Drinks are on us!

Here’s To You, Designated Driver
By Dan Saberhagen

Picture this. You’re all set to get your drink on and have a night to remember. Your boss is on your case, your love interest just left you and the Red Sox got swept by the Yanks (the horror!). It’s time to get the alcohol flowing and drink away the bad times for some good ones!

But then the buzz kill of all buzz kills hits you when your friends ask you to be the designated driver. But fear not, great citizen! We here at Taste Worcester appreciate you. Who says that being the DD signifies a night of boredom? Instead of sulking around with a lonely glass of water, here are some cool non-alcoholic specialty drinks that ensure a fun night out and a safe drive home.

Cranberry Citrus Cocktail
6 ounces cranberry juice cocktail
2 ounces club soda
1 teaspoon orange juice
1 lime wedge

Fill a glass with crushed ice, pour in the cranberry juice. Top with club soda and orange juice. Squeeze in the juice from the lime wedge, drop in the wedge, stir and serve.

Roy Rogers
6 ounces cola
1-1/2 teaspoons grenadine
Garnish: orange slice or maraschino cherry

Pour cola over crushed ice, top with grenadine, garnish and serve.

Picante Pleaser
3 ounces cranberry juice
3 ounces tomato juice
1 teaspoon Tabasco
1 teaspoon lime juice
Fresh ground black pepper to taste
Dash salt
Garnish: Cilantro sprig or lime wedge

Pour all ingredients over crushed ice, garnish and serve.

Wavebender
1 ounce orange juice
1/2 ounce lemon juice
Dash of grenadine

Shake all ingredients in a shaker full of ice and strain into a highball glass filled 3/4 with ice. Top with approximately 5 ounces of ginger ale and serve.

Virgin Planter’s Punch
3 ounce grapefruit juice
2 ounce pineapple juice
1/2 ounce lime juice
1/4 ounce simple syrup

Pour all ingredients into a shaker full of ice. Shake and strain into a collins glass filled 3/4 with ice and top with club soda. Garnish with a pineapple spear and serve.

Golden Nest
4 ounce orange juice
1 ounce cranberry juice
1 egg yolk
Dash of grenadine

Pour all ingredients into a shaker filled with ice. Shake and strain into an old-fashioned glass on the rocks and serve.

Virgin Mary
4 ounce tomato juice
2 – 3 dashes lemon juice
1 pinch celery salt
4 – 6 drops Worcestershire sauce
1 pinch coarse peppers
2 – 3 drops Tabasco sauce
1 celery stalk

Pour tomato juice over ice cubes in a large highball glass. Season to taste, stir, garnish with celery and serve.

Safe Sex on the Beach
3 ounce cranberry juice
3 ounce grapefruit juice
2 ounce peach nectar
1 maraschino cherry

Pour over ice in a chilled glass and stir. Garnish with a cherry and serve.