After surviving 2020, you’d think we could all use a drink, but let’s be honest. That’s what we’ve been doing throughout quarantine and it shows in the increase of alcohol sales. Let’s take a break and show our body some TLC by participating in Dry January. Lucky for you, I have just the places serving up and selling ingredients for delicious mocktails in Birmingham.
1. LeNell’s Beverage Boutique
One step inside LeNell’s and you’re in awe of the variety of whiskeys, organic wines, craft spirits, bourbons, vermouths and more. You’ve probably never tried or heard of most of them, but LeNell and her staff sure have. Her rule of thumb—if it’s on the shelf for sale, it has her personal stamp of approval.
Don’t let the countless options overwhelm you. The staff is super friendly and knowledgeable. When I called them to ask for a little advice, they suggested the brand Ritual, which offers the taste of gin, whiskey and tequila—without the alcohol, of course.
Another option is Seedlip, a brand of alcohol-free spirits distilled from herbs and spices. They’re currently running low on this particular brand due to mailing and shipping delays, but either of these alcohol alternatives would be the ideal addition to your bar cart for Dry January.
2. Satterfield’s Mocktail Recipes
Satterfield’s is making it easy to enjoy Dry January from the comfort of your own home with their zero proof mocktail recipes. Located in the heart of Cahaba Heights, Satterfield’s offers the freshest and best ingredients.
They have the recipes covered, so all that you have to do is get the ingredients and enjoy. Here’s what’s on the menu:
- Womp Juice: Seedlip grove, pear syrup, lime juice + ginger beer
- The Masquerade: Seedlip citrus, leomn juice + hibiscus syrup
- Heat Wave: Seedlip spice, habañero syrup + lime juice
3. Queen’s Park
Queen’s Park never disappoints with their ever-evolving menu of unique flavors. You may know them for their Christmas pop-up or seasonal concoctions, but have you checked out their spirit-free cocktail menu?
Here’s what they’re whipping up for those participating in Dry January, or for those just looking to cut down on alcohol consumption:
- Coco Beach: Berry-laced Pina Colada – $7
- Tai One On: Almond, pineapple, orange, lime – $7
- Triple Double: Seedlip Spice, espresso, vanilla and honey – $11
- Here’s the Thing: Seedlip Grove, honey, pineapple and club soda – $11
- No Chaser: Seedlip Garden, pineapple gomme, lemon and egg white – $11
Have a personal favorite? Just ask the bartender to make it with spirit-free Seedlip and you’ll be good to sip away.
- Location: 112 24th St N, #102, Birmingham, AL 35203
4. The Atomic Lounge
Just because you’re cutting back on the booze, doesn’t mean you have to settle. Atomic is known for their fun array of cocktails named after Birminghamians—along with their bubble-blowing machines and fun costume selection.
Look closely at their menu and you’ll see it includes nonalcoholic cocktails that won’t break the bank. For only $5, you can choose between:
- Lesley Hurst: raspberry-hibiscus tea, pineapple, lime, cinnamon + egg white
- Sarah Mason: apple cider, lime, mango + ginger beer
And don’t worry, they look like regular cocktails so they’re just as Insta-worthy for your feed.
- Location: 2113 1st Ave N, Birmingham, AL 35203
5. The Collins Bar
The Collins Bar is known for their expert mixologist who can whip up your dream drink just by asking for a few of your personal preferences. Of course, they make classic cocktails we all know and love, but custom drinks is their forte.
This Dry January, rest assured that The Collins Bar will whip up your favorite mocktail. Just let the bartender know what you’re in the mood for.
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