If you’re looking to stock your bar with non-alcoholic adult beverages to enjoy this summer, there are some excellent options to choose from. We rounded up the best boozeless beverages to keep your sober or low-alcohol happy hours fun and fabulous.
We are living in the golden age of adult beverages. We’ve got low-carb and low-calorie beers that taste like anything but, well-crafted canned cocktails that perfectly emulate the real thing, and so many intriguing flavors of seltzer—both hard and soft—you’d need an abacus or graphing calculator to keep count. Basically, if you’re a thirsty adult and on-the-go, it’s one hell of a time to be alive.
But even for those who don’t drink—or need a night off every once in a while—there are rather refined mocktails and other non-alcoholic beverages available aimed at adults who are living a more sober life. Be it a dry and bubbly spritz, a flavor-packed N/A beer, or fanciful soda, these adultified soft drinks are perfect to sip seaside, enjoy during a lush summer sunset, or at a safe and socially distanced evening soirée.
Check out some of our favorite non-alcoholic adult beverages, sodas, and premixed mocktails to stock up on for your next low-octane happy hour. Many can be found in stores but we included links to buy online to avoid more trips to the market.
This non-alcoholic sparkling apéritif from Hella Cocktail Co. is flavored with Gentian tincture (think bitters) made in the South of France and will have you living your best Saint-Tropez summer simulation. The slightly bitter, unsweetened aperitif is available in both dry aromatic and spritz aromatic. Pour one into an oversized wine glass over ice and garnish with an orange wheel. You can snag a 12-pack for $30 on Amazon.Buy Now
These adult elixirs have all the trappings of a well-made cocktail with none of the booze. Designed to be enjoyed in social situations, they’re inspired by some classic summer cocktails like Aperol spritz, negroni, and Moscow mule. Each one of the five flavors sports an herbal profile without too much sweetness. They are delightful sipped over crushed ice in your most festive summer barware. A variety pack of 24 cocktails in 12 bottles is $79.Buy Now
If I’m having guests over—back in those days—and suspect there might be a non-drinker among the crowd, I’d be sure to stock some ginger beer, and it’s always a hit. Reed’s is a favorite and packs a bigger ginger punch than most others. You can, of course, use it for boozy drinks, too, like Moscow mules or dark & stormies. Reed’s also recently released a zero sugar ginger beer sweetened with erythritol, stevia, and monk fruit that is excellent. A four-pack is less than six bucks at Target.Buy Now
These herbal, antioxidant sparkling beverages fall somewhere between an adult soft drink and liquid herbal supplement and some with CBD to take the edge off. Various flavors are loaded with healthy ingredients like ginseng, lemon balm, and hemp, along with ginger, peach, and natural fruit juice for flavor making them tasty but also good for the mind and body. Recess sodas average about four grams of sugar or less—so just a slight sweetness—and with six flavors to choose from, there’s bound to be one that pleases your palate.Buy Now
These adorable little alcohol-free spirits also have ingredients with proven health benefits like adaptogens, 5-HTP for mood, and tyrosine for alertness, plus a little caffeine. The creators, Kin Euphorics, were aiming to elicit those same “chatty and energetic” effects of alcohol but without any booze or hangover. The citrus-y, herbal profile with ginger and hibiscus is indeed very reminiscent of a light summer cocktail. A small 8-ounce can is also a perfect size to pour over ice in a pretty highball with lemon wheel garnish. Kin also makes a concentrated version to blend with soda water yourself in addition to the pre-mixed spritz. A pack of four 8-ounce cans is $27 on Goop. Buy Now
This totally cute new soda line is a great option to bridge adult and young-adult tastes, with fun concoctions like toasted coconut, lemon verbena, and strawberry basil. Each one has significantly less sugar than most sodas (about six grams), so It’s enough to hit that summer sweet tooth while remaining light and refreshing. There are a whopping 12 flavors in total, and you can order a variety pack with one of each flavor for $34.99 and taste your way through the summer.Buy Now
For the longest time, those seeking a non-alcoholic beer had a very small selection of not-so-interesting choices. Not so in 2020: The inventive beer-making stalwarts at Brooklyn Brewery have crafted an N/A offering worthy of your consideration. Expect zesty floral notes and a dry hoppiness from this brew, and no hangover to manage in the morning.Buy Now
Header image courtesy of Curious Elixirs.