We like to incorporate our syrups and juices when turning cocktail creations into “Zero Proof” drinks . Adults feel less conspicuous lowering their ABV and this makes the kids feel grownup. It also makes mixing drinks a little easier.
This time we were featuring strawberry daiquiris and margaritas. Since I had gone all Dave Arnold on the juices, we made an acidified strawberry juice and a 1:1 strawberry simple. I clarified the strawberry juice but you can filter it through a metal coffee filter or a chinoise. Your juice will be cloudy but it will taste just as good. You can also substitute cherry juice. The key is acidifying part of the juice and making a balanced 1:1 simple with the rest. You can read about this here or open the spread sheet Pineapple Simple Sour to calculate everything for you.
This drink is based on a French 75 substituting sparkling apple cider for the champagne. The strawberry is forward with the apple playing along. If it’s a bit too sweet, add a couple of drops of orange bitters.
- 3/4 oz. 1:1 Strawberry simple
- 1/2 oz. Acidified Strawberry juice.
- Sparkling Apple Cider
- Add the juice and syrup to a champagne flute
- Fill with the Sparking Apple Cider