These Drinks Make a Sober Holiday Party Something to Celebrate
These alcohol-free wine, beer, spirits and more will make your holidays merry, bright and hangover-free.
The holidays mean spending quality time with friends and family, celebrating the end of one year and the beginning of a new one. However, the holidays also mean overindulgence. For anyone that is conscientious about their health or their wallet, the holidays can be a bit stressful. One easy way to alleviate that? Cut back on the drinking.
Not only is cutting out drinking an easy way to save money, it’s also a heathy choice to make overall. Whether you opt to partake in Dry January or you just want to take a few days off from alcohol, your body will thank you. Certified nutrition coach Lisa Richards says, “There are both short- and long-term health issues surrounding alcohol consumption, like inflammation, dehydration, weakened immunity, increased blood pressure, depression and worsened sleep patterns.” As young adults become more health conscious, sober living trends continue to rise.
I know, I know, some holidays are just better with a glass of Champagne, and there’s no question that drinking is synonymous with celebrating. This year, why not incorporate a few zero alcohol drinks into your menu? Luckily for us, there are plenty of low alcohol or alcohol free beverages to enjoy this holiday season (and all year long) that are so delicious and complex, you won’t even notice you’re skipping out on the cocktails. We’ve rounded up our favorite drinks to celebrate a sober holiday season.
Bitters have long been a bartender’s secret. Traditionally made by infusing a neutral spirit with any number of aromatics like spices or fruits, bitters are a flavorful addition to some of the world’s most famous cocktails. Now, with the help of companies like El Guapo Bitters we can enjoy the same bright and zesty essence without the alcohol. Drop a bit of these non-GMO, gluten free and vegetarian bitters in a glass over ice and top with your favorite seltzer for a perfectly light and elegant mocktail.
Holidays aren’t the same without a glass of bubbly to toast to a new year ahead. Now, thanks to Tost, we can all enjoy a glass of sparkling without the hangover. This dry, alcohol free sparkling beverage is made from elegant flavors like white tea, white cranberry and ginger. The classic bottle and chic label will make you feel like you’re indulging in an expensive champagne rather than a light, revitalizing and guilt free sipper.
Gluten free, alcohol free, beer tea? Yes, please! HopTea is fresh brewed organic whole leaf tea that is hopped, similarly to how breweries add hops to their beer. The result is healthy beverage that tastes a bit like beer but without the calories, gluten, alcohol or bitterness. Their gorgeous packaging even makes you feel like you’re drinking a can of the most distinguished craft IPA.
For those looking for a high end, complex and culinary inspired beverage without the headache or hangover, look no further than Proteau. This non alcoholic botanical aperitif draws upon natural fruit flavors like fig and blackberry and natural herb flavors like lavender and dandelion to create a thoughtful and elegant drink that will delight both day and night. Enjoy it straight, or top with a bit of seltzer and orange peel for an easy evening treat.
Newly launched in the US, Lyre’s boasts an exciting portfolio of 12 non-alcoholic spirits. Drawing from over 12,500 types of extracts and all natural essences, these mock liquors offer up impossibly close impersonations of gin, bourbon, rum, vermouth and more. Mix up your favorite martini or gimlet with the help of these high-quality liquors made from local and imported fruits, spices and botanicals that need no artificial sweeteners. This is the perfect brand for social drinkers looking to wake up feeling fresh with a clear head.
This isn't a bottle of sparkling cider — it's something much better. DRY is an elegant non-alcoholic fizzy sipper with adult-friendly flavors like lavender, cucumber, blood orange and cranberry. Plus, DRY Sparkling is Non-GMO Project Veriﬁed, caffeine-free, gluten-free, sodium-free, and contains about half the sugar and calories of sodas and juice.
It seems that ginger beer can do it all. It’s perfect in cocktails, makes an extra zesty shandy, and is perhaps enjoyed best on its own, straight from the can. Unlike other ginger beers, Brooklyn Crafted Extra Spicy Ginger Beer doesn’t use chili peppers, cayenne pepper, or spicy flavorings – rather, the ginger beer’s spiciness comes from its real ginger pieces within the can. Free from artificial sweeteners, additives and preservatives this alcohol free beverage is also vegan and gluten-free.