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My favorite product at the National Restaurant Show

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I enjoy drinking alcohol, but it's not for everyone or every occasion, obviously. Of course there are many options out there for non-drinkers, from sodas, juices, coffees and teas to the horribly named mocktails (who are you mocking, and why?).

But I really enjoyed this line of non-alcoholic "spirits" that I saw at the International Spirits, Wine and Beer pavilion at the National Restaurant Show. Actually, I really liked the non-alcoholic vodka, which was the only one I tried (life is short, how many non-alcoholic beverages am I supposed to try?). It's made with just water, herbs and spices, including a fair amount of chile, which I thought quite brilliantly simulated the burn of alcohol.

It kind of reminded me of "Triquila," a beverage that the beverage consulting company The Tippling Bros. developed a few years back. It was a spiced sake they used to make a version of Margarita at Mercadito Cantina in New York City, which only had a beer and wine license, so they couldn't use tequila. If memory serves, they, too, used chiles to simulate the back-of-the-throat sensation of a tequila shot. 

Anyway, I thought it was pretty cool. 

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Food Writer's Diary is a blog written by Bret Thorn, senior food editor of Nation’s Restaurant News, which covers culinary trends and his adventures.

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Bret Thorn is responsible for reporting on culinary trends in foodservice for Nation's Restaurant News. He joined NRN in 1999, after spending about five years as a journalist in Thailand, where...
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