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4 Favorite Mocktail Recipes from New Orleans' Best Mixologists

Tuesday January 11, 2022
Originally published on January 3, 2022

4 Favorite Mocktail Recipes from New Orleans' Best Mixologists
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Many people commit to "dry January" as a way to take a break from their alcohol consumption in the New Year. And with the recent omicron stressors, maintaining a healthy relationship with alcohol is more important than ever.

Whether you're opting for a bit of social distancing from your favorite booze or a permanent break-up, some of the best mixologists in New Orleans have just the right beverage to shake things up.

We Want a Shrubbery!

Bywater American Bistro (BABs)

At Chef Nina Compton's restaurant, cocktails are as enticing as the food. We Want a Shrubbery features a blueberry-blood orange shrub, sparkling soda and an orange garnish.

2 oz of blueberry-blood orange shrub*

topped with soda

blood orange (segment or dehydrated) for garnish

Pour 2 oz of shrub in Collins glass filled with ice. Top with soda water and garnish with blood orange slice or segment.

Virgin Mood Ring
Virgin Mood Ring  (Source: The Bower)

Virgin Mood Ring
The Bower
Beverage Director, Mickey Mullins

This vibrant mocktail is made with vanilla bean lemonade, butterfly pea flower syrup, and soda water.

6 oz house made vanilla bean lemonade
Splash of Soda Water
1 teaspoon butterfly pea flower syrup

Pour Vanilla Bean Lemonade over ice in a Tom Collins glass. Top with a splash of Soda Water. Drizzle Butterfly pea flower syrup over top. Stir with a straw and enjoy.

Sub-recipe for vanilla bean lemonade (makes about 10 servings)
2 teaspoons Mexican vanilla bean paste
1 quart fresh lemon juice
1 quart sugar
Mix all three ingredients together with a spoon.

Sub-recipe for Butterfly pea flower syrup (makes about 25 servings)
1.5 tps butterfly pea flower powder
1/2 cup of water
Mix powder and water together with a spoon until powder fully dissolves.

Spiced Blackberry Fizz
Spiced Blackberry Fizz  (Source: Commons Club, Virgin Hotels New Orleans)

Spiced Blackberry Fizz
Commons Club, Virgin Hotels New Orleans
Christy Bradley, Spirit Guide

Warm winter spices like star anise, cinnamon and allspice are combined with blackberries to create a spiced shrub, while egg white and Fever Tree ginger beer add depth, froth and a bit of fizz.

1 oz ginger syrup*
1 oz spiced blackberry shrub*
1 oz egg whites
1.5 oz real lime juice
1.5 oz ginger beer
1 oz soda water
one blackberry for garnish

Chill a Collins glass before beginning. Pour the ginger beer and the soda water in chilled Collins glass. In a shaker, dry shake the egg whites for about 1 min. Add the ginger syrup, blackberry shrub and lime juice. Fill shaker with ice and shake vigorously for another minute. Strain the contents of the shaker into the glass with the soda water and ginger beer, slowly so it can fizz up. Garnish with a blackberry.

*Blackberry Shrub
Equal parts (any increment) white granulated sugar, fresh blackberries, and apple cider vinegar. Combine the blackberries and sugar along with ground cinnamon, all spice, nutmeg and star anise (spice to taste). Allow these items to naturally macerate overnight, unrefrigerated. The following day add the apple cider vineger. Allow it to again stand overnight. he next day pour mixture through a strainer. The liquid will seperate from the seeds. The entire mixture should basically have liquified. The strained liquid is the shrub.

*Ginger Syrup
Peel and cut 5 large pieces of ginger. Boil at least 4 quarts of water. Once boiling, add 4 quarts of white granulated sugar. Add ginger and allow to steep for about an hour. Strain out ginger. Makes 4 quarts. You can make smaller increments. The ratio should be equal parts sugar to water.

Hibiscus Masala Lemonade
Hibiscus Masala Lemonade  (Source: Mister Mao)

Hibiscus Masala Lemonade
Mister Mao
William "Wildcat" Greenwell

In tune with Mister Mao's "inauthentic" global cuisine, this creative cocktail features hibiscus tea, chaat masala, fresh lime and house made ginger syrup. It's garnished with marigolds.

1oz. lime juice
1.5oz ginger syrup
4oz hibiscus tea
Chaat masala
Marigolds for garnish

Combine ingredients with ice and shake. Pour into Collins glass and garnish with marigold.