When it comes to cocktails + non-alcoholic drinks, Columbus is full to the brim. And today, we’re spilling the details on 10 different drinks you need to try this week for Drink Up. Cheers. 🥂
Carfagna’s Ristorante, 1440 Gemini Pl. | Prosciutto fat washed margarita
This Drink Up partner features an Italian-spin on a classic drink with anejo tequila infused with prosciutto fat. The margarita is finished off with a combination of agave, fresh lime juice + Orange Tiger orange liqueur for a smoky and sweet sipper.
Forno Kitchen + Bar, 721 N. High St. | Cotton Candy Rose
This drink, which is City Editor Hanna approved, invites you to be a kid again — that is if a kid could have a cotton candy cocktail. Dunk your cotton candy into your drink + watch it dissolve into Watershed vodka, St. Germain Elderflower liqueur, and Anna de Codorníu.
High Bank Distillery Co., 1051 Goodale Blvd. | Watermelon Sugar High
We don’t know if we can ever live without… this drink, inspired by the popular Harry Styles song, is lightly-carbonated + refreshing with cucumber-infused High Bank Statehouse Gin, watermelon juice, lime, and sage.
Echo Spirits, 985 W. 6th Ave. | Frenchmen Street Freeze
If you need a drink that will wake you up, look no further than this New Orleans-style coffee cocktail. Echo makes this with housemade vodka, St. George Nola Coffee liqueur, beignets, roasted coffee, and cocoa bitters.
Watershed Kitchen + Bar, 1145 Chesapeake Ave., Suite D | The Orca
Before you take a sip, make sure you snap a photo of the citrus bark delicately placed on the side of the glass. It compliments the mezcal, sake, grapefruit, and cinnamon inside this sneakily disguised margarita.
Non-alcoholic cocktails 🍹
The Dry Mill, 79 N. 4th St. | A CBUS Summer
This Drink Up partner is Columbus’ first and only sober bar with exclusively non-alcoholic drinks, including A CBUS Summer. This drink is made with hints of lime, cucumber, hibiscus + hazelnut.
The Light of Seven Matchsticks, 5601 N. High St. | N/A Old Fashion
For those who love old fashions, but not the lingering hangover, try the non-alcoholic version at this speakeasy under Natalie’s Coal-Fired Pizza in Grandview. The smoky + spicy (not heat spicy) cocktail is a delicious alternative, and still served in a fancy glass with a single big ice cube.
Comune, 677 Parsons Ave. | N/A Your Time is My Time is Our Time
Sip back this drink, which is City Editor Mitch approved, made with Spiritless Kentucky 47 Whiskey — a non-alcoholic bourbon with hints of caramel and vanilla. Comune then finishes the drink off with raspberry aperitif + lavender bitters, making it a beautiful ruby color.
Watershed Kitchen + Bar, 1145 Chesapeake Ave., Suite D | Roman Highball
We are headed back to Watershed, which has multiple N/A options, such as the Roman Highball. This drink can be made non-alcoholic, and is Watershed’s twist on a Moscow mule with ginger and lime.
VASO, 6540 Riverside Dr. | N/A Vaso G&T
While this is VASO’s take on the classic gin and tonic, it’s far from a two-ingredient cocktail. This N/A comes with bergamot, lavender, juniper berries, and tonka beans in a refreshing + sparkling drink.