Every group of bar goers has (or should have) a Non-alcoholic Designated Drivers, or DD. But if it’s your turn to get behind the wheel, the notion of hitting up a bar is probably driving you mad. After all, you’re the one who will have to sit and watch as all your friends party hard, crack lame jokes, flirt with the bartender and drink the night away, all the while blissfully unaware of the fact you’re, well, totally sober.

Non-alcoholic Designated Drivers

But there are ways you too can have fun. You might not be getting drunk, but you can still “drink” alongside your friends without consuming alcohol. I’m not just talking about sipping a Diet Coke and hoping it kind of, sort of looks like booze. I’m talking about drinks that are cheap, simple, taste good—and look a lot like alcohol.

 

 
Here are four non-alcoholic alternatives you’ll want to order the next time you’re Non-alcoholic Designated Drivers for the night.

 

Club Soda and Lime

 

Non-alcoholic Designated Drivers Club Soda and Lime

This is a fairly standard non-alcoholic option for teetotal bar goers. Because of its universality, you can be certain the bar you’re at will have some club soda in stock. The best part is that club soda and lime looks exactly like a gin and tonic, so there’s no need to worry about standing out.

Ingredients

  • Club soda

  • Lime wedge

Pros

  • Easily passes for alcohol

  • Cheap

  • Quick and easy to make

Cons

  • Lacks flavor

 

Shirley Temple (or Roy Rogers)

 

Non-alcoholic Designated Drivers Shirley Temple

If tasteless, clear beverages aren’t doing it for you, try opting for the far tastier Shirley Temple, a delicious citrus soda-based mocktail with a splash of grenadine. Although it doesn’t look any more alcoholic than a bottle of milk, a Shirley Temple is certain to quench your thirst as well as your sweet tooth. You can also replace the lemon-lime soda with cola to make it a Roy Rogers instead.  

Ingredients

  • Lemon-lime soda (Sprite, 7-Up or Sierra Mist)

  • Grenadine

  • Maraschino cherry for garnish (optional)

Pros

  • Delicious and sweet

  • Quick and easy to make

Cons

  • Doesn’t easily pass for alcohol (especially if it has a cherry in it)

  • Can be too sweet for some folks

 

Virgin [Fill in the Blank]

 

Non-alcoholic Designated Drivers Virgin Drink

Still in the mood for something that at least sounds a bit more alcoholic than the previous two? Ask the bartender about “virginizing” some of your favorite drinks. Yummy alternatives include virgin pin͂a coladas (made with pineapple juice, coconut cream and crushed ice) and virgin strawberry daiquiris (made with lemon-lime soda, lime juice, fresh strawberries, sugar and ice).

Ingredients

  • Varies but usually includes any combination of soda, juice, fruits and/or ice

Pros

  • Delicious and sweet

  • Similar in flavor and appearance to alcohol

Cons

  • Usually requires a blender to make, which a bar might not have on hand

  • Not as cheap or convenient as other non-alcoholic options

 

Juice and Soda

 

Non-alcoholic Designated Drivers Juice and Soda

Although juice sounds like something that belongs at a kids’ table, let’s take a moment to recall the basics: juice is colorful, mixes well with soda and is capable of passing for alcohol. Juice and soda combos are an ideal choice if you’re into mixing your own drinks and want to avoid the hassle of blenders and complicated ingredients. Non-alcoholic Designated Drivers, Ask the bartender about what kinds of juices they have and try your hand at concocting new punches and mocktails. You might just surprise yourself with what you come up with!

Ingredients

  • Juice

  • Soda

  • Ice (optional)

Pros

  • Easily passes for alcohol

  • You can control sweetness, fizziness and color

Cons

  • Ingredients depend on what bartender has available

 

Hopefully now you have a sense of what easy-to-order, non-alcoholic alternatives exist. Non-alcoholic Designated Drivers, remember, being the DD doesn’t mean giving up on fun—it just means being a bit more creative when it comes to drinking. So don’t be afraid to get out there because even sober people can be party animals!

 

Non-alcoholic Designated Drivers Writer

By Hannah Muniz, Contributor

 

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