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Our Favorite Nonalcoholic Drinks & Drink Accessories for Dry January

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January 8, 2024

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Let’s be real: The nonalcoholic drinking landscape can be overwhelming. How do you make a not-boring mocktail? What’s up with nonalcoholic champagne? And what actually tastes good? Here’s what we do know: Opting to cut out alcohol shouldn’t make your life more stressful. Ahead, we’ve rounded up our favorite nonalcoholic drinks to enjoy all month long (and beyond, if you’d like). Plus, we’ve got some must-have accessories to make your booze-free life that much more fun.

Nonalcoholic drinks

Aura Bora

A nonalcoholic cocktail in a can if you’re missing a martini…

This can contains sparkling water mixed with extra virgin olive oil. Yes, you read that right. The result is a delightfully fizzy and rich-tasting olive oil martini that’s a perfect substitute for the real thing. You can even drop a few olives in to add to the experience. Plus, it’s made without any added sweeteners. ($48/12 cans, Aura Bora)

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Cycling Frog

A THC seltzer for a buzz without any alcohol…

This seltzer has 5 milligrams of THC and 10 milligrams of CBD in each can, so you can relax and enjoy without any alcohol involved. The black currant flavor is deliciously sweet and tart at the same time and is made with all-natural fruit juices and without any artificial flavors. Bring these to your next party, and you’ll still be feeling great the next day. Psst…use code SKIMM15 for 15% off your purchase through the end of January. ($19.99/6-pack, Cycling Frog)

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A duo of nonalcoholic cocktails you can take out with you…

Headed out with your friends? Stash one of these flask-sized bottles in your bag, ask for a glass of ice, and whip it out for a refreshing drink that tastes just like your favorite cocktail. One flavor is fresh and herby like gin, while the other is deeper-flavored with notes of tart cherry and oak. Once you’re obsessed, grab the full-sized bottles. ($29, Tilden)

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Tost Rose

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, it tastes so similar to real rosé. Plus, it’s made from all natural ingredients. It’s a great option if you’re looking for a celebratory drink to bring to your next baby shower. ($10, Boisson)

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Seedlip Trio

A sampler pack of nonalcoholic spirits…

This trio comes with three 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. If a gin and tonic is your drink of choice, these elixirs will get you pretty close. ($89.99/3-pack, Amazon)

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Topo Chico

A cult-favorite sparkling water…

There’s a reason why everyone loves Topo Chico. Since the bubbles are extra-crisp, it feels like you’re drinking a more elevated sparkling water. This lime flavor is especially refreshing, sure to satisfy your craving for a fun drink. Serve over ice or add to another nonalcoholic mixer for an easy mocktail. ($25.99/6-pack, Amazon)

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Curious Elixirs
Curious Elixirs

A monthly subscription of nonalcoholic mixers…

Each month, you’ll get a variety pack of booze-free craft cocktails delivered right to your doorstep. Inspired by classic cocktails, the drinks are made with organic ingredients and are free of refined sugar and caffeine. Herbs and adaptogens in the mix can provide stress relief and help to build immunity, as an added bonus. ($36+/month, Curious Elixirs)

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Ghia drink

A set of aperitifs that doubles as an amazing hostess gift…

Show up with these sleek, caffeine-free drinks and you’ll be the favorite guest at your next gathering. Ghia’s cult-favorite original aperitif has notes of florals, earthy botanicals, and a hint of citrus. It’s on the bitter side, with no added sugar, so no sugar hangovers here. The brand’s new berry aperitif is bold and tart, so you can mix up your palate throughout the night. ($75, Ghia)

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Drink Monday

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

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. ($36+, Drink Monday)

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A sparkling water variety pack…

This Spindrift pack comes with the flavors lemon, grapefruit, raspberry lime, and mango orange. We love this brand because its bubbly water is made with real fruit squeezed from family farms and contains no added sugar. Plus, the light carbonation and slight pulpiness will add some extra pizazz to your mocktail. ($12.48/20-pack, Amazon)

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Mocktail subscription
Mocktail Club

A mocktail subscription box so you’re always prepared for your next party…

Each box comes with four canned mocktails in party-ready flavors, like Capri Spritz and Havana Twist. Ingredients include organic lime juice, cardamom, clove, decaffeinated teas, and natural mint flavors. Plus, they don’t include artificial flavors, colors, preservatives, or refined sugars. You can serve them straight up or mix them with other beverages. ($19.96/4 cans, Mocktail Club)

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Kin Euphorics

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

These ready-to-drink, citrus-flavored spritzes from Bella Hadid’s brand contain adaptogens that aim to help clear your mind, reduce stress, improve concentration and energy, and more. Pop one open after work to destress, or even as your Little Treat in the afternoon. ($17/4-pack, Amazon)

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Bloody mary mix

Farm-to-table bloody mary mix…

These fresh mixes come straight from a family-run farm outside Birmingham, Alabama. Choose your preferred flavor profile (from extra-spicy to sweet) and add your 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 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 rosé, 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. ($43, Figlia)

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A variety pack of kombucha to satisfy your taste buds…

With flavors like Berry Lemonade and Pink Lady Apple, these kombuchas are just the thing when you want a refreshing pick-me-up. Plus, thanks to probiotics and natural antioxidants found in the fermented tea, you’ll also contribute to your gut health each time you drink one. ($49.95/12-pack, Health-Ade)

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And some smart drinking accessories

Cocktail trio set

A craft cocktail syrup set...

This trio (which can make up to 48 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 have to do is add them to your favorite nonalcoholic spirits. ($35/3 bottles, Amazon)

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Spherical ice cube molds
Public Goods

Spherical ice cube molds…

These molds make spherical ice cubes that melt slowly, so your drinks will stay cold and won't dilute. The silicone trays make it easy to pop out the ice, plus it comes with a lid so you can eliminate any freezer odors or spills. We never thought we’d call an ice tray chic, but this one is. ($7.95, Public Goods)

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Cocktail infused cubes
Uncommon Goods

Cocktail-infused ice cubes for an instant drink…

Put one of these in your glass or shaker with a shot of nonalcoholic spirits, stir it up, then enjoy. You can pick from cucumber watermelon margarita mix, a Negroni-esque option, or a blood orange flavor. ($20/12 cubes, Uncommon Goods)

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Mulling spices

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

This blend includes cinnamon, clove, star anise, orange peel and stevia leaf to balance the rich spices with a hint of sweet citrus. Just simmer it with some nonalcoholic cider or wine, and you’ll be on your way to feeling warm and fuzzy. Plus, you can also use them to poach fresh or dried fruits. ($17, Boisson)

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Whiskey stones

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 mocktail. The soapstone material won’t impact the flavor of your drink, and they come in a velvet pouch for stylish storage. ($9.99/9 stones, Amazon)

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Wine drink markers

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

Because no one wants to accidentally sip from someone else’s cup. They’re also stain-resistant and absorbent. They fit on most stemmed glasses, from wine glasses to champagne flutes. ($19, Amazon)

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Wine tote

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 (or two) for your friend, you really can’t go wrong. The merino wool provides insulation, plus it’s stain-resistant if things happen to get messy while on the go. We love the leather strap, too. ($69, Goodee)

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