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The Makings of A Great Mocktail

Great Non-Alcoholic Options For Your Nightcap and Beyond

Whether you’re going alcohol-free for the month (dry January, anyone?), moment, night or more, you don’t have to drink fewer cocktails to drink less alcohol. Many folks are choosing sober lifestyles for a myriad of reasons. We’ve rounded up a few of our favorite booze-free brands to keep your New Year spirited, but without the hard stuff.

Ghia

This non-alcoholic beverage was inspired by Mediterranean aperitivo culture and created by Melanie Masarin. Melanie, formerly of Glossier, wanted to change the way we think about drinking and socializing, so during quarantine, she launched Ghia with their first product, The Aperitif, in June of 2020. 

The Aperitif boasts a flavor both bright and bitter with hints of citrus and florals. The formula includes health-forward ingredients such as Gentian Root, Lemon Balm, Fig, Elderflower, with no added sugar. 

Recently, Ghia introduced single serve cans of Le Spritz which are available in three flavors: Ghia Soda, Ghia Ginger, and Lime & Salt - great options if you’re bringing your own beverages to the party. It’s the first non-alcoholic beverage to win Esquire’s “Drink of the Year’ and, if you ask us, it wins the award for best packaging. It’ll look great on your counter or bar cart.

DrinkGhia.com

Jukes

Matthew Jukes, wine writer and wine taster for over 35 years, knows wine. With over 8 million readers a week, he is the UK’s most keenly followed wine journalist. So you know when he set out to make his own alcohol-free wine, it would be for the most discerning of palates. 

Jukes is apple cider vinegar-based made with the finest quality of fruits, vegetables, and spices. You can choose between their canned, ready-to-drink sparkling wine or their individual glasses of The Red, The White, or The Rosé which come in perfectly packed, small bottles. Said bottles come precisely aligned in a gorgeous box which screams “luxury!” and their website provides a fabulous list of recipes that pair effortlessly with their different varietals. 

Jukes is also vegan, gluten-free, and halal.

US.JukesCordialities.com

TÖST 

If it’s bubbles you love, TÖST is for you. I was first introduced to TÖST while celebrating a birthday of a friend who was expecting a baby. When she offered me her flute to taste, I was blown away at how delicious booze-free bubbles could be. 

Their namesake bubbly is an all-natural blend of white tea, white cranberry, and ginger. Their TÖST Rosé is a delightful blend of white tea, ginger and elderberry. 

TÖST was created so everyone can commemorate their moments, big or small, positively and inclusively and is a must-have for celebrations (or, you know, just a regular Wednesday).

TostBeverages.com

Ritual Zero Proof

A fun, margarita-filled Friday night can often lead to a slow Saturday morning. But with Ritual Zero Proof, you drink a choice of expertly brewed, alcohol-free tequila, whisky, rum, and gin. 

Ritual was created to be an “and” not an “or.” I was surprised by how distinctly delicious these spirits taste. Bonus - the cocktail recipes on their website will make you feel like an expert mixologist in no time. 

RitualZeroProof.com

Free Spirits

What if a cocktail could make you happier and healthier? A question Free Spirits asked themselves when creating their non-alcoholic spirits. We 

To simulate the relaxing feeling of a boozy cocktail, they infuse each of their products with vitamins B3, B6, and natural aminos our bodies naturally produce, like taurine, which helps lift your overall mood.

Their products - Spirit of Gin, Spirit of Milano, Spirit of Tequila, and Spirit of Bourbon - are beautifully bottled and offered in bundles so you can try them all. 

DrinkFreeSpirits.com

Casamara Club

“Leisure Soda” may be an unfamiliar term to you and I but not to Casamara Club Founder, Jason LaValla, who coined the term while creating these beverages. “Leisure Sodas” from Casamara Club are delectable amaro-based potions with real botanical extracts instead of liquor.

The four flavors: Alta, Onda, Como, Sera, are meant to be a transportive experience, reminding you of enjoyable nights, meals, or moments. And their website sign-off is “in leisure” which is the mentality we should all take into this new year! 

CasamaraClub.com

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