Spartanburg bartenders share their best alcohol-free drink recipes

Imagine a romantic evening on the town, what does it include? A delicious meal, for sure, music, and maybe a few cocktails at the bar … or maybe not.

If you want to keep the momentum of a successful Dry January going, but miss old night-out traditions, or just don’t want to drink for one of a plethora of other reasons, there are bartenders in Spartanburg who can help you add a little pizzazz to your meal with their specialty non-alcoholic cocktails, aka mocktails.

Four Spartanburg mixology experts shared mocktails from their menus so good that you won’t miss the alcohol.

The Kennedys

Bartender manager Tracy Harris of the Kennedy shows how to make mocktails.  This is a Rosemary Blueberry Smash which is made of fresh lemon, agave and rosemary simple syrup, left, with a Virgin Paloma which is agave, lime and grapefruit juice.

The Kennedy (221 E. Kennedy Street) mixes drinks at their Art Deco-style bar to go with upscale Southern and new American cuisine.

The restaurant has three mocktails: a lavender lemonade, a virgin Paloma and their Rosemary Blueberry Smash.

“My favorite’s the blueberry smash. It’s my son’s favorite too, kids enjoy it,” said manager Tracy Harris. “It’s refreshing; the blueberries are good, and it’s not too heavy because of the lemon juice.”

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