Are you familiar with the term Sober Curious? It was coined by Ruby Warrington in her 2019 book and has grown into a cultural movement and lifestyle of limiting alcohol consumption or abstaining altogether. This is why we’re excited to share our Sober Curious Guide. 

Sober curiosity is about choosing when and if you want to drink, instead of doing it to meet social expectations. According to surveys commissioned by NCSolutions, 41% of Americans plan to drink less in 2024. The most sober curious generations are Gen Z at 61% and Millennials at 49%. 

As you know from our Non-Drinkers Guide, almost all of the wineries and breweries within the region offer non-alcoholic options. So we’re highlighting local bars to visit for mocktails and wineries offering low-alcohol options. 

Mocktail Makers 

Drinking is often an aspect of celebrations and socializing making some people feel pressured to imbibe. Sober curiosity means being mindful of these feelings and breaking the habit. For some that looks like trading wine and cocktails for non-alcoholic beverages and mocktails. 

Located under the charming bridge on Liberty Street in Penn Yan, New York you’ll find Outlet 111. This restaurant takes pride in serving only the freshest ingredients and taking its guests on a culinary journey. We recommend that you begin your mocktail journey here with the Blood Orange Mint Mule or Mermaid Glitter Mocktail. Which is made with lemonade, blueberry simple syrup, and edible glitter.

Outlet 111 Mocktail

Outlet 111 owner Natalie Travis with the Mermaid Glitter Mocktail 

At the bright and modern Quincy Exchange in Corning, New York you can sip on mocktails while you nosh on locally sourced fare. This American Bistro is located in the historic Gaffer District and is open for dinner Wednesday - Sunday 5 - 8 PM and weekend brunch. Nearby, at The Cellar, you'll find modern fusion cuisine, a creative martini menu, and a plates-to-share dining style. Guests who prefer non-alcoholic options or mocktails will have plenty of choices here. 

The Quincy Mocktail

 The Pinewood Derby featuring non-alcoholic bourbon at Quincy Exchange in Corning, New York

Get creative mocktails in the Once Finger Lakes tasting room along Seneca Lake near Penn Yan, New York. As well as food sourced using local ingredients. Enjoy sweeping views of Seneca Lake and jazz on Friday evenings through August 18, 2024. While 18th Amendment Kitchen & Cocktail Bar in Penn Yan, NY, is known for their creative cocktails, its mocktails are equally delicious and pair beautifully with their locally sourced, seasonal menu options. 

At War Horse Brewing Company you’ll find craft sodas and Hop Water. A non-alcoholic beverage that uses a proprietary hop oil to give you the flavor without the buzz. War Horse Brewing Company is one of the unique experiences at Three Brothers Wineries & Estates

Low Alcohol Beverages 

While some prefer to avoid alcohol and make mocktails, others simply cut back or opt for low-alcohol beverages. Low-alcohol wines have to be below 7% alcohol and Hazlitt’s wine seltzers are gluten-free and 6.1% alcohol. The Hazlitt Variety 4-Pack includes Red Cat Splash, White Cat Splash, Red Cat Dark Splash, and Pink Cat Splash. 

Hazlitt Red Cat Splash

One of the great things about these mocktails and non-alcoholic beverages is that they can help you blend in at a party or social situation. With just 7.8% alcohol The Sidekick is a low-ish alcohol session spritz from Lakewood Vineyards

Lakewood Sidekick

Something else to keep in mind is that events hosted on the Cayuga Lake Wine Trail, Seneca Lake Wine Trail, and Keuka Lake Wine Trail always offer discounted Designated Driver tickets at a reduced price. The designated driver enjoys everything but the wine. There’s coffee and other non-alcoholic drinks available. Some wineries, like Glenora Wine Cellars, offer an entire mocktail menu.