No Way Rose
By Betsy Morales
A simple Guide to a Mocktail Summer
As we approach summer, the hot weather can be an awful battle to endure without a cool drink in hand. If alcohol isn’t your thing, we’ve got a plan B. Astoria may be well known for its bar scene, but did you know it’s also home to some of the most delicious and creative mocktails you can find?
Pochana Thai Kitchen
Along with their delectable selection of Thai food, Pochana Thai Kitchen has an equally vast selection of alcohol-free drinks. There’s the classic Mojito, Mango Mojito, Pineapple Mojito, Basil Lemonade, Tropical Cobbler, Ginger Fizz and Fifty-50, to name a few. Best part? They’re only $6 each!
33-16 30th Ave. | 718.956.9559
Head on over to Sweet Afton to enjoy their extraordinary atmosphere and equally extraordinary mocktails. Two amazing signatures on their Zero-Proof Cocktail menu are the Instant Crush: made with Haber’s lavender tonic, honey, lemon, ginger beer and mint ($8) and their Big Mood: house-made grapefruit soda, vanilla, agave and a dash of lime ($8).
30-09 34th St. | 718.777.2570 | @sweetaftonbar
Our friends over at Savage Sicko offer an enticing menu of vegan mocktails, like their refreshing Blueberry and Mint Iced Tea made with fresh blueberries, fresh lemon juice, agave and mint ($7). We recommend their mouthwatering spicy margarita, made with fresh lime juice, jalapeño, orange juice and a dash of Tajin ($7).
37-10 31st Ave. / 718.433.9437 / @savagesickoastoria
On the last stop of our tour, we have Chingri: an authentic Halal Asian fusion restaurant serving their tasty takes on classics like mimosas, mojitos and spicy margaritas. Mix it up with the Oasis (pineapple juice, soda water, lime, triple sec-flavored syrup, lemon and mint), Paloma (soda water and lime juice topped with grapefruit soda, lavender and an orange slice) or the Sunrise (orange juice, soda water, grenadine and jalapeño). Pick your poison for only $7.95!
30-78 Steinway St. | 716.902.3430 / @chingri.restaurant
Wherever you choose to visit, always be mindful of CDC regulations! Stay safe, sober and cool this season!