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Victory Champagne Showers... Why?

Victory Champagne Showers... Why?

Is this the best way to celebrate?

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Someone got a little too excited.

Nowadays, when a victorious athlete, sports team, or celebrity sprays Champagne all over everyone, no one flinches. Champagne showers have become the norm, which isn’t a bad thing.

Though you’re not surprised when someone celebrates by spraying Champagne everywhere, have you ever stopped to wonder why they’re doing it? Or, more importantly, who did it first?

According to writer and photographer Beverley Byer, there are a few people who claim they were the first to celebrate with a Champagne shower.

1967 24 Hours of Le Mans champion Dan Gurney claims he deserves credit for starting the tradition. After he won the auto race, overwhelmed with excitement, he sprayed himself and everyone around him with Champagne. An article published on All American Racers quotes Gurney, who states that was so thrilled, he felt an urge to shake a bottle of Moët that was given to him after winning.

Scottish Formula One driver Jackie Stewart is another early supporter of the Champagne shower. Stewart sprayed everyone around him after he won the 1969 French Formula One Grand Prix motor race.

There could have been someone who did it before them — who knows? Regardless, if you were looking for a specific reason as to why the Champagne shower is actually a thing, you probably could have guessed it on your own.

In a nutshell: Champagne is known for being a celebratory drink, and the people who are celebrating are too excited to keep the bubbly from literally bubbling over.


‘It’s for drinkers, too’: Fort Worth beverage expert elevates no-alcohol cocktails

9:23 AM on May 14, 2021 CDT

I remember visiting a very nice Dallas restaurant for my wedding anniversary while I was pregnant, about 8 years ago. I asked for a non-alcoholic cocktail. The waitstaff was flustered but kind, and they really took the time to pull something together for me. But it was a smoothie, topped with lots of wonderful fruit. It was a delicious smoothie, but not exactly what I had in mind.

These days, non-alcoholic drinks are getting more sophisticated. Bolstered by wellness trends and lower alcohol consumption by younger generations, the beverage industry is adapting to this new demand. Now, longtime alcohol brands are creating no- and low-alcohol options, and new zero-proof spirits, sparkling tonics and other no-alcohol drinks are popping up on store shelves.

Beth Hutson, a Fort Worth beverage industry professional, launched The Elevated Elixir two years ago. Her Instagram-based blog focuses on the alcohol-free lifestyle, creating drinks and mocktails with cultivated and mature flavors. (She’ll also be teaching a free come-and-go mocktail class at West Elm Fort Worth, 2869 W. 7th Street, on May 22 from 1 to 3 p.m. No sign-up necessary.)

Hutson wants alcohol-free drinks to be accessible and “not judgmental,” she says. She doesn’t like to use the word “sober” to refer to the movement, because people stop drinking for a lot of reasons, she says.

“There are so many reasons that people stop drinking, like health and wellness, or they just want more authentic or meaningful connections in their social lives,” she says. “I don’t want people to feel alienated. It’s for drinkers, too.”

And the stigma is part of what has held people back from exploring sobriety, she says. When she and her husband decided to stop drinking, they experienced some pushback. “It rubbed me the wrong way, the stigma, how other people react,” she says. “Every time I would mention it to my friends — ‘I think I’m going to break up with alcohol’ — everybody would always talk me out of it.”

But now, alcohol-free options are showing up in stores, on lifestyle blogs, and even at more restaurants and bars. Austin has Sans Bar, and North Texas will even have its first “sober bar” at a vegan cafe called Wicked Bold in Flower Mound when it opens in June.

And the options for great alcohol-free mixes are truly endless. Hutson loves simple syrups, shrubs, sparkling waters, and kombucha to mix with alcohol-free spirits from brands like Seedlip, Curious Elixirs, and Ritual. There are also alcohol-free craft beers, wines, bubbles and pre-made mocktails.

“I’ve been having fun with other things, too, like sparkling teas at Leaves [Books and Tea in Fort Worth]. I’ve been experimenting with different coffees like French press, and making horchatas. The possibilities are limitless,” Hutson says. “You can also invest in beautiful bar carts and stemware, different types of ices, and beautiful garnishes to make it feel more elevated.”

Mocktail game-changer: New book offers 100 sophisticated booze-free and low-alcohol recipes

Here’s a breakdown of available alcohol-free options:


‘It’s for drinkers, too’: Fort Worth beverage expert elevates no-alcohol cocktails

9:23 AM on May 14, 2021 CDT

I remember visiting a very nice Dallas restaurant for my wedding anniversary while I was pregnant, about 8 years ago. I asked for a non-alcoholic cocktail. The waitstaff was flustered but kind, and they really took the time to pull something together for me. But it was a smoothie, topped with lots of wonderful fruit. It was a delicious smoothie, but not exactly what I had in mind.

These days, non-alcoholic drinks are getting more sophisticated. Bolstered by wellness trends and lower alcohol consumption by younger generations, the beverage industry is adapting to this new demand. Now, longtime alcohol brands are creating no- and low-alcohol options, and new zero-proof spirits, sparkling tonics and other no-alcohol drinks are popping up on store shelves.

Beth Hutson, a Fort Worth beverage industry professional, launched The Elevated Elixir two years ago. Her Instagram-based blog focuses on the alcohol-free lifestyle, creating drinks and mocktails with cultivated and mature flavors. (She’ll also be teaching a free come-and-go mocktail class at West Elm Fort Worth, 2869 W. 7th Street, on May 22 from 1 to 3 p.m. No sign-up necessary.)

Hutson wants alcohol-free drinks to be accessible and “not judgmental,” she says. She doesn’t like to use the word “sober” to refer to the movement, because people stop drinking for a lot of reasons, she says.

“There are so many reasons that people stop drinking, like health and wellness, or they just want more authentic or meaningful connections in their social lives,” she says. “I don’t want people to feel alienated. It’s for drinkers, too.”

And the stigma is part of what has held people back from exploring sobriety, she says. When she and her husband decided to stop drinking, they experienced some pushback. “It rubbed me the wrong way, the stigma, how other people react,” she says. “Every time I would mention it to my friends — ‘I think I’m going to break up with alcohol’ — everybody would always talk me out of it.”

But now, alcohol-free options are showing up in stores, on lifestyle blogs, and even at more restaurants and bars. Austin has Sans Bar, and North Texas will even have its first “sober bar” at a vegan cafe called Wicked Bold in Flower Mound when it opens in June.

And the options for great alcohol-free mixes are truly endless. Hutson loves simple syrups, shrubs, sparkling waters, and kombucha to mix with alcohol-free spirits from brands like Seedlip, Curious Elixirs, and Ritual. There are also alcohol-free craft beers, wines, bubbles and pre-made mocktails.

“I’ve been having fun with other things, too, like sparkling teas at Leaves [Books and Tea in Fort Worth]. I’ve been experimenting with different coffees like French press, and making horchatas. The possibilities are limitless,” Hutson says. “You can also invest in beautiful bar carts and stemware, different types of ices, and beautiful garnishes to make it feel more elevated.”

Mocktail game-changer: New book offers 100 sophisticated booze-free and low-alcohol recipes

Here’s a breakdown of available alcohol-free options:


‘It’s for drinkers, too’: Fort Worth beverage expert elevates no-alcohol cocktails

9:23 AM on May 14, 2021 CDT

I remember visiting a very nice Dallas restaurant for my wedding anniversary while I was pregnant, about 8 years ago. I asked for a non-alcoholic cocktail. The waitstaff was flustered but kind, and they really took the time to pull something together for me. But it was a smoothie, topped with lots of wonderful fruit. It was a delicious smoothie, but not exactly what I had in mind.

These days, non-alcoholic drinks are getting more sophisticated. Bolstered by wellness trends and lower alcohol consumption by younger generations, the beverage industry is adapting to this new demand. Now, longtime alcohol brands are creating no- and low-alcohol options, and new zero-proof spirits, sparkling tonics and other no-alcohol drinks are popping up on store shelves.

Beth Hutson, a Fort Worth beverage industry professional, launched The Elevated Elixir two years ago. Her Instagram-based blog focuses on the alcohol-free lifestyle, creating drinks and mocktails with cultivated and mature flavors. (She’ll also be teaching a free come-and-go mocktail class at West Elm Fort Worth, 2869 W. 7th Street, on May 22 from 1 to 3 p.m. No sign-up necessary.)

Hutson wants alcohol-free drinks to be accessible and “not judgmental,” she says. She doesn’t like to use the word “sober” to refer to the movement, because people stop drinking for a lot of reasons, she says.

“There are so many reasons that people stop drinking, like health and wellness, or they just want more authentic or meaningful connections in their social lives,” she says. “I don’t want people to feel alienated. It’s for drinkers, too.”

And the stigma is part of what has held people back from exploring sobriety, she says. When she and her husband decided to stop drinking, they experienced some pushback. “It rubbed me the wrong way, the stigma, how other people react,” she says. “Every time I would mention it to my friends — ‘I think I’m going to break up with alcohol’ — everybody would always talk me out of it.”

But now, alcohol-free options are showing up in stores, on lifestyle blogs, and even at more restaurants and bars. Austin has Sans Bar, and North Texas will even have its first “sober bar” at a vegan cafe called Wicked Bold in Flower Mound when it opens in June.

And the options for great alcohol-free mixes are truly endless. Hutson loves simple syrups, shrubs, sparkling waters, and kombucha to mix with alcohol-free spirits from brands like Seedlip, Curious Elixirs, and Ritual. There are also alcohol-free craft beers, wines, bubbles and pre-made mocktails.

“I’ve been having fun with other things, too, like sparkling teas at Leaves [Books and Tea in Fort Worth]. I’ve been experimenting with different coffees like French press, and making horchatas. The possibilities are limitless,” Hutson says. “You can also invest in beautiful bar carts and stemware, different types of ices, and beautiful garnishes to make it feel more elevated.”

Mocktail game-changer: New book offers 100 sophisticated booze-free and low-alcohol recipes

Here’s a breakdown of available alcohol-free options:


‘It’s for drinkers, too’: Fort Worth beverage expert elevates no-alcohol cocktails

9:23 AM on May 14, 2021 CDT

I remember visiting a very nice Dallas restaurant for my wedding anniversary while I was pregnant, about 8 years ago. I asked for a non-alcoholic cocktail. The waitstaff was flustered but kind, and they really took the time to pull something together for me. But it was a smoothie, topped with lots of wonderful fruit. It was a delicious smoothie, but not exactly what I had in mind.

These days, non-alcoholic drinks are getting more sophisticated. Bolstered by wellness trends and lower alcohol consumption by younger generations, the beverage industry is adapting to this new demand. Now, longtime alcohol brands are creating no- and low-alcohol options, and new zero-proof spirits, sparkling tonics and other no-alcohol drinks are popping up on store shelves.

Beth Hutson, a Fort Worth beverage industry professional, launched The Elevated Elixir two years ago. Her Instagram-based blog focuses on the alcohol-free lifestyle, creating drinks and mocktails with cultivated and mature flavors. (She’ll also be teaching a free come-and-go mocktail class at West Elm Fort Worth, 2869 W. 7th Street, on May 22 from 1 to 3 p.m. No sign-up necessary.)

Hutson wants alcohol-free drinks to be accessible and “not judgmental,” she says. She doesn’t like to use the word “sober” to refer to the movement, because people stop drinking for a lot of reasons, she says.

“There are so many reasons that people stop drinking, like health and wellness, or they just want more authentic or meaningful connections in their social lives,” she says. “I don’t want people to feel alienated. It’s for drinkers, too.”

And the stigma is part of what has held people back from exploring sobriety, she says. When she and her husband decided to stop drinking, they experienced some pushback. “It rubbed me the wrong way, the stigma, how other people react,” she says. “Every time I would mention it to my friends — ‘I think I’m going to break up with alcohol’ — everybody would always talk me out of it.”

But now, alcohol-free options are showing up in stores, on lifestyle blogs, and even at more restaurants and bars. Austin has Sans Bar, and North Texas will even have its first “sober bar” at a vegan cafe called Wicked Bold in Flower Mound when it opens in June.

And the options for great alcohol-free mixes are truly endless. Hutson loves simple syrups, shrubs, sparkling waters, and kombucha to mix with alcohol-free spirits from brands like Seedlip, Curious Elixirs, and Ritual. There are also alcohol-free craft beers, wines, bubbles and pre-made mocktails.

“I’ve been having fun with other things, too, like sparkling teas at Leaves [Books and Tea in Fort Worth]. I’ve been experimenting with different coffees like French press, and making horchatas. The possibilities are limitless,” Hutson says. “You can also invest in beautiful bar carts and stemware, different types of ices, and beautiful garnishes to make it feel more elevated.”

Mocktail game-changer: New book offers 100 sophisticated booze-free and low-alcohol recipes

Here’s a breakdown of available alcohol-free options:


‘It’s for drinkers, too’: Fort Worth beverage expert elevates no-alcohol cocktails

9:23 AM on May 14, 2021 CDT

I remember visiting a very nice Dallas restaurant for my wedding anniversary while I was pregnant, about 8 years ago. I asked for a non-alcoholic cocktail. The waitstaff was flustered but kind, and they really took the time to pull something together for me. But it was a smoothie, topped with lots of wonderful fruit. It was a delicious smoothie, but not exactly what I had in mind.

These days, non-alcoholic drinks are getting more sophisticated. Bolstered by wellness trends and lower alcohol consumption by younger generations, the beverage industry is adapting to this new demand. Now, longtime alcohol brands are creating no- and low-alcohol options, and new zero-proof spirits, sparkling tonics and other no-alcohol drinks are popping up on store shelves.

Beth Hutson, a Fort Worth beverage industry professional, launched The Elevated Elixir two years ago. Her Instagram-based blog focuses on the alcohol-free lifestyle, creating drinks and mocktails with cultivated and mature flavors. (She’ll also be teaching a free come-and-go mocktail class at West Elm Fort Worth, 2869 W. 7th Street, on May 22 from 1 to 3 p.m. No sign-up necessary.)

Hutson wants alcohol-free drinks to be accessible and “not judgmental,” she says. She doesn’t like to use the word “sober” to refer to the movement, because people stop drinking for a lot of reasons, she says.

“There are so many reasons that people stop drinking, like health and wellness, or they just want more authentic or meaningful connections in their social lives,” she says. “I don’t want people to feel alienated. It’s for drinkers, too.”

And the stigma is part of what has held people back from exploring sobriety, she says. When she and her husband decided to stop drinking, they experienced some pushback. “It rubbed me the wrong way, the stigma, how other people react,” she says. “Every time I would mention it to my friends — ‘I think I’m going to break up with alcohol’ — everybody would always talk me out of it.”

But now, alcohol-free options are showing up in stores, on lifestyle blogs, and even at more restaurants and bars. Austin has Sans Bar, and North Texas will even have its first “sober bar” at a vegan cafe called Wicked Bold in Flower Mound when it opens in June.

And the options for great alcohol-free mixes are truly endless. Hutson loves simple syrups, shrubs, sparkling waters, and kombucha to mix with alcohol-free spirits from brands like Seedlip, Curious Elixirs, and Ritual. There are also alcohol-free craft beers, wines, bubbles and pre-made mocktails.

“I’ve been having fun with other things, too, like sparkling teas at Leaves [Books and Tea in Fort Worth]. I’ve been experimenting with different coffees like French press, and making horchatas. The possibilities are limitless,” Hutson says. “You can also invest in beautiful bar carts and stemware, different types of ices, and beautiful garnishes to make it feel more elevated.”

Mocktail game-changer: New book offers 100 sophisticated booze-free and low-alcohol recipes

Here’s a breakdown of available alcohol-free options:


‘It’s for drinkers, too’: Fort Worth beverage expert elevates no-alcohol cocktails

9:23 AM on May 14, 2021 CDT

I remember visiting a very nice Dallas restaurant for my wedding anniversary while I was pregnant, about 8 years ago. I asked for a non-alcoholic cocktail. The waitstaff was flustered but kind, and they really took the time to pull something together for me. But it was a smoothie, topped with lots of wonderful fruit. It was a delicious smoothie, but not exactly what I had in mind.

These days, non-alcoholic drinks are getting more sophisticated. Bolstered by wellness trends and lower alcohol consumption by younger generations, the beverage industry is adapting to this new demand. Now, longtime alcohol brands are creating no- and low-alcohol options, and new zero-proof spirits, sparkling tonics and other no-alcohol drinks are popping up on store shelves.

Beth Hutson, a Fort Worth beverage industry professional, launched The Elevated Elixir two years ago. Her Instagram-based blog focuses on the alcohol-free lifestyle, creating drinks and mocktails with cultivated and mature flavors. (She’ll also be teaching a free come-and-go mocktail class at West Elm Fort Worth, 2869 W. 7th Street, on May 22 from 1 to 3 p.m. No sign-up necessary.)

Hutson wants alcohol-free drinks to be accessible and “not judgmental,” she says. She doesn’t like to use the word “sober” to refer to the movement, because people stop drinking for a lot of reasons, she says.

“There are so many reasons that people stop drinking, like health and wellness, or they just want more authentic or meaningful connections in their social lives,” she says. “I don’t want people to feel alienated. It’s for drinkers, too.”

And the stigma is part of what has held people back from exploring sobriety, she says. When she and her husband decided to stop drinking, they experienced some pushback. “It rubbed me the wrong way, the stigma, how other people react,” she says. “Every time I would mention it to my friends — ‘I think I’m going to break up with alcohol’ — everybody would always talk me out of it.”

But now, alcohol-free options are showing up in stores, on lifestyle blogs, and even at more restaurants and bars. Austin has Sans Bar, and North Texas will even have its first “sober bar” at a vegan cafe called Wicked Bold in Flower Mound when it opens in June.

And the options for great alcohol-free mixes are truly endless. Hutson loves simple syrups, shrubs, sparkling waters, and kombucha to mix with alcohol-free spirits from brands like Seedlip, Curious Elixirs, and Ritual. There are also alcohol-free craft beers, wines, bubbles and pre-made mocktails.

“I’ve been having fun with other things, too, like sparkling teas at Leaves [Books and Tea in Fort Worth]. I’ve been experimenting with different coffees like French press, and making horchatas. The possibilities are limitless,” Hutson says. “You can also invest in beautiful bar carts and stemware, different types of ices, and beautiful garnishes to make it feel more elevated.”

Mocktail game-changer: New book offers 100 sophisticated booze-free and low-alcohol recipes

Here’s a breakdown of available alcohol-free options:


‘It’s for drinkers, too’: Fort Worth beverage expert elevates no-alcohol cocktails

9:23 AM on May 14, 2021 CDT

I remember visiting a very nice Dallas restaurant for my wedding anniversary while I was pregnant, about 8 years ago. I asked for a non-alcoholic cocktail. The waitstaff was flustered but kind, and they really took the time to pull something together for me. But it was a smoothie, topped with lots of wonderful fruit. It was a delicious smoothie, but not exactly what I had in mind.

These days, non-alcoholic drinks are getting more sophisticated. Bolstered by wellness trends and lower alcohol consumption by younger generations, the beverage industry is adapting to this new demand. Now, longtime alcohol brands are creating no- and low-alcohol options, and new zero-proof spirits, sparkling tonics and other no-alcohol drinks are popping up on store shelves.

Beth Hutson, a Fort Worth beverage industry professional, launched The Elevated Elixir two years ago. Her Instagram-based blog focuses on the alcohol-free lifestyle, creating drinks and mocktails with cultivated and mature flavors. (She’ll also be teaching a free come-and-go mocktail class at West Elm Fort Worth, 2869 W. 7th Street, on May 22 from 1 to 3 p.m. No sign-up necessary.)

Hutson wants alcohol-free drinks to be accessible and “not judgmental,” she says. She doesn’t like to use the word “sober” to refer to the movement, because people stop drinking for a lot of reasons, she says.

“There are so many reasons that people stop drinking, like health and wellness, or they just want more authentic or meaningful connections in their social lives,” she says. “I don’t want people to feel alienated. It’s for drinkers, too.”

And the stigma is part of what has held people back from exploring sobriety, she says. When she and her husband decided to stop drinking, they experienced some pushback. “It rubbed me the wrong way, the stigma, how other people react,” she says. “Every time I would mention it to my friends — ‘I think I’m going to break up with alcohol’ — everybody would always talk me out of it.”

But now, alcohol-free options are showing up in stores, on lifestyle blogs, and even at more restaurants and bars. Austin has Sans Bar, and North Texas will even have its first “sober bar” at a vegan cafe called Wicked Bold in Flower Mound when it opens in June.

And the options for great alcohol-free mixes are truly endless. Hutson loves simple syrups, shrubs, sparkling waters, and kombucha to mix with alcohol-free spirits from brands like Seedlip, Curious Elixirs, and Ritual. There are also alcohol-free craft beers, wines, bubbles and pre-made mocktails.

“I’ve been having fun with other things, too, like sparkling teas at Leaves [Books and Tea in Fort Worth]. I’ve been experimenting with different coffees like French press, and making horchatas. The possibilities are limitless,” Hutson says. “You can also invest in beautiful bar carts and stemware, different types of ices, and beautiful garnishes to make it feel more elevated.”

Mocktail game-changer: New book offers 100 sophisticated booze-free and low-alcohol recipes

Here’s a breakdown of available alcohol-free options:


‘It’s for drinkers, too’: Fort Worth beverage expert elevates no-alcohol cocktails

9:23 AM on May 14, 2021 CDT

I remember visiting a very nice Dallas restaurant for my wedding anniversary while I was pregnant, about 8 years ago. I asked for a non-alcoholic cocktail. The waitstaff was flustered but kind, and they really took the time to pull something together for me. But it was a smoothie, topped with lots of wonderful fruit. It was a delicious smoothie, but not exactly what I had in mind.

These days, non-alcoholic drinks are getting more sophisticated. Bolstered by wellness trends and lower alcohol consumption by younger generations, the beverage industry is adapting to this new demand. Now, longtime alcohol brands are creating no- and low-alcohol options, and new zero-proof spirits, sparkling tonics and other no-alcohol drinks are popping up on store shelves.

Beth Hutson, a Fort Worth beverage industry professional, launched The Elevated Elixir two years ago. Her Instagram-based blog focuses on the alcohol-free lifestyle, creating drinks and mocktails with cultivated and mature flavors. (She’ll also be teaching a free come-and-go mocktail class at West Elm Fort Worth, 2869 W. 7th Street, on May 22 from 1 to 3 p.m. No sign-up necessary.)

Hutson wants alcohol-free drinks to be accessible and “not judgmental,” she says. She doesn’t like to use the word “sober” to refer to the movement, because people stop drinking for a lot of reasons, she says.

“There are so many reasons that people stop drinking, like health and wellness, or they just want more authentic or meaningful connections in their social lives,” she says. “I don’t want people to feel alienated. It’s for drinkers, too.”

And the stigma is part of what has held people back from exploring sobriety, she says. When she and her husband decided to stop drinking, they experienced some pushback. “It rubbed me the wrong way, the stigma, how other people react,” she says. “Every time I would mention it to my friends — ‘I think I’m going to break up with alcohol’ — everybody would always talk me out of it.”

But now, alcohol-free options are showing up in stores, on lifestyle blogs, and even at more restaurants and bars. Austin has Sans Bar, and North Texas will even have its first “sober bar” at a vegan cafe called Wicked Bold in Flower Mound when it opens in June.

And the options for great alcohol-free mixes are truly endless. Hutson loves simple syrups, shrubs, sparkling waters, and kombucha to mix with alcohol-free spirits from brands like Seedlip, Curious Elixirs, and Ritual. There are also alcohol-free craft beers, wines, bubbles and pre-made mocktails.

“I’ve been having fun with other things, too, like sparkling teas at Leaves [Books and Tea in Fort Worth]. I’ve been experimenting with different coffees like French press, and making horchatas. The possibilities are limitless,” Hutson says. “You can also invest in beautiful bar carts and stemware, different types of ices, and beautiful garnishes to make it feel more elevated.”

Mocktail game-changer: New book offers 100 sophisticated booze-free and low-alcohol recipes

Here’s a breakdown of available alcohol-free options:


‘It’s for drinkers, too’: Fort Worth beverage expert elevates no-alcohol cocktails

9:23 AM on May 14, 2021 CDT

I remember visiting a very nice Dallas restaurant for my wedding anniversary while I was pregnant, about 8 years ago. I asked for a non-alcoholic cocktail. The waitstaff was flustered but kind, and they really took the time to pull something together for me. But it was a smoothie, topped with lots of wonderful fruit. It was a delicious smoothie, but not exactly what I had in mind.

These days, non-alcoholic drinks are getting more sophisticated. Bolstered by wellness trends and lower alcohol consumption by younger generations, the beverage industry is adapting to this new demand. Now, longtime alcohol brands are creating no- and low-alcohol options, and new zero-proof spirits, sparkling tonics and other no-alcohol drinks are popping up on store shelves.

Beth Hutson, a Fort Worth beverage industry professional, launched The Elevated Elixir two years ago. Her Instagram-based blog focuses on the alcohol-free lifestyle, creating drinks and mocktails with cultivated and mature flavors. (She’ll also be teaching a free come-and-go mocktail class at West Elm Fort Worth, 2869 W. 7th Street, on May 22 from 1 to 3 p.m. No sign-up necessary.)

Hutson wants alcohol-free drinks to be accessible and “not judgmental,” she says. She doesn’t like to use the word “sober” to refer to the movement, because people stop drinking for a lot of reasons, she says.

“There are so many reasons that people stop drinking, like health and wellness, or they just want more authentic or meaningful connections in their social lives,” she says. “I don’t want people to feel alienated. It’s for drinkers, too.”

And the stigma is part of what has held people back from exploring sobriety, she says. When she and her husband decided to stop drinking, they experienced some pushback. “It rubbed me the wrong way, the stigma, how other people react,” she says. “Every time I would mention it to my friends — ‘I think I’m going to break up with alcohol’ — everybody would always talk me out of it.”

But now, alcohol-free options are showing up in stores, on lifestyle blogs, and even at more restaurants and bars. Austin has Sans Bar, and North Texas will even have its first “sober bar” at a vegan cafe called Wicked Bold in Flower Mound when it opens in June.

And the options for great alcohol-free mixes are truly endless. Hutson loves simple syrups, shrubs, sparkling waters, and kombucha to mix with alcohol-free spirits from brands like Seedlip, Curious Elixirs, and Ritual. There are also alcohol-free craft beers, wines, bubbles and pre-made mocktails.

“I’ve been having fun with other things, too, like sparkling teas at Leaves [Books and Tea in Fort Worth]. I’ve been experimenting with different coffees like French press, and making horchatas. The possibilities are limitless,” Hutson says. “You can also invest in beautiful bar carts and stemware, different types of ices, and beautiful garnishes to make it feel more elevated.”

Mocktail game-changer: New book offers 100 sophisticated booze-free and low-alcohol recipes

Here’s a breakdown of available alcohol-free options:


‘It’s for drinkers, too’: Fort Worth beverage expert elevates no-alcohol cocktails

9:23 AM on May 14, 2021 CDT

I remember visiting a very nice Dallas restaurant for my wedding anniversary while I was pregnant, about 8 years ago. I asked for a non-alcoholic cocktail. The waitstaff was flustered but kind, and they really took the time to pull something together for me. But it was a smoothie, topped with lots of wonderful fruit. It was a delicious smoothie, but not exactly what I had in mind.

These days, non-alcoholic drinks are getting more sophisticated. Bolstered by wellness trends and lower alcohol consumption by younger generations, the beverage industry is adapting to this new demand. Now, longtime alcohol brands are creating no- and low-alcohol options, and new zero-proof spirits, sparkling tonics and other no-alcohol drinks are popping up on store shelves.

Beth Hutson, a Fort Worth beverage industry professional, launched The Elevated Elixir two years ago. Her Instagram-based blog focuses on the alcohol-free lifestyle, creating drinks and mocktails with cultivated and mature flavors. (She’ll also be teaching a free come-and-go mocktail class at West Elm Fort Worth, 2869 W. 7th Street, on May 22 from 1 to 3 p.m. No sign-up necessary.)

Hutson wants alcohol-free drinks to be accessible and “not judgmental,” she says. She doesn’t like to use the word “sober” to refer to the movement, because people stop drinking for a lot of reasons, she says.

“There are so many reasons that people stop drinking, like health and wellness, or they just want more authentic or meaningful connections in their social lives,” she says. “I don’t want people to feel alienated. It’s for drinkers, too.”

And the stigma is part of what has held people back from exploring sobriety, she says. When she and her husband decided to stop drinking, they experienced some pushback. “It rubbed me the wrong way, the stigma, how other people react,” she says. “Every time I would mention it to my friends — ‘I think I’m going to break up with alcohol’ — everybody would always talk me out of it.”

But now, alcohol-free options are showing up in stores, on lifestyle blogs, and even at more restaurants and bars. Austin has Sans Bar, and North Texas will even have its first “sober bar” at a vegan cafe called Wicked Bold in Flower Mound when it opens in June.

And the options for great alcohol-free mixes are truly endless. Hutson loves simple syrups, shrubs, sparkling waters, and kombucha to mix with alcohol-free spirits from brands like Seedlip, Curious Elixirs, and Ritual. There are also alcohol-free craft beers, wines, bubbles and pre-made mocktails.

“I’ve been having fun with other things, too, like sparkling teas at Leaves [Books and Tea in Fort Worth]. I’ve been experimenting with different coffees like French press, and making horchatas. The possibilities are limitless,” Hutson says. “You can also invest in beautiful bar carts and stemware, different types of ices, and beautiful garnishes to make it feel more elevated.”

Mocktail game-changer: New book offers 100 sophisticated booze-free and low-alcohol recipes

Here’s a breakdown of available alcohol-free options:


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