Food & Drink

Deliciously Dry – The 9 Best Places for Craft Mocktails

January 7, 2022

Who says a good drink has to include alcohol? We’ll show you some of the best eateries (and a distillery!) that are offering up thirst-quenching, highly inventive mocktails.

At St. Louis Park’s West End, head to  CRAVE American Kitchen & Sushi Bar and try the Blueberry Mint Fizz made with fresh blueberries and house-made blueberry puree, the Pineapple “Nojito” with house-made pineapple puree and vanilla demerara syrup, or the Blood Orange Soda made with Abstinence Cape Spice, blood orange puree and champagne vinegar. They also offer a Raspberry Bull Lemonade and a Watermelon Refresher (also made with Red Bull), as well as flavored ice teas and lemonades.

Next door, check out The Loop West End, and try their Babe the Blue Mule, made with Cock ‘N Bull ginger beer and blueberry syrup, or one of their two basil-infused drinks, the Herbed Pineapple Limeade or the Strawberry Basil Soda.

In addition to serving all day breakfast, Hope Breakfast Bar serves up some delightful non-alcoholic beverages. The Hope-Ade features aranciata San Pellegrino, cardamon syrup, fresh mint and lemonade, while the Peach & Rose Punch includes fresh ginger, peach, rose, ginger beer and rosemary. They also serve a pink raspberry passion lemonade and a watermelon lemonade. A full coffee bar offers up some innovative hot and cold drinks, including the Paul Bunyan (espresso, maple syrup and cracked pepper), Café at Tiffany’s (espresso with rose syrup), a Banana Bread Latte and a Chai-der (chai tea + apple cider), to name just a few.

You’ll also want to stop by Punch Bowl Social and sample their Strawberry Rhubarb Fizz made with house-made strawberry syrup, Fee Brothers rhubarb bitters and sparkling water. Or try a Toronja Y Chile with grapefruit syrup, fresh lime juice, chile, honey and sparking water. Other choices include a Blueberry Lemonade Fizz, a Watermelon Palmer and a Chef’s Cup. They also serve some delightful fresh juice blends, including Peaches for Me (peach, ginger, apple), Go Green (kale cucumber, celery, apple) and The Purist (beet, carrot, apple).

a trio of mocktails at Lat14

In Golden Valley, Lat14 currently offers a trio of non-alcoholic fermented beverages, including Noce Di Cocco (3Leches) which is like a clarified, sparkling Pina Colada made with a Kombucha culture, Pompelmo (3Leches) with a Kombucha culture, grapefruit, yarrow, lemon verbena and rhubarb, and Isaphan (3Leches) which is a SCOBY ferment using raspberry, guava, litchi, rose, black tea, almond and cocoa nib. They also serve a virGIN & Tonic, a Ginger, and a variety of hot teas.

Three One Six Bar + Grill serves a non-alcoholic version of the Minnesota Bootlegger, their Citrus Mocktail, made with freshly squeezed lemons, limes and oranges blended with fresh mint and club soda. Like Palomas? They also serve a Grapefruit Mocktail, as well as a Citrus Strawberry and a Raspberry Rose.

Back in the Park, Hazelwood Food + Drink offers 4 different delightful mocktails, including the Green Thumb made with strawberry puree, basil simple syrup, lemonade and lemon lime soda, the Pomsky, made with pomegranate, orange and, lemon juice with basil simple syrup and soda, the No Pressure made with pear, lime juice and rosemary syrup and a No-Jito.

Meanwhile, The Block Food + Drink’s mocktail offerings include Lavender Lemonade, a Mock-Mosa, a No-Paloma, a Strawberry Mockarita, and a Lavender Mule. However, one of our new favorites is the Give Me S’More!, which is a non-alcoholic shake made with vanilla custard, chocolate syrup, mini marshmallows and graham crackers topped with whipped cream, chocolate drizzle and a mini s’more.

And last, but not least, for a mocktail with a European flair, stop by Dampfwerk Distillery. Enjoy the Harvest, made with fuji sherbet, lemon, red bitters and seltzer or The Next Sage, comprised of honey, lemon, orange bitters, sage and seltzer. They also serve Rishi Sparkling Botanicals and Bauhaus NAH Beer.

Several of these restaurants, including Lat14 and Dampfwerk, change their mocktails seasonally, so there’s always something new to try!