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Juniper & Tonic

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A flavorful juniper syrup mimics gin’s botanicals in this alcohol-free spin on the classic G&T.

1 oz. juniper syrup
¾ oz. fresh lime juice
2-3 oz. chilled tonic water, to taste
Tools: shaker, strainer
Glass: rocks
Garnish: lime wheel

Shake the syrup and lime juice with ice to chill, then strain into an ice-filled glass. Top with chilled tonic; garnish.

Juniper Syrup: Muddle 3 Tbsp. of juniper berries in a small saucepan until they’ve all have broken open. Use a vegetable peeler or knife to remove the peel from one orange (avoiding the white pith), then add the peel to the pan along with 3 cardamom pods and 1 cup of water. Bring the mixture to a simmer, then stir in 1 cup of sugar; let simmer for 20 minutes. Transfer the mixture to a heat-resistant container, cover and refrigerate overnight. Strain into a lidded glass container and keep refrigerated for up to 2 weeks.

Julie Reiner, Clover Club, Brooklyn, New York

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