Every year we renew our aspirations to live this year better than the last. For many, this means taking a look at some of our less healthy habits. While grabbing drinks is a great way to catch up with friends or have a casual date, alcohol is not necessarily the best thing for us. It has lots of sugar, dehydrates you, is addictive, and can result in unfortunate decisions and hangovers. So, stick with your Dryuary resolutions to live healthier but don’t miss out on the fun. Head to Curio Bar in Denver Central Market or Roger’s Liquid Oasis in Edgewater Public Market for your next sober night on the town (NA cocktails all $9), or use these recipes to make home happy hour fit with your wellness goals.
“The inspiration for our non-alcoholic menu is that we really just wanted to bring the same balance and diversity to our NA offerings that we do our cocktails. They’re all based on classic recipes so that they’re approachable and so that people actually feel like they’re drinking a cocktail rather than just juice and syrup,” says Stuart Jensen, owner of Curio Bar and Roger’s Liquid Oasis.
The menu features fan favorites from a Negronis to Palomas with unique drinks like the White Lady (Dhos Gin, Seedlip Grove, Lemon, Lime, Aquafaba) and the Hugo (Gruvi Prosecco, Cucumber, Lemon, Elderflower, Soda). If you are looking to avoid a boozy breakfast, the Bloody Mary, Michelada, and Mimosa are perfect for that Dryuary brunch feel.
“I think some of the more interesting options are the Negroni because it doesn’t have any citrus and quite a lot of complexity, and the White Lady, which has egg white (actually aquafaba so it’s vegan) and looks just as beautiful and has the same rich texture as the alcoholic version.”
.75 oz Dhos Gin
.75 oz Seedlip Spice
1.5 oz Giffard Aperitivo
Stir ingredients together, add ice, then garnish with an orange twist.
1 oz Seedlip Grove
1 oz Dhos Gin
.5 oz lemon
.5 oz lime
.75 oz Simple Syrup
1 oz Aquafaba
Dry shake ingredients, then shake with ice, pour into OFW rinsed Coupe, and add Fee Bros Aromatic Bitters.