You've heard of the Negroni—but how about a "Nogroni"? For this non-alcoholic take on the classic Italian cocktail (made with gin, Campari and vermouth), Cliseria Padilla-Flores, bar manager at downtown Sarasota's Sage, starts with non-alcoholic gin, non-alcoholic orange liqueur, and house-made sweet "vermouth"—a combination of non-alcoholic red wine, herbs, spices and bitterroot that mimics the flavor of traditional sweet vermouth.
You can choose to infuse your non-alcoholic red wine with anything, making it a versatile ingredient for all your holiday-themed party needs. Padilla-Flores recommends letting it sit for a day or two, then lightly sweetening with your choice of sweetener—honey is a favorite at Sage.
Recipe courtesy Cliseria Padilla-Flores/Sage Restaurant
1 oz Dhos Gin Free
1 oz Lyres Italian Orange
1 oz house-made sweet "vermouth," made with non-alcoholic red wine
Combine all ingredients in a mixing glass with ice and stir. Pour into a rocks glass with your choice of ice cube and top with a garnish of orange zest. Voilà! You're ready to enjoy a sip of the holiday season.