic old-fashioned.
Gin and Tonic:
“Mimicking gin is pretty easy,” Harris says. Simply infuse water overnight with the botanicals used in your favorite gin. “You know you’re going to need juniper berries,” he says. “And you’re probably going to have some citrus peel and various herbs. The water draws out all the flavor of the aromatics, so when you strain it, you basically have a clean tea ‘gin’ infusion.” For a faux “gin and tonic,” Harris uses about 4 ounces of the “gin” and adds to it tonic syrup like Jack Rudy’s, plus a touch of simple syrup and baking soda, to give it fizz and body without diluting it like soda water would. He pours the mix over ice and garnishes the drink with a couple of lime slices. “That’s my favorite,” Harris says. “It’s the closest to the real thing.”
One I’m intrigued by
The hangover-smashing Black Magic cocktail combines beet juice with activated charcoal—the latest detox trend that claims to help dispel unwanted toxins. Don’t be turned off by the jet-black hue, the charcoal itself is tasteless.
BLACK MAGIC COCKTAIL (liquor.com)
- 510 mg Activated charcoal (two 260mg capsules)
- 1 oz Honey syrup (one part honey, one part water)
- 1.75 oz Fresh lime juice
- 2.25 oz Beet juice
Arnold Julep (Element Shrub)
1 oz Lm (lemon mint) Element [Shrub], 3 oz sun brewed tea, 1 oz sparkling water, muddled mint + fresh mint for garnish
Red Tea Toddy
- 1 oz Cp (chia pear) Element [Shrub],
- 4 oz hot water
- 1 Rooibos Tea bag
- 1 oz bourbon (OPTIONAL)
- 5 1-inch cubes cantaloupe
- ¾ oz. chamomile tea, cooled
- ½ oz. rich simple syrup (2:1)
- ½ oz. fresh lemon juice
Tools: muddler, shaker, strainer, fine strainer
Garnish: chamomile flowers (dried or fresh) or small melon ball
Fill a shaker with melon and ice. Muddle through the ice, breaking up the melon into bits. Add the tea, syrup and lemon. Shake vigorously. Fine-strain into an ice-filled glass and garnish.