Ponce City Market’s Food Hall will be home to a Prohibition-style mocktail shop called 18.21 Bitters come August 15th. Named after the Constitutional amendments that enacted and then repealed Prohibition, 18.21 will serve made-to-order mocktails with fresh bitters, syrups, and shrubs, as well as bottled drinks to go.
Led by former bartender and bar owner Missy Koefod and her partner Kristin Koefod, 18.21 will have an open kitchen where guests can watch mixes, syrups, and bitters being made and sample items on site. The space will feature a small bar and seating for 15 people.
All of the drinks sold will be virgin, but they are designed so guests can add alcohol at home, if they so desire.
“There are a lot of people who enjoy great flavors without having to combine them with alcohol,” Missy Koefod says.
18.21 flavors offerings include a Hibiscus Cooler made with black tea, hibiscus syrup, citrus juices, orange peel, and sparkling water, and a drink called Barbados on the Rocks—a pre-bottled craft soda with ginger beer, lemon, and basil. Other offerings include grapefruit lavender bitters, rosemary sage rich simple syrup, and strawberry balsamic shrub. Vintage barware will also be for sale. For those who can’t wait until August, Sidebar carries its bottled cocktails, and Kyma, Chops, and the Pinewood Tippling Room use the bitters and shrubs.