Free-spirited: Why More Bartenders Are Mixing Cocktails Minus the Booze

Free-spirited: Why More Bartenders Are Mixing Cocktails Minus the Booze

The No'groni at Rosie CannonballUnfold a bar menu (or, more likely, hover your phone over a bar QR code) and you may notice a relatively new category of libations tucked underneath the beer and wine. Referred to as zero proof, nonalcoholic, NA, zero ABV, or—my personal favorite, at Monkey’s Tail in Houston—free-spirited, these drinks are shaken or stirred with just as much care as traditional cocktails, without the booze. Beverage directors in Texas’s major markets have seen a noticeable shift in drinking choices among their guests, particularly within the past couple of years. Just don’t refer to the drinks as mocktails.“No one calls them mocktails,” says Pedro Ricalo, the force behind the bar at Dallas restaurant Bullion. “It has sort of a mocking tone to it, as if these…View Original Post

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