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Video: Learn to mix mocktails like a pro

No booze. (Deb Lindsey/For The Washington Post) No booze. (Deb Lindsey/For The Washington Post)

Friday's Weekend section chronicles my annual multi-week hiatus from alcohol and examines the ways you can still go out and have fun without consuming a drop of booze. I recommend cultural happy hours and bars that present creative, delicious alternatives to the usual cocktails.

Some of my favorite alcohol-free beverages are made by Jon Harris, the head bartender at Firefly in Dupont Circle. His skill is making what I call trompe l’oeil cocktails: non-alcoholic drinks that look and taste remarkably similar to their boozy counterparts. We brought him to the Washington Post newsroom last week and he gave us a lesson in making three of his menu's booze-free highlights: a Cosmopolitan, an Old Fashioned and a gin and tonic, using creative ingredients in place of gin, whiskey and triple sec.

The 'Gin and Tonic'

Jonathan Harris, bar manager at Firefly, shows you how to make a non-alcoholic version of the classic drink using an infusion and specialty ingredients. (Jason Aldag/The Washington Post)

The 'Old Fashioned'

Jonathan Harris, bar manager at Firefly, shows you how to make a non-alcoholic version of the classic Old Fashioned. Find out what takes the place of whiskey. (Jason Aldag/The Washington Post)

The 'Cosmopolitan'

Instead of vodka and triple sec, Jonathan Harris, bar manager at Firefly, uses some creative ingredients to make the most popular non-alcoholic mocktail served at the restaurant. (Jason Aldag/The Washington Post)

Fritz Hahn has covered bars, drinks and nightlife for the Washington Post Weekend Section since 2003, but he also writes about everything from Civil War battlefields to sailing classes. You can find him on Twitter and Instagram.



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