The cocktail list at the Seafood Bar at The Breakers reflects the national trend toward craft versions of nonalcoholic drinks. “We wanted to give guests an interesting and healthy alternative to a soda,” says assistant food and beverage director Rey Cabrera. “These mocktails provide a taste of Florida, since we source ingredients from local vendors. They also allow non-drinkers to avoid alcohol and still participate in the social aspects of cocktail hour.” Good examples include the Ginger Basil Grapefruit Spritzer, made with fresh-squeezed grapefruit juice that packs vitamin C and functions as an antioxidant, as well as the Coconut Lavender Lemonade, which features a base of coconut water to promote hydration.
Ginger Basil Grapefruit Spritzer (Non-Alcoholic)
1.5 oz. ginger basil simple syrup*
3 oz. freshly squeezed grapefruit juice
2 segments of grapefruit
6 oz. soda
grapefruit wedge garnish
Add simple syrup, grapefruit juice, and grapefruit segments to a shaker with ice. Shake and pour into a Collins glass. Top off with soda and garnish with a grapefruit wedge.
*To make Ginger Basil Simple Syrup:
1/2 cup granulated sugar
1/2 cup water
1/4 cup chopped basil
2 tbsp. finely chopped ginger
- Bring the water to a rolling boil (careful not to evaporate too much liquid) and begin to slowly add the sugar, small portions at a time, and dissolve all of the sugar into the water
- Once the sugar is completely dissolved, reduce the heat to medium low. This liquid is the basic simple syrup. From this liquid one could really add countless ingredients to create their own flavored simple syrup, including lavender for the coconut lavender lemonade below.
- Add the ginger and basil and increase the heat back to a rolling boil for 10 to 15 minutes. It can go longer, up to an hour, which will only infuse the syrup more. You want to be careful not to burn or cook the ingredients as it will change the flavor profile.
- Turn off the heat and strain the basil and ginger from the syrup, leaving you with a ginger basil simple syrup.
Coconut Lavender Lemonade (Non-Alcoholic)
1 oz. freshly squeezed lemon juice
1.25 oz. fine sugar
6 oz. coconut water
.5 oz. lavender simple syrup
Add all ingredients into a shaker with ice and shake. Strain into a Collins glass with ice. Garnish with a lemon wheel and a lavender sprig.