My Aug. 11 cover story was the culmination of a good deal of drinking -- 52 beer reviews, one for each week of the year. To quiet my aching liver, I decided to find a few cocktails with a lot of attitude but no alcohol.

My Aug. 11 cover story was the culmination of a good deal of drinking -- 52 beer reviews, one for each week of the year. To quiet my aching liver, I decided to find a few cocktails with a lot of attitude but no alcohol.

Informally known as "mocktails," these drinks are perfect for ailing beer writers, designated drivers, pregnant women and others who want to hang at a bar without getting a buzz.

Here's a delicious local trio.

Hang Ten ($3)

Ingredients: Pineapple, honeydew and coconut water

Served: On ice in a tall cocktail glass

From the frothy foam to the last muddled melon piece, this drink is pure refreshment: slightly tart, sweet but not syrupy and evocative of a great island cocktail. I never thought I'd refer to a mocktail as perfectly balanced, but the honeydew, coconut and pineapple each took a turn coming into focus on the tongue.

Blackberry Sage Lemonade ($3.25)

Ingredients: Blackberry syrup, fresh-squeezed lemonade and sage leaves

Served: On ice in a pint glass with a lemon garnish

If you couldn't tell from the enticing lavender color, this drink is delicious to the last sip. The blackberry syrup lends all of the fruit's essence and none of its seeds, and it's a bosom buddy to the slightly tart, citrusy flavor of the lemonade. Swimming happily through the glass, the sage gives it all an earthy tinge.

Raenfall ($8)

Ingredients: Lavender infusion, fresh-squeezed cantaloupe juice

Served: On ice in a rounded rocks glass with a lime-wedge garnish

OK, you're out $8 and no closer to being drunk. Is it worth it? Certainly is. The Raenfall succeeds in look, smell and taste. The lavender infusion (made with a secret technique) emanates a floral aroma that primes your senses for enjoying the fresh fruit juice, which changes seasonally. Right now, it's a cantaloupe elixir that's so good I was licking the ice to get a few last drops.