It’s the start of a new year, and that means resolutions are in full swing. Most people make their “new year, new me” promise to be healthier: Exercise more, eat clean, and drink less. To help with the latter, some top Philly spots are showcasing delicious mocktails that are full of flavor and deliciousness minus the pesky alcohol calories. Here is where to celebrate Dry January in the City of Brotherly Love.
Where to celebrate Dry January 2020 in Philly
The Bar by Bluebird Distilling at The Bourse
You can sip on two alcohol-free cocktails at Bluebird Distilling at The Bourse this month, and both are a shoo-in to tickle everyone’s taste buds. The “Morning Dew” is made with lime juice, cinnamon simple syrup, mint, and angostura, and the “Hare of the Rabbit” boasts carrot shrub, lemon juice, and demerara. Both tasty mocktails are available for $6.
111 S Independence Mall W, bluebirddistilling.com
Art in the Age
Philadelphians can head to hotspot Art in the Age to try out their tasty alcohol-free drink selection. Flavorful options include: the “Old Fabrication” ($12) made with Bittermilk No.1 Bourbon Barrel Aged Old Fashioned Cocktail Mixer, chilled lapsang souchong tea, maple syrup, apple cider vinegar, Bitter Housewife Old Fashioned Bitters, and Orange Blossom Water Mist and the “No-groni” ($8) made with Bittermilk No.5 Charred Grapefruit Tonic Syrup, hibiscus and gentian infusion, orange peel ginger tea, seltzer, Scrappy’s Cardamom Bitters, Dashfire Bay Leaf Bitters and orange peel expression.
116 N 3rd St, artintheage.com
Nicholas Elmi’s Old City eatery is kicking off the new year in a delicious and alcohol-free way with their “Lavender Bowtie” mocktail. The tasty libation boasts a bold purple hue from butterfly pea powder and is made with grapefruit and soda, and is available for $6.
52 S 2nd St., royalboucherie.com
The Southern-inspired hotspot on South Street is offering a unique take on the traditional Southern Hummingbird Cake by taking its flavors to their tasty “Hummingbird Soda” mocktail. The drink ($6) is made with Hummingbird Shrub, lemon juice, and simple syrup in a house-made recipe of macerated chopped pineapples and bananas in sugar with vanilla beans, nutmeg, and cloves that rest and yield a concentrated juice that is then strained and fortified.
1516 South St., rex1516.com
Head down to Point Breeze to indulge in your Dry January needs at Café Ynez. The BYOB all-day Mexico City-inspired café will be offering some of their wildly popular mixers made with fresh fruit and herbs that are more than pleasurable to sip on. Delicious choices ($13) include Blackberry Lemon Thyme made with blackberry puree, lemon, and homemade thyme syrup, Blood Orange, or Mango Mint made with orange juice, mango puree and mint syrup.
2025 Washington Ave., cafeynez.com
Also in South Philly, this re-opened hotspot is ready to kick off the year in a tasty way. Mocktail choices ($6) include the “Sits Easy” made with chamomile tea, coconut nectar, orange and lemon, and the “Funky Fresh Kombucha” made with gritty turmeric, honey, and ginger. If you’re more of a beer drinker you are also in luck – the Royal Tavern also offers the spirit free Run Wild IPA ($4.50) from Athletic Brewing Company.
937 E Passyunk Ave., royaltavern.com
Dry Philadelphians can head to Center City hotspot Square 1682 this month to indulge in their colorful alcohol-free mocktail. “Like a Virgin” is made with Chamomile Infused Seedlip Spice 94 Nonalcoholic Spirit, Fusion Verjus Blanc, raspberry basic syrup, lemon juice, and egg white and is available for $11.
121 S 17th St., square1682.com