When it comes to Sober October (or any period of time you decide to forgo alcohol), it’s important to have the right mindset. For us, that means thinking about all the things we’re gaining, not what we’re missing out on. Maybe you’ll start a new hobby, finally take that class you’ve been thinking about, or just find you finally have time for some much needed self-care. At the same time, we recognize that this month can be challenging, especially if you’re the only one in your friend group participating. So we’ve put together a little guide of helpful tips to get you all the way to October 31. We’ll see you on the other side!
Build a support system
Tap a friend or family member (or two) to join you for Sober October. You’ll have someone to hang out with that won’t make you feel pressured to order the wine pairing, and you’ll have someone to vent to if you hit a tough spot.
Know your bar order
We know how tough/weird/awkward the first few days can be. Maybe you have plans that you didn’t expect to be sober for or are fielding questions from friends wondering why you’re not down for that 2-for-1 special. We’ve been there. Having a good non-alcoholic drink order for any bar outings is key. Here are some of our favorite things to order that aren’t ice water:
- Soda water with bitters and an orange peel. A classic that never fails.
- Ginger beer with a splash of soda and a squeeze of lime. Ask for it in a copper mule mug if you’re feeling fancy.
- Lemon juice, tonic, grenadine and a maraschino cherry. Because who doesn’t love a Shirley Temple?
- Seltzer with muddled lime and mint. No one will know it’s not a mojito.
Plan a regular activity
Replace your weekly happy hour or wine night with a new activity—and stick to it. Book a yoga class. Visit a new museum every week. Take your dog for a walk. Having a standing plan means less FOMO.
Stock your home bar
Make sure you have something alcohol-free to drink while you’re at home. (And if you feel like it, put your booze somewhere out of sight.) Not sure where to start? We can help with that. Our Curiosity Collection, available in bottles or cans, will guarantee you have something delicious to sip all month long. Having your favorite seltzer water on hand won’t hurt either.
Make a reservation
Dining out when you’re not drinking doesn’t have to be a bummer. In the last few years, more and more restaurants are putting serious resources (and creativity) towards their non-alcoholic drink offerings. Here are a few spots to have on your radar:
- Oxalis in Brooklyn. Try the Piney Shandy, made with non-alcoholic beer and an in-house herbal infusion made with the needles of a grand fir tree.
- Oriole in Chicago. You just might see a familiar name on the menu. (Spoiler: it’s Berry Fennel!)
- Audrey in Nashville. Chef Sean Brock and his team have built out a strong non-alcoholic drink menu, plus anything at the bar can be made spirit-free.
- Fellow in Los Angeles. With seven creative zero-proof cocktails currently on the menu, you know you’re in good hands.
- Willa’s in Tampa, Florida. We’re eyeing the Lil Parsley Pepper, made with seedlip garden, jalapeño, lava salt, and lime.
- Leeward in Portland, Maine. The August Showers, made with basil verjus, is a hit.
- Overstory in New York City. Alcohol-free drinks with a view, what more could you want?
How are you planning to make the most out of Sober October? Text us and let us know: 650-200-0793