The trend toward low-alcohol quaffs has been simmering for several years. First came session beers, with a dialed-down booze content designed for all-day drinking bouts. Now cocktail bartenders are following suit, with low-octane drinks that rely on less-potent ingredients like vermouth, sherry and amaro. Low-alcohol cocktails can convey as much flavor and complexity as many boozier drinks. But they are also much more food friendly because they don’t overwhelm the palate. Barkeeps around town are tinkering with easy-sipping potions, devising all manner of tweaked aperitifs and low-alcohol cocktails, so that you can keep tippling late into the evening. Here are some of our favorites—why not have another?
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