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Just because you’ve volunteered to be DD or would rather not have to crawl home from the bar doesn’t mean you need to sip on soda for the night.
Whatever your motivation for not imbibing, we’ve got your back with 10 alcohol alternatives to wet all kinds of whistles.
To keep it interesting, we’ve included mocktail recipes and nonalcoholic wines and beers that actually taste good.
Just keep in mind that nonalcoholic beer and wine may still have up to 0.5 percent alcohol by volume (ABV).
It’s a pretty minuscule amount, but if you need to avoid all alcohol for health reasons, talk to your healthcare provider before trying them.
Like your prosecco? According to online reviews, St. Regis nosecco is the perfect prosecco alternative if you want or need to go sans alcohol.
Just keep in mind that it may contain trace amounts of alcohol, but not more than 0.5 percent ABV.
Enjoy it on its own or use it to make any of your favorite prosecco cocktails — or mocktails, in this case.
If you pick up the nosecco we just mentioned, then you’ve got to try a virgin rose-ecco.
To make this decadent, nonalcoholic version of rose-ecco — which was invented by supermodel Sophie Dahl, according to the internet — drizzle a tablespoon of rose syrup into a martini glass filled with nosecco. That’s it!
If you have rose water and sugar (or a pound or two of fresh rose petals casually lying around), you can find recipes to make your own rose syrup.
If Wine Wednesdays… Thursdays… Fridays… are your thing, you can still indulge thanks to Fre alcohol-removed wines.
It’s all made the same way regular wine is, but the alcohol is removed at the end of the process.
Word to the wise: Reviewers seem to prefer Fre’s whites over their reds, so you may want to stick with their chardonnay or moscato.
A virgin mary is a booze-free version of a bloody mary. If you’re Canadian, you may be more familiar with the Caesar, which is basically a bloody mary that uses Clamato tomato cocktail instead of tomato juice.
To make it, you’ll need:
- a splash of lime juice
- celery salt
- some ice
- 1/2 tsp. Worcestershire sauce
- 1/2 tsp. horseradish
- 1/4 tsp. Tabasco sauce
- tomato juice or Clamato
- a celery stalk (to garnish)
Here’s how to make it:
- Rim a glass with lime and celery salt.
- Fill it with ice.
- Add Worcestershire, horseradish, Tabasco, and lime juice.
- Top with tomato or Clamato and stir.
- Drop in the celery stalk.
Forget the usual “and soda” booze alternatives that you get stuck with at parties! Seedlip distilled nonalcoholic spirits take fizzy drinks to another level.
You can mix them with tonic water or use them to create elevated cocktails. Speaking of which — their website is chock-full of recipes using their line.
Don’t make that face! Nonalcoholic beer has come a LONG way.
Before getting to suggestions, just a reminder that nonalcoholic beer does contain some alcohol, though usually less than 0.5 percent ABV.
A lot of craft breweries make low- or no-alcohol brews, so it’s worth hitting up local spots to see what they have.
If you can’t find one near you, these popular options can be ordered online:
Fancy up brunch without zapping your energy for the rest of the day with a virgin mimosa.
It’s insanely easy: Just one part alcohol-free sparkling wine alternative and one part chilled orange juice.
Don’t have a go-to champs alternative? Chateau de Fleur is a well-reviewed option with zero alcohol.
We won’t lie, this doesn’t quite taste like a true rosé wine. But it totally looks the part thanks to details like a foil-wrapped cap on a glass bottle and a vibrant pink hue.
Even better? You can usually snag a bottle for under $3.
No, not the dense bush variety. We’re talking about acidified fruit syrups that can be sucked back on their own, mixed with soda, or added to various mocktails.
You can make your own shrub by boiling the fruit of your choosing with distilled water and either lemon juice or vinegar.
If you’d rather buy it, Som is a company worth considering. They have tons of creative flavor combos with just the right amount of tartness and intensity without booze.
Bitters are a concentration of alcohol and botanicals once used as medicinal tonics. Some people still use them for their health benefits, but they’re mostly used as flavor enhancers in cocktails.
While you could go with classic Angostura aromatic bitters (you know the one, with the white paper label and the yellow cap), you can find bitters in just about any flavor these days.
Pro tip: Add a couple dashes of bitters to the Italian soda flavor of your choosing and pour over ice for tasty non-booze, but boozy-esque treat.
Bitters aren’t for everyone, including pregnant folks and children, because of the alcohol content. You only need a dash to enhance a drink, but even a small amount still contains a bit of alcohol.
Some herbs may also interact with prescription medications or worsen certain health conditions, so it’s best to check in with your healthcare provider first if you have an underlying condition.
With so many booze alternatives, you never need to subject your taste buds — or your non-drinking guests — to lackluster libations ever again.