For many folks recovering from alcohol abuse, trying to avoid drinking, or simply reducing the amount of booze they consume, the past few years have presented some, unique challenges. There’s no one answer here, no magic formula or recommended daily approach (beyond the CDC’s usual drinking guidelines) when it comes to moderating your alcohol intake. The decision to drink or not is personal: a midmorning mimosa might feel awful to me but look like self-care or a much-needed distraction to someone else.
Luckily for all of us, drinking culture has become more inclusive, bringing non-alcoholic drinks (many that are far more sophisticated than psychedelic blue juice with a coordinating umbrella). In fact, following a boom in alcohol-free cocktails, there are now so many booze alternatives on the market that it can be tough to know which belongs on your bar cart. To get a sense of which ones are worth trying, we tapped six bartenders and beverage experts from around the country to share their picks on the best nonalcoholic drinks, spirits, bitters, mixers, shrubs, beers, and wines for shaking up a cocktail—or sipping by themselves—at home.
Whether you’re finding it hard to stay sober around the holidays (or anytime), trying to cut back on alcohol, don’t really drink to begin with (but still want to enjoy the taste of a mixed drink), or just want to understand more about your drinking habits, these 37 non-alcoholic drinks are all delicious. They’re Dry January-approved and guaranteed to bring enjoyment sans hangover. And if you want to add a nip of something alcoholic, nobody’s stopping you.
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