Chicago’s 4 Best Booze-Free Drinks, Right This Way
Trust us--you won’t miss the alcohol
So, you overdid it at brunch last Sunday. (We can relate. You think we’d turn down a pizza-infused Bloody Mary?) But, listen: you can still go out tonight--even if you plan to be Madame Virtuous this weekend. The trick? Hit a bar that has mocktails so delicious, you’ll hardly miss the vodka. Down a few of these, then proceed calmly to 9 a.m. yoga tomorrow.
The Acai-Basil Smash at Summer House Santa Monica
If you’re on a health kick, here’s what to do: step away from the sea-salt chocolate-chip-cookies. Then, satisfy your sweet tooth with a zero-proof cocktail. You can’t go wrong with the Acai-Basil Smash. (Or the Kale Lemonade, for that matter.)
1954 N. Halsted St.; 773-634-4100 or summerhousesm.com
The Root Beer Float at 25 Degrees
Oops. We didn’t mean to pigeonhole you as the kale-loving, clean-eating type. Here’s an alternative: at 25 Degrees, pair a loaded burger with a root-beer float. There are also milkshakes in flavors like salty caramel and Bananas Foster. Mocktails? Not exactly. But deliciously sweet (and booze-free), indeed.
736 N. Clark St.; 312-943-9700 or 25degreesrestaurant.com
House Sodas at Greenriver
City’s best patio? Or best cocktail menu? You decide… while exploring the softer side of Greeniver’s offerings. The excellent house-blend sodas come in flavors like green cardamom, arugula, Japanese plum vinegar and Matcha-green-tea-apple.
259 E. Erie St., 18th floor; 312-337-0101 or greenriverchi.com
Frog Juice at Cindy’s
At the hotspot topping the Chicago Athletic Association Hotel, the mixologist is called the “Spirit Guide.” Luckily, the guide whips up some insanely intriguing drinks that are totally liquor free. Take the Frog Juice, an ancient Chinese health tonic that comes in flavors like strawberry-basil-cranapple.
12 S. Michigan Ave.; 844-312-2221 or cindysrooftop.com