Now more than ever, we enjoy the simple act of finding our signature spot on the couch, scanning Netflix for our next favorite series, and getting lost in the binge. That is, if we can ever actually decide on what to watch. And nothing can enhance our Netflix and chill like the perfect chilled cocktail. Fortunately with these zero alcohol drinks, you can binge them just as hard as your Netflix, without the regrets.
For this list, we’ve matched up cocktails with some of our favorite TV genres, but feel free to get creative and explore our recipes to create your own perfect pairing. And since they’re zero-proof, you don’t have to worry about binge time quickly turning into nap time.
First up, we salute a time-tested genre that never seems to go out of style, the British costume drama. For this classic English cocktail—our version of the Gin Gimlet—we sub in our Gin Alternative for the hard stuff. One sip and you’ll find yourself traversing the English countryside by carriage, before you even press play. Drinking with your pinky up is optional.
3 oz. Ritual Gin Alternative
1 oz. lime juice
1 oz. simple syrup
Fill a shaker with ice and combine all ingredients. Shake, shake, shake. Pour into a cocktail glass and garnish with lime. Sip, enjoy, repeat.
Remakes, mash-ups, and homages are everywhere these days, whether it’s a gritty reboot of a classic comic book, or a show brimming with 80s movie references. So why not pair them with a cocktail that has been through its own journey of remixes. After passing through many names and formulations since the 1930s, the Matador’s current iteration is more delicious than ever. We make it zero alcohol by substituting Ritual Tequila Alternative for the real thing. Enjoy!
2 oz. Ritual Tequila Alternative
2 oz. pineapple juice
3/4 oz. fresh lime juice
1/2 oz. simple syrup
1 dash bitters
Lime wheel for garnish
Add ingredients in a cocktail shaker with ice. Shake shake shake. Strain into a chilled flute. Garnish with lime wheel.
Sweet & Sour
Sometimes it’s hard to tell if a show is a drama with a funny side, or a comedy with a dramatic twist. The best dramedies perfectly capture the light and dark sides of life. The Sweet & Sour achieves the same balance in a glass. We make ours zero proof using our whiskey replacement. Is it a tart drink with a sweet side or a sweet drink with a tart twist? Just like your favorite dramedy, this cocktail defies categorization.
2 oz. Ritual Whiskey Alternative
3/4 oz. lemon juice
1/2 oz. simple syrup
1 egg white (see below)
Lemon slice or wedge
Combine all ingredients in an ice-filled shaker and shake until frothy. Pour into a cocktail glass and garnish with a lemon slice or wedge, if desired.
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