Zero-sum game

Don’t call them mocktails: #spiritfree and #placebo drinks are a growing wellness trend

Lumette! alt-gin from Sheringham Distilleries.

It gathered speed last year with Sober October before the holiday rush. After ringing in 2020, the trend was undeniable: #Dryuary was in full swing on social media and in the bars and living rooms of the nation, as the so-called sober curious or mindful drinking movement reached a new level of maturity.

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Picnic Smash

The Picnic Smash, made with Seedlip Spice 94, is ideal for your next outdoor adventure. Photo courtesy of SeedlipThis recipe from Seedlip is ideal for tucking in a picnic basket or insulated backpack for your next outdoor adventure.

• 2 oz Seedlip Spice 94
• 0.75 oz pink grapefruit juice
• 3 tsp strawberry jam
• 2 basil leaves, plus additional for garnish

Place all ingredients in a jam jar filled with ice. Tighten lid and shake well. Garnish with an additional basil leaf. Serves 1.

Cuban Blues (including a zero-proof version)

Cuban Blues by Cam Brown can also be made as a zero-proof cocktail. Dan Toulgoet photo

REGULAR VERSION: 
• 1.5 oz Havana Club 3 rum
• 0.5 oz Cointreau
• 0.25 oz Green Chartreuse
• 0.75 oz blueberry, banana, basil orgeat (see note)
• 0.75 oz lime juice

ZERO-PROOF VERSION:
• 2 oz Seedlip Grove
• 0.25 oz Seedlip Garden
• 2 dashes non-alcoholic orange bitters
• 2 drops saline solution
• 0.75 oz blueberry, banana, basil orgeat (see note)
• 0.75 oz lime juice

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Donnelly Caesar

Photo courtesy of Donnelly Group

With a few aromatic tweaks, the Donnelly Group’s Trevor Kallies has updated the classic cocktail created by Walter Chell in 1969. If you prefer it zero proof, he suggests substituting Seedlip non-alcoholic spirit for the vodka.

• 2 oz Absolut vodka OR Seedlip Garden 108
• 1 dash Tabasco hot sauce
• 1 dash Lea & Perrins Worcestershire sauce
• Top with Walter Caesar Mix

Garnish:
• Celery salt rim
• Skewer of Castelvetrano olive, pickled onion and cucumber spear
• 1 lime wedge
• Sprig of rosemary and thyme

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