Chef Bernie Kantak's Mocktails Make Sober Holidays (Almost) Tolerable

Wild holiday parties are great, unless you're the one sober person watching everyone else prance around with gift wrap bows on their heads, slurring mangled X-rated versions of "Jingle Bells." Sucks for you!

The least we can do to ease your pain is to provide a few holiday "Mocktail" recipes that taste better than spiked punch or egg nog. We enlisted the help of Chef Bernie Kantak and his crew at the soon-to-open Citizen Public House in Scottsdale, who are currently getting creative with non-alcoholic drinks while awaiting their liquor license.

Santa's Little Helper

3 oz rhubarb soda
5 muddled cranberries
1/4 teaspoon meringue powder
1 oz cranberry juice
1 oz lemon juice

(Find out how to mix it all together, and get more holiday Mocktail ideas, after the jump.)

Garnish: Mint
Glass: Collins

Muddle cranberries and Meringue powder together in Collins glass. Add ice and combine all other ingredients. Stir. Garnish with mint sprig.

Bubbles and Cheers

3 oz orange juice
2.5 oz lemon-lime soda
1 teaspoon Marasca cherry syrup

Glass: Champagne Flute

Pour soda, OJ, and cherry syrup into Champagne flute.

Hawaii Holiday

1.5 oz Coco Lopez Cream of Coconut
1.5 oz pineapple juice
1 oz lime juice
1 teaspoon superfine sugar

Garnish: Lime wheel
Glass: Martini

Combine ingredients in an ice-filled mixing container. Shake vigorously. Strain and serve up in a martini glass.

What's up with Citizen Public House? Construction is complete. Kantak and his crew are now perfecting drink and food recipes while lining up suppliers like TenderBelly pork. They expect to be open in early to mid-January.  

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Wynter Holden
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