Don’t Make Dry January Boring: Trade One of These Fancy Beverages for Booze
From CBD-infused sparkling water to herbal tonics, the world of non-alcoholic beverages has become extremely sophisticated
There’s a growing interest in imbibing less — or at least having more, better non-alcoholic options — in today’s generation of social drinkers. From amaro-inspired sodas that riff on the flavor profiles of negronis to simply uplifting sparkling tonics with ayurvedic ingredients, there’s a beverage with more to offer than your typical club soda and lime out there. Some are even infused with CBD, the hemp-derived, non-psychedelic relative of cannabis.
Whether you’re going for Dry January and abstaining from alcohol for a full 31 days or simply looking for alternative beverages, these non-alcoholic drinks are great alternatives to a cocktail or beer. Having more of a “damp” January? Try one of these low-ABV options.
Casamara Club is is a line of bottled amaro bitters and soda. It’s non-alcoholic, low-sugar, and comes in four different flavors, each of which channels a classic, amaro-based beverage: Alta is like a spritzy, non-alcoholic negroni, Onda is an herbal imonata, Capo channels an Alpine amaro flavor profile, and Sera brings the Aperol spritz vibes. $36/case of 12 Casamaraclub.com
Minna offers a no-calorie sparkling tea with tons of fizz. It’s light on caffeine and comes in flavors like Lime Hibiscus and Citrus Black Tea. It’s more like a sparkling water than the heavily sweetened bottles of tea we’ve been drinking for years (see ya later, Snapple lady), making it easy to drink on its on, with food, or as an afternoon pick-me-up that won’t keep you up al night. And, the company is donating one percent of its sales to non-profits advocating for inclusion, so you can drink up and feel good about it. $36/case of 12; drinkminna.com
Olipop nourishes your microbiome (aka your gut) with high-fiber pre-biotic ingredients like kudzu root and slippery elm bark. Each can of Oakland-based Olipop has a range of eight different plant based ingredients that benefit digestive health and 9 grams of dietary fiber. The flavors — Ginger Lemon, Strawberry Vanilla, and Cinnamon Cola — make skipping both soda and alcoholic beverages easy. A new flavor, root beer, is now available for pre-order. $45/case of 12; drinkolipop.com
Present CBD-Infused Sparkling Water
Present delivers a pleasant, CBD-fueled sense of well-being. Produced in Northern Colorado, the 16 ounce cans of sparkling wellness beverage are a collaboration between WAAYB Organics, a company that produces organic CBD products from hemp, and Left Hand Brewing, a quirky craft brewery. Drink a pint of Present instead of a spirited beverage (or, ironically, a beer) and feel like a million bucks the next morning. $30/six-pack of 16 ounce cans; drinkpresent.com
Dram Adaptogenic CBD Sparkling Water
Dram offers non-drinkers a different way to relax, combining CBD with adaptogenic sparkling water for an uplifting alternative to alcohol. Each flavor contains different adaptogens to target various concerns, from stress management to strengthening hair and nails. Choose from Gingergrass, Lemongrass, and Beauty Bubbles. $49/case of 12. dramapothecary.com
Sunwink is an herbal tonic that’s all natural and organic, with no flavor additives or refined sugars. Each of the four flavors — Immunity Berry, Lemon Rose Uplift, Detox Ginger, and Turmeric Cleanse — is chock full of herbs like dandelion root and turmeric. The female-founded company is based in San Francisco, with an emphasis on giving back: two percent of revenue from Sunwink sales goes back to the Sunwink Mothers Fund, which supports female-focused organizations around the world.