An N.A. Cleanser. Serve it on the rocks, or in a flute. With brunch, or at cocktail hour.
If you read lots of drinking/mixology blogs, you will have noted that January is practically international sobriety month. Everyone needs a break after the holidays. Here in Tessin land, we try for a little more balance by having non-drinking days every week (as opposed to a lot all at the beginning of the year).
Sometimes, though, the lure of drink-having ritual, or a desire for a new flavor, beckons when we do not want any alcohol. Or we have a guest (like EE’s young cousin) who wants to feel part of the party, but can’t have alcohol. I have also been informed that pregnant ladies do not lose their desire for tasty beverages even though they cannot imbibe fine spirits.
To support such challenging periods in life, I make some N.A.s. I have not perfected the N.A. – I can’t make one that really seems correct served up in a martini glass, and I am over-reliant on seltzer – but I have made some tasty beverages:
N.A. Pomegranate Lime
1/2 Pomegranate juice
1/4 Agave nectar
juice from 1/2 a lime
Mix the above ingredients and then top off with 3 times as much water as mix. You can use sparkling or still, rocks or not.
N.A. Ginger Clementine
1 clementine orange, peeled
1/3 grapefruit juice
1/4 ginger juice
a few frozen cranberries
Muddle the ingredients (be sure to pop the cranberries), and then shake. Top off with just twice as much seltzer as mix.
Sometimes, we need to go a step beyond a tasty N.A. to an N.A. that will correct some of our non-N.A. excess. In those cases, I tend to make a batch for the household/group, because everyone probably feels about the same way.
handful frozen blueberries
handful frozen cranberries
1/3 ginger juice
1/4 tsp. cayenne pepper
Combine above and muddle.
2 pomegranate juice
1 cranberry juice
1 grapefruit juice
2/3 agave nectar
Mix in remaining ingredients and stir well. From here you need to add water, still or sparkling, with ice or without. It’s pretty versatile really, but EE says I have to warn that all that juice really may cause your body to flush itself out (maybe not the worst given the circs, as long as you’ll be near a restroom).
A few notes:
- Always use pure fruit juice with no sugar added – no cranberry cocktail, just the cranberry juice
- Anywhere I say agave, you could use honey or simple syrup, but I like the agave flavor
- The seltzer will work better if it is from a siphon – that way the blast of water mixes everything up