It’s a Saturday afternoon. Maybe you’ve got plans to hit the bars later on, but for now you and your crew are just enjoying the sun. All of a sudden, you find yourself craving something cool and refreshing, but where do you go?! We’ve done our homework and compiled a list of super awesome non alcoholic drinks in the San Francisco Bay Area that you definitely need to try!
Drinks always seem to be an afterthought to food. It’s always, “where should we eat?” Never “where should we drink?” (for non alcoholic drinks, at least). Whether you’re trying out that spiritless life and living alcohol free, or you’re just thirsty and thinking of eating at a restaurant and want to base your decision on drinks instead (!!!) here’s the inside scoop on some awesome drinks to try. Let’s get to it!
1. Urban Ritual’s Matcha Toffee
The first bomb non alcoholic drink in San Francisco is Urban Ritual‘s Matcha Toffee. It’s got that matcha goodness mixed with a milkiness that thickens things up a tad, and topped with house-made toffee bits that you can either let dissolve into the drink for a bit more sweetness, or you can munch on them while drinking to add some texture to the smoothness of the drink and the chewiness of the boba. An extremely close second for us was the Strawberry Milk Bar, which definitely deserves a mention (and a try when you go!). It tastes exactly like the name suggests – it’s like drinking a vanilla popsicle with strawberries.
2. Wes Burger N’ More’s Horchata Shake
Next up is definitely the Horchata Shake at Wes Burger N’ More in the Mission District of SF. If you’ve never had an horchata you’re missing out on something super nom! Traditionally, it’s a rice milk drink made with spices like ground cocoa, cinnamon, sesame seeds, nutmeg, tiger nuts and vanilla. The shake seriously tastes like an horchata, but much thicker and, well, shake-like. The cinnamon sprinkled on top is a nice (and yummy) addition, too!
3. Mints & Honey’s Mango Matcha
To be honest, I’m not usually a fruity tea person, but Mints & Honey‘s Mango Matcha was off the chain! They got the balance just right between matcha, milk, and sweet mango. One of the reasons I tend to drift more toward non-fruit tea drinks is that the fruity ones tend to be way sweeter, but Mints & Honey knows what’s up with getting the proportions right. This one is, for sure, one of the best non-alcoholic drinks in the San Francisco Bay Area.
4. Saffron Indian Bistro’s Ginger Mango-jito
When the host at Saffron first suggested the Ginger Mango-jito, I thought for sure it was alcoholic from the name, but it’s not! And it’s delicious! This one is definitely one of the most satisfying drinks on the list. The mint and ginger work together in perfect harmony, and the mango is just straight up refreshing. Why don’t more places make mint/ginger drinks?? That flavor combo is seriously a match made in heaven. See our full post on them here!
5. Toss Noodle Bar’s Thai Iced Tea
Thai Iced Teas are a dime a dozen in the Bay Area it seems, but Toss Noodle Bar‘s version really stuck out to me. The drink is so common that most places just throw it together in a flimsy plastic cup and call it a day. But Toss really focused on their presentation. When they brought it out they had just poured the milk into it so it was cascading through the dark tea down towards the bottom. Plus, they serve it in a mason jar, so you know you’re getting a good amount!
6. Coco Cubed’s Coco For Avo
This one is technically a dessert, but it’s also basically a slushie, so we’re going to put it in with the drinks because it’s SO good! Coco Cubed is an awesome Asian drink and dessert spot in South San Francisco that uses fresh coconut milk to create the majority of their menu. This one is the perfect mix of subtle sweetness from the coconut milk and tapioca, along with some savoriness and creamy texture from the chunks of avocado. Definitely give this one a try!
7. El Halal Amigos’ Strawberry Fresca
El Halal Amigos is a dope food truck in Fremont serving a 100% Halal menu of Mexican food. Their burritos are must-tries, and if you’re looking for an ultra refreshing way to cool off, their Strawberry Fresca is the way to go.
8. Gourmonade’s Small Batch Lemonades
Gourmonade is a dope black-owned small batch lemonade shop in SF and they make some really cool and unique lemonade flavors. Ever had ginger lemonade or a jasmine palmer? They ship all over the US, and if you live in San Francisco they’ll even deliver it for free!
9. Orbit Coffee’s Vietnamese Coffee
If you’re looking to find an alternative to energy drinks with all those crazy ingredients, the folks over at Orbit Coffee have released a bottled Vietnamese coffee with twice the caffeine! We’re regular coffee drinkers and still felt energized after just 5 sips. It’s the perfect amount of sweetness from the condensed milk, and they sell it in 32 ounce bottles so you can take it home and share (or drink it all yourself, which we may have done).
10. Tea & Others’ Dirty Strawberry
All we need to say about this one is “strawberries and cream.” We absolutely love fruit and cream combos! This is definitely worth a try if you’re on Divisadero in SF!
What are some of your favorite non-alcoholic drinks in the San Francisco Bay Area?
Till next time, Nomsters!
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