Many feel the need to give their livers a break after the holidays and seek out ways to enjoy a Philly Dry January. Here are a few options…
Shout out to my friend Emily for schooling me on a new, to me, phrase, “Sober Curious”. She explained that the term refers to “people who are choosing to drink less and experiment with a sober lifestyle… Kind of like mindful drinking rather than stopping cold turkey.” I like it! And if you happen to be looking for a way to cleanse the system after the revelry of the holiday season, let this Dry January in Philly be a benchmark for both the Drinkers and Sober Curious.
With that in mind, several venues around the city are offering non-alcoholic options that are sans the spirits but heavy the vibe. Here’s a short list…
Buddakan’s (325 Chestnut Street) “Bitter Truth” is a mocktail of tonic, agave, and a hint of lime. “Peach Spritz”, available at Dolce Italian (1437 Chestnut Street), combines Seed lip garden 108, peach, and lemon. Fitz on 4th (743 South 4th Street) is offering its “Lia’s Lavender Lemonade” with sparkling water, lemon a stem of lavender.
Shaken, not stirred, orange spice sunrise, rosemary, and ginger soda combined are better known as “The Pilot 10” at Talula’s Garden (210 West Washington Square). The Love’s (130 S 18th Street) “No Booze Prickly Pear Margarita” is a proper composition of Chamomile tea, lime, and agave served in a salted rim glass.
And lastly, but not least, KPOD (3636 Sansom Street) is offering a plethora of specialty soft drinks with its “United Sodas of America” which includes flavors White Grape, Sour Blueberry, Pear Elderflower, or Extra Peach.
As much as I am an imbiber, for this Philly Dry January, I just might identify as Sober Curious. I’ll let you know how it works out.