I recently shared my experience embarking on a sober October. Being on the other side, I can report how great the break from drinking was. Awesome Clarity (this was especially important given all the trips I’ve taken in the last month). Granted, I didn’t start until October 3rd and only made it through October 19th, but being able to log over two weeks without alcohol was still a triumph. It saved me money.
What struck me during this time was the number of bars and restaurants catering to a zero-proof, sober crowd. Yes, and I found that if nothing was listed in the alley, I could easily make something.
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Non-alcoholic drinks recommended this season
For those of you contemplating a low-alcohol holiday season, or considering going sober altogether, we’ve rounded up six of our favorites. There are so many options on the market between canned mocktails and non-alcoholic beer, not to mention that big beverage companies like Tanqueray also produce zero-proof his options. Please let us know your favorite. Please send us your comments below.
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Sparkling water with bitters
Bitters (Angostura) are available in most bars and restaurants. With any luck, they might create their own options in-house, which makes the options a little more fun. Very tasty and refreshing.
Good Drinks: Non-Alcoholic Recipes for When You Don’t Drink for Any Reason
For mocktails you can make at home, check out Julia Bainbridge’s book. A friend of mine, her Phil Speer gifted me this last year. It’s chock-full of great recipes that are zero-proof and easy to make. It’s especially great if you’re hosting and want to accommodate non-drinkers.
Infused with adaptogens and nootropics, Kin says, “It’s a daily brain care ritual designed to help you connect to your center and find better balance. Non-alcoholic beverages with an emphasis, these can be found as cans or premixes at specialty convenience stores and cafes. Store search function To find a supplier near you.
I first tried Ghia in mid-2020 and couldn’t believe I was actually drinking a non-alcoholic drink. We also have a delightful selection of Mediterranean-inspired mixes of flavors and ready-to-drink cans. I was happy to see this in some bars and retail stores.
Seedlip was one of the first non-alcoholic spirits I tried, but in the last few months it’s been served in bars, restaurants, and at many events from baby showers to product launches. I’ve seen the If you’re used to gin and tonics and vodka sodas, give it a try. Flavor Variety Packs let you try a few good sodas and sparkling waters. I’ve found it all over Liquor Stores, Anthropologies, and Williams-Sonoma.
Considering this is the official non-alcoholic beer sponsor of the IRONMAN race, it’s no surprise that all sorts of beverage-serving workout studio/café hybrids carry this product. I don’t drink beer much, but I couldn’t taste the difference. it’s good.
Most celebrities are all-in on the tequila game, but Katy Perry has gone the aperitif (and apoptotic) route, utilizing botanicals to emulate spritz. Most beverage companies rely on synthetic ingredients for flavor. However, De Soi uses fruit juices and mushrooms for flavor (and function).
This wouldn’t be a list of the best non-alcoholic beverages without mentioning my favorite Negroni. manufactures a full range of
Bonus!Low alcohol option
Cutting out alcohol completely can be daunting. If you’re looking for a cleaner taste and a more enjoyable drinking experience (re: no hangovers), consider the options below. Both options are a solid middle ground that retains flavor minus the detrimental effects of heavy alcohol consumption.