Brian Freed is a partner at Damn Good Hospitality, owned by Green Bar & Kitchen, Stache, America’s Backyard and Revolution Live in Fort Lauderdale and C.W.S. in Lake Worth.
Brian also our Beverage Director and oversees the developments of the cocktail program at all locations.
Talk to us about the growing trend of offering mocktails in bars.
“We do our best to follow all the trends in the cocktail industry on a daily basis. We pay attention to trends overseas and what millennials are looking for. There has been a great shift with consumers looking for cocktails that are lower in ABV or that are straight up mocktails sans alcohol. In general, people are looking to be healthier and love fresh ingredients and juices in their cocktails these days.”
“At Damn Good Hospitality, we want to continue to be on the forefront of all trends and supply customers with what they want so we have been emphasizing the use of fresh quality ingredients across the board in all our beverages.”
Tell us about the mocktails offered at Green Bar.
“Outside of our in-house juice program, which features 6 juices that can be sold individually or in cleanse packages, we also offer 2 mocktails including a cucumber mint styled Collins and a blueberry mint Mojito, with no alcohol of course.”
Tell us a bit about the bar menu and the crowd at Green Bar & Kitchen
“Our crowd is very health conscious as we are a 100% plant-based fast casual restaurant. Guests like the laid back, friendly atmosphere inside and outside on our patio, where we feature live music on the weekends.”
Talk to us about wellness and the popularity of mocktails at Green Bar & Kitchen.
“Everyone loves cocktails in South Florida, especially with its great mix of locals and tourists. However, locals are now very focused on wellness, so they are looking for fresh juices, ingredients and garnishes in their cocktails and love mocktails when they are looking to go alcohol free with their high-quality fresh ingredients.”
Green Bar & Kitchen Mocktails
- 2 oz. Coconut Water
- 1 oz. Lime Juice
- 1/2 oz. Agave Syrup
- 3-4 Thinly Sliced Cucumber Wheels
- 8 Mint Leaves
Preparation: Combine all into your shaker, fill with ice. Shake for 10 seconds and strain into a double rocks glass. Garnish with cucumber wheels and a mint sprig.
- 2 oz. Lime Juice
- 1 1/2 oz. Agave Syrup
- 8-9 Blueberries
- 8 Mint Leaves
Preparation: Combine all into your shaker, fill with ice. Shake for 10 seconds and strain into a highball glass. Garnish with 3 blueberries and a mint sprig top with soda water.