Have a drink without having a drink!
Just because you’re pregnant, underage, on a diet, staying off booze because of religious beliefs, or teetotaling for some other reason doesn’t mean you can’t sidle up to the bar and hold your own.
Scream for an egg cream this summer. Cool off with a cucumber lemonade. Slam your fisted hand down and demand a homemade cola. Alcohol-free beverage concoctions can be found in local bars and old-fashioned pharmacies all over the borough — and you deserve one.
• Walter Foods: Located in Williamsburg, Walter Foods offers multiple drinks sans alcohol. The Cucumber Mint Lemonade is among the most popular and refreshing.
Walkter Foods [253 Grand St. in Williamsburg, (718) 387–8783].
• Brooklyn Farmacy and Soda Fountain:
Brooklyn Farmacy is only two years old, but it creates an authentic blast from the past with their specialty egg creams — popular concoctions from the 1950’s and 60’s that include two tablespoons of cold milk, two tablespoons of pure sugar cane syrup and a generous measure of seltzer. Vanilla, chocolate, maple and coffee flavors are offered.
Brooklyn Farmacy and Soda Fountain [513 Henry St. in Carroll Gardens, (718) 522–6260].
• Fort Defiance:
This hot spot features house-made gingerade and traditional egg creams. It also offers various alcohol-free drinks to complement the traditional bar atmosphere.
Fort Defiance [365 Van Brunt St. in Red Hook, (347) 453–6672].
• Bubby’s Brooklyn:
From homemade cola and hot honey lemonade to ginger beer, Bubby’s is making a name for itself in the non-drinking community with a large selection of in-house mixes.
Bubby’s Brooklyn [1 Main St. in DUMBO; (718) 212–0666].
• Two Boots: The Park Slope staple does a fine job with their Mango Fresco — a drink spiked with a hefty dose of seltzer — but they also include a flattering variety of mocktails, teas and and fresh lemonades for non-drinkers who are typically stiffed by the menu.
Two Boots [514 2nd St. between Seventh and Eighth avenues in Park Slope; (718) 499–3253].