This month we celebrate Independence Day, and America as we know her turns a ripe 247 years old. One of the cornerstones of the Declaration of Independence is the right to “life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness” and lately, a rising wave of people are exploring these virtues as it pertains to alcohol use.
The “sober curious” movement continues to gain momentum, challenging cultural norms of alcohol consumption and encouraging individuals to adopt a more inquisitive spirit about their relationship with alcohol. This trend has piqued the interest of folks from all walks of life and will continue to offer the opportunity for a more conscious approach to engaging in social settings.
The root of sober curiosity varies among individuals, with common motivating factors including overall health, personal growth, emotional clarity, financial considerations, relationship improvement, and prioritization of goals and values.
Alcohol use is deeply ingrained in the way we socialize as adults and choosing to go against the (fermented) grain can be a tricky step to take. The entry point to a life with less or no alcohol is often inspired by the growing trend of alcohol-free challenges such as “Dry January” and “Sober October.” These challenges invite the sober-curious to experience life without alcohol for 1 month in a widely accepted communal setting which helps reduce the burden of social pressure.
Regardless of the social influence to use alcohol, casual sobriety is becoming more accessible and will continue to as this movement captivates multigenerational attention. Restaurants and cocktail bars across the valley have added dynamic zero-proof menus for the sober curious to indulge while remaining clear-headed and hangover-free. A book published in 2018 by Ruby Warrington “Sober Curious: The Blissful Sleep, Greater Focus, Limitless Presence, and Deep Connection Awaiting Us All on the Other Side of Alcohol” is an excellent source of education and an invitation to consciously reflect on alcohol use.
As summer continues to warm up, the opportunity to exercise sober curiosity grows. If you’re hosting an event and desire curated non-alcoholic options, consider contacting The Nixer - The Valley’s first non-alcoholic pop-up bar. The Nixer believes that choosing not to drink alcohol shouldn’t limit your social experiences and are here to support your sober-curious festivities. Discover their upcoming events or reach out to book your own by connecting with them on Instagram or Facebook @thenixer
For a more DIY experience, give these recipes a whirl!
2 tbsp fresh lime juice
1 tbsp simple syrup
¼ cup club soda
¾ cup ginger beer
3-4 mint leaves (torn, optional)
Garnish with lime & mint
Not in the mood to mix a mocktail? No worries! Parch™ is inspired by the Sonoran Desert and delivers a bespoke blend of active adaptogens instead of alcohol. These tasty beverages were developed in collaboration with a naturopathic doctor and are designed to work symbiotically with your body’s natural functions. They make a great aesthetic addition to any beverage fridge or cooler and will surely delight the sober-curious guests at your next summer party! Visit their website drinkparch.com to order online or find a local store that carries these zero-proof concoctions.
Whether fully embracing a sober lifestyle or simply exploring sobriety with curiosity, we wish you a safe and fulfilling summer of celebration, personal growth, and fun in the sun! May the journey of sober curiosity continue to inspire and empower individuals to embrace life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness on their own terms.