Are You Sober Curious?

Andrea Breaux
4 min readMar 27, 2022

Ooh, say what? Say what? Say what? Yeah
Ooh girl, you know, what’s up? (Oh)

Ooh, say what? Say what? Say what? (Ooh)
Ooh girl, you know, what’s up?

The smooth sound of Donell Jones lent a hip upbeat vibe. It, coupled with the classic California sun shining on Ellison’s rooftop patio, ensured it would be the hot spot for his Saturday afternoon party. He adjusted the misting systems and seating arrangements, ensuring each had enough umbrella shade. Satisfied, he went over to chat with Andy, the bartender, “everything looks good. Do you have enough ice? I’m headed downstairs.”

“Umm, yes, I think my set-up is complete. I’m going to eat lunch now, so I’m ready for your guests.”

“Oh, do you always eat before parties.”

Andy nodded, “yes, I need the energy for all the hours of standing and pouring. The right food helps me maintain my blood sugar levels so I don’t get grouchy. I make a big Vegan Chopped Power Salad with Cilantro dressing, which usually gets me through to the end of the gig.”

“Good to know. How are the supplies of the beverages?

“I checked the order against what is here, and all of it arrived. I noticed there’s no alcohol on the list. This is my first alcohol-free party, and I’m glad you hired me. I have been bartending for about ten years and have seen a lot of sad situations due to alcohol.”

Ellison nodded, “My friends and I have been moving in that direction for about a year now. As the wellness movement gains traction, more people think about protecting and improving their health. Not drinking alcohol is one way. And there’s a World Health Organization report that says the number of alcohol drinkers in the world has decreased by nearly five percent since 2000. What’s interesting about the timing is my girlfriend doesn’t drink alcohol. She stopped a couple of years ago and doesn’t miss it. She turned me on to Seedlip.”

“I love making mocktails with Seedlip. My cosNOpolitan and Grove Margarita are very popular. Both are refreshing, especially on a hot day like today.”

“Cool. When the party starts, I want to try a margarita,” Ellison headed to the stairs and ran into Vanessa, “Hey, you’re just in…

Andrea Breaux

Andrea started based on her goal to inspire a shift in consciousness that recognizes food-as-medicine as the core of good health.

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