January is a time for fresh starts and resolutions, whether that be finally hopping over to your neighboorhood gym or resolving to get organized. For many of us, it’s the period where we detox from all of the shit we put in our bodies last year. It’s a well-known fact that when you’re on a health kick, alcohol should be the first to go (nope, red wine does not count as your serving of fruit). There are many great reasons to start the year sober, but navigating the social scene can be tricky when you feel like you’re the only one sipping on fruit punch. Whether you’re doing Dry January or are in it for the long haul, we’re highlighting five NYC spots serving up mocktails that hold their own.
Manila Social Club has already earned hotspot status thanks to chef Bjorn De La Cruz, and the Williamsburg joint gets bonus points for its creative mocktails, too. They offer rotating specials like a calamansi and honey-infused drink.
Forgoing the alcohol doesn’t mean you have to sit out a fancy dinner — take the offerings at Atera, for example. The Tribeca restaurant offers a dry option for their tasting menu called the “Temperance Pairing.” Past drinks have included an innovative faux Negroni and a celery and apple fizz.
Located in the Bowery, Vandal’s mocktail is edgy and a bit (dare we say it?) sexy. Plum purée, lime juice, fresh cucumber, ginger beer all make up ‘Plum’s The Word,’ one of two alcohol-free beverages on their menu.
Mother of Pearl is favored for cocktails like the ‘Shark Eye,’ served in a Jaws-like cup, but their virgin drinks are every bit as appealing. Global-inspired ingredients like pomegranate molasses, lemongrass, and black pepper syrup make each of their five options stand out from the boozy crowd.
Scandinavian eatery Agern supplements their luxe tasting menu with a choice of alcoholic or non-alcoholic beverage pairings. Choose the latter and you’ll find surprises like a cold maple chai or tart strawberry shrub.
Written by Kirby Kelly
Featured image via Agern