Over the Influence

Miami's best nonalcoholic drinks and menus

For any number of reasons, alcohol might be a no-go for you this month.

We're good friends here at Tasting Table, so we've rounded up a list of our favorite nonalcoholic beverages in town. This way, you can still socialize without feeling like a party pooper at the table (or bar).

House-made Sodas ($4.50) at Michael's Genuine in Design District

What started as a special by executive pastry chef Hedy Goldsmith quickly became a favorite among Genuine regulars. No high-fructose corn syrup here: The house-made sodas are made with infused simple syrups and are the stuff we wish our childhoods were made of. Flavors rotate according to seasonal ingredients, but there are a few staples including refreshing cherry rosemary and ginger lemongrass.

Green Detox Collins ($7) at 27 Restaurant in South Beach

So by now you should know that 27 is probably one of the best things to land on South Beach last year, and even though we love the cocktails poured by the Broken Shaker boys, what has us coming back these days is the fresh and nonalcoholic section of the menu. It includes a house lemonade ($6) and daily agua frescas ($6), but our favorite, however, is the virgin version of the classic Collins, made with fresh local greens and topped with ginger beer.

Pomegranate Cooler ($4.50) at Earls Kitchen + Bar in Dadeland

On that same token, the new Dadeland favorite has a bit of both worlds, with multiple craft soda options—including ones that incorporate elderflower cordial and orange blossom bitters—and nonalcoholic drinks. If you're looking for something to freshen your palate, then the simple but hydrating pomegranate cooler with lemongrass syrup, lemon and soda is the perfect option.

Navarro Vineyards Verjus ($9) at Azul at the Mandarin Oriental in Brickell Key

Wine lovers fret not: We've got something for you as well. The extensive wine menu at Azul carries a Navarro Vineyards (Mendocino, California) Verjus. It's made with a medieval technique of harvesting grapes at about the same level of ripeness as sparkling wine. So it's moderately sweet with plenty of acidity to keep it lively, but it's picked earlier to maintain the tartness without the fermentation (aka alcohol) process. No grape juice here folks.

Kombucha ($12) at The Lido at The Standard on The Venetian

It's not news that if you want to feel good, you do it at The Standard. The Lido has prided itself on its healthy menu for years, which includes juices, smoothies and craft sodas galore. What we love ordering here though is Palm Beach's Sons + Daughters seasonally flavored kombucha, the popular fermented tea known for its cleansing and detoxing properties. We also just gave you a pretty rad excuse to visit one of our favorite sunset dining views in town. You're welcome.