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A new nonalcoholic cocktail revolution? L.A. leads the way

Peer behind the bar of your favorite L.A. restaurant or watering hole these days and you’ll spy bottles of nonalcoholic spirit replacements sharing space with your usual rum, whiskey, tequila and vodka labels. You’ll notice no-alcohol cocktail menus are more widely available, and the lists of NA cocktails are getting longer too.

As demand for spirit-free beverages has grown, local establishments have expanded their drink offerings, crafting thoughtful recipes that take inspiration from our seasonal bounty and successfully replacing some of our favorite classic cocktails with NA creations.

But it doesn’t end there. You’ll find fine, dealcoholized European wine as a pairing option on a changing Taiwanese tasting menu and countless booze-free beers on your grocery store shelves. From nonalcoholic IPAs to spirit-free recipes courtesy of actor Danny Trejo, here’s how to do Dry January the L.A. way.


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