Whether you’re looking for an alt-wine or faux liquor to make your way through your New Year’s resolution, you certainly don’t need a hard drink to find your happy time. While you might be familiar with OG non-alcoholic beverage brands like Seedlip, here are some of our other favorite drink products to keep things interesting as you cut down on your consumption these next few weeks—or longer, depending on your goals.
Best non-alcoholic wine
Acid League, known best for its artisan vinegars that blend sharp flavors and interesting profiles, launched non-alcoholic wine in December 2020. Called Wine Proxies, these blends of juices, teas, spices, and bitters—all vinegar- and fermentation-based—are thoughtfully crafted by the brand’s winemaker to pair well with your favorite meal. Each month the brand will have three new types of wine available for purchase, either as a one-off set of three or as part of a monthly subscription series.
Your favorite California cabernet doesn’t have to come with a side of a headache thanks to the non-alcoholic version from Ariel. Made in a sustainable winery that calls Paso Robles home, this wine is made just like its alcoholic cousins (fermented in stainless steel then aged in oak barrels), but then has its alcohol removed through cold filtration techniques.
You can really rosé all day without any guilt with Sovi, a sparkling rosé with the alcohol removed. The grapes used are sustainably sourced from California growers, the alcohol is gently boiled off without affecting the wine’s taste, and a touch of grape juice concentrate is added for balance. Each can is only 25 calories, and there’s also a non-alcoholic red blend, too.
Go ahead and pop some bubbly for everyday or special occasions. Surely’s sparkling white is made with grapes from California vineyards and starts out as actual wine. It’s then put through a technology called Spinning Cone Column that uses a vacuum distillation to remove the alcohol but leave the crisp, effervescent taste for you to enjoy.
Best non-alcoholic beer
Non-alcoholic beers may sound like a waste of time, but Danish brewery Mikkeller has proven that this doesn’t have to be the case. With its non-alcoholic IPA, Mikkeller manages to recreate many of the same flavors you’d expect of a New England IPA, all without the alcohol.
This Connecticut-based brewery exclusively makes non-alcoholic beer, a product the company’s co-founder says was initially a tough sell to brewers and distributors. But with the rise of interest in non-alcoholic drinks came a surge in growth for the company, and for good reason. While there’s no alcohol in these brews, that doesn’t mean there’s no flavor, and Athletic Brewing makes sure that its beers are worth cracking open after a long day. The award-winning IPA tastes like an IPA, without any of the next-day side effects.
Get the hoppy taste of an IPA without alcohol, gluten, calories, or sugar. HOP WTR’s main ingredients are dry hops and sparkling water, and it’s also infused with adaptogens and nootropics to help you de-stress. You can go for the classic version, or fruitier versions like lime, mango, or blood orange.
BrewDog is brewed with hops from all over the world, and then goes through a micro-fermentation process to feed the yeast to the point of alcohol creation but not further, to make sure the “near beer” retains its
hoppy taste but without the alcohol or extra calories. There are also other versions with equally fun tastes and names like Hazy AF, Wake-Up Call, Elvis AF, and more.
Best mocktails and spirits
While non-alcoholic clear spirits and aperitifs have become more common in recent years, booze-free versions of whiskey, bourbon, and rye are harder to find. Enter Ritual Zero Proof, which makes three different non-alcoholic drinks—including its award-winning, best-selling Whiskey Alternative. Whether you’re looking for a way to make an alcohol-free margarita, gin and tonic, or old fashioned, you can make it with the spirit-less spirits from Ritual. The brand makes gin, whiskey, and tequila, all sans alcohol and sans calories.
Another one of the non-alcoholic beverage brands making mocktails cool, Kin Euphorics has an elegant collection of zero-alcohol beverages that feature adaptogens and nootropics. Promising to restore or boost your mood, the delicious flavor offerings more than make up for their lack of alcohol. A personal favorite among the three recipes is the Dream Light, whose “earthy, smoky, smoothly spiced” description perfectly matches its flavor profile. It contains melatonin, reishi mushroom, and tryptophan to support relaxation and sleep—making it perfect before bed.
Like Ritual Zero Proof, Free Spirits also makes its own non-alcoholic gin, tequila, and whiskey. Described as spa-water placebos, the products from Free Spirits are infused with B vitamins to help support mood. The tequila analog is distilled from Mexican blue agave to provide that same flavor profile, sans booze—ensuring that your virgin margaritas still taste like the real deal.
There is plenty to be curious about when it comes to Curious Elixirs, the non-alcoholic beverage brand making craft cocktails without any booze to speak of. Infused with adaptogens and crafted with classic cocktail flavors in mind, Curious Elixirs makes beautiful bottles of familiar yet non-traditional cocktails (like the No. 1, a botanical take on the Negroni) that are tasty without even the possibility of a hangover.
If you’re looking for a non-alcoholic spirit that looks as good as it tastes, check out Monday Gin. Thanks to the use of traditional botanicals like juniper and citrus, it tastes like an herbaceous version of gin, sans alcohol. Pair it with tonic or your favorite mixer to have an enjoyable sip suitable for any time of day.
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