There’s nothing quite like a fancy drink to perk up an evening, even if you’re just binge-watching reality TV on the couch. But sometimes, it’s not worth the hangover. Enter the mocktail. Booze-free beverages have gone beyond the Shirley Temple to become downright tempting drinks in their own right.
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Spindrift is a mocktail mixologist’s best friend. The slightly sweet sparkling beverage has no weird ingredients, just carbonated water and fruit juice. And it comes in a range of flavors that would enhance any virgin drink. Make a killer booze-free Arnold Palmer with Spindrift Half & Half (24 for $17.97), or swap out bitter Campari for Spindrift Cranberry Raspberry (24 for $23.74) for a zero-ABV Americano.Try It
Want to give your mocktails an herbaceous kick? Monk’s got you covered with its CBD-infused drinking botanicals. Made with responsibly sourced fruits, spices, and herbs, these 8-ounce elixirs can be mixed into a relaxation-inducing virgin cocktail or served on their own. The sampler includes tantalizing flavors like ginger maple shrub, turmeric lemon, and grapefruit cayenne. Pour them over crushed ice in a sugar-rimmed glass, sip, and enjoy.Try It
Even though a warm, spiced drink can take the edge off a cold, alcohol can ultimately make you feel worse. Instead, skip the scotch and ward off uncomfortable symptoms with Aunt Lucy’s Hot Toddy Mix. The mocktail mix is a blend of honey, lemon, and cinnamon in an instant powder that dissolves in hot water to form a soothing sipper. Take that, sniffles!Try It
Want to make your mocktails taste every bit as flavorful as a boozy beverage? Pick up this simple syrup collection from Blank Slate Kitchen, a Brooklyn-based company founded by chef Alex Sorenson. The bird’s eye chili syrup is excellent for virgin spicy margaritas or a zesty lemonade when mixed with citrus and seltzer. The palm sugar syrup also makes a fine substitution for rum in a virgin daiquiri or mojito—you’ll never even miss the alcohol.Try It
Mocktails shouldn’t just appeal to your palate—they should also be a feast for the eyes. Enter Spirdust, edible shimmer powder you can add to drinks to make them sparkle. The sparkles come in 17 colors, so you can find the perfect shade for any libation. Just a pinch or two of Spirdust will make your virgin drinks twinkle and swirl like the night sky.Try It
Looking for a way to make your mocktails more multidimensional? Add a splash of rich, barrel-aged maple syrup from the Runamok Cocktail Collection. Each bottle of maple syrup is infused with a different flavor, such as hibiscus, ginger, or jasmine tea. The syrup can add depth and smoky sweetness to a virgin Bloody Mary, hot toddy, or mai tai. Plus, you can feel good knowing that each syrup is 100 percent organic.Try It
Think you need to give up your favorite floral flavors when you’re abstaining from alcohol? Think again—Belvoir Fruit Farms Elderflower Cordial can add that delicate blossom taste typically found in elderflower liqueur to any mocktail. Try it in a virgin martini, gimlet, or strawberry sparkler. Bonus points if you garnish the glass with edible flowers.Try It
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The original non-alcoholic spirits are now available in a sampler pack so you can try even more mocktails of your own.
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