Are you tired of the same old serves and non-alcoholic cocktails? Are you craving something more adventurous and sophisticated for your alcohol-free repertoire? Well, you’re in luck! In this blog post, we’ve put together a collection of innovative ideas and ingredients that will take your non-alcoholic cocktails to the next level. Whether you’re having a party, enjoying a night in, or simply looking to expand your home bar menu, these suggestions will inspire creativity and get you mixing up deliciously different drinks like a pro.

Bitters: Adding Complexity and Depth

Let’s look at bitters first – the secret weapon of many classic cocktails. While traditionally used in alcoholic drinks, bitters can also enhance the flavour profile of your alc-free creations. Consider experimenting with varieties such as Angostura, Peychaud’s Aperitivo and Fee Brothers or explore alcohol-free alternatives like All the Bitter. These concentrated flavour agents can add complexity, depth, and a hint of sophistication to your alcohol-free cocktails. Just a few dashes can make a world of difference in transforming a simple flavour profile into a refined and complex drink with depth.

Syrups: Sweetness with a Twist

And what about syrups? – the sweet elixirs that provide balance and dimension to your drinks. While basic simple syrup (made from equal parts sugar and water) is a staple, why not get creative with alternatives? Experiment with agave syrup, maple syrup, or honey for a natural sweetness that complements a wide range of flavours. These syrups not only sweeten your drinks but also introduce nuanced notes that can elevate your alcohol-free cocktails to new heights. Plus, they’re easy to make at home and can be stored in the fridge for future use, ensuring you always have a flavourful syrup on hand.

Tannins: Tea Time for Cocktails

Who says tea is just for sipping? When it comes to crafting alcohol-free cocktails, incorporating tea can add complexity and character to your creations. Experiment with different varieties of tea, such as Lapsang Souchong, Earl Grey, or your personal favourite, to infuse your drinks with unique flavours and aromas. The tannins present in tea provide a subtle bitterness and astringency that can balance out sweetness and enhance overall depth. Whether you’re brewing a strong cup of tea to use as a base or incorporating tea-infused syrups, the possibilities are endless when it comes to incorporating tea into your alcohol-free cocktails.

Vinegars: Tangy Twists for Bold Flavors

Last but not least, let’s not forget about vinegars – the unsung heroes of the cocktail world. While often associated with salad dressings and marinades, vinegars can add a surprising twist to your alcohol-free beverages. Experiment with a splash of cider vinegar, balsamic vinegar, or fruit vinegars and shrubs to introduce a bit of acidity and complexity to your drinks. These tangy additions can brighten flavours, balance sweetness, and add a refreshing zing that keeps your taste buds intrigued. Whether you’re crafting a fruity drink or a herbaceous spritz, don’t be afraid to play with vinegars to take your alcohol-free cocktails to new heights.

There you have it – a treasure trove of ideas and ingredients to help you craft more adventurous alcohol-free cocktails. From bitters and syrups to tea and vinegars, each element offers a unique opportunity to experiment, innovate, and delight your senses. So the next time you’re craving a sophisticated cocktail without the alcohol, look no further than your own kitchen. With a little creativity and a dash of inspiration, you’ll be amazed at the endless possibilities that await. Cheers to delicious and daring alcohol-free cocktails!

Try out some of our recipes!!


Buck & Bitters – Using bitters

This simple, short cocktail shows off the complexity bitters bring to a drink.

  • 50ml Bax Botanics Sea Buckthorn
  • 5ml burnt sugar syrup
  • 5 dashes Angostura bitters or equivalent.

Chill a Nick & Nora glass.  Mix the ingredients together and stir with some large ice. Strain into the chilled glass and garnish with a twist of orange peel.

AF Cherry Rickey – Using a homemade syrup

The classic Gin Rickey combines gin, lime juice, cherry syrup and a splash of lemonade. Swapping out the gin for Bax Botanics Verbena gives a unique freshness to the cocktail and balances the tartness of the cherries.

  • 40ml Bax Botanics Verbena
  • 20ml fresh lime juice
  • 15ml cherry syrup (homemade)
  • Crushed ice
  • lime, cherries and mint to garnish.

Combine the ingredients in a jug then add to glasses of crushed ice. Garnish with lime, cherries and mint.

Verbena Iced Tea – Using tea

The gorgeous fragrance of Bergamot with a soft bite from tannins combine in a multi-layered drink that’s bright and uplifting.

  • 50ml Bax Botanics Verbena
  • 75ml Earl Grey Tea
  • 15ml Apple Juice
  • 10ml Sugar Syrup
  • Lemon zest to garnish

Make the Earl Grey tea as usual with boiling water, squeezing plenty of flavour out. Remove the teabag or strain the tea and leave to cool. Chill in the fridge. Now stir together the measured ingredients, pour into a tea glass over ice and garnish with a strip of lemon zest.

Kiwi Bax – Using vinegar

Created by Luca Rapetti of Gong Bar, The Shard.   There is beautiful balance here.

  • 50ml Bax Verbena
  • Half a kiwi fruit  
  • 5ml organic cider vinegar
  • 10ml light runny honey
  • Mediterranean tonic – apx 100ml

Muddle the kiwi in a shaker, add the Bax, honey and vinegar, shake with ice. Strain into a tall glass and top with tonic.