October 3, 2023

Zero Hero Non-Alcoholic Cocktail

Recipe: Evelyn Chick

“This stirred hero cocktail (a cocktail that can be the main character on any drink menu) will save the day with flavors of allspice, clove, and salted grapefruit. Verjus is a tart, grape-based ingredient that you can use to elongate any drink, and is particularly useful in adding depth to non-alcoholic concoctions.” – Evelyn Chick


Ultimate Grapefruit Cordial

  • Peel of 1 ruby red grapefruit, cut in 2-inch strips
  • 1 3/4 cups white granulated sugar
  • 3 whole cloves
  • 4 allspice berries
  • 1 1/4 cups ruby red grapefruit juice (from about 2 large grapefruits*)
  • 1 tsp citric acid

Saline Solution

  • 100 g hot water (about 1/2 cup)
  • 5 g Maldon salt (about 1 tbsp + 1/4 tsp)

Zero Hero

  • 1 oz. Seedlip Spice 94
  • 3/4 oz. Featherstone 12 Brix Verjus
  • 1/2 oz. Ultimate Grapefruit Cordial (see above)
  • 2 drops Saline Solution (see above)
  • Grapefruit peel, trimmed, for garnish


Yield: Makes 1 drink

Make Ultimate Grapefruit Cordial

  1. Combine grapefruit peels with sugar in a medium bowl. Slightly muddle to release the oils and integrate with sugar. Set aside.
  2. In a medium saucepan, toast cloves and allspice berries on medium heat until fragrant (about 3–4 minutes). Slowly add in grapefruit juice, then the sugar with peels and the citric acid. Simmer on medium-low, stirring frequently until sugars are dissolved, about 10–15 minutes.
  3. Let cool and strain out solids. Bottle and refrigerate for up to 3 months.

Make Saline Solution

  1. Boil water in a kettle to yield the 1/2 cup needed.
  2. To a non-reactive container, add the hot water. Stir in the salt and mix until it has dissolved completely.
  3. Let cool; bottle and store at room temperature. This saline solution is shelf stable.

Make Zero Hero

  1. In a mixing glass, combine all ingredients but the grapefruit twist.
  2. Add enough ice to cover the liquid in the mixing glass, plus a bit more.
  3. Stir with a bar spoon for 10–15 seconds until well chilled.
  4. Strain through a Hawthorne strainer into a 5 1/2-oz. coupe glass.
  5. Garnish with the grapefruit peel.

Excerpted from For the Love of Cocktails: The Everyday Guide to Delightful Drinks for Anyone, Anytime by Evelyn Chick. Photography by Jessica Blaine Smith. © 2023 by Evelyn Chick. Recipes © 2023 by Evelyn Chick. Excerpted with permission from Figure 1 Publishing. All rights reserved