Photos by Collin Richie

Alcohol-free cocktails straight from the Mestizo bar

Non-alcoholic cocktails used to be limited to soda water, muddled fruit and a pretty garnish. However, the craft cocktail movement inspired the development of non-alcoholic spirits—some of which are calorie-, carb- and sugar-free. While not all varietals were created equally, many of the gin, vodka and liqueurs are hard to tell apart from the hard stuff.

For your own taste test, Mestizo Louisiana Mexican Cuisine owner Jim Urdiales is sharing two cocktail recipes that put an alcohol-free spin on classic favorites—the cosmopolitan and margarita.

Pineapple Jalape “no” Margarita

2 oz Seedlip Garden 108
½ oz agave nectar
1 oz pineapple juice
½ oz fresh lime juice
2 jalapeno slices
lime “wheel” (slice of lime)
Muddle jalapeno slices and agave nectar in a shaker. Add ice and remaining ingredients and shake. Strain over fresh ice into a wine glass. Garnish with lime wheel and jalapeno slices.

Cos“no” politan

2 oz Seedlip Grove 42
1 oz cranberry juice
½ oz fresh lime juice
½ oz agave nectar
Place all ingredients into shaker and shake vigorously. Strain into martini glass—no ice. Garnish with an orange peel floated on top.