It’s going to be a long winter. With the bitter chill just making its anticipated appearance, we all just want to cozy up by a fire with a stiff drink. But it’s dry January and we’re attempting to be good after the over-indulgent holiday season. We’ve been guilty of one too many wines, whiskeys, and champagnes but now it’s time to chill with the booze and throw it back to 1920. Back in the Prohibition days mocktails became the popular alternative to outlawed liquor. We’re not talking simple and boring virgin libations either. The concoctions were as complex and flavorful as a refreshing French 75. That’s why when meeting up with the girls for dinner or a significant other at a bar, there’s no pressure or qualms with ordering something sans ABV. Besides, you can drink as many as you want while forgoing the torturous hangover everyone else will have to endure. So we scouted some of our favorite NYC spots for some shaken and stirred sobriety drinks you might just love more than the real thing.
This hip Soho sublevel destination is known for its market driven menu and but you can still feel elite with a house specialty known as the Ginger Nojito. A play on a thirst quenching mojito, this more innocent take is a shaken mix of ginger syrup (from fresh pressed ginger) combined with fresh lime juice, added with a bit of sweetener, and topped with soda. You’ll feel transported to a five star tropical getaway in the midst of winter while still keeping to your resolutions.
Location: Mercer Hotel, 99 Prince St
Hours: Monday-Thursday 7am-12am, Friday & Saturday 7am-1am, Sunday 7am-11pm
There’s more to see here than the flamingo wallpaper sprawled in the restroom. And although we’re suckers for interior, a girl’s gotta drink. But we’re keeping sober this month, which means no more amaro sprtizs’. Instead, this Italian themed restaurant is shaking up something just as delicious. Their seasonal fizz is a blend of fresh kumquats, housemade rosemary syrup, fresh lemon juice, then topped with soda. You’ll be craving these well after your straight edge spell has been broken.
Location: 31 Great Jones St
Hours: Monday-Wednesday 12pm-11pm, Thursday & Friday 12pm-11:30pm, Saturday 10:30am-11:30pm, Sunday 10:30am-10pm
Saxon and Parole
You’re parched and all you want is something that’ll ease those tastebuds and cool off the frantic stress of the work week. Saxon and Parole has the remedy and it’s free of trouble inducing booze. Their Cucumber and Thyme Fizz is an invigorating drink made of fresh cucumber juice, fresh lemon, and fresh thyme shaken and strained and topped with Perrier.
Location: 316 Bowery
Hours: Monday 5pm-10pm, Tuesday-Friday 5pm-11pm, Saturday 10am-11pm, Sunday 10am-10pm
This beloved eatery has been serving up some of the finest food and drinks since its opening and it’s probably because it pays mind to all the details, including the much overlooked non-alcoholic beverage. With a curated list of virgin treats, their Cosmonot is a playful take on a sophisticated classic. This all-ages shaken martini is made from pinot noir juice, grenadine, and a piercing trio of citrus that you’re sure to get a pleasurable buzz from, just one that won’t require Advil the next morning.
Location: 42 E 20th St
Hours: Sunday-Thursday 12pm-11pm, Friday & Saturday 12pm-12am
The NoMad Bar
If you’re a margarita girl like me you’ll be missing those agave based libations like a long lost lover. Luckily for those new to the sober thing, The NoMad Bar offers up the next best thing without the dress-over-head party girl consequences. Made with pineapple juice, jalepeno-infused agave and lime juice, you’ll feel like you’re on a south of the border retreat while the temps drop to subarctic digits.
Location: 1170 Broadway
Hours: Monday & Tuesday 5pm-1am, Wednesday-Saturday 5pm-2am, Sunday 5pm-11pm