Mocktails to make at home according to a mixologist

Veronica Yoo
11 June, 2020

So your dry January turned into dry February which turned into dry March and somehow you’ve managed to spend half the year drinking the same old club soda with lime at home. Sure, you’ll add a dash of orange bitters to change things up but we all know that can be a bore. Whether you’re expecting, looking to drink consciously or was never much a big drinker to begin with, we can all agree that drinking at a party without alcohol can make you feel like the most awkward person in the room.

But it doesn’t have to be that way. Non-alcoholic spirits such as Seedlip has been on the rise to give non-drinkers a replication of their favorite drink – or even to create a drink of its own. To show you all the possibilities of this up and coming trend we have carefully picked five mocktail recipes that have been curated by Asia’s Top mixologist Suraj Gurung – mixologist of Stockton, so that you can easily make at home to impress your guests or to satisfy your own thirst.

Virgin Espresso Martini

Legend has it the Espresso Martini was invented in the 1980s at a bar in London when a young lady asked for something that would “Wake me up and then f*** me up”. We guarantee this drink will do the same without the next morning regret. 

45ml Seedlip Spice
30ml Cold Brew
15ml Sugar Syrup

Add Seedlip Spice, cold brew, sugar syrup and ice into a cocktail shaker and shake! Run the mixture through a strain to get rid of any crushed ice. Serve in a martini glass and don’t forget to garnish with three coffee beans to signify heath, happiness and prosperity. You should end up with a nice creamy froth on top created by the natural oils of the espresso perfect for a coffee date with friends or as a mid-day pick-me-up.

Groove Spiritz

When life gives you lemons you make a Groove Spiritz. We can’t think of any excuses why you wouldn’t try this three ingredient mocktail. It’s refreshing, not too sweet and not too sour and did we mention its only three ingredients?

45ml Seedlip Grove
22ml Lemon Sherbet
Soda Water

Fill a high ball glass with ice, pour Seedlip Grove, Lemon sherbet and soda water. Gently stir the mixture and you’re done! If you’re looking for extra brownie points to wow your guests, take a long thin peel of a lemon and gently rub the citrus peel along the edge of the glass and pop the entire peel into the drink – this technique is known as ‘expressing a rind’ or in other words, look like you know what you’re doing.

Virgin Basil Smash

If you’re a novice mixologist in the making and looking for a more complex drink to please a tough crowd, this Virgin Basil Smash with a cucumber twist is a definite head turner – not to mention, Nana’s favorite!

45ml Seedlip Garden
15ml Sugar Syrup
1/2 Lime
Handful of Basil
Thinly sliced Cucumber

Starting with a cocktail shaker, take a handful of basil and thinly sliced cucumber and use a muddle to get all the flavor and scent out of the greens. Add Seedlip Garden or replace it with water in absence. Squeeze half a lime and some sugar syrup, top it off with ice and shake away. Strain the drink into a Rocks glass and garnish with cucumber and fresh basil with the stem to create this grandiose green drink. Pro tip: Bruise the basil before garnishing to let the aroma seep at the first note!

Virgin Garibaldi

The Garibaldi is mimosa’s hotter and classier cousin. This lazy recipe with a punch of  vitamin C will surely make you excited to wake up for a laid back Sunday brunch at home. So keep the cocktail shaker in the cabinet, get your blender out and spare yourself the arm workout.

45ml Seedlip Garden
45ml Orange Juice
Soda Water
Orange Wedge

For this recipe start with a blender add Seedlip Garden and orange juice and blend. Pour the mixture into a Collins glass and top it with soda water and ice. For an added decoration, pop an orange wedge on top. The frothy foam layers created by the blender will let the wedge float gracefully. The combination of pulp, foam and smoothness of the orange juice is a texture haven in your mouth.

Seedlip Mule

Tired of making the usual g+t? Why not swap the highball glass for a more cozy copper mug . Ginger and lime is an iconic staple in Asian cuisine so why not pair this virgin Moscow Mule spin off with some Thai or Vietnamese food – pad thai and fresh spring rolls anyone?

45ml Seedlip Grove
22ml Honey Ginger Syrup
1/2 Lime
Soda Water

In a copper mug pour Seedlip Grove, honey ginger syrup (you can easily make it at home by boiling equal parts honey, water and ginger) and the juice of half a lime. Feel free to pop in the whole lime after extraction to bring out textures of the pulp. Top it with soda water and some ice and garnish thinly sliced lime. Pro tip: Change up the garnish to your liking, Suraj topped the drink with cucumber slices to represent the refreshing taste.

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