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Assorted mocktails at Momofuku CCDC.
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12 D.C. Mocktails That Are Better Than a Shirley Temple

The fruitiest, funkiest, alcohol-free drinks around

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Assorted mocktails at Momofuku CCDC.
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There was a time when the only thing teetotalers could expect while dining out were fizzy glasses of grenadine and ginger ale. But mocktails have come a long way since sugary staples like the Shirley Temple. Bartenders are now creating alcohol-free drinks with custom tonics, shrubs, bitters and fresh-squeezed juices. The concoctions are so intricate that even spirit drinkers won’t miss the booze.

Some establishments, such as Silver Spring’s All Set, offer booze-free versions of their cocktails, while other restaurants are turning to non-alcoholic options favored in the country whose food they represent. Zentan, for instance, serves a mocktail featuring Japanese soda Calpis. Folks traveling to Baltimore can try a variety of options, including Woodberry Kitchen, Minnow, and Showroom Café and Bar.

Here are a dozen spots where customers won’t miss the alcohol.

Note: The featured bars and restaurants are not ranked. The map is arranged geographically from north to south.

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City Perch

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City Perch offers half a dozen nonalcoholic options year-round, including homemade ginger beers and tonic water.

Assorted drinks at City Perch.
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All Set

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This Silver Spring restaurant has adapted its house cocktails for teetotalers with its four mocktails. The Provincetown contains cranberry juice, lemon, cucumber, ginger, club soda, basil, and mint.

Drinks at All Set.
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Bartaco

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The seven mocktails at this Tex-Mex-y chain include fresh fruit, mint, and chicha, a purple corn-based drink. Chicha is boiled with pineapple, sugar, and spices and garnished with a pineapple wedge.

Purple corn-based chicha at Bartaco.
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District Distilling Co.

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Teetotalers might not expect a distillery to cater to them, but the bar here servers three mocktails, including a carrot soda with carrot syrup, lime juice, and orange bitters.

Assorted drinks at District Distilling Co.
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This Japanese restaurant uses green tea and passion fruit puree in its Asian-inspired mocktails. Try Japanese soda Calpis with ginger, lime, and egg white, which makes up the Crooked Glance.

Customers dining at Zentan.
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Fiola Mare

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This swanky Georgetown restaurant doesn’t skimp on flavor with its three mocktails. Try the Spiced Melograno with syrup, pomegranate, lemon, and club soda.

Fruity drinks at Fiola Mare.
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Equinox

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The upscale veggie friendly spot uses offer three to five rotating non-alcoholic beverages, dubbed “craft beverages.” The Kentucky Kiss is made with pureed strawberry, lemon juice, and maple syrup; it debuted in February.

A minty drink at Equinox.
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Momofuku CCDC

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Pomegranate, matcha, and plums make their way onto the mocktail menu here. The Pomegranate Peppercorn Highball is made with pomegranate molasses, anise, and Sichuan peppercorn.

Cured fruit, coconut milk ,and Sicuahn peppercorns bolster Momofuku CCDC’s mocktails.
Momofuku CCDC [Official photo]

Bindaas (Multiple locations)

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The new Foggy Bottom location of this casual Indian restaurant offers three mocktails, including a citrus-saffron soda, spicy green soda, and tamarind soda. The Cleveland Park location serves an apple-ginger soda and lavender lemonade.

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Founding Farmers (Multiple locations)

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With eight drinks listed in its “Farmacy” section, and half a dozen cold-pressed juice blends, Founding Farmers makes it easy to abstain from alcohol. Try one of the house sodas, featuring hibiscus, ginger, vanilla, grapefruit, orange, lemon-lime, and seasonally inspired flavors.

Fruit sodas at Founding Farmers.
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Tonic doesn’t forget about teetotalers. Its four mocktails count demerara syrup, lime juice, and ginger beer among the featured ingredients. The Jerk is made with fresh cherry and vanilla syrup, Coke, and maraschino cherries.

The bar at Tonic.
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The Partisan

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Penn Quarter’s Partisan recently unveiled its new mocktail list, titled “alternative rocks.” Try the Should I Stay or Should I Go, with honey ginger syrup, habanero and serrano syrup, citrus, and candied ginger.

The bar at the Partisan.
Michael F./Yelp

City Perch

Assorted drinks at City Perch.
City Perch/Facebook

City Perch offers half a dozen nonalcoholic options year-round, including homemade ginger beers and tonic water.

Assorted drinks at City Perch.
City Perch/Facebook

All Set

Drinks at All Set.
All Set/Facebook

This Silver Spring restaurant has adapted its house cocktails for teetotalers with its four mocktails. The Provincetown contains cranberry juice, lemon, cucumber, ginger, club soda, basil, and mint.

Drinks at All Set.
All Set/Facebook

Bartaco

Purple corn-based chicha at Bartaco.
Bartaco [Official photo]

The seven mocktails at this Tex-Mex-y chain include fresh fruit, mint, and chicha, a purple corn-based drink. Chicha is boiled with pineapple, sugar, and spices and garnished with a pineapple wedge.

Purple corn-based chicha at Bartaco.
Bartaco [Official photo]

District Distilling Co.

Assorted drinks at District Distilling Co.
District Distilling Co./Facebook

Teetotalers might not expect a distillery to cater to them, but the bar here servers three mocktails, including a carrot soda with carrot syrup, lime juice, and orange bitters.

Assorted drinks at District Distilling Co.
District Distilling Co./Facebook

Zentan

Customers dining at Zentan.
Zentan/Facebook

This Japanese restaurant uses green tea and passion fruit puree in its Asian-inspired mocktails. Try Japanese soda Calpis with ginger, lime, and egg white, which makes up the Crooked Glance.

Customers dining at Zentan.
Zentan/Facebook

Fiola Mare

Fruity drinks at Fiola Mare.
Fiola Mare/Facebook

This swanky Georgetown restaurant doesn’t skimp on flavor with its three mocktails. Try the Spiced Melograno with syrup, pomegranate, lemon, and club soda.

Fruity drinks at Fiola Mare.
Fiola Mare/Facebook

Equinox

A minty drink at Equinox.
Equinox/Facebook

The upscale veggie friendly spot uses offer three to five rotating non-alcoholic beverages, dubbed “craft beverages.” The Kentucky Kiss is made with pureed strawberry, lemon juice, and maple syrup; it debuted in February.

A minty drink at Equinox.
Equinox/Facebook

Momofuku CCDC

Cured fruit, coconut milk ,and Sicuahn peppercorns bolster Momofuku CCDC’s mocktails.
Momofuku CCDC [Official photo]

Pomegranate, matcha, and plums make their way onto the mocktail menu here. The Pomegranate Peppercorn Highball is made with pomegranate molasses, anise, and Sichuan peppercorn.

Cured fruit, coconut milk ,and Sicuahn peppercorns bolster Momofuku CCDC’s mocktails.
Momofuku CCDC [Official photo]

Bindaas (Multiple locations)

The bar at the new Bindaas.
Rey Lopez/Eater DC

The new Foggy Bottom location of this casual Indian restaurant offers three mocktails, including a citrus-saffron soda, spicy green soda, and tamarind soda. The Cleveland Park location serves an apple-ginger soda and lavender lemonade.

The bar at the new Bindaas.
Rey Lopez/Eater DC

Founding Farmers (Multiple locations)

Fruit sodas at Founding Farmers.
Founding Farmers/Facebook

With eight drinks listed in its “Farmacy” section, and half a dozen cold-pressed juice blends, Founding Farmers makes it easy to abstain from alcohol. Try one of the house sodas, featuring hibiscus, ginger, vanilla, grapefruit, orange, lemon-lime, and seasonally inspired flavors.

Fruit sodas at Founding Farmers.
Founding Farmers/Facebook

Tonic

The bar at Tonic.
Kathryn L./Yelp

Tonic doesn’t forget about teetotalers. Its four mocktails count demerara syrup, lime juice, and ginger beer among the featured ingredients. The Jerk is made with fresh cherry and vanilla syrup, Coke, and maraschino cherries.

The bar at Tonic.
Kathryn L./Yelp

The Partisan

The bar at the Partisan.
Michael F./Yelp

Penn Quarter’s Partisan recently unveiled its new mocktail list, titled “alternative rocks.” Try the Should I Stay or Should I Go, with honey ginger syrup, habanero and serrano syrup, citrus, and candied ginger.

The bar at the Partisan.
Michael F./Yelp

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