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Cheers for Mocktails

Cheers for Mocktails

Jan 3, 2018

If you’re doing Dry January, mocktails are the perfect way to still enjoy Happy Hour without the alcohol. So whether you don’t like it or are just trying to cut back in the New Year, here are some alcohol free drinks to try at select Lettuce restaurants – or to whip up at home.

Cheers! 

A line of Mocktails from Summer House Santa Monica
Mocktails from Summer House Santa Monica

Summer House Santa Monica serves a variety of Zero-Proof Cocktails at Lunch, Dinner and Weekend Brunch. The Chicago location serves a Kale Lemonade, Malibu Cooler and Pineapple Paradise; North Bethesda serves a Spiced Apple cider and ginger beer, Strawberry & Basil with honey syrup, the ‘Rosemary’s Baby’ with cranberry and lemon, Watermelon Smash with lime cordial and more – all with housemade syrups and sodas. Here is a recipe to try.

overhead watermelon cocktail with limes and watermelon ingredients surrounding it
Watermelon Smash Zero Proof Cocktail at Summer House

Summer House Santa Monica
Watermelon Smash
Ingredients:
2 1/2 oz. fresh watermelon juice
1/2 oz. fresh lime juice
1/2 oz. simple syrup
6 large mint leaves, pressed
Lime wedge for garnish
Ice
Splash of soda
Method: Muddle mint leaves in bottom of glass. Add ingredients, stir, and garnish with lime wedge.

Another spot you can sip on mocktails? RPM Steak offers them for lunch!

Three colorful mocktails from RPM Italian
From left to right: Maraschino Cherry Lemonade, Spiced Pineapple and Cucumber Cooler.

See below for recipes to these refreshing mocktails.

RPM Steak
Maraschino Cherry Lemonade
Ingredients:

Ice
3/4 oz. maraschino cherry syrup
Lemonade (preferably homemade and low in sugar) to top
Maraschino cherries, for garnish
Method: Fill Collins glass with crushed ice. Add in maraschino syrup so the bottom of the glass is dark with juice, then top with lemonade. Garnish with skewered maraschino cherries.

RPM Steak
Spiced Pineapple
Ingredients:

Ice
4 oz. fresh pineapple juice
1 oz. fresh lime juice
1 oz. simple syrup
1 slice jalapeño pepper
1 sprig cilantro
Grated lime zest, for garnish
Crushed pink peppercorn, for garnish
Method: Fill Collins glass with ice. Stir in pineapple juice, lime juice and simple syrup to combine. Top the drink with a slice of jalapeno, sprig of cilantro, grated lime zest and crushed pink peppercorn.

RPM Steak
Cucumber Cooler
Ingredients:

Ice
3 oz. fresh cucumber juice
1 oz. fresh lime juice
1 oz. simple syrup
1/2 oz. fresh ginger juice
Strip of thinkly sliced cucumber, for garnish
Lime wheel, for garnish
Method: Line Collins glass with curled strip of cucumber; fill with ice. In a cocktail shaker, add the cucumber juice, lime juice, simple syrup and ginger juice; shake to combine. Pour drink into glass and garnish with lime wheel.

Beatrix serves fresh-squeezed juices available all day including Cucumber & Mint Soda, Blueberry & Basil Smash, Orange & Turmeric Tonic, Carrot, Apple & Ginger Snap, and Pineapple, Pear & Ginger, and more.

Bright red juice from Beatrix
Fresh Juices at Beatrix

 

Oyster Bah serves a refreshing Pineapple Ginger Mojito and Cider Sangria.

Mocktail from Oyster Bah that is slightly orange with mint floating in it
Pineapple Ginger Mojito from Oyster Bah

Oyster Bah
Pineapple Ginger Mojito
Ingredients:
2 oz. pineapple syrup
1 oz. fresh lime juice
.5 oz. fresh pineapple juice
.75 oz. spiced ginger syrup
3 pieces pineapple chunks
1 Tbsp. mint leaves
2 dashes Angostura bitters
Method: Served in Collins glass. Combine all ingredients, shake, strain, pour and top with extra ice and a splash of soda.

A glass of orange sangria
Cider Sangria at Oyster Bah

Oyster Bah
Cider Sangria
Ingredients:

3 oz. apple cider
.5 oz. fresh lime juice
.75 oz. pear syrup
2 dashes orange bitters, such as Regan’s
1 Tbsp. sangria fruit (diced apples and pears)
Splash of tonic & Sprite
Method: Served in snifter glass. Combine all ingredients, shake, pour dirty, add additional ice if needed.

A light pink mocktail
Watermelon Aqua Fresca

 

Tallboy Taco’s Watermelon Aqua Fresca is made with fresh watermelon, housemade syrup, fresh lime juice, crushed ice.

a hand holding a drink of lemonade with chia seeds in it

Tallboy Taco’s Chia Limon Agua Fresca made with chia seeds and Mexican lemonade. 

 

On Booth One’s newest cocktail menu, you’ll find an entire section of non-alcoholic drinks. Nothing will be missing in your glass with the Amaretti with Italian green almondine tea, lemon, egg white, soda. Or give the Raspberry Beret a try with raspberry, old-fashioned bitters, lemon, soda. Something more refreshing what you’re looking fo? The In to Eden has cucumber, mint, lime, and soda. Make a reservation at Booth One to try one of these mocktails.

 

Hopefully, these delicious mocktails will make getting through Dry January even easier! Still looking for New Year’s resolutions, here are some chef food resolutions and trend predictions for the coming year. 

Looking for other tips on how to eat cleaner this year? Chef Jeff Mahin has some ideas, check it out.


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