Magenta Sky features one of our favorite non-alcoholic spirits, Ghia. A wonderfully complex aperitif, it puts gentian (near and dear to our hearts) front and center but supports it with a burst of tart, juicy, floral, and herbal flavors. It's pretty intense stuff on its own but is wonderful used in cocktails.
This original mocktail plays up those floral and tart notes by adding a lavender simple syrup and hibiscus tea. It's perfect when you're in the mood for something a little sweet but not necessarily fruity.
Magenta Sky (Non-Alcoholic Cocktail Recipe)
3/4 ounce Ghia Aperitivo
1 1/2 ounces chilled hibiscus tea
1 ounce lavender simple syrup (see notes for recipe)
1/2 ounce fresh lime juice
2 full droppers All The Bitter Orange bitters
Brew a cup of hibiscus tea normally, place in refrigerator to chill.
Add chilled tea, Ghia, lavender simple syrup, lime juice, and Orange bitters to a shaker with ice and shake until well-chilled.
Strain into a chilled coupe or martini glass.
Garnish with a lime wheel.
LAVENDER SIMPLE SYRUP RECIPE
Lavender simple syrup can be purchased, or it's easy to make at home.
Add 1 cup of water, 1 cup of sugar, and 4 tablespoons (around 10 grams) of dried lavender to a small sauce pot. Make sure the lavender is food grade! Bring to a light simmer, then remove from heat and let steep for 10 minutes. Strain using a wire strainer, let cool, and bottle. Like all simple syrups this will keep in the fridge for at least a month, and if you make extra you can freeze any excess. Lavender syrup makes a great mocktail ingredient but is delicious on its own in soda water, or even in coffee!
The syrup will likely come out a beige color, depending on the color of the dried buds you're starting with. If you prefer a purple color, you can either add some blueberries to the pot or use food coloring (2 red:1 blue ratio).
MAKE IT MINDFULLY LOW ALCOHOL
You could certainly make this with an alcoholic Amaro instead of Ghia, such as Amaro Nonino. Keep the proportions the same, using ¾ ounce of the Amaro.