Cocktails for Non Alcohol lovers
I have a friend that insists on drinking because he feels it is part of the social atmosphere of going to bars and such and because a couple of drinks never hurt anyone on a Friday or Saturday evening. He normally orders a scotch or Vodka on the rocks and gets a buzz rather quickly. But, he hates alcohol and I can see that he basically suffers through drinking it. I suggest to him to try mixed drinks, but he is a health nut and does not eat sugar. Can anyone suggest the least alcohol tasting cocktails? I know that vodka tends to be the easiest liquor to hide the taste of, but that usually works with Tonic water or juice, but again, a lot of sugar.
Can anyone suggest some healthy options (even though I argue that the alcohol past 1 or 2 drinks is probably a lot less healthy than some added juice or sugar) that don't taste as strong as straight up liquor?
Even though you probably have done this, I'd suggest reinforcing the fact that there's no shame in not drinking alcohol if you don't like it. I have friends who don't feel diminished and take no grief because they don't drink. Hell, there's times when I would rather have club soda with lime rather than Scotch. There's also nothing wrong is sipping a decent glass of wine if he wants "something" that looks authentic.
I drink alcohol, but too much and I get ill. So at social functions, I like a tonic water and lime, particularly in summer. It's very refreshing and looks like an adult beverage.