I gave up drinking at the beginning of the COVID pandemic partially as a challenge to myself, thinking that we'd all be inside for "maybe a week or two", and that I probably shouldn't drink myself silly during that time.

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But as the pandemic rolled on for months and then later a one year mark, I kept my pledge to stay alcohol free and it's honestly made me feel happier, healthier, and better than I did before. But, moving to Beer City USA has limited the fun I can have when it comes to creative drinks outside of just pop.

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So, when I discovered Alt City Beverage Company in the Downtown Market, I knew I'd finally found my place.

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Alt City specializes in unique drinks, specifically Mocktails (Aka: a cocktail with no alcohol) and their menu is unmatched.

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My fiancé got their take on a mule, which sips just like you're having the classic bourbon drink, and I got their strawberry aloe cooler. And to be honest, I never thought drinking the plant I use for my sunburns, but it is quickly becoming one of my favorite drinks of all time.

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and if you're looking for a nip that tastes like a cocktail, but doesn't give you that nasty hangover (or maybe you have a pregnant loved one who wants to participate, but can't partake) they offer several "fake" spirits to help you re-create some of your favorite drinks at home.

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So if you're trying to drink less (or like me, not at all) you should have one of their incredible creations the next time you find yourself in the Downtown Market.

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Cheers - and congrats on your life choices if you're living that sober life like me!

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