Zero to Lower Alcohol Alternatives for the New Year

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We’ve celebrated the holidays, stuffed our plates, filled our cups and enjoyed all the merriest moments. Now that we’ve set some goals for manifesting and investing in our best selves for 2023, it’s time to level up! Now that I am doing Dry January and being more mindful of alcohol intake, I have found zero to lower alcohol alternatives out there to shake up delicious mocktails for Dry January and beyond.

The demand for zero to lower alcoholic alternatives have gained momentum over the years and we’ve seen a huge uptick in the number of brands innovating and offering new options. For those wanting to focus on wellness and drinking lighter, these emerging brands offer high quality options for mindful drinking.

Zero Alcohol Options

Consumers who are intrigued by craft cocktails but don’t wish to dabble with the booze have been turning to mocktails. Mocktails are non-alcoholic drinks that are meant to replicate the taste and flair of bar-crafted beverages. They’re typically made with a non-alcoholic spirit alternatives, fruit juices and other natural ingredients like herbs and spices. Recently, they have been showing up big to the sipping scene with sought-after flavors and unique add-ins.

The brands blazing trails in the mocktail arena, like Ritual, whose portfolio includes zero-proof tequilawhiskeygin and rum alternatives, or other recognized brands like Seedlip and CleanCo, are redefining the zero-alcohol lifestyle. Even the most loyal spirit enthusiasts can find a spirit alternative worth swapping. For instance, try a new take on a traditional margarita with CleanCo’s Tequila Alternative or check out these mocktail recipes to find a new favorite.

For wine enthusiasts who are cutting out alcohol, try non-alcoholic wines like ArielArtisZilch as well as alcohol-removed wines from Fre and Freixenet. These bottles make opting out of alcohol super easy!

For beer fans, try non-alcoholic brews like Heinkeken 0.0Athletic Upside Down Golden AleSamuel Adams Just the HazeErdingerBeck’s and Clausthaler. My new favorite is Hop Water IPA! They could easily fool even the most seasoned beer drinker and even the IPA snobs like myself. These non-alcoholic beers are so tasty and well-made that even beer experts were challenged in picking out non-alcoholic versus alcoholic beers in a blind taste test.

Now that you’ve got the low-down on how these alcohol-free spirits stack up, try grabbing one to mix up one a non-alcoholic mocktail recipe:

Non-Alcoholic Seedlip Spice PaNOma

  • 2 ounces Seedlip Spice 94
  • 1 ounce grapefruit juice
  • ¾ ounce simple syrup
  • ½ ounce fresh lime juice
  • 3 ounces club soda
  • Grapefruit peel

In a shaker with ice, add Seedlip Spice 94, grapefruit juice, simple syrup and lime juice. Shake and strain into a glass with fresh ice. Top with club soda and garnish with grapefruit peel.

Non-Alcoholic Clean Apple Sling

In a tall glass, add Clean V, lime wedges and sparkling water. Fill glass with ice and add dashes of bitters. Mix and garnish with a fan of apple slices.

Non-Alcoholic Fre Devil’s Margarita

For the non-alcoholic margarita mix: In a mixing bowl, combine lime juice, agave and orange juice. Stir to dissolve agave. Store in an airtight container in the fridge for up to two weeks.

For the mocktail: Combine margarita mix and ice in a blender and blend until smooth. Fill a margarita glass ¾ of the way with margarita mix. Float Fre Red Blend on top. Garnish with a charred lime.

Non-Alcoholic Pomegranate Martini

In a shaker with ice, add gin alternative, lemon juice, simple syrup, triple sec and pomegranate juice. Shake and strain into a coupe glass. Garnish with a dehydrated orange wheel and a star anise.

Lower Alcohol Alternatives

If your goal is to cut back rather than cutting out alcohol, here some helpful tips and recipes. One way is to pour ‘half-proof’ or swap the measurement of a distilled spirit in a cocktail recipe for a half-and-half option (half distilled spirit and half spirit alternative). You can also just lighten up your normal pour or reduce the amount of alcohol that your cocktail recipe calls for. These easy tips allow you to still sip on your favorite drinks while also cutting back.

Check out some of these lower alcohol alternatives to traditional cocktail recipes:

Baileys Deliciously Light Iced Coffee

Add Baileys to iced coffee. Stir to combine.

Kimmy C’s Cup

  • 1, 750mL bottle Kim Crawford Illuminate Rosé
  • 1/3 cup lemon juice
  • 1 lemon, thinly sliced
  • 8 strawberries, thinly sliced
  • 1 small cucumber, thinly sliced
  • 4 basil sprigs
  • 4 mint sprigs
  • 2 cups sparkling pink lemonade

In a large pitcher, add rosé, lemon juice, lemon slices, strawberries, cucumber, basil and mint. Refrigerate for at least 1 hour and maximum 4 hours. Stir in the pink lemonade before serving. Pour into 4 to 6 glasses and garnish with herbs and fruit slices from cocktail mixture.

Los Rijos Ranch Water

Rim glass with lime wedge and dip in salt. Add tequila, lime juice and top with sparkling water. Stir to combine and garnish with a lime wedge.

Cucumber Mint Lemonade

In a glass with ice, add vodka and lemonade. Stir to combine. Top with club soda and garnish with a mint sprig.

My friends at ABC Fine Wine & Spirits have everything I need to stick to my goals and help me maintain throughout the year.

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Eryn is a health conscious momma of four amazing kiddos ranging in age from 5 to 19! She is a marketing maven and mentor with 20 years of business development and marketing under her belt. She beyond obsessed with all things purpose, giving back, wellness, and marketing. Living in Orlando for over 15 years, this Flo-Grown, Miami native has fallen for The City Beautiful and all it has to offer! From the local arts, to the craft beer and foodie scene, to all of the non-profits and giving opportunities, Eryn is is love with all things Orlando! Her connection with local moms, businesses of Orlando and philanthropy goes deep. Eryn uses her 𝘦𝘹𝘱𝘦𝘳𝘪𝘦𝘯𝘤𝘦 to 𝘦𝘥𝘶𝘤𝘢𝘵𝘦, 𝘦𝘯𝘤𝘰𝘶𝘳𝘢𝘨𝘦, 𝘦𝘯𝘨𝘢𝘨𝘦, 𝘦𝘮𝘱𝘰𝘸𝘦𝘳 & 𝘦𝘭𝘦𝘷𝘢𝘵𝘦 other mompreneurs in life & business. Eryn is also an accredited Integrative Wellness Consultant, Purpose Coach and certified Social Entrepreneurship/Small Business Coach, and a clean beauty advocate with Beautycounter. She strives to help other women prosper and flourish in life and business and she thrives on creating authentic partnerships and building relationships. Her motto is be on purpose and she lives to better the lives of others.

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