You can't swing an oar these days without bumping into more data that suggest eliminating or reducing alcohol consumption is a good thing. But lest our dear Jimmy Buffet (RIP) roll over in his grave, we're here to tell you, that you can have your boat drinks AF, too!
Local Lake Oswego restaurants like Oven and Shaker, Lola's and even Lake Oswego's sleeper foodie surprise Lakeview Theater offer a bevy of refreshing, satisfying low-alcohol or alcohol-free (AF) libations. Whether you want a hot or cold beverage, sweet or spicy, simple or complex, you can find an AF sipper that hits the spot. Here at Lake O magazine, we've rounded up some of the best:
Beso Bar & Bottle It may see counter-intuitive to feature a wine bar on a list of AF drinks, but in addition to amazing Spanish-inspired dishes and great wine, this bar and restaurant also offers a variety of non-alcoholic drinks, such as mocktails, sodas, juices, and teas. You can try their signature Beso Mocktail, which is made with cranberry juice, lime juice, simple syrup, and club soda. You can also enjoy their house-made lemonade, ginger ale, or iced tea. If you are feeling adventurous, you can order their spicy pineapple mocktail, which has pineapple juice, jalapeño simple syrup, lime juice, and club soda.
Oven & Shaker The Lake Oswego outpost of this mouth-watering pizza joint, has a legit AF drinks list with the likes of the Fallen Yellowjacket and scratch-made ginger ale. Pair it with their mind-blowing gluten-free pizza for double the guilt-free goodness.
Lola's Cafe Bar This coffee shop and restaurant serves up creative and delicious non-alcoholic drinks, such as smoothies, kombuchas, and sours. You can try their Berry Blast Smoothie, which has blueberries, strawberries, banana, almond milk, and honey. You can also sample their local kombuchas from Happy Mountain or Brew Dr. If you want something more sour, you can order their Hibiscus Sour, which has hibiscus tea, lemon juice, simple syrup, and egg white.
Le Provence Boulengerie This bakery and cafe offers a variety of no-proof sips, featuring fresh-squeezed fruits and veggie, like their green drink, envy. Or get their version of a Shirley Temple, the Shirley Provence, which is soda with a splash of pomegranate and orange
Lakeview Theater Not only does this lake-side independent movie house serve up some of the tastiest eats in LO (we are BEGGING them to start serving brunch), their cocktails also slay. But for those times when you're not wanting a high-proof hit, just ask for their signature shrub -- hold the booze. This seltzer or tonic-driven drink features a rotating assortment of bitters and lime. Although not 100% AF (bitters have some alcohol content), it's a great, low-proof sip.
Straightaway Cocktails A littler further afield in Tigard, this cocktail bar and distillery specializes in ready-to-drink cocktails that are made with natural ingredients and no artificial flavors or colors. However, their tasting rooms also offer a selection of AF drinks featuring Portland Syrups (a veritable mother-ship of all things good and AF). You can try their Lintik Mocktail, which has calamansi lime juice, ginger syrup, and soda water. You can also try their Spritz Mocktail, which has grapefruit juice, elderflower syrup, and soda water.
When we purchased what we lovingly called the Grand Dame* - a tri-level Palisades house with 3 fireplaces a swoon-worthy library and a metric ton (or more) of honeyed-oak trim - a few years ago, we knew the back yard was going to be a bit of a challenge. Like many homes in LO, the house is built into the side of a very steep lot - great if you're a goat. Less great if you actually want a level place to park a trampoline.
*Sometimes renamed the Grand DAMN, depending on the latest plumbing, electrical, HVAC, decking "surprise."
But what we didn't realize is the front yard would become a mud-pit that was not just an eye-sore, it was also helping recreate the film " A River Runs Through It" in the house's foundation. Yikes.
Here's a photo from the original house listing... lots of overgrown bushes and our very own mud pit.
Sure the goat-hill was pretty when covered in snow.... But the original "landscape" in the front was basically channelling all of the runoff from our lovely Cooks Butte Park with its zillions of awesome-sauce hiking trails into the front wall of our house -- right under the aforementioned "dreamy" library, which was now my office.
Your's truly is in DEEP denial that her little monkeys are old enough to be headed into 5th grade! If you are managing the tween 10-going-on-20 mood shifts like I am -- or even if you aren't quite ready to let go of summer fun yourself, then these back-to-school hacks may put a little spring in their - and your! - back-to-school step.
Check out the article here: 5 Back to School Hacks