3 spots for yummy mocktails in Tulsa
There’s no need for nonalcoholic drinks better suited for kids when you can choose from gorgeous mocktails.
Goodbye, Shirley Temple. There’s no need for nonalcoholic drinks better suited for kids when you can choose from gorgeous mocktails.
When you’re out for drinks but alcohol isn’t your thing, a club soda with lime doesn’t have to be as good as it gets. Tulsa bars and restaurants have been rolling out more and more mocktails.
This wave of popularity of elevated nonalcoholic drinks comes on the tail of the popularity of craft cocktails using interesting, artisanal ingredients.
It’s easy to mix a little 7-UP with juice, but a good mocktail goes beyond that. Taste often rivals the beauty of these little drinks, like a soda with ginger syrup or blood orange juice with lime and mint.
People have many reasons for choosing nonalcoholic drinks. Whether they don’t care for the taste, they’re the designated drivers or they’re abstaining for their health, they can choose something from the bar that looks as good as what
everyone else is drinking.
Here are some of our favorite spots for fabulous mocktails.
Laffa Medi-Eastern Restaurant and Bar
Fresh fruit juices and herbs are the key to the menu of mocktails at Laffa. Bartenders can make custom nonalcoholic cocktails, or diners can choose from a list.
One of the most popular is a blackberry lemonade and mint spritzer ($3.99). It’s made with a blackberry syrup, fresh lemonade, fresh mint and soda. The mix of fruit and herb is a nice complement to salty appetizers like the feta fries — sweet potato fries topped with a spicy Mediterranean sauce, tzatziki, parsley and a generous sprinkling of feta cheese ($8).
Another great drink is a pomegranate and strawberry cooler ($3.99), made with pomegranate syrup and juice, strawberry puree, lime and Fresca. This drink, garnished with a lime wedge, has the look of a cocktail without the alcohol. Try this mocktail with one of the best dishes at Laffa, the beef tagine ($17). The tagine is a baked dish of beef, apricots, cinnamon, cumin, garlic and onions with tomatoes and pomegranate molasses. The richness of the dish is cut with rice and a fresh lemon-mint salad.
111 N. Main St.
Oren’s culinary style could be described as progressive American cuisine. Here, food is presented creatively but without a lot of fuss. The result is a minimalistic feel with maximum flavor. The same can be said for the cocktail and mocktail list.
Nonalcoholic drinks include the Seven Sisters, with Seedlip Spice (an aromatic nonalcoholic spirit with hints of cardamom and allspice), apple, lemon and honey ($8). This drink is so, so flavorful and is nice with some of Oren’s brunch items or, after dinner, with a dessert like panna cotta ($8).
For something lighter, there’s the celery soda with celery, lime, soda and celery bitters ($6). It’s nice with Oren’s butternut squash risotto ($13).
3509 S. Peoria Ave.
Foolish Things Bar and Biscuit
Before you even take a sip, the drink menus are simply fun to peruse at Foolish Things Bar and Biscuit. Drink lists fall under headings of day drinking, anytime drinking and night drinking. Or, look for menu headings pre-prohibition, prohibition and shortly after, dark days of cocktails and modern classics.
Our favorite mocktail here is the sparkling apple cider, an amber-hued creation of apple cider, lemon juice, demerara syrup and soda water. The lemon and rosemary garnish really add flair to this quenching sip. Prices of mocktails range from $5-$8.
There are 39 cocktails on the menu, some of which can be made non-alcoholic based on the bartender’s discretion.
Of course, you can’t leave without sampling one of the signature biscuit sandwiches. We love the veggie with a beer-battered roasted tomato, arugula, avocado, garlic aioli and poached egg ($9).
The restaurant, which opened in October, is open from 7 a.m.-midnight daily, which makes for a menu of day bites and night bites. A popular night bite has been the Bonuts ($10). Fried biscuit dough is sprinkled with strawberry powder and served with house-made blueberry jam and grapefruit-infused soft cheese.
3524 S. Peoria Ave.