Is there anything more refreshing than sitting back, relishing the sunshine with a drink in hand — especially after a long New England winter?
Bostonians are not hard pressed to create an occasion to raise a boozy toast — Red Sox win, successfully avoiding a parking ticket, Thursday afternoon. But, taking a breather from alcohol once in a while is a good thing. In fact, it has its benefits.
This summer, keep your hydration levels up and your health in check without feeling like a social outcast because you’re not imbibing like everyone else. Bars around Boston offer fresh alternatives to the Puritanesque soda water with lime.
We’ve also scored their recipes so you can shake one up at home.
Classy Cambridge neighborhood bistro Temple Bar boasts a lively bar program helmed by mixologist Jenn Harvey, and she shares her talents with the sober crowd. Her Dear Delilah mocktail is sweet as honey, balanced with peach bitters and grapefruit juice for a citrus summer flavor.
- 2 oz. Fever Tree Tonic Water
- 1 oz. grapefruit juice
- 2 dashes of Fee Brothers Peach Bitters
- 1/2 oz. honey syrup
Harvey also works her magic on the Electric Lemonade, bringing back memories of childhood lemonade stands and lush, fragrant flower gardens. Ginger beer adds a kick to an otherwise calming drink.
- 2 oz. ginger beer
- 1 ½ Butterfly Pea Flower extract or lavender syrup
- 1 oz. lemon juice
For bartenders at the West End neighborhood’s Mediterranean-inspired Alcove restaurant sometimes less is more. The Miles’ Collins, on the bar menu with or without booze, packs a punch with just three ingredients: ginger syrup, orange and lime juices. Add ice, top with soda water and shake. Garnish with a lemon cherry flag. It will do a body good on a hot summer night.
- 1 oz. ginger syrup
- 1 oz. orange juice
- 1 oz. lime juice
- Splash of soda water
Doing a detox? No problem. Nahita, purveyor of eclectic international cuisine, also features creative mocktails like the Root ‘Em Out, a drink that is not only tasty, but can detoxify with its use of anti-inflammatory ingredients such as beet and fennel. Added spices, citrus and soda rounds out the flavors.
Root ‘Em Out
- beet juice
In Kenmore Square, elegant Eastern Standard has been known for more than a decade for its innovative bar program. It’s also a welcoming reprieve from the hubbub of Fenway Park on game days. Take a break from baseball beer pitchers, and opt instead for something bold and slightly sweet: the Step Function, shaken over ice.
- 1 oz. cherry syrup
- 1 oz. lime juice
- ½ oz. orange juice
- ½ oz. ginger syrup
- Splash of ginger ale
- Luxardo cherry garnish
Eastern Standard also features a colorful, sober cousin to the dirty martini. The All Aboard is made with Wolffer Verjus (bottled juice of unripe grapes), which adds subtle tartness. Pomegranate grenadine provides sweetness and olive brine adds complexity. Feel free to garnish with an orange twist, just like the bartending staff does.
- 2 oz. Wolffer Verjus
- ¾ oz. pomegranate grenadine
- ½ oz. olive brine
- 1 dash of Bittermens Grapefruit Bitters