‘Tis the season for holiday celebrations. If you’re planning to raise a glass or two, don’t forget to offer a few non-alcoholic options for guests who may be driving—like these festive mocktails from the Vin Room, Bodega Tapas Bar and the Alberta Gaming and Liquor Commission. And if your guests have been drinking, here’s a list of designated driver programs in Alberta.
WEE CHRISTMAS TREE
Recipe from Donal McGivern, bar manager at Vin Room in Calgary
• 2 oz apple juice
• 1/3 oz lemon juice
• 1/4 oz vanilla extract
• 4 dashes rosemary grapefruit bitters
• 1/5 oz grenadine
• 1 oz egg white
Shake all ingredients vigorously on ice. Pour into a wine glass. Garnish with a cherry and a sprig of rosemary.
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Recipe from Jesse Coward, bar manager at Bodega Tapas & Wine Bar in Edmonton.
• 2 Earl Grey tea bags
• 1/2 cup simple syrup
• 2 oz ginger, sliced
• ginger ale
Make the simple syrup by boiling down 1 1/2 cups sugar in 2 cups of water. Add ginger plus a bit of lime zest and lime juice. Chill overnight in fridge.
For the mocktail, make a strong pot of Earl Grey tea. Chill tea for a few hours in the fridge. Shake syrup with 2 oz tea on ice. Pour onto ice in a glass. Top with ginger ale and garnish with a fig slice.
Recipe from the Alberta Gaming and Liquor Commission
• simple syrup
• fresh lemon juice
• 3-4 oz club soda
Make the simple syrup by dissolving 2 parts sugar in 1 part boiling water. Let it cool, then mix 1 part lemon juice with 1 part syrup in a tall, ice-filled glass. Top with club soda and garnish with a lemon slice.
For more alcohol-free drink recipes, visit AGLC online