As bars look to offer drink choices that appeal to more people, non-alcoholic drink options are becoming increasingly popular. Here are five Buffalo restaurants that have curated zero-proof options that are as tasty as any craft cocktail.
Known for its margaritas, Casa Azul’s freshly made zero proof options shouldn’t be skipped. This summer’s menu features tropical flavors inspired by Mexican agua frescas, refreshing drinks made with mixed fruits, water and sugar. Hibiscus Orange permeates the flower on the stove and is sweetened with orange and agave syrup. Other flavor profiles include Avocado Honey, Mango, and Watermelon Basil. From there, the agua frescoes can be combined into other mocktail combinations. “It’s up to the bartenders to turn it into something different,” says chef and owner Zina Lapi.
Flint kitchen and bar, 40 fountain square
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Flint’s recent directive was the launch of a non-alcoholic cocktail menu. With different star flavors to choose from, highlights include Sweet, which combines a Thai basil syrup with coconut milk, lime and club soda, and Bitter, which mixes a cold brew with grapefruit and lemon syrup. cardamom maple. Zero-proof spritzers brighten palettes using seed bitters, like the Garden Spritz which also adds cucumber and sesame syrup, green tea, lemon and tonic. “We thought this was a great opportunity to provide fun drinks that people can feel comfortable drinking even during the day,” said co-owner Andrew Trautman.
Airy burrito bar, 1000 Elmwood Avenue
Equally creative in naming and design, Breezy serves up three mocktails to triple the fun, each its own take on their classic alcoholic counterpart. La Piñada invites terrace time with pineapple, agave, lime and tangy ginger beer. The Berry Nojito uses mint, berries, and lime as a Cuban highball mimic, and the Mockarita rounds out the menu with Ritual Zero Proof tequila, lime, agave, and salt. Owner Briana Hunter says her goal is to create “an inclusive space for our customers to experience the social aspect of restaurant dining, while being able to responsibly enjoy a delicious, well-balanced, food-proof beverage. from zero”.
Hare, 1010 Elmwood Avenue
This Elmwood hot spot serves modernized Buffalo classics and live music every weekend. Its beverage menu changes seasonally and currently offers two specialty blended soft drinks. The Strawberry and the Pines uses homemade strawberry and basil simple syrup blended with club soda, limes and pineapple. The Cucumber Spritz is a cool, refreshing sip that combines mint, cucumber, lime, and simple syrup. Because it’s Buffalo, the restaurant also serves NA Labatt. “Part of our brand is inclusivity,” said co-owner Simon Wilson. “We all have a lot of sober friends that we want to host.”
Mr Sizzle346 Connecticut St.
This smash burger joint has a heavy non-alcoholic menu, serving several mixed drinks as well as a large number of non-alcoholic shots and beers. The menu is inspired by the classic drinks that co-owner Casey Casas loved to make during her 15 years as a bartender. Fa Fa Fa Fa Fashion recalls its “old” roots and replaces them with a blend of homemade tea, orange broth and NA bitters. A-very Good Drink is a twist on a Paloma, infusing grapefruit with lime, orange syrup, sugar and salt. “Whether you drink or not, everyone should have so much fun sitting around a bar,” Casas said.