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Finally, teetotalers can take their rightful place at the bar, thanks to the trend in well-crafted, nonalcoholic “mocktails.” Whether you’re abstaining from the hard stuff for the evening or for good, these creative concoctions prove there’s more to the art of bartending than booze.
Cosmo Cafe 1000 K St., Sacramento
The ubiquitous Cuban cocktail gets an alcohol-free makeover. The requisite fresh mint is combined with housemade simple syrup, soda and your choice of fresh strawberry, peach or raspberry purée.
Build-Your-Own Virgin Mary ($7)
Ink Eats and Drinks 2730 N St., Sacramento
Wanna play bartender? Start with housemade Bloody Mary mix, then personalize your drink with an array of fresh ingredients, including blue cheese-stuffed olives, asparagus spears, celery stalks, horseradish and more. Available at Saturday and Sunday brunch.
Elderflower Soda ($4)
Ella Dining Room & Bar 1113 K St., Sacramento
Here’s a soda for sophisticates: Austrian elderflower syrup and sparkling water, served on the rocks with a lemon twist.
Grapefruit Press ($4.50)
Tazzina Bistro 614 Main St., Woodland
Fresh-squeezed Ruby Red grapefruit juice is served in a tall glass over ice with soda water and simple syrup. Counting calories? Ask for the sugar-free syrup for a beverage that’s as virtuous as it is refreshing.