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How to Make Alcohol-Free Cocktails Like a Pro

The secret to a great alcohol-free cocktail is simple, says Erik Lorincz, former head bartender of supreme cocktail haunt The American Bar at The Savoy: uncompromising ingredients blended for a perfectly-balanced flavour.

“If I’m not drinking alcohol, I don’t want something generic and overly sweet,” explains the drinks maestro, who since 2019 has headed up his own cult venue, Kwãnt in Mayfair. “I want an alcohol free drink that’s crafted as expertly as an alcoholic drink is.” This means striking the perfect balance of flavours: blending sweet with savoury, and sour with earthy.

Kwãnt, which Lorincz opened in 2019, is among a growing number of leading bars which are paying more attention to alcohol-free drinks and offering a wide selection of choices for guests who are choosing not to drink alcohol. Lorincz and others like him are using the expertise and creative flair gained from working with spirits to create alcohol free drinks that retain all the complexity, sophistication and sensory elan of a traditional cocktail.

So when you want to quell the hankering for a delicious cocktail without the booze, what’s the secret to creating your own luxury version at home? Here Lorincz shares his top tips as well as some of his favourite alcohol-free cocktail recipes.

Let the ingredients shine


A brilliant example of an expertly crafted alcohol-free cocktail is the ShiZero, one of Lorincz’s signature cocktails on his alcohol-free drinks menu. It’s made with Tanqueray 0.0{5057b528e2ec7fd6c3736aa134727341eae4fdf6dd188ded3c2a814c0866380c}, the delicious new alcohol-free option from the bartender’s favourite gin, Tanqueray. It includes the same four botanicals that are used in the classic Tanqueray London Dry Gin: juniper, coriander, angelica root and liquorice, perfectly capturing the spirit of the original.

“When I’m using it, I still want to make that base ingredient shine,” says Lorincz. “When you sip the drink, I want you to pick up on those botanical flavours, those light, fragrant notes. If you work smartly, with the right ingredients and you know how to balance and match the flavours, you can achieve an amazing result without any alcohol.”

Pay attention to glassware

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None of the alcohol-free drink recipes at the end of this article require any special bartending equipment – just a glass, a mixing tin or jug and a measure (like baking, cocktail-making should be meticulously measured). Lorincz recommends investing in a good shaker for drinks with ‘hard’ ingredients, such as fruit or herbs. Simple highball glasses are best for long drinks served over ice – lots of it, to keep the drink cold and the ice from melting. Elegant martini glasses or coupettes are better for shorter drinks served straight up.

Don’t forget to garnish

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Justin De Souza

If the aim is to impress, garnishes are a must. “The main purpose of a garnish is appearance,” Lorincz explains, but they must be edible and should add a subtle dimension of flavour. “We used to pray before a meal; now we take a picture,” he laughs. A current favourite, which Lorincz serves with the ShiZero, is a ‘paper’ made from blended watermelon purée, spread on a baking tray and dehydrated in the oven at 70C overnight. If time is of the essence, a slice of watermelon will do in a pinch. Artfully prepared fruits and peels are fool proof for drinks that can handle a subtle boost of sweetness, while elegant micro herbs bring earthiness.

Consider food pairings

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For hosting the best summer garden parties, Lorincz recommends serving Tanqueray 0.0{5057b528e2ec7fd6c3736aa134727341eae4fdf6dd188ded3c2a814c0866380c} and other juniper forward alcohol free spirits with seafood – oysters or caviar blinis. Game, too, would complement the savoury notes of coriander and juniper well. Keep balance at the front of your mind when pairing, and you’ll soon realise that with a little effort, an alcohol-free cocktail can be every bit as indulgent. Just don’t call it a mocktail.

Get the recipes right

For more inspiration on serving up luxurious alcohol-free cocktails at your next event, follow Lorincz’s recipes below.


  • 50ml of Tanqueray 0.0{5057b528e2ec7fd6c3736aa134727341eae4fdf6dd188ded3c2a814c0866380c}
  • 15ml shiso and artichoke cordial
  • 100ml genmaicha kombucha

    Method: Mix the Tanqueray 0.0{5057b528e2ec7fd6c3736aa134727341eae4fdf6dd188ded3c2a814c0866380c} with the shiso and artichoke cordial (sous-vide both ingredients for four hours, blend and strain). Add the genmaicha kombucha to a highball glass. Stir well and serve over ice.

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    • 50ml Tanqueray 0.0{5057b528e2ec7fd6c3736aa134727341eae4fdf6dd188ded3c2a814c0866380c}
    • 30ml fresh lemon juice
    • 15ml sugar syrup

      Method: Stir the ingredients together and pour into a wine glass over ice. Top up with soda.

      Tanqueray 0.0{5057b528e2ec7fd6c3736aa134727341eae4fdf6dd188ded3c2a814c0866380c} & Tonic



      • 50ml Tanqueray 0.0{5057b528e2ec7fd6c3736aa134727341eae4fdf6dd188ded3c2a814c0866380c}
      • 150ml tonic water
      • Fresh lime

        Method: Mix the Tanqueray 0.0{5057b528e2ec7fd6c3736aa134727341eae4fdf6dd188ded3c2a814c0866380c} with a tonic water of your choice. Serve in a balloon glass over ice with a wedge of fresh lime.

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