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Non Alcoholic Gin and Tonic

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!

https://seedlipdrinks.com/uk/cocktails/garden-and-tonic

4 oz of Top Note Classic Tonic

1.5 oz Seedlip Garden

Photo by https://www.gastronomblog.com/

 

Non Alcoholic Moscow Mule

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.

 

 

And the Beet Goes On - Montrio Bistro, Monterey CA

And the Beet Goes On - Montrio Bistro, Monterey CA

A refreshing Non-Alc for the summer
4 oz Top Note Grapefruit
2 oz Roasted beet juice
Few dashed Bitter Truth cucumber bitters
Drop of Fennel oil - Or Fennel Frond
Squeeze of Fresh lime (1/4 oz)
Rosemary garnish
Add beet juice, lime, fennel frond and bitters to a shaker. Shake well with ice. Strain and pour over fresh ice. Top with Top Note Grapefruit and garnish. 
The Cool Collected One

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

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

Spritz Italiano_Sans Alcohol

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

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

https://cooking.nytimes.com/recipes/1015320-dark-n-stormy

Basil Cucumber Smash

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

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

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

To make:

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. 

Cider and Cran/Ginger  Spritz

Cider and Cran/Ginger Spritz

4 oz Fresh Pressed Apple Cider

4 oz top Note Ginger Beer

4-5 cranberries gently heated in microwave, 1 ginger slice sliver

Sparkling Water to taste

Optional - 1/2 oz Cranberry Liqueur

Muddle ginger slice and cranberries in a shaker. Pour cider on top. Muddle and shake for 30 seconds. Strain into rocks glass over ice, pour Top Note Ginger Beer over the cider. Taste and dilute with 1 - 2 oz sparkling water to taste (if less sweetness is desired). Garnish with Candied Ginger and cranberry on a spear. This can also be made with Cranberry liqueur if desired. Suggested - Add 1/2 oz great Lakes Distillery Cranberry Liqueur. 

Photo Credit: Zenbelly

Coffee Tonic or E&T - Inspired by Kickapoo Coffee, Milwaukee WI

Coffee Tonic or E&T - Inspired by Kickapoo Coffee, Milwaukee WI

Seriously - So easy! You will wonder what took you so long to do this.

4 oz Cold Brew (Choose a good one, low bitterness is key)

4 oz Top Note Indian Tonic or Classic Tonic (For Ice tea like flavor)

Start with a frothy nitro cold brew or standard in a cup with ice. Carefully pour tonic on side of ice. Quick stir. Lemon Peel or Orange garnish.

 

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