For those looking for a zero-alcohol way to quench their thirst, look no further than New Orleans’ newest booze-free beverage—dubbed Mockly. Founded by New Orleans native Aimée Sedky and her husband Tarik, and crafted by New Orleans mixologist Jesse Carr, Mockly is a cocktail in a can—minus the booze. Flavors include Baron von Blue (mint-spiked blueberry and rose), Eye Opener (effervescent peach and citrus) Love Bite (rosemary-finished pomegranate and ginger). They also make great mixers for those who want to add alcohol. Available at local grocery stores, restaurants and bars,


Cocktail Culture

The Bower, located in the Lower Garden District, has opened The Bower Bar in the space formerly occupied by Claret Wine Bar. The interior has the same lush look as The Bower thanks to living green walls and plants from locally owned landscape architects, Luna Botanicals. Enjoy cocktails from Beverage Director Mickey Mullins focused on field-to-glass libations with seasonal herbs, flowers and produce from Sugar Roots Farm. Zero-proof drinks also are available, including the Sugar Roots Spritz (house-made hibiscus syrup, lime and soda) and the Pear-Ly There (spiced pear puree and tonic). Small plates from Executive Chef Marcus Woodham include a charred broccoli salad and fried calamari. Happy hour takes place Monday through Saturday from 4-6 p.m. with discounted drinks and bites. 1320 Magazine St., 582-9738,


Kentucky Kicks

Frankfort, Kentucky-based Castle & Key Distillery recently expanded distribution of its portfolio, including its Sacred Spring Vodka, Roots of Ruin Gin and Restoration Rye into Louisiana. The vodka is made with limestone-rich water and high-quality grains; the gin features eight botanicals that are native to Kentucky; and the rye whiskey is made from pods of barrels in order to produce a specific taste profile. Not only are each of these tasty spirits, but the stylish bottles will look great on your bar cart. Available at Dorignac’s, 710 Veterans Blvd., Metairie, 834-8216,,

Self-Serve Spirits

Stained Glass Wine House is a new bar in Gretna offering self-serve wine, liquor, beer and cocktails. Choose from 24 self-serve wine taps, four self-serve spirits taps, and eight self-serve taps showcasing local beer and handcrafted cocktails. Be sure to pair your drink with a charcuterie or dessert board. 201 Huey P. Long Ave., Ste. A, 812-0930,