If you’ve been sober for awhile now or have been cutting back on alcohol, you’re probably looking for mocktails and other nonalcoholic alternatives as the start of summer approaches. Between barbecues, rooftop parties and other get-togethers, you’ll want to make sure you’re stocking up the bar with options you can enjoy. An easy way to do so is by keeping nonalcoholic drinks on hand. Luckily for you, the sober-curious movement has gained popularity and there are now plenty of nonalcoholic brands out there.
A dry challenge
If you hadn’t noticed, more adults are going sober or cutting back on their alcohol intake. According to Hilary Sheinbaum, journalist and author of The Dry Challenge, there are various reasons why people are saying no to alcohol. “There are health benefits like better sleep, better digestion, more energy and weight loss … and some people are sick and tired of being hungover,” she says. Sheinbaum points out that there is plenty of research to support the hazards of drinking, and millennials and Gen Z tend to have adopted lifestyles that are more health-conscious (and less boozy) than their predecessors.
If you or a loved one are considering giving alcohol the boot this summer — or even if you’re just going to be the designated driver for the next party — you’ll be pleased to know that there are a variety of nonalcoholic beers, wines and spirits that have the flavor profiles of your favorite alcohol-based drinks, without the buzz. I researched and personally taste-tested over 10 of these nonalcoholic brands and dove deep into customer reviews to decide which taste best and closest to the real thing.