Mocktails, or non-alcoholic cocktails, are gaining popularity on every house-party and bar menu. Whether you’re opting-in to Dry January, planning for a baby or simply “sober curious” this New Year, you can still indulge in a tasty drink. From a cucumber mocktail, a martini mocktail, or an NA seltzer, build your repertoire with these 12 options:
Beer and Seltzer Alternatives
If you’re an avid beer or hard seltzer consumer, simplicity should be your main goal in the hunt for the perfect mocktail. Premiere carbonated options are the perfect solution. These can include:
- Lagunitas Hoppy Refresher: Lagunitas, a popular brewery known for its IPAs, released the Hoppy Refresher as an “IPA-inspired refreshment that’s zero-alcohol, zero-carbohydrate and zero-calorie.” The brewing company states that the drink is full of hops and, like a typical beer, refreshing on its own.
- DRY Sparkling Soda: DRY is a sparkling soda, or “botanical bubbly,” that is crisp to the taste. After four children, the company’s founder developed the drinks as an alternative to wine or cocktails. Consider mixing the cucumber flavor with a gin-alternative spirit for an easy cucumber mocktail.
- Dram Sparkling Water: Dram is a Colorado-based Apothecary that creates uniquely flavored sparkling, CBD-infused waters and products. The drinks are made with organic herbs and come in beautifully designed cans. As an added benefit, the company boasts that its products “can be used to improve digestion, offer gentle detox support, relaxation and immune support.”
- Hoplark HopTea: Hoplark is a great product for hoppy beer and tea lovers alike. Sit back and enjoy the camaraderie and culture of beer-drinking—without the alcohol or extra calories. There are several unique flavors of the sparkling tea, with both caffeine and caffeine-free options available.
For the Wine Lover
If wine is your usual drink of choice, there are various non-alcoholic options available to suit your exquisite taste.
- Fre by Sutter Home: This well-known wine brand has released a line of your favorite wines, sans the alcohol. Unlike grape juice, non-alcoholic wines are fermented like regular wine, removing the alcohol in the last stages. From merlot to chardonnay, you’re sure to find something that pairs well with your next meal. Feel free to browse their website for an extensive list of mocktail recipes.
- O.Vine Wine Essence Water: O.Vine is made from upcycled skins and seeds of wine grapes. It offers a delightful, infused-water dry beverage for mocktail-seekers. The product is served in glass bottles and provides a similar taste, aroma, and antioxidant benefit to wine. O.Vine’s unique upcycling process aims to repurpose the estimated 75 percent of grapes wasted in the wine-making process. Further, making O.Vine a sustainable and savory drink of choice.
- Rock Grace Elixir: This non-alcoholic beverage is a wine alternative, standing out with its unique crystal infusion process. Their drinks “stimulate strength, grace, beauty, and love,” resembling a rosé taste. You can read more about their product and crystal process here.
If you’re looking for a little more involved mocktail, and want to try your hand at the shaker, try mixing up one of the following options.
- Non-Alcoholic Spirits: If you’ve perfected your margarita recipe or can’t part with a gin martini, considering using non-alcoholic spirits that can be swapped 1:1 with traditional liquors.
- Ritual Zero Proof: Ritual Zero Proof offers whiskey, tequila and gin alternatives, crafted with all-natural botanicals. Overall, the products closely emulate both the taste and smell of standard spirits.
- Seedlip: Seedlip is a sustainability-focused company that creates a distilled non-alcoholic spirit with its own unique flavor profile. There are three different flavors available that are best served with a classic tonic or soda.
In case you don’t have enough inspiration to give mocktails a chance, here are a few simple recipes. Mix these recipes up for a fun, non-alcoholic drink.
- A handful of fresh blueberries
- 6-8 mint leaves
- 2 oz of simple syrup
- 2 oz of lime juice
- Splash of club soda
Instructions: Lightly muddle blueberries and mint leaves. Shake all ingredients with ice, and serve.
- 1.5 oz lime juice
- 1 oz grapefruit juice
- 1 oz agave syrup
- Pinch of sea salt
- Splash of club soda
Instructions: Combine ingredients in a cocktail shaker and shake with ice. Strain over ice top with soda.
Lemon Drop Martini Mocktail
- 2 oz non-alcoholic spirits
- 1oz simple syrup
- 1 oz fresh lemon juice
Instructions: Add all ingredients to a cocktail shaker filled. Shake well, and strain into a martini glass. Garnish with a lemon slice.
Try the Switch to Mocktails Today!
No matter the reason you’re aiming to cut-back your alcohol consumption, you can still indulge in a delicious beverage. Grab one of the many booze-free options on the market or begin mixing in the kitchen to find your new favorite mocktail.