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11 Places Around the Valley to Grab the Best Mocktails

Here’s where to find the best booze-free beverages around Phoenix.

The mocktail movement is a growing trend extending far beyond Dry January — and we’re thrilled that talented mixologists Valley-wide have found ways to morph the bland non-alcoholic drinks of yore into tasty beverages that only lack in booze, not flavor. There are plenty of fun bars, restaurants, and other unexpected venues in town that make a beautiful and thoughtful mocktail. Here’s a roundup of our favorites.

UnderTow

The cocktail bar voted best in the country is in Phoenix, at Century Grand. And on this property are three distinct venues: UnderTow, which looks like you’ve stepped below deck on an antique Clipper ship; Platform 18, akin to stepping on board a 20th-century Pullman train car; and Grey Hen Rx, a New Orleans-inspired apothecary-style bar. UnderTow is revealing a new menu in June, centered around the bar’s own line of non-alcoholic spirits using varying blends of tea. 

What to order: Anchors Up, made with NA Jamaican rum, NA London gin, chartreuse, strawberry, coconut, ancho chili, lemon and pineapple.

Bitter & Twisted

With a cocktail menu so extensive that it can seem overwhelming, Bitter & Twisted is the place to be for drinks — it’s been named one of the 50 best bars in North America. Non-drinkers will be delighted to know that 60% of this venue’s cocktail offerings can be made as zero-proof cocktails, or mocktails (each one is clearly designated on the menu). 

What to order: Tea-Kachu, where a green tea-infused zero-proof vodka substitute is balanced with tangy sudachi and yuzu, and sweetened with a cantaloupe syrup. 

Maple & Ash

All of Maple & Ash‘s mocktails are made with premium non-alcoholic liquor alternatives, curated to assimilate the flavors of traditional cocktails. Instead of relying on juices, these beverages were created as an upscale selection of non-alcoholic libations that deliver an authentic drinking experience.

What to order: Forbidden Fruit, a balance of Floreale Aperitivo, Dry-Secco, Sicilian lemonade, and herbal bloom. 

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Citizen Public House

Located right in the heart of Old Town Scottsdale, Citizen Public House is known for a great social hour filled with scrumptious bacon fat popcorn, rosemary roasted nuts, and beer fondue with pretzel bread. The zero-proof cocktails are also on point, made with fresh ingredients and perfectly balanced. 

What to order: The Gemini, a color-changing mocktail featuring a stunning purple hue from fresh-brewed butterfly pea flower tea and includes Seedlip, a sophisticated herbal distilled non-alcoholic spirit.  

Hula’s Modern Tiki

Decorated with retro-style tiki memorabilia, Hula’s is the go-to for tropical-inspired mocktails, poke tacos, and crispy coconut shrimp rolls. Mocktails are served in vintage-inspired tiki mugs and every drink is topped with a tiny colorful umbrella and a fun, fruity garnish.

What to order: The Captain’s Colada, featuring coconut cream, allspice falernum syrup, and pineapple juice. 

Cala Scottsdale

Patrons often choose Cala Scottsdale for the awesome patio, Mediterranean far, and coastal-inspired cocktails, but don’t overlook their busy bartenders’ prowess with mocktails, too. It’s located on the first floor of The Senna House hotel in Scottsdale’s Entertainment District, the perfect place to start your evening or do brunch up right.

What to order: The Margarita Mirage, made with Seedlip Grove 42, Liquid Alchemist Passion Fruit, Liquid Alchemist Peach Puree and lime juice. 

Fairmont Scottsdale Princess

Restaurants and bars aren’t the only places in town to grab a refreshing mocktail — the Fairmont Scottsdale Princess is offering a new one at all six of its pools (hot tip: we especially love the newly renovated Princess Pool, the 9,000 square feet of soft white sand at Sunset Beach, and the adults-only retreat Sonoran Landing, but don’t miss Sonoran Splash if you’re in the mood for twisting waterslides!). Lazy summer days don’t get any better than this. 

What to order: The Garden Party, featuring Seedlip Garden 108, Almond Orgeat, Lemon Juice, Fee Bros Celery Bitters, Fever Tree Elderflower Tonic.

The Herb Box

Fresh, seasonal menus are a point of pride for The Herb Box, so it’s no surprise the same care goes into crafting its high-quality mocktails. The restaurant is debuting a new mocktail menu that’s sure to quench your thirst for a great drink.

What to order: The Blackberry Refresher — made with blackberries, honey, sage, and Fever-Tree Ginger Beer — goes particularly well with brunch. 

Drink Me! Tea Room

A tearoom is probably a total surprise on this list, but Drink Me! Tea Room in Tempe serves up organic teas, plant-based and gluten-free savories and sweets, and “special-tea” cocktails — including mocktails. The venue relies on Lyre’s non-alcoholic spirits and tea syrups that are made in-house and infused with teas that can be found on the tea room’s menu.

What to order: The Penny Rose, made from Lyre’s White Cane Spirit, Lyre’s Aperitif Rosso, rose tea syrup, and rose petals. 

Quartz

A downtown Phoenix nightlife gem, Quartz houses two concepts in one: Quartz is the casual front lounge, while The Cave is a more elevated experience with extravagant cocktails featuring unexpected ingredients. The menu is inspired by gemstones found in deserts around the world, and each side of the venue features four mocktails.

What to order: Ivory Jungle, made with fresh grapefruit soda, soursop limonada, and soured coconut, and topped with mint and smoked cinnamon. 

Mix Up Bar

The swanky cocktail lounge at Royal Palms Resort and Spa, Mix Up Bar, offers guests delicious mocktails crafted by master mixologists. Centered around Ritual’s line of zero-proof, non-alcoholic Spirits, Mix Up has alcohol-free seasonal specials year-round.

What to order: Paloma, made with Ritual Tequila, grapefruit juice, simple syrup, and lime juice, topped with grapefruit sparkling soda. 

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Dive into Summer: How to cool off in DFW this Memorial Day weekend and beyond

Water activities are aplenty in Dallas this season.

As temperatures rise and the Texas sun beats down, taking a dip in cold water can be a refreshing way to beat the heat. Luckily, Dallas-Fort Worth has numerous water-related activities to help you stay cool and have fun this summer, especially during Memorial Day Weekend and beyond. Whether you’re a thrill-seeker searching for aquatic adventures or simply looking for a place to relax, the DFW area has something for everyone. Let’s dive in and explore some of the best places to cool off this summer. 

Waco Surf

Ever dreamed of catching the perfect wave in the heart of Texas? Look no further than Waco Surf, one of the largest inland surfing facilities in the area. This resort, which is a short drive outside of Dallas, offers a wide variety of water activities for the entire family. From surfing in the two-acre surf lake with PerfectSwell® technology to enjoying the world’s longest lazy river and thrilling water slides, Waco Surf has something for everyone. Whether you’re an experienced surfer or a beginner looking to catch your first wave, grab your board and hang ten. 

The Texas Pool

For a truly unique swimming experience, head to The Texas Pool in Plano. This historic pool, shaped like the Lone Star State, is not only a refreshing oasis but also a legendary landmark steeped in history. Built in 1961, The Texas Pool offers visitors a chance to swim across Texas while supporting community initiatives and historic preservation efforts. With free life jacket rentals and membership options available, The Texas Pool is the perfect place to cool off while making memories with family and friends this summer in DFW. 

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Ice Skating at The Galleria

When the Texas heat becomes too much to stand, why not head indoors for some ice skating fun at The Galleria? (Ice is frozen water, after all!)  The enormous mall offers public ice skating sessions for all ages and skill levels. Whether you’re a figure skating pro or a beginner on the ice, the rink provides a cool escape from the summer heat. With group rates available for parties and events, ice skating at The Galleria is the perfect way to escape the scorching temps. 

Bahama Beach Waterpark

Escape to the tropics without leaving Texas at Bahama Beach Waterpark in Dallas. This tropical-themed waterpark offers a wide range of attractions, including water slides, lazy rivers, and splash pads, guaranteed to keep you cool and entertained all day long. Whether you’re looking for high-speed thrills on the slides or a relaxing time in the wave pool, Bahama Beach Waterpark is the ultimate summer destination for those looking to chill out. The waterpark offers season passes and group ticket options, making it easy to enjoy the waterpark all summer long.

The Cove at The Lakefront

Located in Little Elm, The Cove at The Lakefront promises fun for the whole family with its FlowRider® Double Surf Machine and thrilling water slides. The Cove offers something for everyone, from catching waves or simply catching some rays as you relax poolside. With annual memberships and private event options available, The Cove is the perfect place to cool off in DFW this summer. 

Great Wolf Lodge


At Great Wolf Lodge in Grapevine, you’ll never run out of fun, thanks to the resort’s expansive 80,000-square-foot indoor water park. The park offers a range of attractions, including water slides, lazy rivers, splash pads, and wave pools, making it an ideal destination for every member of the family. Additionally, the water park is maintained at a comfortable 84 degrees year-round, allowing you to escape the Texas heat regardless of the season. After a day of excitement in the water, unwind in one of Great Wolf Lodge’s renovated suites. These suites come equipped with modern amenities and cozy furnishings that make them the perfect base for your DFW adventure. Whether you’re traveling with family or friends, there’s plenty of space for everyone to relax and recharge for another day of fun.

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These are the best U-pick farms for summer fruit picking near Atlanta

Embrace your inner homesteader with these top spots for fruit and veggie picking, no garden required!

There are so many things to love about summer in the South and one of our favorites has to be biting into farm-fresh produce, like juicy tree-ripened peaches or sweet strawberries plucked right off the vine. Luckily, Atlantans are surrounded by farms that are open to the public during their picking seasons so you can enjoy a true farm-to-table experience without actually being a farmer!

Southern Belle Farms

Southern Belle Farms, located in McDonough Georgia, is open all 4 seasons of the year, but their berry picking is what they’re best known for. Starting in April, their u-pick season extends into summer where you can pick strawberries, blackberries, blueberries, peaches, and even flowers! As with any farm, it’s best to check their website for current hours but Southern Belle advertises that they are open “as long as they have fruit,” and currently that means 7 days a week. You’ll pay a small entry fee and then can pick your way through, paying by the pint, peck, quart, or more. There are also loads of family-friendly activities ranging from pedal karts to gem mining so you can really make a day of it; however, be advised that admission to the activities is extra. Don’t miss the Country Market on your way out to stock up on local jams, honey, and homemade ice cream. 

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Mercier Orchards

If you want to combo your day of U-pick fun with a real change of scenery from the city, head North to Mercier Orchards located in Blue Ridge, Georgia. Best known for their fall apple picking, we have it on good authority that Mercier has some delicious summer fruits you can self-pick as well. With tractor rides, a bakery, a market, and even a winery, there’s something for everyone at this popular family-run farm. While they do advertise that they are open daily, be sure to visit their website for any updates on the U-pick fields.

Jaemor Farms

At Jaemor Farms, you can start off the picking season as early as March (so mark your calendar for next year!) with bright and beautiful tulips. Head back in April/May for their strawberry season, followed by peaches in June and July. Located just north of Gainesville, Jaemor also has a full-scale market where you can pick up seasonal produce like tomatoes, cucumbers, okra, squash, and much more. This season, a $5 entry fee gives you access to the U-pick fields and a tractor ride. Strawberries are sold by the bucket for $16. Check their Instagram for current pricing and hours. 

Pearson Peaches

If your schedule won’t allow for a day of fresh fruit picking, then Pearson Farm was made for you. This fifth-generation family business has been growing peaches and pecans for over 100 years, and they are one of the best-known local Peach suppliers around. Pearson’s Peaches can be found all over the metro area at various farmer’s markets, or you can order their fresh peaches and pecans to be sent directly to your door via their website either as a one-time order or as a summer subscription. That’s right, fresh peaches on autopilot all summer long. We can’t think of anything sweeter than that!

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