Alcohol-free doesn’t have to be boring. From wines and beers to kombuchas and teas, and sparkling waters to ready-to-drink cocktails, there’s something for everyone. To give you even more options this Dry January and beyond, we asked some notable booze-free locals what their favorite zero-proof beverage brands are and why. Here’s what they had to say.
Gigi Arandid, Binge Bar
“Curious Elixirs, Seedlip, Lyre’s, Athletic Brewing Co., Mountain Valley Water, Mocktail Club [and] Sweet Crude: major shoutout to the reps and owners of these delicious [nonalcoholic] beverages. Their stories are so inspiring and continue to fuel my passion for the culture that will soon be represented once Binge opens its doors to the public.”
Derek Brown, Drink Company // Columbia Room
“I’m a big fan of Spiritless Kentucky 74 because it’s a great cocktail base. I’ve been making hot toddies with it and it’s a perfect sub for bourbon. Woodnose Sacré is delicious stuff and something that can be used across the board as a cocktail ingredient. It has dark, rich notes from coffee and maple syrup, but also a wonderful bite from the maple syrup vinegar. It’s very amaro-like, which is something we haven’t seen a lot of in the nonalcoholic space.”
Tony Powell, DMV Photographer
“KeVita Apple Cider Vinegar Tonic in Turmeric Ginger [is] loaded with probiotics, and I can never have enough turmeric and ginger. [I] couldn’t live without a shot of apple cider a day – vinegar, that is.”
Alice Hu, Woo Woo Company
“Recess [is] a sparkling adaptogenic drink with CBD. I love the blackberry chai flavor. [It’s] perfect for when I want a special sparkling bevvie.”
Bianca Russo, Body Positive Bootcamp
“I regularly stock up on Polar Seltzer’s Cranberry Lime because the intense fizz greets my taste buds with a distinct flavor that cannot be beaten.”
Vera Rosenthal, Mission Mocktail
“I go through phases with my favorite drinks but currently, I am all about Bravus Brewing Co. – particularly their Oatmeal Stout. One of my favorite drinks used to be a Black Velvet, which is a mix of stout and champagne. I’m excited to make one with the Oatmeal Stout and Gruvi’s Dry Secco. Cheers!”
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Allé K, Non-Binary Yogi
“DRAM Lavender and Lemon Balm herbal sparkling water is so refreshing and relaxing.”
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