Hey, Latter-day Saints, you’re hardly alone — more and more consumers are downing booze-free drinks.

(Francisco Kjolseth | The Salt Lake Tribune) Oz Hutton, owner of Melange Liquid Catering, a Salt Lake City bartending service, tries his Mother of Dragons mocktail for a private “Game of Thrones” screening in Holladay, exclaiming “it’s delicious.” The drink is made with nonalcoholic triple sec, mango nectar, ginger ale, lime, cayenne pepper and garnished with dragon fruit.

From cups of lemonade at wedding receptions to Friday night meetups at “dirty soda” shops, nonalcoholic beverages always have been a thing in Utah.

But lately, the state’s teetotaling ways — linked to the state’s predominant religion — seem progressive, even ahead of their time, as more consumers across the country choose booze-free beverages for better health and wellness.

There have always been those who choose not to drink beer, wine and spirits either because they’re pregnant, worried about a drug interaction, don’t like hangovers or prefer not to see compromising photos of themselves on social media.

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