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

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Steuben's
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.

See also: Five cocktails only a dickhead would order

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.


Location Info

Root Down

1600 W. 33rd Ave., Denver, CO

Category: Restaurant

Rio Grande Mexican Restaurant

1525 Blake St., Denver, CO

Category: Restaurant

The Kitchen

1530 16th St., Denver, CO

Category: Restaurant

Linger

2030 W. 30th Ave., Denver, CO

Category: Restaurant

Steuben's Food Service

523 E. 17th Ave., Denver, CO

Category: Restaurant

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3 comments
Ryan Knaub
Ryan Knaub

I read that as "these ten nipples..."

Nikki Wiederaenders
Nikki Wiederaenders

Why is this even a story? High alcohol content is what gets me through the holidays! ;-)

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