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Top 5 Mocktails in Town

Julia Naman | October 17, 2016 | Feature Features

Between diets, power lunches with the boss or getting roped in as the evening's designated driver—there's always a reason to lose the booze, yet the alternative “seltzer with lime” is rarely as enticing as a martini. Find your consolation in one word: mocktails. Here, five nonalcoholic drinks that are just as spirited as any fancy cocktail—minus the spirits, of course!
Enjoy a Ginger on the Bay with Sally's stellar view of the San Diego Marina.

1. BO-beau Kitchen + Garden
While Benjamin Franklin’s quote “Beer is proof that God loves us and wants us to be happy” may serve as the mantra for those delving into the restaurant’s wide selection of taps, BO-beau Kitchen + Garden won’t leave any pro-temperance types stranded. Order the Ginger Thyme ($8), a refreshing mix of nonalcoholic ginger beer, thyme and mint, for a zesty libation that even Mr. Franklin would enjoy. 8384 La Mesa Blvd., La Mesa, 619.337.3445

2. Cusp Dining & Drinks
At Cusp, the intoxicatingly romantic view of La Jolla shores is the ideal setting for a nonintoxicating Shore Break ($6). Muddled cucumber cubes and mint are mixed with fresh lemon juice, ginger and agave, resulting in an exotic beverage that’s sweet, fresh and tangy (maybe even better than a buzz). 7955 La Jolla Shores Drive, La Jolla, 858.551.3620

3. Indigo Grill
This eatery’s rustic-chic Latin ambience is known for being festive and flavorful—two words that are also true of its creative sans-liquor drinks, like the Hibiscus Agua Fresca ($3.50). This inventive mix of ginger, tart lime and ruby red hibiscus flowers is packed with vitamins—no need to watch your limit! 1536 India St., San Diego, 619.234.6802

4. Leroy’s Kitchen & Lounge
Swap an adult beverage for a childhood favorite at Leroy’s Kitchen & Lounge with a delicious fizzy Creamsicle ($6), made with orange juice, vanilla simple syrup and soda water. While you’re at it, embrace that trip down memory lane and pair the drink with the resto’s Mac + Cheese ($11). 1015 Orange Ave., Coronado, 619.437.6087

5. Sally’s Fish House & Bar
Enjoy sobriety at its fullest, as Sally’s Fish House & Bar offers a virgin edition of their popular cocktail Ginger on the Bay ($6). Made with muddled strawberries, vanilla syrup, orange bitters and ginger beer, and garnished with a strawberry, this stunning concoction tastes just as good as it looks. One Market Place, San Diego, 619.358.6740


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