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. WakingOwl 1 week ago

    A new favorite for me is cucumber, lime and melon water, roll the limes really well and slice them thin to get the pith and pulp, chop the melon in half inch cubes, slice the cukes, refrigerate overnight, you can add a hint of something sweet if you like or something bright like apple cider vinegar.

  2. Heidi65 2 weeks ago

    Tressiere [french cordial] with sparkling water and lots of ice. It comes in several different flavours and I have the sugar free options.

  3. scrippen 1 month ago

    I like to drink an alcohol free strawberry daquiri/margarita. It makes me feel like I am getting a treat and not sacrificing.

  4. Lorna79 2 months ago

    I’m on naltrexone and its working wonders for the cravings! 22 days sober and feel GREAT. I have however been smashing up to 6 cups of tea or coffee a day! Milo or green tea before bedtime.

    Dinners it is Sparkling Grape Juice (preferably Appletize mmmm) or everyone’s favourite LEMON, LIME & BITTERS.

  5. Angie Sclanders 2 months ago

    Hi guys-FYI Here in South Africa,they have produced a variety of dealcoholised wines.There is a tinge of Red,white and Rose.All low calorie as well.If I feel the need when socializing,It really helps take the spotlight off me-otherwise I drink Alcohol free champagne with half soda and a sprig of mint or a strawberry.YUM!Good luck on all your journeys-It is only going to get better.

  6. 4wards 3 months ago

    I love the vblog Pick Up Limes. It’s a vegan cooking show and I watch it sometimes for healthy recipes and new ideas. Sadia, the host, loves to drink sparkling water with slices of cucumbers and limes (sometimes she even adds chia seeds). I was surprised how refreshing the combination is! Drinking it a lot lately.

  7. Bridgett 3 months ago

    I’ve been putting a tablespoon of apple cider vinegar in fruit-flavored seltzer (with stevia) and it helps kick my wine-at-five cravings.

  8. JudyB 3 months ago

    Grapetise 🙂 It’s a bit sweet, but sometimes put soda with it to calm it down. Yum.

  9. Marnielee 3 months ago

    Having hot chocolate tonight – according to Clare Pooley of “The Sober Diaries” it has healing powers. I am back to day one again . . . Sigh,

  10. Tylee 4 months 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!

  11. Seni 4 months 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…

    • connilynn 2 months ago

      I love that idea! I don’t do well with carbonation, and that’s the first mocktail I’ve seen without seltzer or tonic water.

    • Michelle M Kessinger 2 months ago

      Thanks for that idea!

  12. Marie2 4 months ago

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

  13. AprilsFool 4 months 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.

  14. TheBee 5 months 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??

  15. Zeeshan 5 months ago

    tell me the alternative of injectible drugs?

  16. sober@sixty 6 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?

  17. tndiva19 6 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.

  18. sobersista 7 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 5 months ago

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

  19. sonicgirl 9 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.

  20. Anonymous 9 months ago

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

    • loraj 9 months ago

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

  21. JSAC 9 months ago

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

  22. Anonymous 10 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.

  23. Blake 10 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.

    • Anonymous 2 months ago

      My husband is an alcoholic, he drinks about a pint or 2 pint of vodka a day. We went to detox a couple of times, but none of it works, he only stayed sober for a week but then went back of drinking. We even tried medications such as librium, and vivitrol and also try herbal remedies like Kava Kava but none of it work. I am really really worried since we will have our first baby soon and still he can’t quit. Is there anything that you can help me with to try with my husband?

  24. Anonymous 10 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.

  25. Anonymous 10 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

  26. Anonymous 10 months ago

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

  27. Linda Creswell 10 months ago

    Michelada made with non alcoholic beer.

  28. Bridget 11 months ago

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

  29. sheaney5 11 months ago

    I love a nice cup of tea!

  30. Anonymous 11 months ago

    Looking for ideas

  31. Jim 12 months ago

    please keep me posted,thanks

  32. Anonymous 1 year 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’.

  33. sober@sixty 1 year 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!

  34. WoodysGirl 1 year ago

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

    • totemdreamer 5 months ago

      That sounds good. Going to try

  35. ROBERT STEARNS 1 year ago

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

  36. Tonitoons963 1 year 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!

  37. Diane Carter 1 year 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 1 year ago

      Nice one.

  38. Anonymous 1 year ago

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

  39. texgg 1 year ago

    San Pellegrino. The blood orange one is fantastic.

  40. TAS 1 year ago

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

  41. Craig mcdowall 1 year ago

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

  42. LeaBra 1 year 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 1 year ago

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

  43. LeaBra 1 year 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.

  44. LeaBra 1 year 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.

  45. LeaBra 1 year 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 5 months ago

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

  46. mysticmama 1 year 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!

  47. Mary 1 year 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.

  48. Pdxallie 1 year ago

    Shirley Temple! So yummy and such a treat.

  49. Snaggletooth 1 year ago

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

  50. Sodasober 1 year 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 1 year ago

      Could you please put up how you make this thanks

    • LibbyB 1 year ago

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

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