Local mocktails for Dry January in Louisville, KY

Modica comes from the word "modicum" meaning a small amount of a great thing. | Photo by @drinkmodica

Fee-fi-fo-fum we want drinks without the rum. 

Or any alcohol for that matter. 

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

The challenge can be tough, so we decided to round-up a few local offerings that go beyond a rocks glass of cranberry juice.  

Sip on for mocktails made with spiritless bourbon, full sober menus + a locally made superfood cocktail mixer. 

🍹 Drink a 

Fancy Water | Planet of the Tapes, 640 Barret Ave. 

In addition to making any of this movie-themed bar’s cocktails into booze-free drinks, it also specializes in something they call, Fancy Water — a mixture of soda water + any of its house-made simple syrups. We suggest trying the mango-habanero. 

Mocktail special | Shop Bar, 950 Barret Ave. 

Created by one of Shop Bar’s bartenders, this Dry January special is crafted with house-made hibiscus syrup, pineapple + ginger. Pro tip: Visit this half bar half boutique on Tuesdays for the Dakshin food truck. 

Try Shop Bar’s mocktail made with hibiscus syrup, pineapple + ginger. | Photo by @shopbarlouisville

🍹 Full menus at

The Wiggle Room, 1066 Bardstown Rd. 

Available year-round, this Bardstown Road bar flaunts a full sober menu filled with four mocktails + three non-alcoholic beers. 

Gold Bar, 1601 Story Ave. 

Through this month, Gold Bar is bringing back favorites from its Sober Mocktober menu + adding a few new creations — like The Slow Rush made with Spiritless Kentucky 74, super lime, agave syrup, and blueberry preserves. 

The Flamingo Lounge, 119 S. 7th St.  

Try the Hot Notty special — a hot toddy sans the bourbon — or dive into one of three booze-free drinks. We’re dying to try the Eat, Drink, and be Rosemary made with lime juice, rosemary demerara, soda + a Luxardo cherry. 

Norae Bar, 717 E. Market St. 

This NuLu karaoke bar is ditching the liquid courage on its Spiritless cocktail menu featuring the distilled non-alcoholic spirit company’s Kentucky 74 — a faux bourbon — in three different drinks.

🍹 Make at home with 


Created by two Louisvillians, Eric + JD, Modica is a line of cocktail or mocktail mixers made with superfoods. 

These better-for-you mixers are packed with naturally-sourced ingredients, vitamins + antioxidants. Mix one of the three flavors — Cucumber Aloe Margarita, Turmeric Ginger Mule, or Tart Cherry Old Fashioned — with club soda to make a superfood spritzer that tastes like a cocktail. 

Try it at Cultured cheese shop or use Modica’s store finder to find a shelf near you.