Where to Sip Mocktails in Metro Detroit

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Chive Kitchen mocktails. // Photograph courtesy of Chuk Nowak

Whether you’re participating in Dry January, abide by a strict no-alcohol policy, or are just looking to change things up on a night out, there’s plenty of local restaurants and bars that can cater to your drink needs. From great Halal spots putting spins on classic cocktails to vegan-focused restaurants concocting spirit-free drinks with fresh ingredients, here’s where to sip mocktails in metro Detroit.

M Cantina

Dearborn-based M Cantina serves up Halal craft cocktails, including non-alcoholic versions of a piña colada, mojito, and margarita. The restaurant’s frozen daiquiri can be crafted using a variety of fruit juices, with premium options including passion fruit, mango, and pomegranate. M Cantina, 13214 Michigan Ave., Dearborn; 313-399-9117; mcantina.com

 Brooklyn Street Local

Some of “The Virgins” featured on Brooklyn Street Local’s menu include Brooklyn Street Surprise, made up of orange juice, soda water, and grenadine, as well as a non-alcoholic Bloody Mary that remains a “great hangover cure” despite the absence of vodka. Brooklyn Street Local, 1266 Michigan Ave., Detroit; 313-262-6547; brooklynstreetlocal.com

 Zao Jun

There are five mocktail options at Asian fusion eatery Zao Jun. You can go slightly sweet with Thai Iced Tea, described as an orange and vanilla fusion with sweet cream. Then there’s the Cucumber High Ball, a fresh concoction of cucumber juice, lime, lemongrass syrup, and soda. Zao Jun, 6608 Telegraph Rd., Bloomfield Twp.; 248-949-9999; zaojunnewasian.com

Saffron De Twah

Saffron De Twah, a modern Moroccan bistro in Detroit, features a specialty dry bar. The Halal spot offers house-made sodas and lemonades, tea and coffee, and a Moroccan Hot Chocolate made with cardamom, chocolate, milk, and torched orange blossom marshmallow. A feature mocktail is also on the menu, with the current selection being the Shomander, a concoction that features orange, beet, honey, cocoa, and allspice. Saffron De Twah, 7636 Gratiot Ave., Detroit; 586-359-6138; saffrondetwah.com

The Peterboro

The Peterboro in Detroit offers up a few spirit-free cocktails. The fruity Golden Hour features orange juice, lime, ginger, coconut, and tonic, while the refreshingly spicy Suckerpunch is made from hibiscus, lime, grapefruit, habanero, salt, and soda.  The last variety, Tiger Tea, is crafted using Thai tea, lemon, milk, and nutmeg. The Peterboro, 420 Peterboro St., Detroit; 313-833-1111; thepeterboro.com

Chive Kitchen

Vegan restaurant Chive Kitchen offers up 10 mocktails on its extensive drink menu. Some options are more familiar, like the Mango Ginger Mule, a refreshing non-alcoholic twist on a mule, and the Bloody Mary-inspired Sacred Heart cocktail. While others are undoubtedly unique, like the Chai Cooler made from chai tea, cinnamon syrup, soda, and lime, and the Apple Mash, a drink that features apple sauce, rosemary syrup, apple juice, and soda. Chive Kitchen, 33043 Grand River Ave., Farmington, 248-516-7144; chivekitchen.com

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