TIP OF THE DAY: Summer Mocktails
In the heat* of the summer, not every cocktail fan wants alcohol; and not everyone drinks alcohol, preferring a cocktail.
So mixologists created the most tempting mocktails we’ve seen: just like a creative cocktails served at hot spots.
By layering complex flavors, you’ll never know the alcohol is missing. We’ve included two recipes below, created by Richard Woos for SushiSamba New York. You may utter words like “Where am I supposed to get these ingredients?”
But use them as a guideline. Mixologists have many more ingredients to play with than we do. You can substitute, or be inspired to create something entirely different with coconut water, fruit juices, sweet herbs, etc. Think of the flavors you like and mix away!
For those who want a bit of kick, add a shot of sochu (shochu), half the proof of vodka.
These cocktails were created by Richard Woods for SUSHISAMBA NYC, so they have an Asian twist.
Ingredients Per Drink
1. COMBINE the ingredients and swizzle through crushed ice. Then swizzle in the rose petals.
2. GARNISH and serve.
RECIPE #2: YUSHI FIZZ
This drink is a combination of two of our favorite flavors, yuzu and lychee, with a shiso garnish (thus the name, yu + shi). The elderflower liquer tastes very much like lychee liqueur (but better).
Ingredients Per Drink
1. SHAKE the first three ingredients with ice in a cocktail shaker. Add the soda water and roll the shaker to blend.
2. DOUBLE strain, garnish and serve.
**Aloe water is a great base for cocktails and cocktails—or for drinking straight. It’s also available in flavors, from the three major melons to strawberry and pineapple. NOTE: If you don’t like orange juice with pulp, you won’t like aloe water: It has pieces of aloe pulp.
†Heres’s how to make simple syrup. You can infuse whatever you like in it. You can also purchase simple syrup. Sonoma Syrup Co. makes a multitude of flavors, from from ginger to lavender.
††A bar spoon is equivalent to a teaspoon, but has a much longer handle so it can mix ingredients in tall glasses. It’s typically stainless steel and the handle is twisted in a decorative way. Here’s a bar spoon photo.