mocktail.jpgOne of things you quickly learn on this job is that Gothamist readers are pretty damn good at finding typos. The other is that you can’t make everyone happy all the time. But occasionally we’ll scroll through the comment section, passing over the ones filled with pain and anger, and come across a genuine suggestion or concern. Well, it seems that a reader or two believes that we are “encouraging irresponsible drinking!” Yes, that's right, with an exclamation point. We nearly dropped our pint of whiskey when we read it. That’s not the type of message we want to send. Perhaps our wine and spirits posts are “too focused” on alcohol. Well this week we’re going to make a change. Instead of encouraging our readers to drink copious amounts of delicious alcoholic beverages, we will share our favorite recipes for virgin cocktails that are wonderful to share with friends on a Saturday night or serve at your son or daughter’s Bar/Bat Mitzvah.

This one is packed with freshness and vitamins. Yum! (exclaimation point intentional).
1 green apple, cored and chopped
3 carrots peeled and chopped
1 mango, peeled and pitted
¼ pint of orange juice
6 strawberries

Place the apple, carrots and mango in the blender and blend to a pulp. Add the orange juice and strawberries and blend again. Strain through a sleeve and pour into tumblers filled with ice. Garnish with a slice of orange peel or vodka.

Horse’s Fall:
You can throw back a few of these like it’s your job and still be able to drive to your bridge game.
1 lemon
dash Angostura bitters
3 tbsp of raspberry or orange pekoe tea, chilled
1 ½ tbsp of unsweetened apple juice
4 oz of ginger ale

Add a dash of Angostura to the bottom of the glass. Combine the tea and apple juice in a cocktail shaker and shake for 25 seconds. Strain into chilled glass. Top with ginger ale. Add lemon for garnish.

Afterglow Mocktail:
With this cocktail there will be no nasty hangover to spoil the afterglow, but the down side is you can’t use alcohol as your excuse as to why that happened.
1/2 oz grenadine syrup
2 oz orange juice
2 oz pineapple juice

Shake all ingredients with ice in a cocktail shaker. Strain into highball glass half-filled with ice.

We don’t know if we can undo the damage we’ve done of encouraging mass consumption of mind-blowing, toe-curling, life-changing wines and spirits. But our hope is that those readers out there who are maybe drinking just one too many Spring Bank 10 year (served neat with two ice cubes), will consider switching their hooch with a virgin, after they’ve had a few. The key is knowing when to change over to non-alcoholic beverages. We find a good time is when you are so blitzed you don’t even notice the alcohol is missing.

Editors Note: All typos in this post were intentional.