Whether it's to regain some health or save some wealth, we all like to take it easy on the alcohol from time to time; however, living in a place where imbibing is nearly expected, cutting down on booze can be rather difficult. You may even feel pressured to explain to others why you just don't want a cocktail, glass of wine, or frosty beer right now. Replacing your typical adult beverage with something more innocent can be a great solution to cutting out alcohol while indulging in the ritual of drinking. Some mocktails can be made so well, in fact, that you won't miss that buzz at all.
Several drinking establishments around town cater to those who are not imbibing booze, and these tasty treats will not disappoint.
Bar Tonique has a long menu of temperance drinks for those who choose to go without booze, and they are free for designated drivers. The full menu includes classic sodas, such as ginger beer and Mexican Coca-Cola; phosphate sodas, including Angostura Soda and strawberry soda; and cream sodas like the Vanilla Lactart Soda and a strawberry shake.
SoBou likes to cater to all kinds, including those who would rather keep their heads clear. SoBou's Hold the Booze menu features the Naked Kombu made with Big Easy Jazz Juice kombucha, strawberries, seasonal herbs, and honey. They also offer Pomegranate Limeade, Housemade Ginger Fizz, and Chicory Cold Brew.
The Jazz Playhouse, located within the Royal Sonesta hotel, is a sexy, sultry spot for tunes and spirits, but you don't necessarily have to have those spirits to have fun. Try out the Faux-Tini offerings, which include the Ginger's Island drink, made with pineapple juice, lemon, and ginger beer, and the Cucumber Fizz with cucumber, lime, and ginger ale.
Seaworthy may specialize in oysters, but they also have an interesting non-alcoholic drink menu. For your next plate of ice-cold oysters, have the House Made Cucumber Soda or Stumptown Coffee served in a French Press.
For those of you need something without alcohol for a house party, you can whip up one of these non-alcoholic recipes below
to bring with you, so you won't feel tempted to imbibe. Or you can make a batch at your own house party and allow the guests to add their own spirits if requested.
The Mango Mule, made by Danielle Walker of Against All Grain, is a refreshing take on the typical Moscow Mule. Muddle a handful of cucumber slices and one ounce of honey syrup in the bottom of a shaker. Add 1.5 ounces of mango puree, 1.5 ounces of lime juice and ice, close the shaker,
and shake it vigorously for a few seconds. Strain the liquid and pour it into a copper mug. Top it off with 1.5 ounces of spicy ginger beer.
One great way to add an edge to your beverage without adding booze is to include earthy herbs. The St. Regis Bahia Beach Resort in Puerto Rico recommends their Strawberry Chamomile Martini for non-drinking occasions. Simply muddle one strawberry with half an ounce of simple syrup and half an ounce of ginger juice. Add in one ounce of non-alcoholic elderflower cordial, four ounces of chamomile, and five fresh mint leaves with ice in a shaker. Shake it vigorously, strain, then pour it into a glass. Garnish it with an orange and lemon wedge.
For something more tropical, try out Jim Kearns' Tahitian Coffee from Slowly Shirley. Mix two ounces lime juice, two ounces orange juice, one ounce simple syrup, one ounce passion fruit puree, two ounces guava puree, two ounces of cold brew coffee, and three ounces of honey syrup in a shaker with ice. Shake well and serve in two glasses. It will look just like the tiki drink of your dreams if you garnish it with pretty orchids and a touch of grated coffee.
If you're at a bar with no non-alcoholic drinks listed on the menu, you can always order a simple mocktail consisting of soda and juice. Add a small dash of bitters to give it the edge of alcohol without adding a shot of liquor to it. Many bartenders are happy to create something special for you if you ask nicely and tip well.