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Intoxicating Mocktails

Mocktails are just as thoughtfully created as cocktails. Houston restaurants and bars are adding quality NA options to their menus.

According to NielsenIQ, the booze-free beer, wine, and spirits market has skyrocketed a whopping 120% in the last three years – garnering nearly $400 million in sales each year. With all this buzz, we've got way cooler choices for whipping up some killer mocktails, no booze needed!

  1. Toro Toro, Mercado Mockarita (facing page): Jalapeño-infused Cut Above Zero-Proof Agave Blanco, passion fruit purée, hibiscus-rosemary foam. Photo courtesy of Four Seasons Hotel Houston.

  2. Coltivaire, Not & Tonic: Cut Above Botanical, Grapefruit, Mint, Lime, Tonic. Photo by Mikah Danae.

  3. Rosie Cannonball, All Together: Grapefruit, lime, passionfruit, and Il Giardino with lemon, apple, and mint. Photo courtesy of Rosie Cannonball.

  4. Bandista, This is Not a Cocktail: Cut Above Whiskey, Giffard Sirop, Aperitif, Peanut Butter-infused Verjus. Photo courtesy of Four Seasons Hotel Houston.

  5. Marmo, Pulito Espresso Martini: Lyre's Dark Cane spirit, Lyre's Coffee Originale, French espresso, and vanilla syrup. Photo by Michael Anthony.

  6. The Original Ninfa's (Uptown and Navigation), Mango Habanero Margarita: Lyre's Agave Blanco, mango, habanero peppers, fresh lime juice, and a salted mole rim. Photo by Becca Wright.

  7. Daily Gather, Ginger Strawberry Lemonade: Ginger-lemon tonic, agave, fresh strawberry. Photo by Sabrina Miskelly.

Made without the usual alcoholic stuff, the modern alcohol-free options offer a refreshing improvement over the saccharine sodas and those "virgin" beverages from the past. These days, house-made syrups and high-quality ingredients make a zero-proof beverage even better. 

  1. Rosie Cannonball, Top Five!: Made with hibiscus-mint tea, cranberry, citrus, and cinnamon. Photo courtesy of Rosie Cannonball.

  2. Bayou & Bottle, Faux Fashioned: Kentucky 74 Distilled Non-Alcoholic Bourbon, turbinado syrup, Fee Brothers' Old Fashioned Aromatic Bitters, cherry. Photo courtesy of Four Seasons Hotel Houston.

  3. Axelrad, Hopped Paloma: Grapefruit juice, Lime, Lagunitas Hoppy Refresher. Photo by Tommy Middleton.

  4. Lulu's, La Passione: A twist on a seltzer featuring Topo Chico paired with a house-made passion fruit mix. Photo by Kirsten Gilliam.

  5. Treebeards, Agrodolce: Ghia, Date Syrup, Fresh Thyme, Orange Bitters, Orange Zest. Photo by Lindsey Cooper-Trevino.

  6. Julep, Elinor's Cup: Lyre's Dry London Spirit, Martini Rossi Floreal Non-Alcoholic White Vermouth, Carrot & Anise Syrup, topped w/ Lyre's Non-Alcoholic Prosecco. Photo by Ana Lavalle.