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Low-Alcohol Cocktails with a Buzz

Perhaps you're a party host concerned about overserving your guests, or maybe you just want to cut back on alcohol without completely abstaining. 

Low-alcohol cocktails, which are becoming increasingly popular, rely on lower-alcohol bases rather than alcoholic, full-proof spirits. 

Crowds go to Ruka, a sultry Peruvian-Asian "restobar" in downtown Boston, to flirt the night away with rounds of this low-ABV take on a Tom Collins-style highball.

Cloud Hunter

In a shaker filled with cubed ice, combine sake, plum wine, lemon juice, and syrup.

In a pot, combine all of the ingredients. Stir constantly over medium heat until the sugar dissolves.

Air Seltzer Crisp

Sonsie, which is celebrating its 30th anniversary this year, is a fixture on the social scene in Boston's Back Bay neighborhood. 

The Greenhouse

Look no further than one of Italy's top-rated bars for an inventive spin on a classic spritz.

The Hugo Spritz

Muddle both cucumber slices and one lychee in a cocktail shaker. Fill the shaker halfway with ice, then add the vodka, lime juice, simple syrup, and cocktail foamer. 

The Lotus White

a hotspot in New York City from restaurateur Kyle Hotchkiss Carone and his hospitality firm, Grand Tour Hospitality

Top with tonic water, then add ice cubes and stir quickly from bottom to top to mix all the ingredients together. Garnish with olive and bay leaf. 

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