4 Ways to Put Mocktails on Your Menu

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Fern Bar
Blue Dream by Fern Bar
Spirited Sans Spirits

The preferred term is spiritfree, but regardless of the name these beverages do it right with complex flavors and textures. Here are the most-ordered spiritfree libations at four U.S. establishments.

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Protea by Kimiko

$15 at Kumiko


“The Protea is very textural. There is acidity, hints of baking spices, and a roundness which I believe guests find very appealing as well as unique in a nonalcoholic drink. It is also a gorgeous shade of mauve, which is what inspired the name—after a flower with a similar hue.” —Julia Momose creative director 

The Players

  • Adzuki (Japanese red beans)
  • Verjus rouge
  • Benimosu (Japanese purple sweet potato vinegar)
  • Seedlip Spice 94
  • Fever-Tree Club Soda
  • Top Note Tonic
  • White chocolate and nutmeg for garnish
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Southeast Visions by Acorn
Southeast Visions

$5 at Acorn


“On the Booze Free menu, we have three different focuses. Our first is on coconut water and with that we incorporate a blackberry tea syrup that is made from tea grown locally. To that, we add a little lemon juice, and we use Fee Brothers’ bitters. That cocktail is really nice, because it’s fruit forward and has some spice from the bitters. People like it because crushed ice is a little like a slushie or snow cone.” —Chris Clewell bar manager 

The Players

  • Coconut water
  • Lemon
  • Fee Brothers Aromatic Bitters
  • Teakoe Boardwalk Blackberry tea
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Fern Bar
Blue Dream by Fern Bar
Blue Dream

$13 at Fern Bar

Sebastopol, California

“The blue spirulina in it makes it bright blue and hard to resist. Not only is it quite vibrant and colorful, it is a well-balanced and flavorful cocktail.” —Sam Levy general manager and partner

The Players

  • Blue lotus-infused Seedlip Spice
  • Blue spiced coconut cream
  • Perfect Puree Coconut Puree
  • Sugar
  • Cinnamon
  • Nutmeg
  • Blue spirulina
  • Lime juice
  • Anima Mundi Dream elixir
  • Passionflower herbal tincture
  • Kava herbal tincture
  • Ice
  • Flower, lime chip, and toasted coconut for garnish
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Nick Murway
No New Friends
No New Friends

$6 at Young American


“We make a concentrate of a turmeric/ginger/peppercorn tisane that serves as our base, then add a hibiscus tea concentrate, lime juice, aquafaba, and a little sugar. The result is a tart, spicy, velvety combination that has the weight and palate impact of a cocktail without alcoholic ingredients. I think guests are drawn in by familiar ingredients and are excited by the presentation.” —Julia McKinley beverage director

The Players

  • Turmeric tea
  • Hibiscus tea
  • Citrus infused gum syrup
  • Aquafaba Lime juice
  • CBD (add $3)