Neat House-Made Non-Alcoholic Drinks?
- opinionatedchef Sep 8, 2013 10:42 PM
We've been going pretty regularly to Sunday brunch at Five Corners Kitchen in Marblehead. Very happy spot for us. We always get their muddled blueberry basil soda water drink w/o alcohol. Delicious and refreshing. Had a wonderful muddled drink of cucumber, lime and cilantro at Aziza in San Fran on our last visit. Any house-made (fruity herby) non alcoholic drinks along those lines that you have seen in Boston? thx much.
The last time we went to Bronwyn, I was (uncharacteristically) driving, because I hadn't wanted to schlep a giant bag of LPs from the Somerville Rock and Roll Yard Sale in the middle of Union Square. So the waitress suggested a strawberry shrub that the bartender had been playing with, which was excellent. Fair warning for those who haven't had shrubs before: it's a decidedly sour drink with a splash of vinegar in it, but because of that, it's also terrifically refreshing on a hot day.
L'Espalier has a fun and creative non-alcoholic drinks program. They don't really have a non-alc drinks menu so far as I know but they will create a non-alc drink for you. Or you can have a a juice pairing with your meal just like you can get a wine pairing. I went for lunch a few months ago and had a nice passionfruit-lychee soda. I don't know how herbal/savory they will go, it seems to lean more toward fruity drinks.
Here's a blogpost discussing a meal at L'Espalier with the juice pairings so you can get some idea of the other drinks you can get. (I don't know this blogger, it just popped up when I was trying to find out what other non-alc drinks L'Espalier offered)
I'm not an expert and can't describe what I had but I have had very nice, adult-tastebud-oriented non-alcoholic drinks at Bergamot and Eastern Standard. I'm sure there are more places, but I'm more usually having drinks of the alcoholic variety. :-)
A couple of weeks ago, had dinner at Journeyman, and since my husband and I like alcohol but didn't feel like drinking a lot of it, we did one wine one non-alcoholic pairing. The wine was fine, and well-matched to the food; the non-alcoholic pairing was fantastic. A little sweet in places, since it was mostly juice-based, but even the very sweet ones worked perfectly with the food.
And the shitake mushroom egg cream was both ridiculously different and delicious.