With the rise of the sober curious movement, the demand for sober mocktails and social events sans booze are becoming increasingly popular. And that’s great for the 22 million of us in recovery, because life should be fun and have lots of inclusive options.
The demand for alcohol-free drinks is a rapidly expanding market. According to TIME magazine, between 2016-2019, alcohol-free mixed drinks grew 35 percent as the average beverage type on menus in bars and restaurants, with 17 percent of those surveyed by Mintel saying they’re interested in mocktails.
Sober innovators like Chris Marshall who created Sans Bar* — a sober bar in Austin that is also hosting a tour of pop-up bars across the country — are meeting our needs to socialize in safe spaces where we can enjoy delicious sober mocktails. Other sober bars include Getaway in Brooklyn and Listen Bar in New York. There is also an increasing social media presence of sober mocktail ideas as well as distributors of interesting drink options. Check out The Mocktail Project, Mocktail Club, The Mocktail Club, Mantras and Mocktails, Mingle Mocktails, Seedlip USA, Curious Elixirs, and Gruvi.
For those of you who would rather make these drinks at home, or if you want some dinner party ideas, we’ve rounded up our top five flavorful sober mocktails for you to enjoy!
Handful of blueberries or raspberries
Muddle fresh blueberries or raspberries in a glass and then pour Mingle over ice.
Curious Summer Twist
Blood orange juice
Blood or regular orange
Tbsp salt and tbsp sugar
Create a sugar salt rim by dipping a glass into water or orange juice, and then into the salt and sugar mixture. Pour soda water into two-thirds of the glass and then top with blood orange juice and a slice of orange (blood orange if you can find one).
NA Mint Julep
1.5 oz apple cider syrup*
6 mint leaves
Mint leaves for garnish
Pour apple cider syrup in a glass. Add mint leaves and shaved ice. Top off with club soda and garnish with mint leaves.
*You can find apple cider syrup on Amazon or most big grocery stores.
2 oz Seedlip Grove 42
1 oz clementine juice
Add Seedlip Grove and clementine juice to a flute. Top off with club soda and garnish with an edible flower.
Use code SEEDLIPTHANKS for 20% off your first order.
The Ruby Rose
By Sans Bar
1 shot of Borrago distilled botanicals
1 oz thyme simple syrup
4 oz fresh squeezed grapefruit juice
Top with club soda
Squeeze of lime (optional)
Fresh thyme sprig for garnish
Add Borrago and simple syrup to glass, then add grapefruit juice, and top with club soda. Add a squeeze of lime and garnish with fresh thyme.
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*Note that Sans Bar has a pop-up in LA on Saturday, September 28 — get your tickets here!
Located in Portland, OR, Olivia Pennelle (Liv) is an experienced writer, journalist, and content strategist. She is the founder of the popular site Liv’s Recovery Kitchen, a site dedicated to providing the ingredients to live a fulfilling life in recovery. Liv also co-founded the podcast Breaking Free: Your Recovery. Your Way. Liv is passionate about challenging limiting mentalities and empowering others to direct their own lives, health, and recovery. You can find her articles across the web on podcasts and publications, including The Fix, Ravishly, Workit Health, Grok Nation, and STAT News.