Sometimes we all just feel like a big, stiff…drink. Even during pregnancy and breastfeeding (because there’s nothing like being kicked in the ribs all night or having your boobs pinched during a feed to make you want to pour a glass of something tasty).
So all we can say is thank f*ck the world has caught on to the wonders of alcohol-free beverages and even if you’re not drinking or you’re watching your alcohol intake, you don’t need to miss out on any of the fun. There are so many delicious drops to enjoy, but here are 10 of the best you need to try ASAP.
1. Lyre’s Italian Spritz
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This aperitif captures the essence of a classic Italian spritz drink (you might be familiar with the Aperol Spritz?). Flavors of sweet orange are combined with tangy rhubarb for a dry and refreshing taste. Serve it with soda or tonic water and citrus slices, and enjoy while imagining yourself on a yacht in the Riviera.
2. Seedlip Spice 94
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Spice 94 is sort of the pumpkin spiced latte of alcohol-free spirits (so perfect for fall, we say). It’s a delicious blend of allspice berries, with warm cardamom and zesty citrus, and when served with tonic and a twist of grapefruit peel, makes for a delightful drink.
3. Som Tangerine Sea Salt
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Som’s cordials are handmade in Portland, Oregon (fancy), and they sure don’t skimp on flavor. Som’s Tangerine Sea Salt mixer is tart and sweet, and, to put it simply, is a taste of summer in a glass. Blend it with tangerine and lime juice, top with soda water, and serve with a little tangerine zest (yum).
4. Ritual Tequila Alternative
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If you’re pining for your Taco Tuesday margarita, here’s where Ritual’s Tequila Alternative comes in: it’s an alcohol-free beverage that’s literally designed to replace tequila in margaritas. (Praise be.) Its flavors of blue agave, Mexican lime, tropical guava, and smoky mesquite finish make for a virgin margarita that tastes just like the real deal.
5. Caleño Light & Zesty
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When a drink is described as a ‘tropical non-alcoholic spirit distilled with joy’, you know it’s gotta be a good time. Light & Zesty is a vibrant blend of Inca berry, pineapple, papaya, cilantro, juniper berry, green cardamom, and lemon peel (OMFG yum). Simply serve with soda water over ice (and don’t blame us if you suddenly feel inspired to book a trip to the Caribbean).
6. Monday Distillery Paloma
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Cocktail-lovers, listen here. Monday Distillery blends up alcohol-free versions of your favorites (the hard work done for you), such as a Paloma. Their offering is a mix of grapefruit soda, yuzu citrus, and alcohol-free tequila, and it comes in packs of 10oz bottles so you can take that sh*t to go.
7. NON Toasted Cinnamon & Yuzu
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Australian brand NON plays with unique flavors to create what it calls ‘wine alternatives’. Its Toasted Toasted Cinnamon & Yuzu blend includes notes of tarty Japanese yuzu and Valencia orange with warming Sri Lankan cinnamon and is delicious AF.
8. Fre Alcohol-Removed Sparkling Brut
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Just because you’re off the vino, mama doesn’t mean you should miss out on celebrating. Fre’s Alcohol-Removed Sparkling Brut is a pretty convincing substitute for champagne, and notes of pear and apple make it crisp and bright to drink. Fre says it matches perfectly with caviar or potato chips (they’re speaking our language).
9. Leitz Eins Zwei Zero Riesling
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This drop is a favorite amongst drinks reviewers. Hailing from Germany, Leitz produces alcoholic and alcohol-free wines (so you know they know their sh*t). The brand’s Eins Zwei Zero Riesling is clean and fresh, with tones of lime, citrus, and red apples, and delivers wine-like aromas such as orange, rhubarb, and tarragon.
10. Gruvi Alcohol-Free Bubbly Rose
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‘Non-alcoholic bubbly rose’ are perhaps four of the sweetest words a pregnant or breastfeeding mama could hear (apart from ‘slept through the night’). Gruvi’s Alcohol-Free Bubbly Rose is fruity, wonderfully pink in color, and perfectly bubbly. Oh, and it comes in handy little single-serve bottles. Gruvi recommends enjoying it with chocolate-covered strawberries too… yes please, thank you.
Well, you know what this means… it’s time to get shopping, mama. Share this with a mama you want to have drinks with!