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And the Beet Goes On - Montrio Bistro, Monterey CA
The Cool Collected One
Sometimes a G&T sounds great, but you suddenly realized you have to stay level and cool & collected for your party of guests. Try this simple "hack" to get the Gin flavor you want but with a juice press you can make at home!
4 oz Top Note Classic Tonic Water
2 oz savory juice press (see below)
2 dashes bitters
Juniper Berries, Lime Wheel, Cucumber Wheel garnish
Build drink as you would a G&T, but instead of Gin add Juice Press. Garnish as you wish with Cucumbers or Lime.
If going for fancy, in a large balloon goblet, add a lime wheel and cucumber wheels first into the glass, add 2 dashes bitters, and build drink on top. Add ice. This makes a "pink drink" but builds fantastic flavor as the drinks sits and ice melts. Enjoy!
Juice Press: Blend 2 cucumbers, 3 stalks celery, 1 fresh lemon juiced in a blender. Pour into a cheesecloth and strain pulp. Save in a ball jar for up two 2 weeks in the refrigerator.
Winter Chill - Non Alcoholic
Lay off the booze and recover with a winter chill. This one has potent energy of OJ and Cider, with spice of Ginger for a soothing mix.
1 oz Orange Juice
2 oz Top Note Tonic Ginger Beer
3 oz Sparkling Cider
3 frozen Cranberries
Mix together juices, and ice. Top with ginger beer. Gently stir. Add 3 cranberries to garnish.
Photo Credit and Recipe Inspiration by Chowhound https://www.chowhound.com/recipes/autumn-chiller-13479
Non Alcoholic Moscow Mule
Ok - This seems like a no-brainer, why not just serve up Ginger Beer? But to be clever about NA offerings, you need to usually add a twist. Plus the alcohol does dilute the mixer a tad bit, so let's see what we can create....
5 oz Top Note Ginger Beer
1 oz sparkling water, Lime or lemon Flavor, or plain soda water if preferred
1 lime, fresh squeezed
1/2 oz ginger syrup (Commercially purchased or hand made)
To make the drink:
Mix all ingredients together in a copper mug. Ice and add a lime slice on top. Enjoy!
To Make the Ginger Syrup
1/2 C Water, 1/2 C Granulated Sugar
2 in ginger grated w peel
Cooked water and sugar until dissolved over medium heat. Turn flame down and add ginger. Steep for 15 min. Turn off heat and let cool. Strain through cheesecloth bag. Great for tea and other cocktails! Store refrigerated for up to 1 month.
Non Alcoholic Gin and Tonic
Let's get this down...No longer do we have to buy gin to drink Gin and Tonic! Thanks to brands like Seedlip. So try it!
4 oz of Top Note Classic Tonic
1.5 oz Seedlip Garden
Photo by https://www.gastronomblog.com/
Spritz Italiano_Sans Alcohol
How about a Spritz? Bitter and refreshing, the alcohol isn't needed in this version...
4 oz Top Note Indian Tonic
4 oz San Bitter (S Pelligrino)
2 shakes Angostura Bitters (Optional)
Lime and Orange Slices
In a large balloon glass, mix the first two ingredients, bitters and stir. Drop in slices of lime and orange. Add ice. Drink and enjoy!
Photo Credit Sofabfood https://sofabfood.com/aperol-spritz-classic-cocktail/
Dry Stormy - Ginger Beer and Coconut Water
A simple treat for those watching their rum intake. Fake the rum with a splash of coconut water.
4 oz Top Note Ginger Beer
4 oz Coconut Water
1/4 lime squeeze
Combine all ingredients into a tall glass. Stir and add ice. Top with a lime slice.
Image Credit: Michael Appleton for The New York Times
Basil Cucumber Smash
Fresh basil - 3 - 5 leaves
Fresh Cucumber - 5 slices
Sugar Cube (optional)
Angostura orange bitters - 3- 5 shakes
5 oz Top Note Indian Tonic Water
In a cocktail shaker, muddle cucumber, basil, sugar cube, and bitters. Add ice and shake. Strain into a rocks glass. Add Top Note Indian Tonic and Ice. Garnish with a Cucumber slice and basil if desired.
Bitter Lemon/ Tea Sparkler
A refreshing tea sparkler as an alternative to over sweet Lemonade
4 oz Top Note Bitter Lemon
4 oz Jasmine Green or Black Tea
1 T honey or sweeter to desired levels
1/4 lemon squeeze
Make tea, sweeten to your liking. Cool in refrigerator. Mix 50/50 with Top Note Bitter Lemon. Ice and add Lemon rind or juice if desired.
Grapefruit Celery Press
4 oz Top Note Grapefruit Soda
2 oz Celery press or Purchased Green/Celery juice from store
1/4 t shaved ginger
Lime, Cucumber, celery spear garnish
Shave ginger into rock glass. Pour celery press into glass. Top with Top Note Grapefruit. Add 3 thin slices lime. Ice and stir gently. Garnish with cucumber and celery spear.
Celery Press: Blend 3 - 4 stalks celery in a blender. Squeeze juice through a fine mesh bag, or let settle in a refrigerator. Refrigerate pressed juice for up to 3 days.
Top Note Old Fashion(ed) Sour
A classic by any standard, we use our grapefruit soda as a sour mix to amp the barrel aged spirit you choose to make this classic cocktail with!
1.5 oz Brandy or Bourbon of your choice
1 orange slice
2 perfect maraschino cherries
1 sugar cube
2 - 3 oz Top Note grapefruit soda
Place sugar cube in rocks glass. Top with a few dashes of bitters, orange slice and cherry. Muddle. Pour spirit (Bourbon, Whiskey or Brandy) into a rocks glass. Garnish with cherry and or orange slice. Options - Go without sugar cube!
Top with ice, and pour Top Note Grapefruit on top. Stir quickly and enjoy. Cap Top Note bottle off for next time you make a drink!
White Port and Tonic
Makes 2 drinks
1/2 cup White Port
6 - 8 oz Top Note Indian Tonic water or Bitter Lemon Soda
1/2 of a lemon squeezed
Mix all ingredients in a pitcher. Squeeze 1/2 lemon into pitcher. Stir gently and serve in rocks glass or collins glass over ice. Garnish with a lemon wedge and sprig of Thyme or Rosemary.