What are some non-alcoholic martini ritual substitutes?
August 9, 2010 7:52 AM Subscribe
What are some good non-alcoholic substitutes for my evening martini?
I love my evening ritual of making and drinking a martini. While a tasty martini is obviously great, the other big part of it is the ritual aspect - getting out the glass, filling the shaker with ice, measuring the gin and vermouth, shaking, pouring, washing the shaker... It takes me longer than necessary to make my martini, and that's on purpose; by the time I'm done I know my day is over and I can be in evening mode before I even taste the drink. But I need a non-alcoholic drink I can prepare with a similar degree of ritual - it doesn't need to taste like a martini, but something I can make in my cocktail shaker and serve up is preferred (though that's not critical if there are some other prep steps I can substitute). I'm basically looking for a new ritual beverage without the booze.
I'm not a big fan of grapefruit juice or ginger, though I can imagine enjoying a drink in which they feature, as long as it's not designed to showcase their flavors. Otherwise things are pretty wide open.
Gin has been a good friend and companion for years, but it's not my ally in the weight-loss effort... low-calorie options would be a bonus, but non-alcoholic is the key factor.