Sometimes you just need a great mixed drink without the booze. Whether you are taking a break from alcohol, or just need a refreshing glass of something that won't loosen your goose too much, a "mocktail" can be a (almost) healthy substitute.
Here are four delicious recipes for non-alcoholic drinks, created by four Cleveland-based bar wizards, that range from simple to complex, depending on your mood.
The Hard Reset
Elixir of Life
Garnish with freshly grated nutmeg and orange wheel.
Six-Love at the Pelican Bar
Madison Johnson, head “bourbon jockey” at Toast CLE (1365 W 65th St), gives the secret recipe to the NA Sangria that packs a lasting flavor punch.
“This is my favorite n/a drink right now because it’s super easy to make, packed with vitamin C, and a pitcher will last in the fridge for a few days! Sangria recipes are super flexible and if you’re missing an ingredient, smart substitutions will almost always work.”
1 bottle alcohol removed red wine (try Fre red blend)
1/2 can frozen orange juice concentrate
1 12oz. bottle of Q Ginger Ale
1 tsp of Chinese 5 Spice (or cinnamon)
1 orange, sliced
1/2 lemon, sliced
1 bunch grapes, sliced
1/2 red apple, sliced
1.) Combine all ingredients into a pitcher or decanter
2.) Stir to combine
3.) Let rest in the refrigerator for 30 mins or longer, to combine flavors.
4.) Serve over ice!