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Miguel de Leon’s Zen Zero

Think lychee martini meets aperitivo spritz. 


Marrying Scandinavian botanicals and de-alcoholized sparkling wine with tropical lychee, spicy ginger, and cooling basil, the herbal, barely sweet Zen Zero is soft, soothing, and surprisingly familiar.


  • 1 ½ ounce Gnista Floral Wormwood

  • ½ ounce fresh ginger juice

  • 1 ounce lychee syrup (from canned lychees)

  • Handful of fresh basil, plus more to garnish

  • Non-alcoholic sparkling white wine, to top (see note)


  1. In a cocktail shaker, add Floral Wormwood, ginger juice, lychee syrup, and handful of fresh basil.

  2. Add ice, and shake vigorously until very cold, and the ice begins to swish.

  3. Fine strain over pebble ice in a rocks glass.

  4. Top with non-alcoholic sparkling white wine.

  5. Garnish with basil sprig to serve.


Miguel de Leon recommends Leitz Eins Zwei Zero Sparkling Riesling for this drink, though we found Chateau del ISH worked well, here, too.