Have you ever tasted Sea Buckthorn berries? It's a fascinating flavor that really has to be experienced. They're tart and citrusy, slightly fruity and tropical, and a little bit bittersweet. The plant itself is a shrub that grows in mountainous regions and near riverbanks and flood lands throughout Northern Europe, China, and Russia.
Rose and Chris Bax make the wonderful Bax Botanics line of non-alcoholic spirits in the UK, and their Sea Buckthorn spirit combines the tart berries with orange peel and herbs like thyme and rosemary. It's a fantastic alternative to gin, although it's not like any gin you've ever tasted before.
This rendition of a zero proof Old Fashioned combines Bax Sea Buckthorn with a bit of strongly brewed lapsang souchong tea for earthy smoke, simple syrup for balance, and our non-alcoholic Aromatic bitters for punch and spice. It's familiar yet beguiling at the same time, and one you'll want to sit with and sip slowly.
Sea Buckthorn Old Fashioned (Non-Alcoholic)
Non-Alcoholic Cocktail / Low-Alcohol / Zero Proof / Mocktail Recipes
This non-alc Old Fashioned riff features Bax's unique Sea Buckthorn spirit and smoky lapsang souchong tea.
2 ounces Bax Botanics Sea Buckthorn
¼ ounce strongly brewed lapsang souchong tea
¼ ounce simple syrup
3 dashes All The Bitter Aromatic bitters
Brew a cup of lapsang souchong tea and let it steep longer than normal, then chill the tea.
Combine all ingredients in a mixing glass, add ice, and stir for 20 seconds.
Strain into a rocks glass over fresh ice and garnish with an orange peel.
Bax Botanics is a UK company, but you can find their spirits for sale in the US through online retailers like Boisson, Dry Goods Beverage Co., and No & Low.
MAKE IT MINDFULLY LOW ALCOHOL
Looking for a cocktail with less alcohol tonight? Try this one with 1 oz of the Bax Sea Buckthorn NA spirit, and 1 oz of your favorite gin. Otherwise, make the drink as directed. Cheers to drinking mindfully!