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The latest data on non-alcoholic beverages and where to drink them in Columbus

Learn what it means to be sober curious, the current popularity of non-alcoholic beverages, and where you can enjoy a mocktail in Columbus.

A lemon mocktail.

Enjoy the fun flavors of a cocktail when you try a mocktail instead.

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Now more than ever, data shows that consumers are experimenting with what it means to be “sober curious.” The result has been a spike in sales of non-alcoholic beverages and a declining interest in alcoholic drinks.

Here are a few stand-out stats:

  • Total dollar sales of non-alcoholic beverages grew by 20.6% between August 2021 and 2022. Non-alcoholic beer accounted for 85.3% of those sales.
  • 36% of US consumers reported to have “lost interest in drinking alcohol in general” while 13% reported to be “interested in alternative non-alcoholic beverages.”
  • Sales of non-alcoholic beer, wine, and spirits rose from 0.22% of total alcohol sales in the US in 2018 to 0.47% in 2022.
  • Global Market Share predicts that the non-alcoholic drinks market will grow to $30 billion by 2025.

Wanna know where you can enjoy a mocktail in Columbus? These are some of the local spots we love + what to drink there:

  • Horchata Masala | Watershed Distillery Kitchen & Bar | This local distillery’s menu takes you around the world and we recommend this rich and creamy drink with inspiration from India. It’s made with Himalayan-infused horchata + elderflower.
  • Gin-free Blood Orange G&T | High Bank Distillery Co. | Seedlip Grove 42, a spiritless gin, provides earthy and pine notes while blood orange adds a juicy and sweet kick. It’s finished with house made tonic, proof that quality goes into everything here.
  • N/A Colada | Getaway Brewing | Sip on a cold brew made with pineapple, coconut cream, and lime + spice it up with 1 ml of CBD oil.
  • Sparkling CBD | W*nder CBD | Make your own CBD cocktail at home with this recipe from W*nder, which is located in the Short North.

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