Let’s Get Blitzen: Cocktail Advent Calendar – Day 18 – Grinch’s Gimlet. Again, in case you missed it, we’re doing #SoberSaturday instead of #SoberSunday because I’m new to calendars. The good news is that this non-alcoholic cocktail is good enough to convince the Grinch to have a holly, jolly good time. Made with Søbrii 0-Gin, pear juice, rosemary syrup and egg white.
I was keen to develop a new cocktail using pear juice this year after the immense popularity of my Pear Noël tipple from the 2020 edition of this advent calendar and wanted to give those who wanted a break from the hard stuff and opportunity to enjoy this seasonal flavour.
This post is sponsored by Søbrii.
It can be easy to get carried away during this time of year, you’re catching up with family and friends you may not have seen in quite some time, you’ve got the good times going, and all of a sudden that “just one glass” becomes “just one bottle.” That’s why I think it’s so important, as a food and drink creator, to share some inspired zero-proof serves to allow you to celebrate with a beautifully crafted cocktail, without the hangover.
Responsible drinking is critical to actually enjoying the experience of cocktailing and also important for your mental and physical health. That’s why I felt it was so important to continue my Sober Sunday (or Saturday, as the case may be) series in this year’s cocktail advent calendar.
Luckily, there are brilliant homegrown makers like Søbrii who are enabling a premium cocktail experience at 0 ABV. Søbrii 0-Gin is Canada’s first distilled non-alcoholic spirit. It bears the characteristic botanicals of gin – juniper, coriander, allspice, star anise, with the citrusy astringency of Ontario ginseng.
There are a few key factors that differentiate Søbrii (which means “sober” in Latin) from some of the other zero-proof spirits on the market. First, Søbrii is distilled in Stratford, Ontario and was developed with support from the Niagara College research and innovation division. Unlike some other non-alcoholic spirits, Søbrii is actually distilled – which is how the 0-Gin has such great juniper-forward flavour and gives the 0-Tequila its distinctive agave-forward flavour.
The flavour profile of both products is sophisticated and versatile. For this Grinch’s Gimlet I wanted to celebrate the baking spice elements of the distillation and the woody juniper character of the 0-Gin by combining it with a delectable homemade rosemary syrup, pear juice, and an egg white for a frothy finish that beautifully rounds off that bright Ontario ginseng.
Join me on my Instagram stories tonight at 5 pm Eastern for a step-by-step tutorial on how to make this zero-proof cocktail!
- 2 oz Søbrii 0-Gin
- 1 oz pear juice
- 1/3 oz rosemary syrup
- 1 egg white
- Garnish: fresh rosemary sprig
- 1 cup granulated sugar
- 1 cup water
- ¼ cup fresh rosemary sprigs
Add all ingredients to a shaker and dry shake for 15-20 seconds. Add ice and shake again until well-chilled.
Strain into a chilled coupe glass.
Garnish with a sprig of fresh rosemary.
Combine sugar, water, and rosemary sprigs in a small saucepan over medium heat. Bring to a simmer, stirring occasionally, until sugar is dissolved. Remove from heat and let sit at room temperature until completely cool.
Remove rosemary sprigs and store syrup in an airtight container in the fridge for up to three weeks.