For all my ARPG’ers out there who are about to have a chill post-July-4th weekend and maybe stay home and make a burger on the grill - but also don’t consume alcohol - I have a thing for you:
My own 0 ABV Cocktail recipes for you to try out: Link
The method on all of these is you throw all the ingredients in about a 12 oz glass, top off with the soda listed and stir slightly. Couldn’t be easier, but it might surprise you how good some of these taste.
These are ideas I’ve been experimenting with over the last several weeks. I really hope you enjoy them. My brain is weird and I tried to make these taste more like fruit / citrus than a cocktail, so I don’t think there’s anything too similar to these out there. If you like them, I will surely be adding more to the list from time to time.
My favorite is the Fruit Punch Spritzer. It’s a little more of a hassle, but that thing tastes amazing. But if you wanna keep it simple, Lime, Cranberry and Sprite is about as good.
I will also say, if you’re gonna try these, lime quality matters a lot. If you have a fancier grocery store in town, just go in for the limes. You can also substitute regular orange bitters or some dashes of Angostura instead of Hella Cocktail bitters, if you can’t find that brand where you live.
Edit: I guess I should mention that these recipes are designed with convenience in mind. The only thing you’re supposed to have to do here is squeeze some fruit in a squeezer. A lot of people like me are too lazy or just don’t have the time to make simple syrups* at home. If that’s you, then seltzer is right out because lots and lots of fruit juices mixed with just seltzer aren’t going to be sweet enough or strong enough to taste good after dilution. That’s why I tested all of these with Ginger Ale, Sprite or some other citrus soda that already has real or artificial sweetener in it. (Also, if you use soda with sugar in it, you might play with the ratio’s a little because I was using artificially sweetened sodas to test all of these, except the one with Coca Cola in it. These might be too sweet or not sweet enough with regular, either way.)
*If you’re not in the know, here: Simple Syrup is sugar dissolved in water with heat. You have to do this because normally sugar doesn’t dissolve in water quickly enough or completely enough for it to be convenient to make drinks by just adding sugar to them. And if you’re putting sugar in a drink randomly, there usually isn’t enough water left to fully dissolve it, so it either falls to the bottom and you don’t taste it or it gets on your teeth and feels gritty. Either way, you generally want sugar dissolved in your drink.