The whole goal of Drink Up Week in the Soda City is to celebrate anything you can sip. We know the classics — cocktails, coffees, and Coca-Colas — but how about trying some unconventional concoctions being mixed up in our city?
Here are six places around Columbia where you can Drink Up unique fusions of wellness-inspired drinks.
Pro tip: Try the Billion-Dollar Smoothie with an adaptogen. | Photo provided by As Well As
Try the Billion-Dollar Smoothie. “Health is wealth” with this all organic, no sugar added drink. It’s packed with açaí, blueberries, strawberries, cherries, spinach, banana, ginger, quinoa, pumpkin seeds, flax seeds, shiitake, digestive enzymes + protein.
As Well As also offers its five most popular adaptogens as add-in options —like reishi, turkey tail, chaga, cordyceps + lion’s mane. The smoothie is topped with granola, chia seeds, cacao nibs, and a choice of peanut butter or almond butter drizzle.
From left to right: The Studio Fuego, The Daydreamer, The Sanarás Paloma | Photo by @coa_agaveria
As Well As and Coa Agaveria y Cocina partnered to create three wellness cocktails:
“The Daydreamer” — a cocktail made with CBD, blue spirulina, tequila blanco, orange liquor, amaro, lemon, and is garnished with a CBD gummy bear. The unconventional drink contains antioxidants, brings a sense of calm, and is supposed to aid in inflammation.
“The Sanarás Paloma” — a cocktail made with turkey tail and chaga adaptogens, tequila blanco, grapefruit, and lime, topped with grapefruit Jarrito. The immunity-boosting cocktail is intended to aid in digestion + fight inflammation.
“The Studio Fuego” — a cocktail made with lion’s mane and cordyceps adaptogens with mezcal, tequila blanco, Ancho Reyes, burlesque bitters, basil, chile de árbol, and lime. This eclectic drink is supposed to give you a boost of natural, long-lasting energy +help with focus and muscle recovery.
Try one of Good Life Cafe’s cold-pressed juices. | Photo by COLAtoday team
This 100% vegan cafe offers tons of wellness drink options — like wellness shots + smoothies — but some of its most-popular grab-n-go items are cold-pressed juices. Located in the coolers toward the back, you have a choice of 10+ juice optionsmade in-house multiple times a week to help increase energy, repair the gut, and give you glowing skin.
Click the link below to see three more unique concoctions infused with CBD, turmeric, and other wellness ingredients.
Peter Sykes Organ Concert | Thurs., July 28 | 7:30-9 p.m. | Christ Chapel, 4201 North Main St. | Free | Peter Sykes is bringing his skill on the organ to Christ Chapel on the Lutheran Theological Southern Seminary campus.
Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat | Thurs., July 28-Sun., July 31 | 7:30 p.m. | Town Theatre, 1012 Sumter St. | $15-25 | Time is running out to catch this high-energy song and dance summer spectacular, which closes Sunday at Town Theatre.*
BBQ Dinner at the Venue | Fri., July 29 | 6:30-9:30 p.m. | Main Course, 1626 Main St. | $60 | Each ticket includes the full four-course BBQ meal + beer pairings. 🐷
Terrarium in a Bottle | Fri., July 29 | 6:30-8 p.m. | PlantHouse Columbia, 702 Cross Hill Rd. | $35 | This workshop has helped keep over 1,000 glass bottles out of landfills.
Read Under the Lights | Fri., July 30 | 7-9 p.m. | Caughman Road Park, 2733 Trotter Rd. | Free | This event is open to all ages and will have drinks, food + activities. 📖
Studio Fire x Temple | Sat., July 30 | 9:30 a.m. | 1801 Taylor St. | $18 | These two studios are partnering to bring you a class combining a high-intensity workout + yoga.
Hollow Creek in Bloom | Sat., July 30 | 7:30 a.m.-1 p.m. | 228 Windmill Rd. | $25 | Hayrides, photo ops, cut-your-own flowers, hikes + much more will be available at this fun in the sun event. 🌷
We have amonthly guide filled with events + activities you can plan for in advance. Click the button below to bookmark ideas for upcoming date nights, family outings, and time with friends.
Hampton Farms has been in biz for 75+ years, so you know they’ve got the snacking thing down. | Photo provided by Hampton Farms
We’re four days into COLAtoday’s first Drink Up Week — and we’re loving every second. Here’s something else to add to your plate: Hampton Farms gourmet peanuts — because the only thing better than a drink is a drink + a snack.
Plaza Garibaldi is opening in West Columbia this Fri., July 29. The new Mexican supermarket will be stocked with grocery items and also have a Tex-Mex restaurant inside with a bar. It will be located at 2036 Augusta Rd. — near the Hobby Lobby off of Jarvis Klapman Boulevard. (The State)
Common Pops Columbia is opening this Sat., July 30. The popsicle business — based in Greenville, SC — will have a permanent cooler inside Mast General (1601 Main St.) and a mobile popsicle stand that will pop up at local farmers’ markets. Vegan, gluten-free, and dairy-free options will be available. 🧊
Hotel Trundle has been nominated once again for USA TODAY 10Best’sBest Historic Hotel + Best Boutique Hotel this year. You can vote for the local hotel once per day in each category until Mon., Aug. 15. The winners will be announced on Fri., Aug. 26. 🦄
No. 1. The ranking Dawn Staley received on The Post and Courier’s annual Power List of Columbia’s most influential after bringing home another National Championship win. She is the highest-paid coach at UofSC and is one of the highest-paid basketball coaches in the SEC. 🏀 (The Post and Courier)
Drink Up Week
Palmetto Wine Sellers is offering a special four-pack of wines for COLAtoday readers. Enjoy a curated selection of unique wines. Order two bottles of Jadix Picpoul + two bottles of Argento Cab Franc for $60. To purchase, text The Wine Guy at 803-714-3320 to ensure availability. 🍷
Eater Carolinas put together a list of nine enticing cocktails to sip on around Cola. Use the
interactive map to find drinks at Terra, The War Mouth, Coa Agaveria y Cocina, Motor Supply Company Bistro, and more. We recommend pairing these cocktails with friends + and dinner for the perfect Soda City happy hour. 🍹 (Eater Carolinas)
In the words of Free Times, “Columbia is the ship.” The Best of Columbia party will take place on Sat., Aug. 27 from 7-11 p.m. at the Columbia Museum of Art (1515 Main St.). Grab your tickets for a bon voyage adventure, featuring live music, cruise activities, food, frozen drinks, and more. 🛳 (Free Times)
Looking to enjoy the great outdoors? The State put together a list of the 10 highest-rated camping spots in our state. If you don’t want to travel too far, we recommend going to Sesquicentennial State Park, Dreher Island State Park + Lake Wateree State Park —which are all within an hour of Columbia. 🏕 (The State)
Blum Coffee(2824 Devine St.) curated a specialty iced coffee for Drink Up Week. Stop to try the “Cheerio,” made with oat milk, blueberry syrup + espresso. If you see us ordering this every day until the end of the week — no you didn’t. What can we say, it’s berry delicious.
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Editor’s Pick: One of my favorite quirky drinks to sip on is boba tea. Loveland Coffee curated a cold brew boba drink with crystal boba + brown sugar cinnamon syrup. What’s better than a boba + cold brew collab? I’m sure my answer will be nothing.
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