As I reminisce on my pregnancy days- now 4 weeks gone-while I balance a keyboard on my newborn son, I must pay tribute to the beverage that made all social situations tolerable for those many months, The Mocktail! Here’s a look at the LA hotspots where the often $9 price tag is worth it, if only to feel like an adult again for a few minutes.
November: Fishing with Dynamite
The Virgin Mary became my favorite go-to mocktail, because unfortunately there is no mock version of a dirty martini to date. So if you’re in the mood for something savory then this is the next best thing! Fishing with Dynamite in Manhattan Beach does it just right finding the perfect balance between tomato juice and the accouterments!
My first flaming mocktail and at a spot so trendy I could have sworn there was liquor in my drink. Sadly Acabar in West Hollywood has shuttered it’s doors, but you can still taste cocktails by mixologist Julian Cox at Petty Cash or Barrel & Ashes.
Keep your eyes on the right side of the photo :), somehow a scotch got in the way. Hats off to Scarpetta for a very delicious version of their Ferrari, usually made with Don Julio silver, cointreau, blood orange juice & jalapeño. This version has just as much tang as the original, just a little less vroom.
North Hollywood’s bootlegger bar version of a Margarita. Here the teeny prohibition style cups are most appreciated when you aren’t paying the full cocktail price-tag, which generally would set you back $12-14 dollars.
March: Ray’s & Stark Bar
Summer’s Comin’ Smash and by far one of my favorite mocktails because of the care that went into the preparation. Featuring muddled blackberries, housemade pineapple syrup, and a dash of pecan bitters to substitute for the rum.
April: Fig & Olive
Fig & Olive is home to an actual mocktail MENU, unfortunately they do not offer the libations at the Melrose Place location :(. Not to be deterred, I took a slightly altered version of the Jardin de Fraises mocktail made with Kefir Clover, muddled fresh strawberries, and fig clover honey.
May: CraftSteak Las Vegas
The cocktail shaker for this Passionfruit Mocktail was truly the highlight of the evening of me. I requested a sugar rimmed glass as well for even more smoke and mirrors. Although you won’t find CraftSteak in Los Angeles, you can check out Tom Colicchio’s Craft in Century City for the same attention to detail.
June: Little Next Door
Although they are not home to an actual cocktail menu, the fine staff at Little Next Door did the next to impossible and created a Champagne Mocktail for this momma-to-be using lychee syrup and sparkling soda.
Lisa Vanderpump’s sexy West Hollywood hot spot is the last place you want to see a pregnant lady waiting to pop–and their mocktails reflect this sentiment. Their mock version of the Pump-Tini was most likely nothing more than cranberry juice while the original features Vodka, Pavan Liquor, grapefruit juice, lime, and muddled raspberries. Although I was grateful for the fancy glass and the sugar rim, the $7 price tag during happy hour is perhaps what sent me into an early labor…