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Mocktails: 6 alcohol-free drinks worth raising a glass to

By: Enrique Gili on Dec. 19, 2013, 2:28 p.m.
Juniper Tonic mocktail

Photo: Enrique Gili

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Juniper Tonic

Making cocktails is a bit like lab class — except you can consume the results. Bracingly acerbic, the addition of juniper syrup to tonic water is mixology magic. (Adapted from Food & Wine magazine.)

Prep time: 40 minutes

Total time: 42 minutes

Yield: 4 to 6 drinks

Juniper Tonic


  • 1 oz. dried juniper berries, cracked
  • 2 cardamom pods, cracked
  • 2 strips orange peel
  • 1 cup water
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1.5 oz. juniper syrup
  • 1 oz. fresh lime juice
  • Tonic water
  • Lime wedge
  • Ice cubes
  • Sprig rosemary to garnish
  1. For the syrup, gently grind juniper berries and cardamom pods in pestle and mortar, about 1 minute.
  2. Remove two long strips of outer skin from orange using a vegetable peeler.
  3. Combine ingredients in small saucepan with water. Bring to a low boil, cover and simmer for about 15 minutes. Slowly add sugar until completely dissolved. Continue to simmer, 15 minutes.
  4. Allow syrup to cool and strain syrup into a sealable glass container. Refrigerate until ready to use.
  5. When ready to make the drink, measure the juniper syrup and lime juice, and strain the contents into an ice-filled tumbler. Top up with tonic water.
  6. Add lime wedge, garnish and stir.