We hereby declare that 2020 shall be the year of perfecting the spirit-free cocktail! Honestly, it seems an obvious progression from a group of people here at the shop that are passionate about flavor and curious about exploring all things food.
The news these days and an impending election might tempt even the best of us to frequently indulge in a cocktail or two, but let's face it, what we may really be craving is comfort, ritual, indulgence, and flavor. So why not "Treat Yo Self" with a cocktail now and then, and then truly treat your body, mind, and tastebuds to a gorgeous spirit free cocktail?
Creating bespoke cocktails is not necessarily new, but with its resurgence in recent years, combined with a focus on wellness and enriched personal experiences, those who do not wish to drink alcohol shall be relegated to soda water or diet coke no more! As we continue to increase the selection in our cocktail section, we have added more and more syrups, shrubs, bitters, cordials, dehydrated fruit, sugars, and other delights. Many of these can be used in baking and cooking as well as drizzled over your favorite ice creams and into coffee or tea. Be brave, explore.
We are particularly excited to announce that we are expecting our shipment of Seedlip, distilled plant-based zero-proof spirits from England very soon (only one other place in the whole state has them, oooh, aaaaah). We are delighted for our friends at Element Shrub who have won a third Good Food Award for their latest Ginger-Lime shrub. We have it in stock and encourage you to explore Element Shrub's spirit free recipes. Finally, this week saw the arrival of Yes Cocktail Co. Orgeat Syrup. Lovers of all things tiki or marzipan will revel in the possibilities.
We invite you to join our journey this year and explore zero-proof, spirit free, or low-alcohol cocktails.
Don't be fooled. This drink with its Earl Grey tea, Ginger Lime Shrub, rosemary syrup, and non-alcoholic beer reduction layers complex flavors for a never boring finish.
Orgeat Syrup pronounced "OR-ZHA", orgeat syrup is traditionally used in tiki drinks. Its almond, marzipan, and orange flavor profiles make it perfect for drizzling over desserts or making a spirit free lemonade
1 1/2 oz fresh lemon juice
1 1/2 oz orgeat syrup
garnish with mint sprig
serve over ice
1 lemon twist
1 lime twist
1/2 cup white cranberry juice
1/4 cup freshly squeezed lime juice
2 tablespoons elderflower cordial
splash of lemon-lime seltzer
Put the lemon and lime twists in a martini glass. Combine the white cranberry juice, lime juice, and cordial in a cocktail shaker and add the ice. Shake until combined and well chilled, then strain into the martini glass and top off with a splash of seltzer.
Added to our cocktail section this week, with more on the way, spirit-free cocktail books to inspire your journey. Although we are still awaiting our delivery of Seedlip distilled zero-proof spirits, this book has plenty to offer in the way of recipes for syrups, shrubs, cordials, and glynctures. We love Zero-proof Cocktails for their approachable offerings. This is a book with easily obtainable ingredients, some of which may already be in your pantry.
100 delicious nonalcoholic recipes
alcohol-free beverages for every occasion
Author of the upcoming book
Good Drinks: For Those Who Aren't Drinking, For Whatever Reason
which will likely include recipes from Bloomington's C3 Bar and Restaurant
Dry: Non-Alcoholic Cocktails, Cordials and Clever Concoctions
Perhaps 2020 is the year of mastering beautiful, complex drinks everyone can enjoy.
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