The hottest new trend is… sobriety? With “sober bars” popping up in Los Angeles, Austin, and Brooklyn, people are discovering the joys of a night out without the looming hangover. What’s more, mocktails are getting better. A dry crowd yearning for complex tastes without the booze is demanding more than a Shirley Temple. You could grab a bottle of nonalcoholic spirit (like Seedlip or Kin) to craft your virgin concoctions, or you could go with these creative takes on the classics.
Pineapple Ginger Fauxjito
- Pineapple, peeled, cored, and chopped
- 10 mint sprigs
- 1 oz. lime-ginger simple syrup (recipe below)
- Club soda
- Lime slices, for garnish
- Lime-ginger simple syrup:
- 1 cup granulated sugar (or substitute ½ cup agave syrup)
- 1 cup water
- 2-inch knob of ginger root, peeled and sliced
- 1 lime
- For the lime-ginger simple syrup, add water, sugar (or agave syrup), and sliced ginger to a pot. Add zest and juice of one lime. Bring the pot to boil, then lower to simmer. Let simmer for 45 minutes to an hour. Strain and chill.
- Muddle 3 pineapple pieces with 8 mint leaves in a rocks glass. Add ice, simple syrup, and top with club soda. Garnish with lime wedges, mint leaves, and pineapple leaves.
- 4 oz. pink grapefruit juice
- 1 oz. lime juice
- ½ oz. simple syrup
- Mineral water (like Gerolsteiner or Topo Chico)
- Chili salt (or substitute Himalayan pink salt)
- Dried grapefruit slices, for garnish
- Rosemary sprigs, for garnish
- Fill a shaker with ice. Pour in grapefruit juice, lime juice, and simple syrup. Shake thoroughly (until the shaker is too cold to hold comfortably).
- Fill a saucer with lime juice, and another with chili salt (or Himalayan pink salt). Turn over a Collins glass first into the lime juice then into the salt to coat the rim.
- Fill the Collins glass with ice. Strain the contents of the shaker into the glass. Garnish with dried grapefruit slices and rosemary sprigs.
Salt Lake City Mule
- 1 oz. fresh-squeezed orange juice
- Lime slices
- Blood orange slices
- Fresh basil
- Non-alcoholic ginger beer (like Fever Tree or Gosling’s)
In a copper mug, muddle an orange slice, a lime slice, and one basil leaf with orange juice. Fill with ice. Top with ginger beer and garnish with citrus slices and basil leaves.
Blueberry Kombucha Smash
- ¼ cup blueberries
- Lemon slices
- ½ tbsp. brown sugar
- Kombucha (like GT’s Synergy or Health-Ade Ginger-Lemon)
- Crushed ice
- Cherry, for garnish
In a rocks glass, muddle blueberries, a lemon slice, and brown sugar. Fill the glass with crushed ice, and top it off with your favorite kombucha.
Flaming Virgin Mary
- 4 oz. tomato juice
- ½ oz. lemon juice
- ½ tsp prepared horseradish
- 10 dashes hot sauce (like Tobasco, Sriracha, or Cholula Chipotle)
- Fresh ground pepper
- Habanero salt
- Celery stalks with leaves, for garnish
- Possible garnishes: lemon wedge, pickled carrots, shrimp
- Fill one saucer with lemon juice and another with habanero salt. Dip the rim of a tumbler into the lemon juice then the salt to coat it. Fill the tumbler with ice.
- Combine tomato juice, lemon juice, horseradish, hot sauce, and pepper in a shaker with ice. Shake thoroughly and strain into tumbler. Garnish with anything your heart desires!
Yield: one pitcher
- Lavender simple syrup (recipe below)
- 2 cups fresh-squeezed lemon juice
- 5 cups water
- Lemon slices, for garnish
- Lavender simple syrup:
- 1 ½ cups water
- ¾ cup granulated sugar (or substitute ½ cup agave syrup)
- 3 tbsp dried lavender
- Combine ingredients for lavender simple syrup in a pot. Bring the pot to boil, then simmer for about 30 minutes. Chill.
- Combine water, lemon juice, and lavender simple syrup into a pitcher. Stir and chill. Serve on ice and garnish with lemon slices.
Optional: Add red and blue food coloring to make this mocktail as purple as the fields of Provence.
- Coffee ice cubes
- 3 oz. milk
- 1 oz. heavy cream or half and half
- 2 drops of hazelnut extract
- Make the coffee ice cubes ahead of time. Fill an ice cube tray with drip coffee and freeze overnight.
- Fill a rocks glass with coffee ice cubes. Add the rest of the ingredients and stir lightly.
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