Sage's "Nogroni" has all the flavors of the classic Negroni, but without the alcohol.

Sage's "Nogroni" has all the flavors of the classic Negroni, but without the alcohol.

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.

The Nogroni

Recipe courtesy Cliseria Padilla-Flores/Sage Restaurant

Ingredients

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.

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