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The Great Gazoo Recipe (non-alcoholic)


The Great Gazoo

The Great Gazoo

Photo Courtesy: © Jan Van Ongevalle

The Great Gazoo is not only a wonderfully named drink, but a delicious mocktail that took top honors in the June/July Mocktail recipe contest here on About.com. The drink consists of a few fruits - apple, kiwi, and lime - and a delightful spiced syrup along with an egg white for a tasty froth. Belgian mixologist and bar manager at Knokke, Jan Van Ongevalle has done a nice job of creating a mature mocktail and I could not agree more with his theory about the growing need for more alcohol-free recipes like this (see those comments in the original submission, link below).

In conversation with Van Ongevalle, I also learned that he is co-founder of Vittal Academy Belgium, "an organization that promotes alcohol-free cocktails." He hosts workshops and is often a guest bartender at other popular European bars so if you are traveling, you may come across him and if this recipe is any indication, it would be a great drinking experience.

One note that may trip some of you up on this recipe: the syrup is really easy to make. Use this cardamom syrup recipe as a guide to create it. Simply replace the cardamom with a mixture of star anise, cinnamon, and Sarawak pepper. This last ingredient is a specialty peppercorn from Malaysia and worth finding, not only for this drink but for other culinary uses as well.

Read Van Ongevalle's original recipe submission here and the full contest results here...

Prep Time: 5 minutes

Total Time: 5 minutes

Yield: 1 Drink



  1. Muddle the kiwi and syrup in a mixing glass.
  2. Add the other ingredient and dry shake (no ice).
  3. Add ice to the shaker and shake well for 15 seconds.
  4. Double strain into a vintage cocktail glass.
  5. Float a star anise on top of the drink for a garnish and serve with a chocolate on the side.

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