Welcome to the Cocktail Chronicles, your weekly dose of tips and tricks to make going (and staying) no-and-low easier than ever. Each week we're going to share with you a timely tidbit, a tasty non-alcoholic recipe, and some inspiration to get you ready for the week ahead.
Something to think about: Bitters For Schmucks
Many classic cocktail recipes like Negronis, Old Fashioneds, and Manhattans call for a dash bitters, but what are they actually? Bitters are made from herbs, spices, fruits, botanicals, and a neutral alcohol to help elevate the flavor profiles of cocktails. The two main types of bitters are Angostura & Peychaud’s.
Angostura bitters are known for their spicy flavor with notes of cloves and cinnamon, and are used in Old Fashioneds. Peychaud’s bitters are used in Sazeracs, but have a flavor of mint and anise.
Something to sip on: Bayou Sour
2 oz. Spiritless Kentucky 74
1 oz. Peychaud's Bitters
½ oz. fresh lemon juice
3 oz. N/A sparkling amaro or tonic water
Combine all ingredients except sparkling water in a cocktail shaker with ice and shake cold for 10 seconds. Pour into a rocks glass over fresh ice and top with sparkling water of choice. Garnish with a lemon wheel.
Hangovers suck. NA cocktails don’t have to.
Something we’re loving: Need zero-proof inspo?
We’re loving ‘Zero Proof: 90 Non-Alcoholic Recipes for Mindful Drinking’ by Elva Ramirez, a great starter guide if you’re just dipping your toes into the world of non-alcoholic spirits. Ramirez was inspired by the historical roots of the temperance era and the resurgence of a modern mindful drinking movement when carefully crafting 90 recipes for the book. The recipes are organized by flavor profile, which means that there’s something for everyone! Get it here.