When you're looking for a drink that tips the scales towards taste and sophistication, but without any alcohol, then this drink is for you! It's fruity, warm and has a hint of ginger that ties everything together. It's quick to make, tasty to drink and will have you all paying your respects to the Maple Leaf State.
We've been searching for drinks that can be served at parties and events that don't boast the same alcoholic content as others do (though you can certainly add it in if you like). The struggle is always a bit fierce as drinks without alcohol either tend to be creamy or are so fruity it makes our head spin. So what happens when you throw together left over bits in the pantry? A wonderfully delicious surprise — now if we only had real bar ware to serve them in!
Non-Alcoholic Maple & Grapefruit Cocktail
makes 1 drink
2/3 ounce maple syrup (real, not Mrs Butterworths!)
3 ounces freshly squeezed grapefruit juice, strained
3 ounces ginger ale (or ginger beer if you like things stronger)
This cocktail can be prepared in a shaker or directly in a glass depending on your method of mixology. To start, combine grapefruit juice and maple syrup. Stir or shake until syrup is dissolved. Pour into glass and add ginger ale, stirring gently to combine. Garnish and enjoy!
If making this drink for a crowd, canned or bottled grapefruit juice will do just fine, though it won't have that freshly squeezed punch. You can keep the syrup and juice pre-combined, just make sure to shake or stir before adding the ginger ale to serve. Try filling glasses prior to guests arriving and letting them top things off with the ginger ale when they arrive!
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(Images: Sarah Rae Trover)