ChampionSip: Mocktails

Voting starts January 17 in Edible Memphis’s Instagram stories.

Sober curious? Soberish? We got you.

After the holidays, many bars and restaurants experience a dip in business. So we want to give our readers and community a reason to continue supporting their favorite cocktail spots—even while participating in Dry January or sticking to a New Year’s resolution to drink less. 

Enter the third annual Edible Memphis ChampionSip: Mocktails, brought to you by Joe’s Wines and Liquor—your Dry January headquarters!

Whether you participate for a day, a week, or the whole month, we want you to get in on the fun!

This is a bracket-style competition. Voting for each individual matchup will take place exclusively in an Edible Memphis Instagram Story poll over an assigned 24-hour period.

  • January 1-16: Competitors introduced one by one on social media
  • January 12: Bracket announced
  • January 17-24: Sippin’ on Sixteen
  • January 25-28: Icy Eight
  • January 29-30: Pour of Four (Semi-finals)
  • January 31: ChampionSipper (Finals)

There are three ways to win: Overall Bracket Winner, Most Tagged Mocktail, and Judges’ Choice.

Readers are encouraged to tag photos of their mocktails on Instagram throughout the month to be entered to win a $150 gift card to the participating restaurant/bar of their choice. 

Readers who sample all 16 mocktails before January 31 will be invited to cast a vote as an official judge.

See below for descriptions of the participating restaurants and their signature mocktails.

Photography by Elly Hazelrig

The Unbeetable

When Andy Ticer and Michael Hudman opened their flagship restaurant, Andrew Michael, in 2008, they put Brookhaven Circle on the map. The large bar in the back is the perfect place to sample their innovative Italian cooking rooted in Southern tradition and to enjoy a mocktail.

The Unbeetable features beets, chamomile, herbs, spicy tincture, and ginger. This earthy, elevated mocktail with a tropical touch will keep you cozy, with a reminder that warmer days await.

Perfect pairing: A|M Breakfast with a 63-degree egg, pork belly, spin rosso polenta, and pork rinds

712 West Brookhaven Circle
Monday – Saturday 4 to 10 p.m.

Lemon Law

This intimate neighborhood lobby bar can be found inside South Main’s Arrive hotel. It’s a great happy hour or nightcap spot. Bar Hustle’s menu is small but mighty, featuring lots of shareable snacks and a couple of desserts.

The Lemon Law features lemon, lime, simple syrup, and ginger beer, topped with confectioner’s cream, pomegranate, and mandarins. Lemon meringue pie—with its extra sweet and tart taste and creamy style—was the inspiration.

Perfect pairing: Tuna Poke Nachos with cabbage cilantro slaw, avocado crema, and pickled onion

477 South Main Street
Wednesday – Saturday 4 to 10 p.m.

Summertime Sadness

East Memphis’ new, modern neighborhood bar is “comfortably convivial” and makes you feel at home the minute you walk through the door. With a menu featuring crowd-pleasing shareables, comfort food, and enticing entrées, Belle Meade Social hits the mark.

Full of house-made juice, mixed berry syrup, lemon, mint simple syrup, and mint leaves, Summertime Sadness is a nod to the fresh and fruity summertime flavors we all love. A touch of edible gold glitter, added to the cocktail before it goes to the table, reminds us of the bright summer days we’re missing.

Perfect pairing: Summer Veggie Bowl with seasonal mixed veggies, Brussels sprouts, red quinoa, avocado, lemon wedge, and spicy house sauce

518 Perkins Extended
Monday – Thursday 4 to 9 p.m., Friday – Saturday 11 a.m. to 10 p.m., Sunday 11 a.m. to 9 p.m.

Jessie Ate Some Beans

Part of the Enjoy A|M Restaurant Group, Catherine & Mary’s brings the heart of Tuscan and Sicilian “grandmother cooking” to downtown’s Chisca Apartments with a menu of traditional and new riffs. The large bar is a great place to sip, taste, and chat.

Jessie Ate Some Beans—featuring cold brew, coffee foam, C&M zero proof amaro, and spiced demerara—is a take on the espresso martini, one of their most popular cocktails. The star of the show here is the house-made non-alcoholic amaro. Amari play a large part in all of the cocktail menus at Catherine & Mary’s as they stay true to their Italian roots. The bittersweet and herbal punch blends seamlessly with the coffee elements and makes a balanced mocktail that’s just as nuanced as its boozy counterpart.

Perfect pairing: Radiatore with cacio e pepe

272 South Main Street, Suite 105-A
Monday – Sunday 5 to 10 p.m.

Home Roots

You’ll find the “red sauce joint of your dreams” in Harbor Town. Cocozza’s red checkered floors, comfy leather banquettes, and wood-paneled walls give this modern restaurant an old-school feel. Lots of neighborhood regulars fill the seats of the bright bar in the back. Grab a stool and stay awhile.

Home Roots features freshly squeezed Ruby Red grapefruit, handpicked basil leaves from the Cocozza patio garden, agave nectar, Q grapefruit soda, and a garnish of ground sea salt, grapefruit slice, and basil leaf.

Perfect pairing: Fried calamari with cherry peppers, lemon, spicy marinara, and lemon aioli

106 Harbor Town Square
Monday – Thursday 4 to 9 p.m., Friday – Saturday 4 to 10 p.m.

Buttery Blanket

This small, chef-run restaurant on Brookhaven Circle focuses on sourcing the freshest ingredients as close to home as possible. Dory’s welcoming bar is a great place to start—or end—the evening. You can also have your dinner there if you like.

A play on a hot buttered rum toddy, the spirit-free Buttery Blanket takes you down a hot slope of fall spices. A winter beverage to warm the soul, it has flavors of cranberry, lemon, burnt orange, cinnamon, and a honeycomb brittle topping. Served hot, it’s great for these bitter cold evenings.

Perfect pairing: Beef with braised and smoked leeks, havarti potato salad, and sherry demi glace, served with a side of Parker House rolls

716 West Brookhaven Circle
Tuesday – Saturday 4 to 9 p.m.

Low Vibration Libation

This family-owned, Mediterranean-inspired eatery in the heart of the Evergreen Historic District has been serving authentic and house-made Italian cuisine for nearly a decade. Ecco loosely translates as “the place to be,” and we couldn’t agree more.

Low Vibration Libation is a light and refreshing mocktail featuring Seedlip Spice, cranberry sauce shrub, lime, Q hibiscus ginger beer, candied ginger, and rosemary. The shrub is made from the ingredients you might find in a classic cranberry sauce (orange, cinnamon, nutmeg, and ginger).

Perfect pairing: Sampler plate featuring house-made Italian sausage, a selection of imported cheeses, and charcuterie

1585 Overton Park Avenue
Tuesday – Thursday 4:30 to 9 p.m., Friday – Saturday 5:30 to 9:30 p.m.

The Jungle Room

In the South Main Arts District, you’ll find Memphis’ first scratch-made noodle and dumpling shop. Good Fortune is a cozy and vibrant restaurant dedicated to “equal opportunity dining.” The menu offers vegetarian, vegan, and gluten-free options.

The Jungle Room—featuring lemon sorbet, pandan, and coconut cream—was made to be enticing, so that even those who drink alcohol would ask about it. Inspired by classic sherbet Sprite punch, the flavors are on par with key lime pie or sherbet ice cream. Nuanced with perfect textures, it definitely sparks joy.

Perfect pairing: Impossible Beef dumplings with cilantro, chili crisp, and fried garlic

361 South Main Street
Wednesday – Sunday 4 to 10 p.m.

Movie Night

This Williamsburg Village stunner in East Memphis is part of the SOB Hospitality Group. Created as a place to come together, Hen House is the perfect spot for an evening with friends or a night with your significant other.

Movie Night was inspired by date nights at the movies sharing popcorn and frozen Cokes. Featuring non-alcoholic rum, popcorn syrup, corn stock, oat milk, and saline solution, it has popcorn notes with subtle hints of Coca-Cola. The fun popcorn topping is made with vegan butter so all can imbibe.

Perfect pairing: Truffle fries with Parmesan cheese and garlic aioli

679 South Mendenhall
Sunday – Thursday 4 to 10 p.m., Friday – Saturday 4 p.m. to midnight

Havana Snowfall

Best known for its wood-fired pizzas, Hog & Hominy is Enjoy A|M’s wood-burning neighborhood eatery in Brookhaven Circle. Whether you’re looking for great conversation over the dinner table or to catch a game at the bar, Hog & Hominy has you covered.

Havana Snowfall—featuring Seedlip Grove 42, cranberry and satsuma champagne shrub, lime, soda, and peppermint tarragon foam—was inspired by a basic NA mojito, but is elevated with new flavors and techniques. The winter citrus shrub gives it depth similar to a regular cocktail. The mint aspect of a classic mojito is incorporated into the peppermint and tarragon foam.

Perfect pairing: Pineapple People Eater pizza with mortadella, chili relish, pineapple conserva, and Parmesan cheese

707 West Brookhaven Circle
Lunch: Tuesday – Friday 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.
Brunch: Saturday – Sunday 10:30 a.m.to 2:30 p.m.
Dinner: Sunday – Thursday 4 to 10 p.m., Friday – Saturday 4 to 11 p.m.

Khameleon

Whether you’re looking for a sleek bar or a cozy corner for conversation, Inkwell has it all. The Medical District’s “dope cocktail bar” is the place to see and be seen, whether you are drinking or not.

The Khameleon lets you blend right in with the drinking crowd. It starts off with a margarita base made with Ritual zero proof tequila. The blackberry mint puree expands the flavor profile, and the muddled jalapeño gives it a little kick of spice. 

Perfect pairing: Veggie flatbread with mozzarella, caramelized onions, mushrooms, and roasted red peppers

631 Madison Avenue
Sunday, Tuesday & Wednesday 5 p.m. to 1 a.m., Thursday – Saturday 5 p.m. to 2 a.m.

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Pump Up the Yams 

Located inside the Chisca Apartments on South Main, The Lobbyist uses global styles to elevate locally sourced fare. The produce section of their menu is where the magic happens, so it’s no surprise that their mocktail highlights sweet potatoes.

Pump Up the Yams pays homage to a sweet potato casserole without being cloyingly sweet. Sweet potato syrup, house-made horchata, and spice-infused Seedlip are topped with an almond milk foam and a sprinkle of cinnamon for a pick-me-up.

Perfect pairing: Charred okra with buttermilk crème fraîche, pickled fresno, and garlic

272 South Main Street, Suite 101
Monday – Saturday 5 to 10 p.m.

Raspberry Brûlée

You’ll find Longshot in the Arrive hotel’s bottom level, just off Butler Avenue. Stop in for elevated casual fare, a game of shuffleboard, and camaraderie.

Raspberry Brûlée was created to the sounds of Prince’s “Raspberry Beret” and brings the funk—and flame—with a toasted raspberry brûlée, ginger, lemon, vanilla, fennel, mint, and egg white.

Perfect pairing: Brisket nachos with BBQ sauce, queso, pickled jalapeños, and sour cream

477 South Main Street (Entrance off Butler Avenue)
Sunday – Thursday 5 to 11 p.m., Friday – Saturday 5 p.m. to midnight

A Black Tea Affair

Inside Black Lodge in the Crosstown neighborhood you’ll find Masquerade, a new bar bringing old Hollywood vibes. What started as a DVD rental service is now a full-service restaurant and event space with movies and more.

Nostalgia is a theme of Masquerade, so A Black Tea Affair features white grape juice infused with black currant tea, rose petal honey syrup, lemon juice, Fee Brothers Fee Foam, Welch’s bubbles, with a spritz of rose water. It’s served in a sleek, sexy glass with rose petals. 

Perfect pairing: Movie theater popcorn

405 North Cleveland Street
Sunday, Tuesday to Thursday 5:30 p.m. to 1 a.m.

Enlightened Sage

Cooper-Young’s newest hot spot has a little something for everyone. Coming to you from the owners of Knifebird, The Public Bistro feels like the kind of cozy place that’s always been part of the neighborhood.

Enlightened Sage—featuring matcha green tea, sage, and lime—is inspired by yerba mate. The added health benefits of matcha green tea and the cleansing properties of sage really lean into the healthy lifestyle part of sober living.

Perfect pairing: Bistro salad with mixed greens, candied walnuts, cherries, mint, and goat cheese vinaigrette

937 South Cooper Street
Monday – Thursday 5 to 9 p.m., Friday – Saturday 5 to 10 p.m.

Pearfect Mocktel

The creations coming out of Silly Goose’s wood-fired oven will warm you up on even the coldest nights. This dreamy downtown dinner and late-night spot provides the vibes for the “pearfect” Dry January hangs.

Pearfect Mocktel includes pear, turmeric, ginger, rainbow peppercorn, lime, and coconut cream. The undeniably warm and cozy flavor of pears provides a sense of comfort in this sophisticated, aromatic, and fancy non-alcoholic beverage.

Perfect pairing: Wood-fired herb shrimp with bread

100 Peabody Place, Suite 190
Monday – Saturday 4 p.m. to 3 a.m., Sunday 2 p.m. to 2 a.m.