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Hot Days, Cool DNA Drinks (Delectable Non-Alcoholic) PDF Print E-mail
Written by Debra C. Argen   
Ocean Tide by Luxury Experience- Photo by Luxury ExperienceAs temperatures soar during these hot summer days, keeping hydrated is a necessity. As tasty alternatives to beer, wine, cocktails, or soda, treat yourself and your guests to Luxury Experience's DNA (Delectable Non-Alcoholic) Drinks, using fresh fruit, fresh citrus juices, fresh herbs, Fee Brothers Cordial Syrups and Fee Brothers Bitters incorporating the bitter with the sweet.

While drinks made without alcohol are often referred to as "mocktails" or "virgin cocktails," I prefer the term I coined, DNA (Delectable Non-Alcoholic) Drinks, as a name for these palate-pleasing, sophisticated drinks. Whether you are looking for a cool drink on a hot day, or for a specialty drink to offer guests who opt not to drink alcohol, these recipes are sure to please.

The DNA Drink Menu

All Recipes created by Luxury Experience Mixologists
Debra C. Argen and Edward F. Nesta

The DNA Drink Recipes

Luxury Experience's Strawberry Breeze
Luxury Experience's Cha-Cha-Cha
Luxury Experience's Ocean Tide

Juicy, ripe strawberries are the essence of summer, which was the inspiration for Luxury Experience's Strawberry Breeze made with fresh strawberries, Fee Brothers West Indies Style Non-Alcoholic Falernum, Fee Brothers West Indies Orange Bitters, fresh lime juice, and seltzer. This tasty thirst-quencher captures the island spirit using exotic Falernum with its rich flavors of lime, ginger, and almond.

Luxury Experience Strawberry Breeze- photo by Luxury Experience

Luxury Experience's Strawberry Breeze
Yield:                 6 Drinks
Glass Used:       Highball Glass

Drink Ingredients:

1.0
Liter
Seltzer
1
Cup
Fresh Strawberries, approximately 10
6
Ounces
Fee Brothers West Indies Style Non-Alcoholic Falernum
1
Ounce
Lime Juice, freshly squeezed
3
Dashes
Fee Brothers West Indies Orange Bitters
   
Fresh Strawberries for garnish

Method: Add strawberries, Fee Brothers West Indies Falernum, lime juice, and Fee Brothers West Indies Orange Bitters to a blender, process until smooth. Strain into a large pitcher filled with ice, add seltzer, sliced strawberries, and stir to combine. Garnish drink with a strawberry.

Luxury Experience's Cha Cha Cha is playful reference to the pronunciation of orgeat (or-shot), and the Portuguese word for tea, cha, pronounced shah. The drink combines fresh mint, Fee Brothers Orgeat Cordial Syrup, Fee Brothers Mint Bitters, and freshly squeezed lemon juice. Add mint ice cubes for an attractive and refreshing afternoon teatime libation.

Luxury Experience Cha Cha Cha - photo by Luxury Experience

Luxury Experience's Cha Cha Cha
Yield:                  6 - 8 Drinks
Glass Used:       Ice Tea Glass

Drink Ingredients:

32
Ounces
Boiling Water
1
Cup
Fresh Mint Leaves
8
Ounces
Fee Brothers Orgeat Cordial Syrup
1
Ounce
Freshly Squeezed Lemon Juice
3
Dashes
Fee Brothers Mint Bitters
   
Serve with lemon wedges, optional
   
Mint Leaf Ice Cubes

Method: Place 1 mint leaf in each compartment of an ice tray, add water, and freeze.

Boil 4 cups of water. Place mint leaves in a teapot. Pour boiling water over mint leaves, cover teapot, and let the mint steep for 5 minutes. Strain liquid into a glass bottle, discard the mint leaves, and let liquid cool. Add the Fee Brothers Orgeat Cordial Syrup, Mint Bitters, and fresh lemon juice, stir and refrigerate until chilled and ready to serve. Fill glasses with mint ice cubes, add Luxury Experience's Cha Cha Cha, and serve with small lemon wedges if desired.

The color of the ocean was the inspiration for Luxury Experience's Ocean Tide, which incorporates lemon juice, water, Fee Brothers Blueberry Cordial Syrup, Fee Brothers Lemon Bitters, and sugar. Shake hard with ice to create little white caps in the glass to simulate the ocean, pour into the lemon-sugar rimmed glass that represents the sand, and garish with a lemon wedge to simulate a sailboat.

Luxury Experience Ocean Tide- photo by Luxury Experience

Luxury Experience's Ocean Tide
Yield:                 1
Glass Used:       Highball Glass

Drink Ingredients:

 
Ounce
Lemon Juice
 
Ounces
Water
 
Ounce
Fee Brothers Blueberry Cordial Syrup
2
Dashes
Fee Brothers Lemon Bitters
2
Teaspoons
Sugar
   
Lemon wedges, for garnish
   
Lemon Sugar for rim

Method: Create lemon sugar for rimming glass by combining 2 teaspoons of sugar and 2 dashes of Fee Brothers Lemon Bitters in a bowl, stir to combine. Set out to dry sugar. Combine all ingredients in a metal shaker with 4 ice cubes, shake hard, and pour into ice-filled sugar-rimmed glass.

Although these drinks are wonderful to serve during the summer months, Luxury Experience's DNA Cocktails are perfect to serve at any time of the year.

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