8 best alcohol free and low-alcohol drinks in 2021

In the past, going alcohol-free meant that you were stuck ordering sugar-filled mocktails or bland sodas during happy hours and nights out. Now, thankfully, for those who are looking to cut down on their consumption, there are plenty of high-quality non-alcoholic options that can be just as good as the real thing.

Global sales of no- and low- alcohol beverages are on the rise, and consumption of these products is expected to increase by 31% by 2024. Of course, this also comes at a time when we’ve seen a worrying increase in drinking rates, as people have turned to alcohol to help cope with the continual stress caused by the pandemic.

If you’ve noticed a concerning pattern or simply want to cut down on your consumption, stocking your cabinets with non-alcoholic options can be a good place to start.

“So much of our drinking is habit — just reaching into the fridge and grabbing a drink,” said Millie Gooch, author of “The Sober Girl Society Handbook” and founder of the Sober Girl Society, a community for sober women. “When you’ve got a fridge full of alternatives, it’s much easier to have one of those, potentially settle the craving and get through the initial stress trigger. And that might be enough.”

Plus, with the wide array of options on the market, you can make drinks that are just as interesting and complex as a well-made cocktail.

“Alcohol-free cocktails should be just as fun and sophisticated as their boozy counterparts,” said Chris Marshall, the founder of Sans Bar, a sober bar in Austin, Texas. “Invest in quality spirits, shrubs, mixers, and barware. It may be a bit of an expense, but having the right supplies on hand makes it easy to create an interesting and complex non-alcoholic drink.”

As with any drink, you want to create balance, Marshall said. “Consider adding a bit of sour to sweet drinks or build your beverage with a tea base and layer fresh herbs and fruits on top. The flavor possibilities are endless.”

To get you started, we rounded up the top-rated and expert-approved non-alcoholic options to shop now.

Editor’s note: While some of these options have trace amounts of alcohol, they all contain less than .5% alcohol by volume and are considered non-alcoholic by the Food and Drug Administration.

Seedlip Garden 108 Non-Alcoholic Spirit

If you’ve made any foray into the world of non-alcoholic drinking, you’ve likely seen this brand. “I have been a fan of Seedlip since they came onto the market a few years ago,” said Julia Momose, a mixologist and creative director of Kumiko in Chicago. “The flavors are well-developed and when mixed with a little sugar and a little acid, the profiles really shine.”

Garden 108 is one of their three popular flavors. The spirit is made from a blend of peas and herbs like rosemary, thyme and spearmint. The zero-calorie blend can be added to a mocktail or sipped on its own.

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