At Sans Bar, which celebrates its fourth anniversary this December, he engineers a festive environment with zero-proof drinks to match.

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Credit: Greg DuPree; Food Styling: Margaret Monroe Dickey; Prop Styling: Kay E. Clarke

Chris Marshall may have given up alcohol in his early twenties, but you'd never catch him without a drink in his hand. "I always found that if you had something interesting in your glass, it took a lot of the pressure off of social events," he says. At the time, mainstream mocktails were a thing of the future, so Marshall busied himself in the kitchen, drawing inspiration from his Memaw's cooking to concoct flavor-forward blends of fresh juices, infused syrups, and craft sodas. 

In 2017, Marshall took his recipes to the masses with Sans Bar, Austin's first drink-slinging pub where you won't find a drop of alcohol in sight. "It combines the best parts of a bar—the music, the connection—in an environment that's truly inclusive of everyone," he says. That's especially important around the holidays, when all the parties and booze can turn into a recipe for FOMO for many nondrinkers, says Marshall.

At Sans Bar, which celebrates its fourth anniversary this December, he engineers a festive environment with zero-proof drinks to match—and encourages every host to do the same. "At any party or event, there should always be equally attractive nonalcoholic options," he says. Here, Marshall shares three irresistible mocktails filled with holiday spirit.

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