Virgin is the new Cocktail

It’s been a while, since I…ordered a virgin cocktail.  One of my favorite things as a kid (or pregnant) was going to a restaurant and ordering myself a tall, stiff, Shirley Temple or Roy Rogers.  I’d swish the thick red grenadine in my glass amid the cold cubes and soda.  Then I’d toss it back and let out a big, refreshing “ahhhhhh”.

Gone are the days of overly sweet cherry juice mixed with soda.  Just because you’re going alcohol free doesn’t mean your drinks need to suffer.  It’s all about sophisticated Zero-Proof Cocktails (Ten Speed Press) by Author, Chef, Caterer, oh and virgin beverage enthusiast, Liz Scott.

Create the classics, at home, like liquor-free Key Lime Mojitos, Cosmopolitan “Charade”, or Strawberry White Sangria.  Or how about some new staples on your dessert drink menu like Spiced Apple Brandywine, Bittersweet Chocolatini (pictured), or imbibe in a Hopscotch Egg Nog.

Like what you see?  Show them some sugar…

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“Reprinted with permission from Zero-Proof Cocktails: Alcohol-Free Beverages for Every Occasion, by Liz Scott, copyright © 2009. Published by Ten Speed Press, a division of Random House, Inc.”

Photo credit: Sheri Giblin © 2009

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