I love the resurgence of the fancy cocktails. Unfortunately, booze can really pack on the calories. Not to mention they don’t do us any favors in the hydration department, actually dehydrating us. More and more individuals are choosing to abstain from alcohol for all different reasons. But who wants to sip on a boring soda? Luckily for Atlantans, many restaurants have stepped up their game when it comes to creative mocktails. And for the ICAA this weekend in Atlanta, you’ve got plenty of non-alcoholic creative drinks to choose from.
Alma Cocina – This downtown spot serves upscale Mexican cuisine and a luscious Cucumber Ginger Limonata to wash it all down.
Pitty Pattys Porch – This southern gem offers a Basil infused Greyhound made with basil syrup, lemon/lime juice, grapefruit juice, and club soda.
Shed at Glenwood – Love ginger? Then this ginger mocktail is for you! Lime, lemon, orange, cranberry juice, ginger simple syrup and ginger ale make a refreshing treat. Oh and the food is scrumptious too!
Tabla – their mocktails are just as impressive, if not more than the cocktails. Specifically, I was pretty mesmerized by the Kokum Spritzer. The syrup has a unique flavor of Indian spice similar to a Garam Masasla.
GRAIN Bar- When it comes to cocktails, this place has some truly fantastic ones. But the real genius is the off menu mocktails concocted by veteran bartender, Bob. You won’t find them on a list, instead sit near the bar and fill him on the flavors you like and he’ll make a special drink just for you.
Blue Ridge Grill – An alternative to the ever popular Moscow Mule is the Virgin Mint Mule with Ginger, muddled mint, club soda and a dash of lime juice.
Davio’s – Their Sparkling Peach Mocktail is perfect for those enjoying their lovely Buckhead patio. Made with peach sparkling cider and peach sorbet, it is a great treat for those visiting the Peach state!
True Food Kitchen– This Lenox Mall healthy dining restaurant makes creative drinks, with or without booze. Two we love? The Pomegranate Limeade and the Root & Remedy (both mocktails are pictured side by side at the top of this post). They taste as beautiful as they look.
No. 246 – When visiting Decatur try the Early Retirement here made with Hibiscus Syrup, Grapefruit, Lemon, Ginger beer.
Oak Steakhouse – Located in Alpharetta’s Avalon (shop / live / dine) district, The Shine on mocktail (pictured at the top of this post) made with beet juice, ginger beer and basil is incredible light and crisp.
Tava – Located in Decatur, this restaurant serves up spicy-good Indian treats. To cool off try a Nimbu Pani. This cumin-laced cocktail is the perfect compliment to their Chora Chat.
Timone’s– This Morningside deli / restaurant offers house made seltzers in grapefruit, rhubarb, and lavender flavors, the perfect compliment to their yummy pizzas.
Note that some of these restaurants may only have these special mocktails for a limited time for the ICAA convention.