Spritz

Looking for a new cocktail mocktail to try out this weekend? Want to wind down with a fresh new drink? We’ve got you covered. Here’s what you should drink this weekend.

In honor of Dry January, we’ve decided to switch things up a bit this month and offer some non-alcoholic cocktails. Most mocktail recipes rely on a lot of fruit to dominate the flavor but we’ll be turning to some alcohol-free spirits to lay the base of these virgin cocktails. Also there’s nothing stopping you from adding a little booze if you’re not interested in the Dry January trend.

When it comes to crafting a non-alcoholic cocktail, there are a few helpful steps. Consider adding carbonation like seltzer or tonic water. It adds a new dimension to an otherwise basic drink. Also, botanicals and herbs are great additions and can bring some nuance to a non-alcoholic cocktail.

This weekend, we’ll be whipping up a non-alcoholic spritz thanks to Ghia’s alcohol-free bitter aperitif. A Night at the Spritz should taste pretty similar to your favorite standard spritz with a healthy balance of citrus sweetness and herbal bitterness. Let’s get started.

Non-Alcoholic Spritz Ingredients

Ghia — Any non-alcoholic aperitif will do but we’re going with Ghia because it very closely resembles the flavor profile of some of our favorite bitter Italian spirits. Minus the booze, of course.

Sparkling Water — Any old seltzer or tonic water will do, really. You want some healthy carbonation on this one. I’ll be using San Pellegrino Sparkling Mineral Water, but Topo Chico is also an excellent choice.

Rosemary — If you’re lucky enough to have some fresh rosemary growing in your very own herb garden, then pluck a sprig or two for this mocktail. Otherwise, head to the grocery store for a fresh sprig of rosemary.

Orange Peel — A light dose of citrus adds balance to this bitter mocktail. We’re choosing to garnish with an orange peel but if you want to go with a whole slice of orange, be my guest.

Non-Alcoholic Spritz Recipe

Combine 2 ounces of Ghia with about 2 ounces of sparkling water in a wine glass over ice. Stir gently. Add a sprig or two of rosemary before lightly zesting an orange over your glass. Add an orange peel and enjoy.

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