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Tiki Says: Try These Zero-Proof Cocktails

Do you have anything alcohol-free?

It’s important to have zero-proof cocktails on hand for those who choose not to drink. Something better than a glass of club soda will make your guests feel more welcome and, if you’re a bar-owner, add to your sales. People choose not to drink for many reasons, but they still like to be out and socialize.  As beverage professionals, we should encourage responsible celebration and encourage folks to take a break when needed.   As New Year’s Eve and Dry January approach, here are a couple of alcohol-free recipes to get you started. Stay tuned, I will drop a few more of these through the month of January.

Low Tide

1 oz pineapple juice

1/2 oz passionfruit nectar

1/2 oz fresh lemon juice

1/2 oz DHOS Bittersweet (Get it at Amazon $26)

1 lime wedge (garnish)

Combine all ingredients in a cocktail shaker, with ice. Shake vigorously and pour into a tall glass. Pack with more ice. The drink should sit below the rim of the glass like low tide. Garnish with the lime wedge.

Florida – Georgia Cooler

2 lemons, juiced

Side Note:  Adults have the right to choose to drink or to remain sober.  Try not to give your friends and family a hard time if they say “No thanks, I’m not drinking.”  Their decision might be a more difficult one than you know.

2 limes, juiced

1 lemon, sliced

1 lime, sliced

peach nectar


sliced strawberries

sparkling water

Put the lemon juice and lime juice into a large pitcher. Add the sliced lemon and lime, and a handful of ice cubes. Add peach nectar to fill about one-third of the jug and top up to fill with lemonade. Add strawberries and top with a little club soda.

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Mark Woods (aka TikiTender) has been part of the local hospitality industry for the past 25 years. He received his nickname while bartending on the pool deck at the old Palm Coast Resort & Marina before spending a decade behind the bar at The Golden Lion in Flagler Beach. Mark now owns Fun Coast Bartending, an event bartending company. In his spare time, he is one of the owners of The Humidor Cigar Bar in European Village and hosts a radio show on Surf 97.3 in Flagler Beach.

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