Non-alcoholic alternatives to two of your favourite tipples.
(Imitation) Gin & Tonic
Summertime in England always includes this crowd pleaser. Replicate the flavour of gin by infusing cucumber juice with herbs.
Use a juicer to extract 2 ounces of liquid from a cucumber. Meanwhile place juniper, coriander, anise, and cinnamon to taste in a small frying pan over medium heat and toast, shaking the pan occasionally, until fragrant, about 3 minutes. Remove to a medium bowl and let cool. Add orange and lemon peel. Add cucumber juice and let mixture infuse overnight. Strain and add 3 oz tonic water. Serve over ice garnished with cucumber ribbon.
The trick to this drink is imitating the smoky, spicy and malty signature notes of whiskey. Our solution? The popular Caribbean non-alcoholic brewed malt soft-drink, Malta.
Place ½ teaspoon smoked maple syrup and 2-3 dashes Angostura bitters in an Old Fashioned glass. Add a large ice cube. Top with 2 oz. Malta. Garnish with orange twist.
This original wine and spirits article first appeared in the Summer 2018 issue of City Style and Living Magazine.