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Dry January in The City of Brotherly Love and Beyond

December 23, 2022 — Dry January is upon us — but, different from years past, “sober” doesn’t have to mean “somber”. When stirring up cocktails made with The Pathfinder Hemp and Root, imbibers can enjoy the full-flavored complexity of their favorite cocktails without sacrificing the next morning. The Pathfinder’s versatility  makes for an ideal Dry January ingredient: bartenders from coast to coast recommend adding the liquid for a flavorful boost to iced or hot coffee, as a replacement for liquor in elevated mocktails (no more club and bitters, thank you), or as a way to lower the proof of classic cocktails to extend the lifespan of an evening spent with family or friends. But don’t take it from us — hear what the experts are saying about The Pathfinder Hemp and Root at the Food Network, in Forbes, Bloomberg Pursuits, or The New York Times.

The Pathfinder Hemp and Root is an innovative spirit fermented from hemp and carefully refined by copper pot distillation. The base liquid is then blended with an alchemy of wormwood, angelica root, ginger, sage, juniper, saffron, orange peel, and wild-crafted Douglas fir as well as natural terpenes, to yield a revolutionary elixir with both the character and complexity of a spirit – but with none of the harmful effects of alcoholic beverages.

Steeped in the rich history of the American West with a liquid that is just as wild as the landscape and the people that inhabited it, The Pathfinder is inspired by the age of apothecaries and the homemade remedies often employed by pioneers, homesteaders, and snake oil salesmen alike. Hemp & Root equally hearkens to a bygone age as it raises the standard of flavor and quality in non-alcoholic spirits with an eye to the future.

The Pathfinder Hemp and Root ($39.99/700ml) is now available for purchase online with national distribution, and is currently available to enjoy at a growing list of bars and restaurants in the Seattle, WA region, as well as Philadelphia and New York City.

Plus: See the below list of Philly hotspots perfect for low- and no-proof sipping all Dry January long (and beyond!), including Royal Boucherie, Forsythia, Stratus Rooftop Lounge, Rex at The Royal, Red Owl Tavern, Jet Wine Bar, and Urban Farmer.

Forsythia, Chef Christopher Kearse’s contemporary French restaurant and bar in Old City, is rejuvenating their zero-proof offerings to include Shrub and Soda of the Day, in addition to a rotating mix of mocktails and low-ABV sippers. Guests can sip on the PGL composed of non-alcoholic tequila, pomegranate, ginger, and lime juice, or opt for a Shrub and Soda of the Day with the featured flavor Apple-Fig. In early 2023, Beverage Director Shawn Miller will add non-alcoholic spirits and amaros made in-house to its robust, ever-evolving beverage program.

Hours of operation: Wednesday through Sunday, 5pm – 10pm

233 Chestnut St, Philadelphia, PA | 215.644.9395 | www.forsythiaphilly.com

Jet Wine Bar, Philadelphia’s global vineyard known for its impressive stock of Ancient World wines from every corner of the globe, is kicking off Dry January with its first tasting of the new year aptly dubbed Boozeless Bottles, a hangover-free wine and spirits tasting in conjunction with Gem Life + Bar, on Tuesday, January 10 at 6pm. Drew Davis from Gem Life Booze-free Bottle Shop will be on-site to walk attendees through each zero proof libation. Tickets are $50/person and include food pairings, tax and gratuity, and a bevy of non-alcoholic wines, spirits, and much more. 

For those unable to attend, Jet Wine Bar boasts a selection of no-proof cocktails such as CranberryGinger Spritz ($6) featuring a house-made cranberry syrup, and lime, topped with ginger beer, Tarragon Fizz ($7) composed of a Georgian tarragon soda, spiced honey, finished with club, and Fever-Tree Craft Soda ($5) with ginger beer, sparkling lemon, and grapefruit.

Hours of operation: 5 pm – 10 pm Wednesday through Thursday, 5 pm – 11 pm on Friday, 2  pm – 11 pm on Saturday, 12 – 6 pm on Sunday

1525 South St., Philadelphia, PA | 215.735.1116 | www.jetwinebar.com 

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Red Owl Tavern, the modern American tavern located on Independence Mall, allows sober curious guests to enjoy the current selection of winter-centric, festive cocktails crafted by Lead Bartender Christopher Devern by removing the booze and substituting with Seedlip Spice 94, a pioneering non-alcoholic spirit. Mindful imbibers have a wide variety of zero-proof seasonal sippers to choose from including Holiday Cheermeister composed of Seedlip Spice 94, spiced cranberry syrup, lime juice, and a sparkling non-alcoholic alternative to the traditional Prosecco, and Fireside Chai fashioned with Seedlip Spice 94, chai syrup, lemon juice, and hot water. 
 
Hours of operation: Monday through Friday 7:30 – 10:45am (breakfast); Monday through Friday 11:30am – 4:30pm (lunch); Monday and Tuesday 4:30 – 9pm, Thursday and Friday 4:30 – 10pm, Saturday 5 – 10pm (dinner); and Saturday 8am – 4pm and Sunday 8am – 3pm (weekend brunch).
 
433 Chestnut St, Philadelphia, PA215.923.2267 | www.redowltavern.com/
 
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Rex at The Royal, Philadelphia’s home for elevated Lowcountry fare housed in the historic and newly rejuvenated Royal Theater, offers two standout no-ABV beverages for Dry January participants: Guests can sip on the If You Got ‘Em ($8), crafted with cold brew coffee, smoked pear, lime, rosemary, and demerara, or the Cide Eye ($8), made with apple pie cocktail syrup, lemon, sparking, and a salt rim, while enjoying staple entrees like the Shrimp & Grits or oysters fresh from the raw bar. 

Hours of operation: 5 pm – 10 pm Monday through Thursday, 5 pm – 11 pm Friday through Saturday, 11 am – 2:30 pm for Sunday Brunch, and 5 pm – 9 pm for Sunday Dinner

1524 South St. Philadelphia PA | 267.319.1366 | www.rexphl.com

Royal Boucherie, Old City’s lively and atmospheric neighborhood bar and restaurant, has recently rejuvenated their crowd-pleasing selection of Temperance Cocktails to include a mix of refreshing elixirs and seasonal no-proof sippers such as Pretty in Pink ($7), composed of strawberry, lime, and sparkling grapefruit soda, Lavender Bow Tie ($7), crafted with lavender-pea flower, grapefruit, and club soda, and Liz Lemon ($7), fashioned with elderflower, rosemary syrup, and lemonade. Additionally, sober-curious folks can sip on Gruvi Zero-Proof Sparkling Rosé ($9), and Athletic Brewing Free Wave ($7), a non-alcoholic IPA from Stratford, CT.  

Hours of operation: Monday through Thursday, 4 pm – 10 pm, Friday and Saturday, 4 pm – 11 pm, and Sunday, 4 pm – 9 pm with weekend brunch served Saturday and Sunday, 10 am – 2:30 pm

52 S Second Street, Philadelphia, PA | 267.606.6316 | www.royalboucherie.com

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Stratus Rooftop Lounge, the chic rooftop venue on the 11th floor of the Kimpton Hotel Monaco in Old City, is elevating Dry January with mocktails thoughtfully collated by Lead Bartender Patrick Banko, featuring leading non-alcoholic distilled spirits brand Seedlip. Highlighted zero-proof libations include Harvest Dreams composed of Seedlip 108, spiced cucumber syrup, and lime juice, and Currently Venting prepared with Seedlip 94, huckleberry syrup, and lemon juice, topped with club soda.

Hours of operation: Wednesday 4pm – 10pm, Thursday 8pm – 1am, Friday 5pm – 2am, and Saturday 8pm – 2am

433 Chestnut St, Philadelphia, PA (11th floor of Kimpton Hotel Monaco) 215.925.2889 | www.stratuslounge.com/

Urban Farmer, Logan Square’s rustic chic modern American steakhouse, boasts an impressive array of no-proof cocktails featured during Dry January and beyond, adding to the already robust, seasonally-apt beverage program. Those abstaining from boozy beverages in the new year can sip on the Farm Mule ($7) composed of Fever Tree Ginger Beer and lime mint syrup, finished with a dash of bitters, Pal-No-Ma ($7) crafted with grapefruit, lime, agave, and sea salt, topped with soda water, Pomegranate Spritz ($7) with Fever Tree Club Soda, pomegranate juice, and rosemary, finished with fresh lime, and Orange Creamsicle ($7) fashion with Fever Tree Club Soda, orange juice, vanilla bean, and Chantilly cream.

Hours of operation:  Tuesday through Saturday, 8 am – 9 pm, and Sunday, 8 am – 3 pm

1850 Benjamin Franklin Pkwy., Philadelphia, PA | 215.963.2788 |  www.urbanfarmersteakhouse.com

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-Kira Cappello