15 Romolo's Sleepy Jean Shrub 'n Soda
15 Romolo is one of my favorite spots in the city to go for cocktails, so I was not surprised by their excellent non-alcoholic option. The Sleepy Jean is a nectarine and chamomile shrub—the sweet, floral flavor of the tea blends nicely with the fruit, and the mixture is lent an incredible depth and almost savoriness thanks to the addition of apple cider vinegar.
Azalina's Rose Basil Coconut Drink
In addition to being pretty, we loved the subtlety of this drink from Azalina's. The light rose flavor is freshened by the basil; the coconut comes into play in the form of snappy, julienned pieces of the fruit. The coconut flavor intensified as we drank it down.
To Hyang's Persimmon, Cinnamon, and Ginger Drink $3
Two sizable pieces of candied ginger made a leisurely trip to the bottom of the glass as we sipped this sweet, refreshing concoction. Compared to both Red Hots and horchata without the creaminess, this is a perfect summer drink for cinnamon lovers (self included).
Brass Knuckle Food Truck's Whiplash
The Whiplash, the saucy food truck's take on a summer agua fresca, combined fresh watermelon and mint with a jalapeno swizzle. Primarily fresh and sweet, the jalapeno heat hits you in the back of the mouth, and gets more intense the more you drink.
State Bird Provisions' World Peace Peanut Milk
This certainly looked like a small serving of peanut milk, but the first sip revealed a thick blend, rich with peanut flavor. It tasted like both a Snickers bar and a milkshake, and while we certainly could have had a whole lot more, it was probably a good thing we didn't.