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In celebration of mocktail hour, which has been around for as long as there has been cocktail hour.


Zero-proof drinks, mocktails, Shirley Temple, temperance drinks, call them by any name, non-alcoholic drinks are on trend.

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This history of the zero-proof drink

Calling it a Temperance drink, zero-proof drinks were first found on a menu from 1865. In 1916, it became more popular and was called a "mocktail". During prohibition, alchohol became illegal with the passing of the 18th amendment. Mocktails were very popular. Besides that, unless you were very wealthy or lived near the border, the illegal clubs, called "Speakeasies" were serving bathtub Gin. Bathtub Gin was literally made in a bathtub and carried a real health risk. Many makers of bathtub gin were actually older women, it was a risky but sure way of boosting one's income. The bathtub gin had the reputation of making a person blind. Bootleg alcohol, often made in the woods by men, was such a high proof of alcohol, it could also have a lot of side effects on your health. In the thirties and forties, the Golden Age of Hollywood, there were two popular zero proof drinks, the Shirley Temple, and the Roy Rogers. During the Pandemic, alcohol consumption went way up due to the stress of the situation. As life shifts into a new post pandemic era, many people are revisiting their drinking choices, choosing to drink zero proof drinks. 


One of New York's famous speakeasies during the 1920's Prohibition.

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What do you need to make a zero-proof drink?

Basically, what you need to make a regular cocktail, just skip the alcohol. A blender, a juicer, flavors, sparking mixers and lemon or lime. Actually, this practice has become a booming business, with premixed drinks, recipes, and some special ingredients to make taste like a regular cocktail. Try one today!

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