Midday Fix: Spirit Free Drink Recipes For Your Holiday Celebrations

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Laine Peterson, GM and Beverage Director at Chikatana

Chikatana – 850 W. Fulton Market, Chicago, IL



Apple Soda-licious


4 parts apple cider (fresh pressed if you have it!)

4 parts Sparkling water/club soda

1 part lemon juice

1 part olla syrup (recipe to follow)

simple syrup to taste


Combine all ingredients

Add simple syrup to taste

Olla Syrup:


2 Cups water

24oz piloncillo by weight (brown sugar is a good substitute for piloncillo)

5 cinnamon sticks


Bring water and Cinnamon sticks to a boil

Add piloncillo and simmer until piloncillo is dissolved

Strain Cinnamon


4oz package dried hibiscus (Flor de Jamaica)

3/4 cup sugar 

2 Quarts (8 cups) water 

Bring water to a boil

Add flowers, kill the heat and let steep for 10 minutes

Strain out the flowers (optional)

Add sugar and stir to dissolve

Let cool and serve over ice

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