There are a lot of new elixir products emerging that support the nervous system without disrupting it. I’ll be experimenting with them as they come my way and curating a list of recommendations here.
If you’re just getting started with Dry January or examining your relationship with alcohol read my post on getting started.
For me personally I found these craft mocktails to be a bit on the sugary side lacking the complexity and boldness that I enjoy. If you’re into the sweet drinks then you might enjoy this as a cocktail alternative.
Guyaki is the brand I drink. I love yerba mate because of it’s slightly bitter taste and heavier mouthfeel. Also, I’m avoiding coffee so yerba mate serves as an alternative.
Cacao has been used as a potent mind and heart elixir for thousands of years dating back to the mayan and aztec civilizations. Consuming pure drinking chocolate is becoming more and more accessible these days with more brands popping up. I came across the Cacoco brand at a local farmers market a few years ago and have been a loyal customer ever since. This flavor contains stoneground coffee as well which provides a balanced dose of caffeine.
Gingerade kombucha has a zesty bite to and a bold flavor which is why I love it (I like bitter flavors). The natural effervescent gives you a beer like feel when you drink so it makes for a great AF alternative. Please note because of the fermentation process of how kombucha is made it contains trace amounts of natural alcohol. Also this is not hard kombucha.
Mushrooms are all the craze these days and I’m not talking the magic kind though these have a magic of their own. Similar to cacao, mushrooms elixirs have been around for ages. Many cultures brewed mushrooms like chaga or turkey tail in lieu of coffee to get a powerful boost of immunity and energy. I like the Four Sigmatic brand, they have a number of flavors and a great story.
Next time you wander into your local bev mo take a detour to the AF section, yup there is an entire section, there you’ll find dozens of alcohol free options ranging from IPA’s to stouts. In all honesty I never was a beer girl, but when I found a good beer I loved, I would be that beer girl. If I had to pick a beer I enjoyed it would be the rare Belgian or an IPA. That being said this AF alternative by Athletic Brewery hits the spot when I’m wanting that bitter IPA taste.
What are you favorite alcohol free beverages? Post to comments…