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Sober Curious? Some Mocktails To Try

With a particularly stressful two years behind us that saw a dramatic increase in alcohol consumption, the “sober curious” trend, which made its debut just before the pandemic, is coming back in a big way thanks to the start of “Dry January.” In fact, non-alcoholic beverage sales surged 33% to $331 million last year, according to Nielsen. And while January is only a month long, this cultural break from alcohol acts as a stepping stone for many towards the sober curious movement – whether that means cutting out alcohol entirely or just cutting back.  

While that journey looks different for everyone, lifestyle agency Magrino rounded up a variety of fun and delicious mocktails from some of our top hotel clients for those who are looking to take a little break from or cut out booze altogether.

Photo provided by Omni Hotels & Resorts

Cocktail Name: Dry Cranberry Spitzer Credit: Devin Burns, Vice President of F&B and Rooms at Omni Hotels & Resorts, available at all Omni Hotels & Resorts, including Omni Barton Creek Resort & Spa, Omni Grove Park Inn, Omni Mount Washington and Omni Amelia Island Resort

  • 1.5-ounce Seedlip Grove 42
  • 1-ounce Monlin cranberry
  • 1 ounce Lime juice
  • 2 dashes Orange bitters
  • Top off with Q Grapefruit soda
  • Method: Combine all the ingredients (except the Q Grapefruit) in a cocktail shaker over ice. Shake vigorously
  • Strain into an iced Collins glass and top with Q Grapefruit
  • Stir well and garnish
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Cocktail Name: Apple Spice Sour Credit:Rosebrook Bar or Stickney’s Restaurant at Omni Mount Washington Resort

  • 2oz spiced cider mix (made with Mountain Cider, North Chittendon VT – Omni Local brand)
  • 0.5 oz Moin cinnamon simple syrup
  • 0.5 oz lemon juice
  • 3 oz soda water
  • Method: Shake and pour over ice
  • Garnish with a cinnamon stick
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Cocktail Name: Rosemary Mule Credit: LOTTE HOTEL SEATTLE

  • .75 oz lime juice
  • .75 oz rosemary syrup
  • Method: Top with ginger beer
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Cocktail Name: Plum Shrub Credit: LOTTE HOTEL SEATTLE

  • 1oz plum shrub
  • .25oz lemon juice
  • .25oz simple syrup
  • Method: Top with soda water.
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Cocktail Name: Minor Arcana Credit: The Gwen Chicago

  • 2 oz Seedlip Spice
  • .5oz Burnt Caramel Honey
  • 3 Dashes Fee Brother’s Cranberry Bitters
  • Method: Garnish with Cranberries and Candied Pineapple 
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Cocktail Name: Mojito Pequeño Credit: Wave Resort at Branch Cantina

  • 1 ounce mango puree
  • 1 ounce lime juice
  • 1 ounce mint-infused simple syrup
  • seltzer water and fresh mint
  • Method: Shake mango puree, lime juice, simple syrup, mint springs
  • Pour over ice. Top with seltzer, fresh mint, lime wedge

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