Lowtide Lifesaver

Vince Bright, Lost Lake | Chicago

“I needed more of my coffee and tea knowledge than my cocktail knowledge to make this drink,” says Vince Bright, of his non-alcoholic Lowtide Lifesaver that features on Lost Lake’s most recent menu. Moroccan mint tea syrup pairs with grenadine as the sweetening agents, complementing the Seedlip Spice 94 base, a clove-forward distillate, and the ginger beer topper. A squeeze of lemon juice offers a hit of acid, all served over crushed ice for a layered, complex refreshment. “I have some friends who don’t drink, so it was always important to me that when they come in, they have a drink that isn’t just kind of pushed to the side,” says Bright.

Ingredients

Serving: 1

  • 2 ounces Seedlip Spice
  • 1 ounce lemon juice
  • 3/4 ounce grenadine
  • 1/2 ounce mint tea syrup (see Editor’s Note)
  • Fever Tree ginger beer

Garnish: mint

Directions
  1. Combine all ingredients, except the ginger beer, in a mixing tin and shake with ice.
  2. Strain into a Collins glass over ice.
  3.  
Top with ginger beer.
  4. Garnish with mint.
Editor's Note

Mint Tea Syrup:
25 grams mint tea, preferably Intelligentsia Moroccan Mint
2 cups hot water
2 cups sugar

Steep the tea in the hot water for 10 minutes. Strain the tea leaves out, then add the sugar and stir until dissolved.