Last Updated on June 21, 2021 by JaimeSays
It’s been a while! In January, I had “the virus” for allegedly the second time in five months. The first time around, a flu vaccine triggered a positive c-v-d test result, and the second time, mask wearing in the two public places I went to did nothing to keep me healthy. It wasn’t until February that I started feeling better and, surprise, here we are and it’s the middle of March! It took a little while for me to get my sense of taste and smell back, so once it did, I got busy mixing things up. Here are some cocktails and mocktails that I’ve made over the past month, with plenty of diversity in case you don’t like a certain mixer.
-3.5 Oz LaCroix Limoncello
-.5 Oz Fresh Raspberry Syrup
-A Squeeze of Lemon
-1.5 Oz Catan Pisco (optional)
Catan Pisco is the first Female Owned Chilean Pisco brand in the United States. Available in Illinois at Target and Binny’s, this Pisco is made from 100% Pedro Ximenez grapes. At 40% ABV, Catan Pisco falls under the Pisco Reserve umbrella.
I added the liquor and ice to a shaker and strained out the final product into the coupe glass. It’s fresh and vibrant, with a floral note and buttery mouthfeel that plays well with the ripe, hardly sweetened, raspberry syrup. I also find this is the only way I actually like the Limoncello flavor of LaCroix because I don’t like it on it’s own.
Gin and Tonic Mocktails with Dhos Spirits
When I received an email regarding Dhos Alcohol-free spirits, I was absolutely over the moon. Being stuck at home, I found that I was drinking a little more regularly than I would in a normal year. Really, the biggest issue with me is breaking the ritual of making a cocktail or pouring myself a glass of wine. Dhos allows for guilt free mocktails, that truly would fool many a drinker.
I received a sample of Gin Free from Dhos, and the trickery this pulls on you is astounding! I would be more likely to mistake this as a high end, expensive gin than a non-alcoholic gin alternative. The juniper botanicals are there, and it finishes smooth. It’s full bodied in your mouth and has a delicate heat on the finish, similar to gin! What’s even better is this drink comes in at almost 95 calories less than a serving of gin–only 5!–and the entire bottle will set you back less than $30. Plus, it’s made in America and is could be a stop on your way to Medford if you’re coming from Portland.
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