Cool Drinks, San Francisco: The Moss at Tacolicious
The menu at Tacolicious has a section for "Drivers, Kids, and Recovering Bartenders." I like to swagger like the latter while ordering a Moss ($4). This combination of pineapple juice, passion fruit juice, and sparkling lemonade is essentially a cocktail without the booze.
Though I saw some simple syrup drizzled in, it's much more tart than sweet. The passion fruit juice dominates, imparting a cheek-puckering tartness that is just barely balanced by the pineapple. The flavor is a rare find: tropical and fruity without being saccharine. I was equally impressed with the restraint given to the sparkling lemonade. Instead of filling half the glass with carbonation, the bartender simply topped off the juices with a bit of fizz. The Moss is the kind of refreshing tropical drink I'd like to sip on a warm afternoon when the addition of rum is still off the table.
About the author: Carrie Vasios is the Community Manager of Serious Eats and writes the Wake and Bake, Cookie Monster, and Serious Entertaining columns. She likes perusing her large collection of cookbooks while eating jam from the jar.