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Drink Alternatives

July 24, 2014 194 comments

What do you like to drink in place of alcohol? Ideas will be drawn from this page to feature in our ‘Drink of The Week’ section.

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  1. I was on a kombucha kick for a while but it kickstarted my wine cravings BIG time. Found out that it actually does have an alcohol percentage in it – some low and others high enough that certain brands have the 21 yr + age requirement to buy :(

  2. I’m lazy, so I just mixed some pineapple-orange-banana juice with club soda and put in lots of ice. It’s not as sweet as one might expect it to be. It’s delicious! Used just enough juice to give it a flavor and color.

  3. My son smokes and I am glad he does that instead of drinking alcohol. He was telling me the other day that his friends at college now binge drink, and told him that it so normal now to just throw up all the time. He told one guy “that’s really dangerous”! I know he smokes a couple times a week to relax and I’m ok with that. I wish it would become legal everywhere.

  4. 100% Cranberry juice with ginger ale and a wedge of fresh lime! Pour the cranberry juice over crushed ice in a tall glass, add the ginger ale on top, and then the lime wedge. The layers are pretty, and the lime is so fresh tasting with this combo!

  5. Hi

    I replaced alcohol with a lot of reading, physical exercise, spending time with my family, being present at my workplace, I quit smoking as well I still felt empty even after I quit drinking. I feed my brain with information as i couldn’t learn anything in my drinking and smoking times. I no longer internalise my thoughts and because of that I see things happening around me, I hear people talk, I think and talk less about the past, I am present and continuously improve myself.


  6. San Pellegrino, small bottles. Any flavour. They look cool when you are out and about at a barbecue etc and a lot of bars sell them. Yes expensive but cheaper than wine.

  7. Had this delicious mocktail at a burger joint on Labor Day – was delicious and not a sugar bomb:
    Joia Sparkling Orange, ginger beer, wedge of orange, sprinkled with cinnamon; served over ice.

  8. Fill glass with ice, add 2/3 Pellegrino sparkling natural mineral water and add 1/3 Raspberry Lemonade, squeeze a wedge of lime into the drink. Voila…..everyone ends up wanting whatever I am drinking. The process of making it is inviting and it taste yummy.

  9. Kombocha – ancient chinese fermented tea recipe. . It has a tangy zesty flavour and a gentle natural fizz . I make my own with a culture bought from health good shop. A couple of green tea bags, plus some fruit or lemon tea bags, 1/2 cup sugar and the culture are what you need. One week later a gently fizzy, booze free zippy health drink.
    I love all these ideas. Lemon and rosemary are so good for your body on the post booze journey

  10. I found on special a variety of infused soda waters from Scweppes. No sugar and very refreshing. I like the rasberry one. They are a bit expensive, but hey a couple of bucks instead of a $10 + bottle of wine, is looking good!

    Kombucha Kombucha Kombucha!!!!
    If you’re a fan of the apple cider vinegar drinks then you have to try kombucha!
    It sounds a bit complicated which put me off for a long time but its really easy. All you need is a scoby (thats a fungus type thing – ask at your health food shop), tea bags and sugar and thats it. It ferments – takes 10-14 days to brew – then you have this yummy fizzyish drink that tastes a bit like ginger beer mixed with coconut water and apple cider vinegar. It’s SUPER good for you too – full of probiotics for good gut health

  12. This is more up my alley I think! I am making this tonight!
    I got this from an amazing website called landsandflavors.com
    I think I just fell in love with the guy who owns this website
    I didn’t put the method cos it was very long but it was just called Non-alcoholic Gluwein

    2 cups grape juice
    1⅓ cups pomegranate juice
    ½ cup fresh orange juice
    ½ cup water
    zest of half an orange (use a vegetable peeler to remove strips)
    zest of half a lemon (same process as the orange)
    1 cinnamon stick
    4 cloves
    1 star anise
    1 bay leaf
    4g black tea or green tea, steeped in 1 cup hot water

  13. Found this when searching for a warming spicy “Gluwein” recipe.

    4 cups apple juice
    2 cups black tea
    2 tablespoons sugar
    1 lemon
    1 orange
    1 cinnamon stick
    2 cloves
    Slowly heat the apple juice and tea in a pan.
    Squeeze the juice from the lemon and orange, keeping the peels.
    Add the lemon and orange juices, sugar, peels, and spices to the pan and heat without boiling (about 15-20 minutes).
    Carefully strain the mixture through a sieve and serve.

  14. Hey, did you know that Angosturos Bitters is about 40% proof alcohol?! A friend of mine thought she was doing well going alcohol free, but was Shaking loads of that into her lime & soda. When I read details on the bottle, we were both shocked. “No wonder I like it so much!” she said.

  15. I’m not sure if this drink is here or not, so forgive me if this is a repeat. I bought and electric juicer (I’m lazy) and made grapefruit juice and mixed is with orange flavored Perrier and a couple of lime wedges. It’s tasty! :)

  16. I’m trying to use this phase to visualize my body getting clean. I am going to drink lots of green tea and visualize my body repairing and rejuvenating itself.

  17. I drink water mostly. I treat myself to speciality coffees and teas too! If I go to somewhere other than a restaurant, I usually take a bottled water!

  18. With fizzy drinks being the new evil, I have gone back to barley water – chilled and kept in the fridge. At social events I just drink water and tell everyone I am driving.

  19. A handle or glass full of ice, soda water and Bundaberg lemon lime and bitters. Really refreshing on a hot day. Filled with Ice you’ll get 2 1/2 pints. I like ginger beer (Non alcohol) but I’ve heard it has more sugar than coke. Bitters probably loaded with sugar as well, hence soda water. Sprite Zero not bad.