Food & Drink

Deliciously Dry – The 10 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 or the Pineapple “Nojito” with house-made pineapple puree and vanilla demerara syrup. 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. Other choices include a Blueberry Lemonade Fizz, a Watermelon Palmer and a Fresh Spritz made with cucumber, strawberry and lemon. They also serve some delightful fresh juice blends, including Jessica Rabbit (carrot, 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 duo of non-alcoholic fermented beverages, including Pompelmo (3Leches) with a Kombucha culture, grapefruit, yarrow, lemon verbena and rhubarb, and Miele (3Leches) another fermented beverage with honey, sasparilla, birch bark and cinnamon. 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 Strawberry Citrus Mocktail.

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 Kickless Mule, made with lemonade, lime juice blackberry thyme simple syrup and ginger beer; 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.

Copperwing Distillery offers 6 designatedly delicious drinks, including their own house-brewed Ginger Beer, a Pecan Lemonade with fresh lemon juice, pecan orgeat and rosemary, and a Citrus Blush with lemon, lime, orange, grenadine and soda water.

And last, but not least, for a mocktail with a European flair, stop by Dampfwerk Distillery. Enjoy Cocktail No. 0 – made with lemon sharbat, orange spiced tea, ground cherries, cumin and seltzer. They also serve Rishi Sparkling Botanicals and Bauhaus NAH Beer.

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