We may run a liquor website, but we certainly understand that not everybody drinks alcohol. Whether for legal, religious or health reasons, or by personal choice, plenty of folks don’t touch the hard stuff.
And this time of year, with holiday parties and celebrations of all kinds, it’s important to remember to provide some tasty non-alcoholic alternatives for your guests—and no, bottles of water or cans of Coke don’t count. We’re talking about virgin tipples that are as sophisticated as any boozy concoction, made from fresh juices and exotic syrups. Fortunately, we were able to find a pair of delicious drinks that your friends and family are sure to love. (Looking for more temperance options? Check out our previous article, showcasing a couple great recipes.)
Just outside Washington, D.C., the new Rapahannock Restaurant in Richmond, Va., serves lots of elixirs, as well as a menu of unleaded creations. We like bartender Derek Rowe’s bubbly and citrusy Orgeat Lemondade, which calls for the common tiki ingredient almond syrup (you can make your own or use store-bought).
Acclaimed Boston area watering hole Craigie on Main also offers a list of complex “mocktails” from head bartender Jared Sedoian incorporating house-made components. His sweet-and-spicy Vermillion features date molasses (a concentrated sweetener you can buy at Middle Eastern markets), Thai chiles and a citrus syrup that combines lemon and orange peels and juice with sugar.