No-Groni

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A Negroni is a classic Italian cocktail containing only 3 alcoholic ingredients: Campari, gin and sweet vermouth. Creating a booze-free version was a tall order. In lieu of Campari, we call for a bitter red Italian soda. For the gin, we combined a citrusy, distilled non-alcoholic spirit and a simple syrup infused with some of the aromatics often found in gin. Tonic, non-alcoholic red wine, and optional bitters rounded out the drink to provide a delicious, non-alcoholic version of the classic.
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  • Level: Easy
  • Total: 10 min (plus cooling)
  • Active: 10 min
  • Yield: 1 no-groni (plus extra syrup)
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Ingredients

For the Spiced Syrup:

For the Drink:

Directions

  1. Make the spiced syrup: Combine the sugar, water, orange zest, juniper berries, peppercorns, coriander seeds and rosemary in a small saucepan. Bring to a simmer over medium heat, stirring to dissolve the sugar. Transfer to a container and refrigerate until cool, about 30 minutes. Strain the syrup.
  2. Make the drink: Combine the spirits, soda, tonic water, wine and bitters in a liquid measuring cup. Add 1 ounce of the spiced syrup; stir well.
  3. Pour the drink into a rocks glass filled with ice. Garnish with orange peel.

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