Non Alcoholic Smoky Paloma / Photo by Sarah Anne Ward /
Prop Styling by Paola Andrea / Food Styling by Maggie Ruggiero
Crisp and citrusy, with a peppery bite, this agave alternative comes recommended by Chris Marshall, founder of Austin-based Sans Bar. “You get an approximation of the traditional spirit’s profile with an opportunity to build really fresh and nuanced zero-proof cocktails,” he says.
Courtesy Chris Marshall, founder of Sans Bar, Austin, TX
Proof that zero proof doesn’t have to equal boring, this non-alcoholic Paloma variation gets a dramatic smoked-glass presentation and flavorful sage syrup.
Smoke-treat a chilled rocks glass by lightly burning dried sage and putting the glass facedown over the smoke. In a shaker, combine remaining ingredients with ice. Shake vigorously and strain into rocks glass over a large ice cube. Garnish with grapefruit wedge.
*How to make sage simple syrup
In a saucepan, bring 4 cups water to a boil, then reduce to a simmer. Add 2 bunches fresh sage and steep, simmering, for 15–20 minutes. Strain out sage, then simmer until liquid is reduced by half, about 20 minutes. Remove from heat and add 2 cups sugar. Stir until sugar dissolves. Refrigerated, keeps about 2 weeks.