Trying to kick the sauce habit? Want to create equally fun beverage choices with limitless possibilities, without the toxifying alcoholic additives? Simple: find an old cocktails & cordials recipe book (support your local used bookstore or thrift store…you’ll want something relatively inexpensive, as you will be altering its contents), and peruse for recipes that catch your eye. Really delve into the recipe. What are the ingredients? Are syrups involved? What type of liquor is called for by the recipe? What type of flavor will this drink ultimately carry along my palate?
Think deeply about these questions, then grab a magic marker. Change everything about the recipe to make it perfect for YOU. This may seem overwhelming at first, but here are a few suggestive tips to get you started:
- Where a recipe calls for gin, try substituting juiced ginger rootÂ diluted in a cup of white tea.
- Where a recipe calls for brandy, try substituting apple-cinnamon black or oolong tea.
- Where a recipe calls for grenadine, try substituting simple syrup made from sugar and boiled hibiscus flower. *Most international food markets carry hibiscus flowers, look in the Mexican Foods section.
- Where a recipe calls for Tom Collins mix, try substituting fresh citrus juiceÂ mixed with a cup of Green Tea.
- Where a recipe calls for orange juice, juice your own organic oranges.
- Any fruit, edible flower, spice, or herb can be used as a garnish.
- Don’t forget the fancy glassware!
Don’t be afraid to experiment, have fun creating your own Mocktails, virgin mixers, and refreshing, non-alcoholic, tea-based drinks!