Oak Steakhouse beverage director shares her go-to zero-proof cocktail recipe

Oak Steakhouse beverage director shares her go-to zero-proof cocktail recipe

Oak Steakhouse in Nashville. Picture: Courtesy of Oak Steakhouse

Kala Ellis spends her times in pursuit of flavor.

  • As beverage director at Oak Steakhouse downtown, she takes advantage of syrups and juices to make the beverages she serves sing — with or devoid of liquor.

Driving the news: Ellis tells Axios that Dry January and the growing acceptance of liquor-cost-free cocktails are energizing traits that permit her to meet up with and serve extra shoppers.

  • She strategies to proceed growing her zero-evidence offerings. Her mission is to craft them with the same treatment and sophistication she’d deliver to any other beverage.

What she’s expressing: “You can develop some incredible flavor profiles with zero-proof spirits and with distinctive strategies for mixing juices and syrups.”

Condition of play: Ellis suggests demand for elevated zero-evidence solutions has grown swiftly for the duration of her decades working as a bartender. She claims bars would be clever to inventory zero-evidence makes like Ritual to build a welcoming atmosphere for all prospects.

  • “This is a little something that persons want, and we want to fulfill them where by they are at — no matter whether it really is for Dry January or just … any day of the week.”
  • “We see, particularly as we strengthen our record, they are moneymakers. I definitely imagine that bars should really lean into them.”

🔥 Incredibly hot idea: The important to a fantastic cocktail, regardless of the alcoholic information, is harmony. Ellis claims ginger syrup is an exceptional go-to for rounding out zero-proof drinks with a punch of heat. A very small sprint of habanero can strike the similar mark.

  • “It does not have to be a spicy cocktail, but just that minor bit of warmth creates a a lot more advanced encounter,” she claims.

Here’s Ellis’ recipe for a nonalcoholic cocktail made with mint and zero-evidence gin.

Menta Limón Substances:

1 ounce Ritual’s zero-evidence gin.

1 ounce mint syrup.

1 ounce lemon juice.

The initial action is to make the mint syrup:

  • Make very simple syrup (two parts sugar, a person portion h2o). Pour it into a quart container, while leaving about a fourth of the container empty for the mint.
  • Acquire two large bundles of mint, twist up, and incorporate mint leaves to easy syrup. Stir in and let rest overnight in the fridge.
  • Strain and refrigerate.


  1. Really hard shake ingredients.
  2. Increase cobbled ice and a splash of soda.
  3. Pour into a Collins glass and garnish with expressed mint sprigs.


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