How about a ginger julep or a Kundalini-tini? Mocktail recipes from Vena’s Fizz House

I have some beverage recipes for you this week. A shoutout to Vena’s Fizz House in Portland, Maine for sharing them with us.

The recipes are for a Ginger Julep and a Kundalini-tini. They’re mocktails! You make them with special syrups and bitters. 

What are bitters?

From Vena’s:

Made up of a concentrated liquid extraction of bitter roots, herbs, flowers, and foliage, bitters were traditionally used medicinally to cleanse the body of toxins and to aid in digestion. Bitters can be added to everything from cocktails and seltzer to cookie batter and vinaigrettes.

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Now check out the recipes below so you can make your own mocktails.


Ginger Julep/Vena's Fizz House
Ginger Julep

1-inch piece fresh ginger
3 fresh mint leaves
1.5 oz Liber & Co. Fiery Ginger Syrup
3 dashes Bad Dog Barcraft Fire & Damnation bitters
3 dashes San Francisco Bitters Co. Jamaican Ginger bitters
2 drops Beast Feast ghost pepper extract

Muddle ginger and mint in cocktail shaker. Add remaining ingredients and cup of ice to shaker. Shake and strain into 16 oz. glass, add ice, top with 10-12 oz. seltzer.

Kundalinitini/Vena's Fizz House

1.5 oz. Wilks & Wilson Raspberry Gomme syrup
.75 oz. blood orange juice
0.25 oz. Liber & Co. Fiery Ginger syrup
2 drops Beast Feast ghost pepper extract
3 dashes Regan’s Orange bitters

Combine all ingredients in a lowball glass with ice. Top off with seltzer, stir, and enjoy!

Don’t have all the ingredients? You can buy them online or at Vena’s Fizz House 345 Fore Street, Portland, Maine. You’re also invited to take a class.

Upcoming class at Vena’s

Bitters Making 101
January 31 · 6:30 pm – 8:30 pm

Emerging from the underground since the prohibition era of the 1920s, small-batch bitters are making their way back onto the craft-cocktail scene. Join our head Liquid Alchemists for a fun, interactive bitters making workshop where you will learn about bitters, what they are made of, and how to craft your own.

Go to Vena’s website for more information.

Diane Atwood

About Diane Atwood

For more than 20 years, Diane was the health reporter on WCSH 6. Before that, a radiation therapist at Maine Medical Center and after, Manager of Marketing/PR at Mercy Hospital. She now hosts and produces the Catching Health podcast and writes the award-winning blog Catching Health with Diane Atwood.