Waaaait a second, am I actually publishing a recipe that has no booze in it? Shiiit. I guess 2016 is the year of change, eh? :P
It may sound shocking, but despite the rise of the “craft cocktail” and all things fancy and boozy, non-alcoholic drinks are actually making a big comeback, including low ABV drinks (alcohol by volume). I think as much as we all love a good cocktail, our current lifestyles are changing and that means you may be a designated driver, or you could be taking a car-to-go to get home, or simply you want to enjoy an evening drink without getting smashed, and you know what? I’m totally digging this.
The unfortunate thing with non-alcoholic drinks – side note: I call them non-alcoholic drinks and not “mocktails” as I feel the latter is a dirty word with bad rep that reminds me of shitty cough-syrup-tasting pink flamingo cocktails – back to the topic..ok so the unfortunate thing with non-alcoholic drinks is that many, if not almost all of them, have been crafted with flavoured syrups, which sucks, because you always get a super sweet soda-like cocktail.
For this cocktail I thought of not even doing a “slightly less sweet” version of something, but rather, go down the opposite way and make it totally savoury. For those of you who don’t know about the mighty caesar cocktail, it’s a total Canadian staple! And sorry American friends, bloody marys are just gross, that’s right, I’ll take clamato over tomato juice any day! haha.
A regular caesar is made with clamato juice, vodka or gin and a bunch of sauces and condiments, totally savoury and oh so yummy for brunch. It’s like a whole meal!
In this green version I use lots of greens as a base to add flavour (and nutrition?), a few tomatoes to add acidity, and a couple spices for a nice little kick. Of course, no good caesar is complete without a salty rim; this green version has one with freshly cracked pepper included. mmmh mmmh good!
Ok so what do you say, wanna give it a go? I say yes! Go for it! Make me one while you’re at it ;)
The Green Caesar Non-Alocholic Cocktail
– 1/2 cup water
– 2 cups arugula
– 1 cup spinach
– 1 handful parsley
– 1 lemon, juiced
– 1 lime, juiced
– 2 large tomatoes (use vine tomatoes)
– 1/2 teaspoon sea salt
– 2 pinches ground cayenne pepper
– 1/2 teaspoon ground coriander seeds
– 1/2 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
– Dash of worcestershire sauce
Coarse sea salt, cracked pepper, and a lime wedge to rim
1. Place all ingredients in a blender and blend on high speed until smooth, about 3 minutes.
2. Strain liquid using a nut milk bag or a very fine mesh. Discard solids. Taste liquid and adjust seasoning
3. Rim glasses using the lime wedge, then sprinkle or roll on sea salt and cracked pepper. Fill glasses with ice and pour liquid.
Note: other condiments that work well with this cocktail are tabasco sauce, maggi sauce, sriracha sauce, and cumin. Try different versions and make your own!