Alcohol-free drinks that make a dry January more enjoyable – COOL HUNTING®
For those who enjoy the ritual of whipping up a cocktail or sipping wine while making dinner, Dry January can be tricky, but there’s no doubt that the benefits of stepping away from alcohol are plentiful. While there are countless non-alcoholic drinks available (we love the humble cup of tea or ice water), the options for those who mimic the flavors, styles, and even the buzz that cocktails, beer bring. and wine continue to increase in number and quality. The selection here is anything but imposters of high-sugar, high-calorie cocktails. From alcohol-free beer and botanical sodas, to spirits made with adaptogens and more, these are sophisticated, delicious and healthy options.
Co-founded by Master Distiller Morgan Mclachlan, AMASS focuses on plants, whether in their spirits or their body products. Their alcohol-free offer, River spirit ($ 35) contains 14 regional plants including juniper, sumac, sorrel, mint and thyme. The light herbaceous citrus drink, which is somewhat akin to gin, can be mixed into cocktails, sipped neat, or over ice with a little tonic. For residents of states where cannabis is legal, AMASS also offers the sublime After-dream, made with a blend of THC, CBD and Delta-8 for a smooth feel.
With a Sparkling Rosé, a Burgunder White and a Prickly Red, Studio Null’s The first version ($ 85) is a trio of succulent, grape-based, alcohol-free wines. Studio Null sources delicious, high-quality wines from Germany and Spain, then enlists dealcoholization experts to distill the alcohol before bottling. Each wine is complex, delicious and not too sweet. The Sparkling Rosé, made from a blend of Portugieser and Silvaner grapes, is the most festive of the three.
Acid League started out by reinventing vinegar and have now released some of the most impressive alcohol-free wines we’ve come across. Their Tasting box ($ 73) includes Sauvage (made with green apples and Sauvignon Blanc grapes), Pastiche (lychees, pineapple, peaches and Gewurztraminer grapes), Zephyr (strawberries, rhubarb, apples and Sauvignon Blanc grapes) and Nightshade (cherries, cranberries and Sangiovese grapes) ). Each also incorporates various teas, along with subtle but crucial spices and acidity, from paprika to sun-dried tomato vinegar. The result is complex, layered drinks – mimicking two whites, a pink, and a red – that will appeal to wine drinkers who want to avoid alcohol.
Figlia founder Lily Geiger lost her father to alcoholism at the age of 20 and founded the company to encourage more inclusive and honest talk about alcohol. Made with all natural ingredients, the brand Fiore apertivo ($ 43) contains no added sugars or preservatives. The sophisticated bitter and floral flavor comes from the white grape juice concentrate, ginger, lemon, natural elderflower flavor, blackcurrant juice concentrate, ginseng root, as well as the extract. of chamomile, rose and rosemary. Replacing the tastes of Campari, Aperol or a vermouth, this drink can be used in a number of ways – and Figlia has several mouthwatering mocktail recipes on its website. The company also supports organizations Partnership to end drug addiction and 1% for the planet.
Pentire’s 100% non-alcoholic vegetable spirits bottle the beauty of the North Cornish coast and its unique flora. Their original formulation, Adrift ($ 36) uses these local plants, especially glasswort, sage, lemon citrus, and Cornish sea salt, for a crunchy, herbaceous flavor. Serve it over ice with seltzer or tonic and garnished with lemon, rosemary, or bay leaf, or several other ways. No matter the style, this drink is refreshing.
Adaptogenic Sparkling Water Gingergrass + Hemp
From DRAM comes a adaptogenic sparkling water ($ 49 for 12-pack) which may help reduce nausea, anxiety, and inflammation with 25 mg of broad-spectrum CBD in each 12-ounce can, which is legal in all 50 states. With a flavor of ginger root, amla berry, rhodiola root, Canadian chaga mushroom and lemon salt, the overall taste is grassy without being grassy. With no added sugar, this soft drink is also naturally vegan and gluten-free.
The alcohol-free spirit infused with hemp Aplos ($ 48) aims to elevate with every sip. Each two-ounce serving of the complex drink provides 20 mg of broad-spectrum hemp extract. The liquid is sugar-free and only comes from non-GMO components. The luscious flavor profile – initially citrus, followed by notes of rosemary – was formulated in collaboration with James Beard winner Lynnette Marrero. It is so fresh that each 500ml vial only has a shelf life of 60 days after opening. Aplós can be served on rocks, where its shine shows through, but it can also be mixed well (the brand offers receipts on their site).
Optimist Botanicals Smokey Spirit
The Optimist Botanicals beverage brand specializes in alcohol-free distilled spirits. Their Smoke The iteration ($ 35) – available now in 500ml bottles – uses cloves, ginger, sage, bergamot, cinnamon leaf, habanero, and angelica root to reproduce the experience of sipping an ultra-soft and subtle mezcal. A suggested serving is to mix one part Smokey and two parts sparkling wine (tonic or club). We have found, however, that blending equal parts turns out to be even more palatable.
Grapefruit and rosemary social tonic
Cann’s cannabis infused ‘social’ tonics deliver a gentle buzz of a 2: 1 CBD to THC ratio. Even if we drank it all six pack ($ 24), only 12 milligrams would be consumed, a relatively standard dose for edibles. Our favorite iteration, the sweet and lemony grapefruit and rosemary flavor, comes down with a slight stickiness and pleasant carbonation. Of course, all this without the residual impact of alcoholic beverages.
A hot and spicy drink, bonbuz’s slow combustion ($ 40) builds on the brand’s original ingredients and adds ginger, blood orange, grapefruit, and jalapeño. The spicy concoction leaves a little warmth and tingling that spicy margarita lovers will appreciate. With five calories per serving, it is alcohol-free, gluten-free, and sugar-free.
Lightwave canned drink
From Kin Euphorics, Lightwave combines unexpected ingredients (adaptogens, nootropics and botanicals) for a surprisingly smooth drink. Within the mixed ($ 27 for four), there is apple juice, birch bark extract, allulose, lime juice, vanilla extract, American oak extract , smoked salt and more. The various ingredients work together to improve clarity and focus, as well as reduce stress.
The new London light from Salcombe Distilling Co
Salcombe Distillery Companythe refreshing alcohol-free spirit of New london light ($ 35), aka NLL, was born from the distillate of three plants: Macedonian juniper berries, ginger, and capsicum habanero. The South Devon, England-based brand then incorporates 15 additional components, ranging from citrus and cardamom to sage. Each ingredient is completely natural (and there is no added sugar) and the resulting liquid is aromatic, tangy and smooth from start to finish. It can be served any way, neat, over ice or as a replacement for gin in a cocktail.
We attended the online launch of All-free suntory ($ 20 for a six-pack), as we were eager to see if the Japanese brand could maintain its commitment to quality and replicate the success it has enjoyed with whiskey, gin, and vodka. To our delight, the sparkling malt and hop drink (as they call it) delivers long-lasting effervescence and a crisp, albeit light flavor.
Curious Elixir n ° 2
A spicy mocktail in a bottle, Curious Elixir n ° 2 ($ 35 for four bottles, each containing two servings) features notes of ginger and pineapple balanced with the bitterness of the Mayan damiana herb. Aromatic and spicy, this sugar-free drink is reminiscent of the classic Dark ‘n’ Stormy and can be sipped from the bottle or served over ice.
Ghia alcohol-free aperitif
Packed with flavors of citrus and flowers, Ghia ($ 33) includes Riesling White Grape Juice, Yuzu, and Fig, along with orange peel, elderflower, ginger, rosemary, and lemon balm extract. Without alcohol or added sugars, the aperitif remains tasty and herbaceous and has a fairly powerful punch. Mix it with seltzer water and serve over ice for a simple sip, or take a look at their website for more complex concoctions.
Sparkling Social Tonic Variety Pack
After family members were hospitalized with alcoholism, Evan Quinn and George Youmans founded Hiyo, an alternative to alcohol. Hiyo is health oriented sparkling tonics ($ 40) provide delicious flavors and mood-boosting organic adaptogens, all based on light carbonation. In all of their variations (which include peach, mango, watermelon lime, and ripe lemon), these refreshing drinks contain a host of beneficial herbs, like ashwagandha for regulating cortisol levels and relieving stress, mane lion to fuel brain health and mental clarity and l-theanine to improve focus and improve sleep. These herbs, along with others, make Hiyo a well-balanced and beneficial drink of choice.
Images courtesy of the respective brands, hero image courtesy of Euphoric Kin