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Five low- or no-alcohol cocktails to try this holiday season

Five low- or no-alcohol cocktails to try this holiday season
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No- and low-alcohol cocktails have started cropping up at the bottom of drink menus -- and bartenders say they're surprisingly good sellers. But while these drinks may be a little easier on the wallet (and the liver), they're not short of creativity. (And yes, a bartender will usually mix in a shot of whiskey, vodka, tequila or your spirit of choice for a few extra bucks.) We tried some of the light stuff on bar menus around town; here are five of our favorites.

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Five low- or no-alcohol cocktails to try this holiday season
Root Down

Root Down's Hummingbird

Served over ice in a tall Collins glass, the Hummingbird at Root Down is a low-alcohol drink, but it's not low in flavor. Prosecco, St. Germain, sparkling water and a grapefruit zest garnish combine for a refreshing cocktail -- and you'll still be able to drive home after drinking one.

Five low- or no-alcohol cocktails to try this holiday season
Cassandra Kotnik

Rio Grande's Skinny Margarita

Famous for its three-margarita cutoff, Rio Grande Mexican Grill has introduced a low-alcohol version. Served on the rocks, the marg mixes soda water and fresh orange juice with Patron Silver and Cointreau to sober up the Cinco de Mayo classic.

Five low- or no-alcohol cocktails to try this holiday season
Kate Gibbons

The Kitchen's Sweater Vest

The Kitchen changes up its cocktail menu every few months but you can count on finding the Sweater Vest through the winter at the Boulder bar. A mix of cream and club sodas, orange juice and non-alcoholic bitters, the Vest is shaken, not stirred, and served with an orange rind. Available from open to close, it's a great "booze-break," says bar manager Kyla Ostler.

Five low- or no-alcohol cocktails to try this holiday season
Linger

Linger's Sangria Rojo

It may not seem possible with vino rojo, Orange Curaçao and brandy as ingredients, but Linger swears this sangria is low-alcohol. The boozy base is thinned with lemon and orange juice, and served over ice in a wine glass with an orange slice garnish.

Five low- or no-alcohol cocktails to try this holiday season
Steuben's

Steuben's Berry Sage Buck

Another teetotaling option is the Berry Sage Buck at Steuben's. A two-tone drink (red on top, milky white on bottom), it's a mix of Gosling's Stormy ginger beer, muddled seasonal berries and lemon with a sage leaf on top.


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Root Down

1600 W. 33rd Ave.
Denver, CO 80211

303-993-4200

www.rootdowndenver.com

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Rio Grande Mexican Restaurant
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The Kitchen
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Linger

2030 W. 30th Ave.
Denver, CO 80211

303-993-3120

www.lingerdenver.com

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Steuben's Food Service

523 E. 17th Ave.
Denver, CO 80203

303-830-1001

www.steubens.com