'Zero-Proof' on Serious Eats

Virgin Island Punch from Slightly Oliver

The Virgin Island Punch from Slightly Oliver combines strawberry, aloe juice, vanilla, and fresh fruit. It tasted like a fresh, well-balanced version of a favorite fruit punch from childhood. The vanilla adds a lovely, unique sweetness to the mix, and this recipe makes a batch big enough for a party. More

Zero Proof: Warm Witch's Brew

Whether you're taking to the streets or staying home to pass out candy, try stirring up a witch's brew in your cauldron this Halloween. Made with equal parts pomegranate and cranberry juices, this deliciously dark (but alcohol-free) concoction is perfect for sipping between trips to the front door or packed into a Thermos for a spooky night out with candy-seeking trick-or-treaters. More

Zero Proof: Blueberry Muffin Smoothie

After reading that the average coffee shop muffin weighs in at around 350 calories, I decided that there had to be another way to get that flavor. That's how the Blueberry Muffin Smoothie was born. This smoothie is creamy and full of blueberries, with just a pinch of cinnamon and a dash of vanilla, making it a little reminiscent of muffin batter. More

Zero Proof: Papaya Lassi

Before Jamba Juice and Smoothie King took over our morning meals and afternoon snacks, there was the lassi. This yogurt-based beverage has been an Indian tradition for hundreds, and some say thousands, of years. A lassi can be either sweet or savory and is frequently served during the summer to combat the heat. This version is a variation on the tremendously popular North Indian mango lassi, using papaya and citrus for a bright and refreshing drink. More

Zero Proof: Pineapple Mint Agua Fresca

Agua Fresca is a hot weather Latin American tradition, usually sold from giant glass vitroleros perched atop restaurant and market countertops. The selection varies with the season, and it's not uncommon to find cucumber and chili agua fresca alongside watermelon, hibiscus, or guava. Here we've used pineapple and jazzed it up with a few sprigs of mint for a light and refreshing beverage that's reminiscent of a Pina Colada, but much lighter. More

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