Drink Alternatives

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. Tylee 1 week ago

    So far on my recovery journey, I havent touched anything that resembles alcoholic beverages – No mocktails or grape juice in wine glasses. I really want to try one of those Shirley Temple drinks though. I found out pretty early on that I can not mess with caffeine after lunch time if I want a good nights sleep – so grateful for decaffeinated coffee!

  2. Seni 4 weeks ago

    I looooove a Virgin Colada, it smells like holliday! Coconut milk, cream, pineapple juice (all in the same amount) and crushed ice, a nice decoration if you like! Could drink it all evening, but my hips say, one is enough. They are party poopers…

  3. Marie2 1 month ago

    Healtheries pineapple & coconut teabag infused in diet tonic water in a tall glass over ice 🙌🏻

  4. AprilsFool 1 month ago

    My go-to drink so far has been grape juice over ice with diet 7Up. Sweet yes. But white zin was my poison of choice, so it’s been a good substitute for me. I also mix it with fruit flavored club soda or sparkling water.

  5. TheBee 1 month ago

    My current favorite is cold club soda with fresh lemon or lime juice squeezed in and some fresh ginger slices – great in summer! I also love – especially if I’m hungry and cooking – organic tomato juice with: ginger, red pepper flakes, turmeric and ground black pepper (stir well and you can add an ice cube if you like but I usually don’t) with lime or lemon juice for a different twist. Enjoy with celery sticks and who needs wine??

  6. Zeeshan 2 months ago

    tell me the alternative of injectible drugs?

  7. sober@sixty 3 months ago

    I have latched on to Seedlip AF distilled liquors. Citrus with Zevia Ginger Beer replicates a Mule. Garden with tonic and lots of lime is my stand in for G&T. When I’m out I always check for AF options on the cocktail list. If not, I just ask for an AF mojito. A local place offers a virgin pomegrante mojito, which not only looks gorgeous, but tastes great too! I haven’t found a good AF wine. Most just taste like grape juice or have very little taste. Anyone found a good one?

  8. tndiva19 3 months ago

    Have to go to a work dinner tonight. Will be drinking there. I am on antabuse but I am still feeling scared and awkward.

  9. sobersista 4 months ago

    Homemade lemon sour drink 🙂
    Disolve 1.5 cups sugar in 1 cup water over heat, let chill. Squeeze 10 lemons and add to sugar mix, easy.
    I like to mix half a cup of the lemon sour with ice and ginger ale, tonic water or just soda water.

    • totemdreamer 2 months ago

      I’m going to t y that, thanks for the info

  10. sonicgirl 6 months ago

    Healtheries Pineapple & Coconut organic tea is truly divine – just like a pina colada only better! I pop 2 teabags in a large teapot, fill wth boiling water and add 3 sweetener tabs (or you could add organic coconut sugar to taste). Delicious hot or cold.

  11. Anonymous 6 months ago

    Do bitters help with seltzer water as well when you are trying to dwindle down?

    • loraj 5 months ago

      I think bitters actually contains alcohol so would not technically be an AF drink.

  12. JSAC 6 months ago

    Indian tonic water with elderflower, slices of fresh lemon and lime with ice.

  13. Anonymous 6 months ago

    I have come across a sparkling water with a hint of citrus. It has no sugar or artificial sweeteners.
    It’s made by Frantelle, I’m from Australia and I’m not sure if it’s sold in other countries.

  14. Blake 6 months ago

    I’m an alcoholic, trying very hard to cut down. San pelligrino and club soda has helped so much! I’m not trying to replace all the calories and unhealthy aspects of booze with something almost equally unhealthy like soda or sugar. A big part of me quitting booze is weight gain, in addition to the addiction and self destruction. Sam Pelligrino and Club Soda gets something in your hand that isn’t just boring old water, but is still healthy and good for you, like water. It has minerals that are positive for your health, and it feels kind of like drinking a beer. It reminds me every once in a while, if cold enough and carbonated enough, of a coors or bud light; just the carbonation and bottle. I prefer the glass bottle; it feels more special.

    That’s my two cents now. I’m doing my best, and fizzy drinks are helping.

  15. Anonymous 7 months ago

    I’m.in the same boat as you. Its very hard. But the way I understand it is not to go full cold turkey with alcohol. And sort of dwindle down.
    I am on the same path. And for now I’ve found alcohol free beers with a few fully alcoholic ones helps. Like 1 on 1. And also really suagry drinks like mountain dew. Coke. Energy drinks (my go-to). About half hour before you usually crave. Down one. See how long you last. Go to At beer. See how long. Then go to real.
    Before you know it you’ve reduced your actual alcohol intake by 2/3rds.

  16. Anonymous 7 months ago

    Fentimans Ginger Beer and Rose Lemonade – made in the UK so they don’t have the oversaturated sweet taste of all NZ soft drinks (seriously, what other country adds sugar to soda water!)
    Paradoxically these have to be bought from Glengarry Wine shops in the Mixer section as they are not available elsewhere

  17. Anonymous 7 months ago

    tea is a big hit,
    with me,
    love it , especially caffeine free.

  18. Linda Creswell 7 months ago

    Michelada made with non alcoholic beer.

  19. Bridget 7 months ago

    Belvoir mulled winter punch – it’s delicious, but feels as indulgent as a glass of wine 🙂

  20. sheaney5 7 months ago

    I love a nice cup of tea!

  21. Anonymous 8 months ago

    Looking for ideas

  22. Jim 9 months ago

    please keep me posted,thanks

  23. Anonymous 9 months ago

    Try getting Rosa de Jamaica (or Hibuscus) leaves – they sell it as “tea” in the states – but in Latin countries it’s mixed with juice or other things at times – find it in bulk on amazon and put it in one those pitchers that has a storage tube to make flavored waters. It’s tart and delicious and I make a strong red batch and drink it in a wine glass and it’s a great substitute for red wine for me. You could make it weaker and lighter and it could mimic rose’.

  24. sober@sixty 9 months ago

    Ginger beer!! Becks Blue and some radlers are AF alternatives if you like beer! Powell & Mahoney craft cocktail mixers are great for mocktails. The have a sparkling Mojito that is really good. I’ll mix it with a little ginger ale or a flavored sparkling water. Good Luck!! You won’t regret giving up the booze!

  25. WoodysGirl 9 months ago

    I love sparkling water with a dash each of cranberry juice and lime juice. Super tasty!

    • totemdreamer 2 months ago

      That sounds good. Going to try

  26. ROBERT STEARNS 10 months ago

    Looking to stop drinking and want to replace beer with tasty beverages

  27. Tonitoons963 10 months ago

    I like dry rose. If it had zero alcohol I’d still like it – the tartness and flavor is perfect to me. The alcohol and cost of drinking bottles of wine is what I’d rather avoid. If there is something other than no-A wines that mimics this tartness, I’d love to know what it is.

    Thanks!

  28. Diane Carter 10 months ago

    I love pineapple, orange or mango juice mixed With a small about of pina colada mix and poured over iced cubes. Add a splash of Grenadine, if you like. Garnish with a cherry. It looks like a tequila sunrise! This is a 100% virgin beverage that helps with sugar cravings during early sobriety.

    • kitten 10 months ago

      Nice one.

  29. Anonymous 10 months ago

    into the vitamix: coffee, nondairy milk, 7 or so dates, chia seeds, ice. mix, drink. it is summer.

  30. texgg 10 months ago

    San Pellegrino. The blood orange one is fantastic.

  31. TAS 10 months ago

    I started drinking frozen coffee and all natural fruit juices…cranberry, grape, cherry, pear, carrott…I mix em with seltzers too

  32. Craig mcdowall 10 months ago

    I want to stop alcohol all together. What is best to replace it. I drink every night. It needs to stop full time

  33. LeaBra 11 months ago

    I just discovered Private Selections Sodas. They come in beautiful dark, glass bottles & have fun flavors. I found them at Kroger on sale for $1/bottle. Normally, they were around $1.50/bottle.
    The flavors are: Bourbon Barrel Cola, Irish Cream Soda, Creamy Ginger Root Beer, Hopped Grapefruit Cream Soda, Huckleberry Hibiscus Cream Soda, & Peach and Black Pepper Soda

    Amazon has them, too.
    https://www.amazon.com/Private-Selection-Soda-Variety-Bottles/dp/B075TRB54W

    • Poppy88 10 months ago

      Oh me Lordy! Those flavours sound great! Thank you for sharing this!!!!!! 🙂

  34. LeaBra 11 months ago

    In a wine glass, mix Cran-Grape juice & Coke. I used diet versions of both. It makes a deep, red wine color and tastes great (in my opinion). I watched a show (Real Housewives of New Jersey) where they mixed red wine & Coke. I got the idea from there.

  35. LeaBra 11 months ago

    I have loads of organic dried rosemary that I’ve been trying to use. I don’t know what I was thinking when I purchased it.
    I heated some water, steeped a tea ball filled with rosemary, added a splash of lemon juice & some stevia drops. Quite tasty. I added some cold water since I wasn’t in the mood for hot liquids.

  36. LeaBra 11 months ago

    I was just thinking about purchasing some juniper berries to add to tonic water or diet Sprite. Kind of like a mock gin & tonic. I wonder if that would work. Probably would have to muddle the berries a little to get that gin taste & aroma. Sounds lovely & would be a pretty drink with the berries in it. I’m not too into gin, but it sounds like a good substitute at the moment.

    Google says juniper berries have some benefits:
    -Relieve oxidative stress and help prevent disease.
    -One major benefit of juniper berries is the antioxidants they contain. …
    -Natural antiseptic. …
    -Improves skin conditions. …
    -May help improve digestion. …
    -Aids restful sleep. …
    -May be useful against certain cancers. …
    -Good for the heart.

    • totemdreamer 2 months ago

      That sounds like it would be good for me. I’m a gin

  37. mysticmama 11 months ago

    Muddle mint and frozen blueberries add 3/4 seltzer and 1/4 sweet lime juice add lime twist and a few more frozen blueberries…enjoy!

  38. Mary 11 months ago

    I’m Alcohol free 10 months.
    I don’t do mocktails or AF beer very often anymore.
    Sometimes a treat on the weekend.
    I don’t even wish I could drink real stuff that infrequently.
    However, I found a brand of AF spirits that I bought for curiosity sake.
    ArKay. I’ve tried the AF tequila, kinda odd, but ok w mixer.
    The rum is tasty in a tropical drink.
    The gin is ok, I like it better then Seedlip.
    I’ll probably buy the rum again , I like the flavor.
    Be careful when drinking substitutes like this, they could be a trigger.

  39. Pdxallie 12 months ago

    Shirley Temple! So yummy and such a treat.

  40. Snaggletooth 12 months ago

    Seedlip and tonic. Better than a G&T yet very similar.

  41. Sodasober 12 months ago

    I love peach and pineapple cold brew tea, I have it in a big wineglass with ice cubes and mint leaves. Easy to prepare in the morning, I keep a big jar in the fridge so it is nice and cold when I get home from work!

    • Changedlife 10 months ago

      Could you please put up how you make this thanks

    • LibbyB 11 months ago

      can I ask how you make that? It sounds delicious!

  42. Maddy 1 year ago

    It’s all about switchel. It’s a drinking vinegar mixed with raw, unfiltered apple cider vinegar, fresh lemon juice, distilled water, raw, unfiltered honey, and a massive amount of fresh grated ginger. Shake it up, let it sit overnight, strain it, and serve it with a bit of fizzy water over ice. Soooo refreshing!

    • AubreyMichelle 1 year ago

      YES! I just discovered vinegar drinks a few nights ago and as nasty as it sounds, it’s so worth a try if you are sick of lemonade and ginger beer.

      Note 1: It takes some experimenting to find your preferred portions.
      Note 2: there are lots of recipes online; drinking vinegars are often called “shrubs.”
      Note 3: there is some evidence that small amounts of vinegar may slow digestion and make you feel full longer. (in a good way)

      Many recipes call for grating and soaking and stirring and filtering, etc, and if you’re into that, awesome! I’m lazy though, so I just mix a tablespoon or so of apple cider vinegar in an 8oz of cold fizzy water, with sugar or syrup to taste (try specialty syrups like rose cardamom, or hibiscus). For me, it almost exactly replicates the refreshing zing of a cold glass of white wine on a warm summer evening. Balsamic vinegar with sugar/syrup comes sorta close to a bad red wine. 🙂 I’ve yet to try champagne vinegar or any wine vinegar, but I’m optimistic…I think the only type that’s too strong to use in drinks is straight white vinegar.

      Have fun experimenting!

    • Ima 1 year ago

      This sounds divine. What are the quantities? I’m going to give it a go.

  43. AubreyMichelle 1 year ago

    I’ve recently discovered jalepeno limeade! Mixed 1/2 & 1/2 with fizzy water (hooray for Soda Streams!) it makes a great evening drink with a little bit of a bite to it. Ginger beer and kombucha are also good, and I have lavender dry soda in the fridge but haven’t tried it yet. I appreciate all the suggestions for things other than tea because as much as I like all the varieties, it’s a daytime drink for me, and I have bad associations from past attempts to quit when I’d drink like 5 teas a night and get sick of it. I want a cold carbonated beverage with a kick to it! Also excited to try lemon/lime cucumber fizzy water.

  44. Roostina 1 year ago

    I love iced teas. We also have a sodastream at home and I drink a lot of soda water with fresh lime, lemon or cucumber. Virgin Mojitos are really nice too. A combo of lime, mint and sugar with soda water. I also found this website which has some really nice non-alc drinks as well as some other cool resources: https://www.soberjulie.com/category/recipe/mocktail-non-alcoholic-drinks-recipes/

  45. Annie0 1 year ago

    Kombucha, herbal teas and Lipton’s infused water with green tea, mint and cucumber ( available from the supermarket)

  46. nikkimay 1 year ago

    I named my fave drink a “Pink Flamingo”….. Ice in a glass, shot of lite Cranberrry juice, top up with soda water and a glug of lite lime juice….Delicious and so refreshing and best of all – low sugar as the juices are sweetened with Stevia.

  47. John Kuipers 1 year ago

    You are making cocktails sans alcohol. I would be VERY WARY of this; too Deja vu and possibly what you used to do.

    • Anonymous 1 year ago

      I agree with John’s post —- if you’re a “real” alcoholic like I am you don’t want mock any kind of cocktail or old behavior/habits. As alcoholics we don’t to be any near beer or anything of the sort.

      Remember all we have to change is everything.

  48. John Kuipers 1 year ago

    I avoid any mixer drinks such as coke, L&P, lemonade etc because if the strong connnations to active drinking. Also I can almost “taste” the booze. Cold water & lemons may favourite & no sugar!

  49. Kit 1 year ago

    Club soda and cranberry juice

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