Alberta bars and restaurants are leading the country with a hot, new and exciting trend – mocktails. Providing non-alcoholic drink options on menus is becoming in higher demand each day and Alberta restaurateurs are capitalizing on this craze.

Instead of simply offering water or pop options for alcohol-free patrons, many establishments discovered that serving up innovative, creative and tasty non-alcoholic drinks provides an option for a large segment of patrons, including those making a choice not to drink alcohol, designated drivers and moms-to-be.

Jesse Kupina, Owner of Two12 Social Company, which runs a number of restaurants and nightclubs in Edmonton and a Restaurants Canada member since 2011, notes there is growing demand for high quality alcohol-free cocktails.

Jesse will be supporting his wife’s pregnancy by going alcohol-free and understands why non-alcoholic drink options are important. “It is my belief that moms-to-be who like to eat out don’t stop when they are pregnant,” he said. “There is a growing population of people supporting pregnant women or moms-to-be who choose not to drink alcohol; moreover, there are a lot more people who are frequenting bars and restaurants craving a premium alcohol-free experience. This is why we have been offering our craft mocktails for over a year and continue to make them a priority on our menu.”

Mocktails are of special interest to moms-to-be given the real challenges they face being alcohol-free while others enjoy their favourite beer, wine or spirits. That’s why the Alberta Gaming and Liquor Commission (AGLC) launched the Dry9 initiative. Dry9 is a DrinkSense program that provides support and encouragement to those making a healthy and safe decision not to drink any alcohol during pregnancy. Since launching in December 2017, more than 1,000 Alberta moms-to-be have signed up to do a Dry9.

One of the many ways to bring awareness and encouragement is through the Dry9 Mocktail Recipe Contest. Albertans can submit their favourite non-alcoholic drink recipes to add to the Dry9 Mocktail Recipe Page alongside some classic recipes already posted. The contest is open to submissions for Alberta residents until April 30, 2018. To learn more about Dry9, the online mocktail recipe contest or to view some delicious mocktail recipes, visit

Check out this great mocktail recipe:

(courtesy of Jesse Kupina from Central Social Hall, Edmonton and St. Albert)


  • 1oz lime juice
  • 1oz grapefruit juice
  • ¾ oz white chocolate syrup
  • Spritz rose water
  • Float mint leaf




Dan Huang is a Senior Communications Officer with the Alberta Gaming & Liquor Commission (AGLC) which oversees the liquor and gaming industries in Alberta. Driven by a bold and balanced approach, the AGLC is committed to making choices that Albertans can trust that deliver economic and social benefits to the province of Alberta.