10 Excellent Non-Alcoholic Drinks You Can Sip Any Time of Day
Sure, we all love LaCroix, but you can do better.
Maybe you're cutting back on the booze for a bit. Maybe you don't imbibe at all, out of choice or as part of addiction recovery. Maybe you've got a little human growing in your uterus, or you're on a medication that would have some wild and dangerous side affects if you mix it with alcohol. There are lots of reasons to avoid boozing, and all of them are also reasons that warrant your non-alcoholic beverage options being more exciting than orange juice and LaCroix. Also, if you're planning on hosting any parties anytime soon, don't be the host with the sad soda situation. Your non-imbibing friends deserve better. We pulled together some of our favorite non-alcoholic beverages from the MUNCHIES recipe archives to give you some booze-free inspiration.
Now we know you’re already thinking “Wow, they have no idea what non-alcoholic means, do they?” Gliding right past that insult to our intelligence, we’re pretty big fans of using bitters in non-alcoholic preparations. Even though bitters are made by infusing high-proof alcohol, you’re only going to serve them in eye-dropper-sized splashes. Our favorite use of flavorful, homemade bitters is to squeeze a few drops into a glass of seltzer as an upset stomach remedy.
No, putting your unused coffee from the morning in a jar in the fridge is not how you make cold brew. Put a little effort into making cold brew the right way and you’ll notice a huge improvement.
Stop following this recipe after step 1 and you’ll have created a truly tasty and funky tepache, which is a naturally fermented pineapple juice that is a super popular Mexican beverage a lot like kombucha. (It pairs well with mezcal, but that’s a recipe for another day.)
If kombucha is brewed to contain less than .5 percent alcohol, it is considered a non-alcoholic beverage. It’s hard to know what your ABV is when brewing at home, but you’re unlikely to brew a ‘buch so strong it’ll get you tipsy.
Beet kvass is another naturally fermented drink, this one with humble Eastern European origins. Watch Cortney Burns of San Francisco’s acclaimed, now-closed Bar Tartine show us how to brew it at home.
This limeade is so utterly refreshing and perfect for summer, and you should probably keep a pitcher of it in your fridge until it’s too cold to sit on your stoop and drink it anymore.
We’re pretty sure there is no legitimate reason to brew tea by leaving it out in the hot sun all afternoon, but it sure is a fun little craft project, isn’t it? Customize it with whatever herbs and aromatic botanicals tickle your fancy.
We suggest using a medium-dark coffee to brew as the base for this Vietnamese ice coffee, but you can give it a shot with whatever beans you have around.
A classic agua fresca is the definition of a perfect summer thirst quencher. Sweeten this juuuust a little bit more with agave, and throw some fresh mint or ginger in for kicks.
Again, just stop following this recipe at step 4 for a classic, sweet, cinnamon horchata that you can pour over ice and sip all day.