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Where to order mocktails in Lexington

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The “Naked in the Garden” (left) + “Strawberry Mojito” (right) | Photo by Belle’s Cocktail House

This time of year, mocktails are all the rage. During the first month of the new year, thousands of Americans participate in Dry January — a month-long challenge that encourages people to refocus, cleanse their systems + abstain from alcohol consumption for one month.

We get it — this challenge can be tough. That’s why we’re offering up our favorite mocktail recipe, as well as our favorite spots around town to snag a booze-less beverage.

Out on the town

Belle’s Cocktail House, 156 Market St.

  • Naked in the Garden — cucumber-infused seltzer, lemon juice, strawberry kiwi shrub, lemon slices, strawberry halves, cucumber slices + a flower garnish
  • Strawberry Mojito — seltzer muddled with strawberries, lime + mint with a fresh mint garnish.

Mirror Twin Brewing, 725 National Ave.

  • Mango Mule — cucumber, honey, mango juice, fresh lime juice, non-alcoholic ginger beer + ice
  • Virgin Paloma — lime juice, grapefruit juice, agave syrup + kosher salt

The Thirsty Fox at Zim’s Cafe, 215 W. Main St.

  • New Age Old Fashioned — Spiritless whiskey, Angostura bitters, demerara sugar
  • Funny Wood — grapefruit juice, lemon juice, grapefruit syrup + sprite
At home

The Mock Mint Julep

This recipe is a refreshingly booze-free rendition of a Kentucky classic. It found a place in our hearts because it uses our favorite local soda — Ale-8-One.

Ingredients

  • Four mint sprigs
  • 2 cups of cold water
  • 48-oz. Of Ale-8-One
  • 1 ½ cups of sugar
  • ¾ cup of fresh lemon juice
  • Thin lemon slices
Instructions

  1. Rinse the mint + trim off stems
  2. Combine sugar, water + lemon juice in a large bowl
  3. Clap mint leaves to release flavor + stir into bowl. Let stand for 30 minutes.
  4. Fill a large pitcher with ice + stir in the liquid.
  5. Add Ale-8-One + lemon slices.
  6. Pour over ice in your favorite mocktail glassware.
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