Lightly sweetened elderflower tonic water from Fever-Tree is a nice tool for making zero-proof cocktails. You can usually find it in the supermarket or at liquor stores, such as MV Wine & Spirits near the airport. Elderflower is the ingredient found in St. Germain liqueur, a favorite in many regular cocktails. If you can’t find elderflower tonic water, add regular soda water and 3/4 ounce of simple or honey syrup.

Randi Baird

Serves 1

  • 2 ounces cherry juice (see recipe below)
  • 3/4 ounce freshly squeezed lime juice
  • Fever-Tree elderflower tonic water or substitute
  • 1 sprig of mint or rosemary, for garnish
  • 2 defrosted cherries, for garnish

In an old-fashioned or rocks glass, combine the cherry juice and lime juice. Fill the glass nearly to the top with ice. Add the tonic water to the top of the glass. Stir with a spoon and garnish with a mint or rosemary sprig piercing the cherries.
Cherry Juice

  • 1 cup frozen pitted cherries, available in frozen section
  • 3/4 cup water

In a blender, combine until smooth. You will have some leftover for additional drinks.