15 Best Non-Alcoholic Drinks That Are Actually Worth Buying
Feel like you've been drinking a bit more than usual recently? Whether it be sitting on the couch winding down, virtual happy hours, or reconnecting with friends over drinks, alcohol tends to be the center of our social lives. But if you're looking to take a break from the booze, you don't have to go thirsty. There are now countless non-alcoholic spirits you can buy for an enjoyable cocktail without the dreaded hangover.
"Alcohol can leave us feeling sluggish and headachy the next day. To keep your health goals on track a good rule of thumb is to limit alcohol to 2 nights per week and keep 5 nights a week 'dry,'" says Brigitte Zeitlin, MPH, RD, CDN. Instead of sipping on empty-calorie alcoholic drinks, Zeitlin recommends switching to a more hydrating beverage, like sparkling water. "The bubbles make it feel like a cocktail while actually keeping you hydrated and reducing any 'impulse eats' that alcohol so frequently causes." One of Zeitlin's favorites is Spindrift sparkling water, which comes in a variety of flavors that "helps keep those dry nights more fun and flavorful."
Beyond alcoholic alternatives like sparkling waters and teas, some brands are taking the alcohol-free trend a step further by producing zero-alcohol spirit, wine, and beer alternatives. With blends of botanicals, functional ingredients, and herbal flavors, these alcohol alternatives are worth sipping at all times of day — not just as a replacement for a nightcap.
Here are the 15 best non-alcoholic drinks we're loving right now. Give them a try if you're happy hour-ed out, are sober curious, or simply want to stay healthy by cutting back on alcohol. And for those of you who are sober-curious, you won't want to miss What Happens To Your Body When You Give Up Alcohol.
Seedlip is the original non-alcoholic spirit. At first, it was only available in restaurants, but the botanical beverage became so popular that the company started to sell directly to consumers. This Garden flavor has herbal notes and a subtle hint of freshly-harvested peas for such a unique taste that you may stick to zero alcohol drinks for good.
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Your typical IPA can clock in at anywhere between 150 and 250 calories per serving. If you're craving the iconic hop flavor profile of this popular beer but with none of the calories and a bit of an energy boost, grab a can of HopTea. One serving of this tea provides 70 grams of caffeine and is made from real black tea and simcoe and citra hops.
For a natural way to wind down after a long day, this drink is a perfect way to go. It is a delicious and slightly-sweet blend of adaptagens, nootropics, and botanics that naturally help your body relax. Mix it with some oat milk for a creamy night cap that can help you get some zzs after a long day. It is rich in nutrients like magnesium that have been shown to support sleep.
Bitters & Soda is a sparking non-alcoholic apéritif made with the same roots and spices found in common bitter cordials. Think: Campari and Amaro. The taste is both light and bitter. It's like sipping on a negroni but much more refreshing.
Want to maintain the ritual of having a mixed drink but don't want the hangover in the morning? Ritual zero proof is a non-alcoholic whiskey that makes the perfect negroni or old fashioned to enjoy during a fancy date night in. You get the taste of the alcohol you expect with no buzz.
Curious cocktails are no added sugar craft cocktails without the booze. These cocktails combine only organic juices, spices, herbs, roots, barks, botanicals, and adaptogens. They mix using small-batch process, and no added sugars. Curious elixir number 2 is a booze-free spin on a classic mixed drink like a pineapple margarita and the Dark & Stormy that's smoky and spicy. Serve it over ice with a lime wedge.
Need something to celebrate? Pop open a bottle of TÖST, a dry sparkling beverage of white tea, white cranberry and ginger served in a wine bottle. You can celebrate something special without dealing with a nasty headache the next day. This is an alcohol-free, low calorie, and effervescent beverage that is fun to drink.
Monday is the world's first zero alcohol gin which tastes — and burns — like gin. Monday Gin is crafted in small batches using classic gin botanicals such as juniper, coriander seed, citrus. Perfect for a non-alcoholic gin and tonic.
For a health boost during happy hour, open up a bottle of Health-Ade kombucha. This bubbly probiotic tea can be poured in a frosty beer mug for a refreshing cocktail. Using cold pressed juices and superfoods, these kombuchas are made in small batches in the same way that artisan cocktails are.
This tonic is crafted with herbs like hibiscus, mint and ashwagandha to refresh and relax. Sweetened with maple syrup and loaded with helpful herbs, this drink can help you find your chill if you are going alcohol-free.
This company offers an entire line of non alcoholic beers in a can. Whether you are looking for something hoppy or are craving something with a more citrus kick, these beers give all of the satisfaction that comes with popping a cold one without the buzz.
Made with organic kombucha and natural hops, this beverage gives the same satisfaction as a grapefruit beer on a warm summer day with the health benefit of live probiotics.
Forget the tequila, and just have the lime Spindrift makes sparkling waters and flavors and sweetens them only using real, fresh-presses juice for a low calorie, no sugar carbonated drink.
Minna is a sparkling tea that is booze-free. This drink is loaded with antioxidants and gives a boost of energy with a touch of natural caffeine. During happy hour, instead of a super-sugary treat, this tea fits the bill. It's sweetened with natural flavors and nothing else — no added sugar and no artificial sweeteners. Zero sugar, zero carbs, and 100% delish.
This beverage is made from the sap that comes from the maple tree. It is loaded with natural antioxidants, prebiotics, and electrolytes. Bubbles and natural flavors make this drink a perfect not-too-sweet choice for happy hour that only provides 40 calories per can. For more drinks like Drinke Simple, check out these 21 Healthy, Low-Sugar Soda Alternatives That Make It Easy to Quit Cola.