juniper-lime-spritzer

Juniper and Lime Spritzer

Try this non-alcoholic take on a gin and tonic.

“The spices and citrus peels in this recipe add depth to the faux gin, while the cucumber’s juice adds a little body,” says Denver-based recipe developer Julia Heffelfinger. Plus, florals like lavender can help calm nerves. Pro tip: Use a quality tonic water such as Fever Tree that is not too sweet.

Serves 1

Ingredients

  • 2 tablespoons dried juniper berries
  • 1 tablespoon coriander seed
  • 1 tablespoon fennel seed
  • 1 teaspoon food-safe dried lavender flowers
  • 1 lemon peel
  • 1 lime peel, plus lime wedge for garnish
  • ½ cucumber, chopped, plus thin cucumber ribbon for garnish
  • Ice
  • Light tonic water, preferably Fever Tree

Directions

  1. In a large jar, add the juniper berries, coriander seed, fennel seed, lavender, lemon and lime peels, and the chopped cucumber; cover with two cups of water and refrigerate overnight.

  2. Strain the juniper infusion through a fine mesh sieve set over a pint-size jar. Reserve two ounces for the cocktail and store the remainder in the fridge for additional drinks.

To Serve

  1. Fill a highball with ice. Add two ounces of the juniper infusion and fill to the top with tonic water. Garnish with cucumber ribbon and lime wedge.

Photography by Robert Bredvad. Styling by Ashley Schleeper.