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James’ favourite alcohol-free cocktails

James’ favourite alcohol-free cocktails
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Looking for great recipes for alcohol-free cocktails? James is your man. Not only does he boast a near-perfect palate when it comes to the world of alcohol-free drinking, he’s also one of the world’s only Zerologists. You can meet James and Chrissie here.

Ruby Spritz

A sophisticated non-alcoholic take on a classic spritz.

The ingredients:

• 75ml NINE ELMS No.18
• 75ml Light Tonic
• Fresh sprig of rosemary
• A twist of orange

The process:

Measure the NINE ELMS No.18 into an ice filled goblet or rocks glass. Top with tonic and give it a gentle stir. Finish with the orange twist.

Sarkozy 75

Tart, herbal, fresh & lively.

The ingredients:

• 25ml Bax Botanic Verbena
• 12.5ml Lemon Juice
• 7ml sugar syrup
• 75ml Noughty Alcohol Free Sparkling Chardonnay

The process:

Add all ingredients to an ice filled cocktail shaker. Shake well and strain into a small champagne coupe and top up with Noughty sparkling wine. Garnish with a lemon twist and fresh lemon verbena if available.

Fennel Punch

A grown-up semi-sweet punch with aromas of berry fruits, balsamic & fresh herbs.

The ingredients:

• 25ml Nine Elms
• 20ml Fennel syrup (recipe below)
• 25ml Bax Verbena
• Approximately 70ml Noughty Alcohol Free Sparkling Chardonnay

The process:

Add the Nine Elms, Bax and syrup to an ice filled highball or julep glass. Stir to combine. Top with the sparkling wine. Garnish with a sprig of fennel and a large lemon twist.

The fennel syrup:

Steep 1 fennel tea bag (or 5 grams of fennel seeds) with 100ml hot water and 100g caster sugar in a saucepan over a low heat for 5 minutes, making sure sugar is completely dissolved. Allow to cool then discard the tea bag. Store in the fridge for up to a week.