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Our Fave Things for Dry January

Design: theSkimm | Photo: Lili
Jan 9, 2023

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Let’s be real: The nonalcoholic drinking landscape is vast and overwhelming. There’s a lot to pick from. Mocktails? Nonalcoholic champagne? And finding something crowd-pleasing and in your budget can come with its fair share of stress. So whether you’re making a commitment to cut out alcohol for a month or trying to find an alcohol-free option for an upcoming dinner party, we gotchu. We pulled together some of our fave nonalcoholic drinks to ‘cheers’ with all month long (and beyond, if you’d like). Plus, we’ve got some must-have accessories you’ll want to have in your kitchen come party time. Pinkies up.

Nonalcoholic drinks

A white tea spritzer that tastes *just* like rosé…

This sparkling refresher has a delicate flavor profile and a dry, light finish. Made with a blend of white tea, elderberry, and ginger, you’ll have your mind blown over how similar it tastes  to real rosé wine Plus, it’s made from all natural ingredients. So if you’re looking to bring a fun drink to your next baby shower or just want to give a new nonalcoholic bev a try, pour a glass and enjoy. *Sips tea.* ($10, Boisson)

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A sampler pack of nonalcoholic spirits…

One delicious alcohol-free gin and tonic, coming right up. This trio comes with different Seedlip elixirs — each with their own unique flavor. Spice 94 has notes of citrus peel and bark, Grove 42 has notes of spiced orange, and Garden 108 is floral with notes of peas and garden herbs. So you can have something fun and different — without the extra headache the next day. Pour it up. ($89.99, Amazon)

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A cult-favorite sparkling water…

There’s a reason why everyone loves Topo Chico. Since the bubbles are extra bubbly and crisp, it feels like you’re drinking a more elevated sparkling water. We’re into this tart grapefruit flavor. Serve over ice or add to another nonalcoholic mixer for the mocktail of your dreams. Thank us later. ($24.82/8 pack, Amazon)

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A monthly subscription of nonalcoholic mixers…

Maybe you’re sober. Maybe you’re looking to simply cut back on your alcohol consumption — or even try something new. Enter: Curious Elixirs. Each month, you’ll get a variety pack of booze-free craft cocktails right to your doorstep. Inspired by longtime bar favorites, the drinks are made with organic ingredients and are free of refined sugar and caffeine. Looking to chill? Same. Herbs and adaptogens also provide some good ol’ stress relief and help to build immunity too. ($36+/month, Curious Elixirs)

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An aperitif that doubles as an amazing hostess gift…

Show up with this sleek, caffeine-free drink and you’ll be the favorite guest at your next gathering. This brand’s internet-fave aperitif has has notes of florals, earthy botanicals, and some citrus kicks too. And it’s on the bitter side — so no sugar hangovers here. Life of the party, here you come. ($38+, Ghia)

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A premium, sugar-free gin so you can have a consequence-free night...

See ya never, hangovers. This nonalcoholic gin is made from a blend of juniper, natural botanicals, citrus, and spices. It’s handcrafted in small batches from a distillery in Southern California. Just swap it in for any recipe that calls for gin, and you’re golden. ($39.99, Amazon)

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A sparkling water variety pack…

Bubbles for the win. This unsweetened, gluten-free, non-GMO Spindrift pack comes with lemon-and blackberry-flavored cans (48 of ’em total). We love this brand because its bubbly water is made with real fruit squeezed from family farms. Plus the light carbonation and slight pulpiness will add some extra pizazz to your cocktail or mocktail. ($11.31/20 pack, Amazon)

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A mocktail subscription box so you can get regular deliveries…

Because convenience is everything. Each box comes with four bottles. Ingredients include organic lime juice, cardamom, clove, decaffeinated teas, and natural mint flavors. Plus no artificial flavors, colors, or preservatives are used. You can serve them straight up or mix them with other bevs. ($16.96, Mocktail Club)

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Hibiscus-flavored spirits that’ll make you feel good...

If it’s good enough for Bella Hadid, it’s good enough for us. These ready-to-drink fresh citrus-flavored spritzes aim to help clear your mind, fend off stress, improve concentration and energy, and more. Pop one open with your friends, take some sips, and feel good in the process. Win-win. ($21.83/4 pack, Amazon)

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Farm-to-table Bloody Mary mix…

From Alabama with love. These fresh mixes come straight from a family-run farm outside Birmingham. Choose your preferred flavor profile (hot and spicy, classic, etc.) and just add your liquor or liquor alternative of choice. Throw it in the fridge when you’re done and get ready for round two. ($25, Food52)

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A nonalcoholic champagne that’s just as fun as its boozy counterpart…

Just one look at these gorgeous bottles and cans will get you in the party mood. Choose from nonalcoholic sparkling golden, rosé, or ruby flavors, and you won’t be surprised by how much you don’t miss waking up with a headache. Grab it for a special occasion or treat yourself year-round. Cheers. ($30+, Lili)

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A nonalcoholic aperitif that’s just as good as the real thing…

Trust us, we’ve tried it. This aperitif has tons of flavor that’ll evoke summer sidewalk dinners in the city, or sipping a spritz in the Italian countryside, but contains zero alcohol. It tastes like rose, bitter orange, and cloves, and is perfect when enjoyed over ice. There are even recipes on the brand’s website to help you make an incredible mocktail. We’re in. ($36/6 pack, Figlia)

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A variety pack of kombucha to satisfy your taste buds…

With flavors like Berry Lemonade and Pink Lady Apple, it’s hard to imagine not wanting to reach for one of these when you need something to sip on. Plus, thanks to probiotics and natural antioxidants found in the fermented tea, each time you drink one, you’ll be contributing to your overall #guthealth. Winning. ($49.95/12 pack, Health-Ade)

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And some smart drinking accessories

A craft cocktail syrup set...

This trio (which can make up to 16 drinks) comes with old fashioned, moscow mule, and spicy margarita syrup mixes. They’re made from cane sugar, real fruit, and premium spices. All you’ve gotta do is add them to your fave spirits. Happy hour: population everyone. ($28/3 pack, Amazon)

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Spherical ice cube molds…

These perfect lil’ guys are slow-melting so your drinks will stay cold and never diluted. The trays make it easy to pop ’em out when the time comes, plus it comes with a lid so you can eliminate any freezer odors or spills. Bonus: They look oh-so cute in any pitcher or large drink display. Do it. ($18, W&P)

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Cocktail-infused cubes to keep on hand in your freezer…

Put one of these in your glass or shaker with a shot of liquor, stir it up — then enjoy. You’ll get a cucumber watermelon margarita mix, a blood orange and ginger old-fashioned-esque flavored one, and a peach, benedictine-inspired herb one. Easy last-minute get-togethers? Yes, please. ($36/24 cubes, Food52)

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Mulling spices for when you want to get in a cozy mood…

This hand-assembled blend includes cinnamon, cardamom, ginger, allspice, orange peels, rose petals, cloves, and black pepper. Just simmer it with some cider, wine or syrup, and you’ll be on your way to feeling warm and fuzzy. Plus, you can also use them to poach fresh or dried fruits (then add ’em to a cake or cheese board). ($17, Boisson)

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Whiskey stones to chill your next glass…

Without watering the flavor down. Keep them in your freezer, and when you’re ready to start sipping, add one to your cocktail. It’s as easy and budget-friendly as that. Ahhh, refreshing. ($6.97/9 pack, Amazon)

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Glass markers so you can keep track of which drink is yours…

Because no one wants to accidentally sip from someone else’s wine. They’re also stain-resistant and absorbent. Spills happen. ($19, Goodee)

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A wine tote for easy transport…

Whether you want to use it to carry your nonalcoholic drinks to a party, or gift it along with a bottle for your friend, you really can’t go wrong. The merino wool provides insulation, plus it’s also stain-resistant if things do happen to get messy while on the go. We’re fans of the classy leather strap too. ($69, Goodee)

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