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Feb 7, 2008 03:21 PM

Mocktails in L.A. area?

We're going to L.A. for Valentine's Day. We're major cocktail nuts, but my wife's pregnant so she's skipping the hard stuff. Are there any restaurants or bars that do top-notch specialty mocktails?

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  1. The Hungry Cat on Hollywood and Vine has great fresh squeezed juice cocktails. I believe the owner is the husband of the women that owns AOC..Hungry Cat has a Cute little bar and Great food.I"m sure they will make it sin alcohol.

    1. I'm not sure where to tell you to go... but I will tell you to becareful!!! When I was pregnant, I was ordering Mojitos like they were going out of style... virgins of course! So, it was soda water, lime, mint and the syrup.... When we got the bill, my drinks were $8 bucks a hubbys $10.. a $2 difference per drink... I thought that was a little wrong?
      But, you don't want to sound cheap ... so maybe call ahead to find out the prices....

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      1. re: Kztrader

        Thanks for the tips! I'm still hoping to find a restaurant that does "mocktails" (cocktails without alcohol) on a regular basis.

        How about low-alcohol cocktails made with wine? Any L.A. restaurants specialize in wine cocktails?

        1. re: drdrink

          The old bartender at Fraiche used to do some interesting stuff with wine, if I recall correctly, but he's since moved on.

          Any good bartender worth their salt will be able to limit the amount of alcohol. As mentioned above, Hungry Cat makes great cocktails from freshly squeezed citrus and muddled herbs. They derive a lot of flavor also from having house-made alcohol infusions.

          They also serve a daily agua fresca (of sorts) on the menu, but it's been so long since I've ordered it.

          Now that I think about it, Hungry Cat might be able to invent a wine cocktail for you, too, if you're feeling a little experimental.

          The Hungry Cat
          1535 Vine St, Los Angeles, CA 90028

          1. re: SauceSupreme

            Albert Trummer is gone?? Do you know where he went?

            1. re: slacker

              I don't recall. I actually can't confirm, I just thought that I read that he left (either on this message board or on one of its competitors).

      2. i do know whole foods in brentwood is having a mocktail hour...

        honey on vine st. has a virgin cocktail menu

        santa monica bar and grille

        1. At Luna Park, a friend ordered a couple mocktails, and they were delicious, but as Kztrader noted, not much less expensive than the cocktails.

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          1. I went to a party at Buffalo Club last year and asked the bartender to make me a drink that "looked and felt like a cocktail" but didn't have any alcohol. He made a really nice drink. If I remember correctly, it was orange juice, pineapple juice and 7-Up.

            Maybe a little internet search for mocktails might turn up some "well-known" drinks that most bartenders would recognize and be able to recreate.