Drink Alternatives

Finding yummy drinks that aren't alcoholic is very important - especially when we first quit drinking. What do you like to drink in place of alcohol? This Sober Toolbox is a space for sharing recipes and ideas for delicious alternative liquids. If you're looking for more discussion, interactions and feedback, head inside our Members Feed. That's where the real-time conversations take place.

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  1. Anonymous 2 years 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.

  2. Blake 2 years 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 1 year 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?

  3. Anonymous 2 years 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.

  4. Anonymous 2 years 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

    • Anonymous 3 months ago

      Fentimans Ginger Beer is fantastic. I like the taste, possibly something about the brewing helps to replace a cold beer for me, and the brown bottle in the hand feels nice too. Also, I bought myself an espresso maker and have really been enjoying that. I’m on day 33 and feeling good.

  5. Anonymous 2 years ago

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

  6. Linda Creswell 2 years ago

    Michelada made with non alcoholic beer.

  7. Bridget 2 years ago

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

  8. sheaney5 2 years ago

    I love a nice cup of tea!

  9. Anonymous 2 years ago

    Looking for ideas

  10. Jim 2 years ago

    please keep me posted,thanks

  11. Anonymous 2 years 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’.

  12. sober@sixty 2 years 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!

  13. WoodysGirl 2 years ago

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

    • totemdreamer 1 year ago

      That sounds good. Going to try

  14. ROBERT STEARNS 2 years ago

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

  15. Tonitoons963 2 years 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!

  16. Diane Carter 2 years 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 2 years ago

      Nice one.

  17. Anonymous 2 years ago

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

  18. texgg 2 years ago

    San Pellegrino. The blood orange one is fantastic.

  19. TAS 2 years ago

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

  20. Craig mcdowall 2 years ago

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

  21. LeaBra 2 years 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 2 years ago

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

  22. LeaBra 2 years 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.

  23. LeaBra 2 years 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.

  24. LeaBra 2 years 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 1 year ago

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

  25. mysticmama 2 years 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!

  26. Mary 2 years 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.

  27. Pdxallie 2 years ago

    Shirley Temple! So yummy and such a treat.

  28. Snaggletooth 2 years ago

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

  29. Sodasober 2 years 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 2 years ago

      Could you please put up how you make this thanks

    • LibbyB 2 years ago

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

  30. Maddy 2 years 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 2 years 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 2 years ago

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

  31. AubreyMichelle 2 years 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.

  32. Roostina 2 years 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/

  33. Annie0 2 years ago

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

  34. nikkimay 2 years 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.

  35. John Kuipers 2 years 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 2 years 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.

  36. John Kuipers 2 years 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!

  37. Kit 2 years ago

    Club soda and cranberry juice

  38. Nomorecaptain 2 years ago

    I drink ginger beer at party settings and people think it’s beer so it eliminates the questions. It feels less awkward than a water bottle. I am surprised how many people don’t notice my not drinking because it felt like who I was.

    • Jellifish1 2 years ago

      I have recently been introduced to ginger beer, I really like it! I should keep some in the house.

      I get the feeling eating Reese’s Piece instead of drinking is a bad bad idea.

      • Feisty52 2 weeks ago

        Ha ha! Reeces Pieces are fine ant time, in my book.

      • gingermonkeymind 2 years ago

        @nomorecaptain & @jellifish1 have y’all tried Q’s Spectacular Ginger Beer? Fantastic!

  39. Maeve101 3 years ago

    I like to mix cherry concentrate with Pellegrino, served over a couple of ice cubes. Also mint tea.

  40. Stellarfonz 3 years ago

    I’m new to this great site, and wanted to share a recent discovery which is Seedlip – check it out online. It’s a no alcohol, no calories drink based on C17th herbal recipes, but now being properly marketed and increasingly distributed, although still early days. Basically think of treating it like gin, so as a basis for cocktails, or I love it simply with slimline tonic, ice and lemon. It has a great aroma and definite slight ‘kick’ which makes it a more interesting drink. I have started offering it at home to friends who are driving or pregnant (sadly I seem not to have non-drinking friends) instead of the ubiquitous and fattening elderflower presse and fruit juices I was over-indulging in in my early sober days (now ten months on…). Most have been impressed, and I really think it could help people cut down as well as being for non-drinkers. It is pricey at around £25, but you get many drinks from one bottle (which also looks cool, like a funky spirit bottle). There are two varieties: herbal and spicey – I like both. The other issue is where to get it: I found it in the fantastic local community shop in Semley, Dorset, and they have just started serving it in the local Forrestors’ pub (barmaid was bemused but intrigued); but for the rest of you it has hit the national press and I see you can order it online from Amazon and one or two other places, which I will try when my initial two bottles run out (all too soon)!

    • redredwinegoestomyhead 3 years ago

      @Stellarfonz I have just discovered seedlip too

      • Quirky 2 years ago

        Hi, Ive just discovered Borrago, it’s made in the UK, cheaper than Seedlip (£19.99) and is amazing with tonic or soda –

  41. RedRedRed 3 years ago

    Herbal teas are yummy but you know the story about too much of a good thing!
    Last night I was desperate not to go herbal tea route!
    All I had was a lemon lime bitters drink in the fridge.
    Popped that in my enormous old wine glass.
    Holds 500ml but that’s just one glass of wine you know!
    Threw in a big handful of frozen boysenberries, a couple of slices of lemon and cucumber.
    Absolutely delicious! Felt very treaty!

  42. Natalie 3 years ago

    I came here looking for mocktails, etc. and it’s about weed??? I was hooked on weed for 6 years and I ain’t going back. It messed me up and those years were a blur. Not jumping from one addiction to another! Plus it’s illegal in Oz and I’m too old to go to jail.

  43. Brummiebird 3 years ago

    https://www.alcoholfree.co.uk/ – A UK based on line shop selling AF adult drinks

  44. Sammy 3 years ago

    I love the hopt range of drinks , my favourite is the lychee one, I take them to parties as you can drink more than one and the bottle is the same as beer so you get less cross examination about not drinking

  45. choosehappy 3 years ago

    i bought a juicer and my fav is low sodium V8 or tomato to start then juice carrots, celery, cucumber, spinach, mild mini sweet peppers and ginger. mix it all together and add key lime juice or lemon. i love leaving work and saying ” I’m going home to get juiced.”. the work it takes to juice distracts me when i first walk thru the door, which was when i grabbed my glass of wine.

  46. Floyd 3 years ago

    Kia ora all
    I have just joined your online community because I decided that I can not stop drinking without support. My counselor put me on to you and I am pleased that I was finally able to join after initial registration hassles. Thanks Lotta for sorting this out for me. Today is my first day of trying to stay sober. I realise this is a hard journey but it is the only journey I want to take at this stage in my life. I live with my partner, two cats and a rooftop beehive (currently hibernating), soon to be joined by a dog by the name of Lotti.
    I have been drinking for a few years now but this has recently snowballed after the death of my mother last year. Family feuds drove me nearly bananas and hence my drinking snowballed. I added whiskey to my daily wine intake and my doctors have commented on my raced Triglycerides. Scary!
    Well here I am and I am hoping to make many new friends who can help me to achieve my goal.
    Looking forward to go together on this journey.
    Kia kaha
    Floyd

    • Turnbacktime 2 years ago

      Congrats on your first day!
      You can do this xxx

    • Patch 2 years ago

      Tena koe Floyd, I hope you have stayed strong to the cause, just wanted to say that I am also new to the roopu and think it is great that we are all on this hikoi together.

  47. Torontosoberina 3 years ago

    I have found a fantastic and actually healthy non- alcoholic drink… the Indian Watermelon Mint.. It is watermelon, mint, rock salt, ice, and roasted cumin all blended up, and it is really delicious. I am not too exacting on measurements, but if you are, here is a link that gives a precise recipe for it, as well as other Indian drinks.

    http://werecipes.com/watermelon-mint-drink-indian-juice/

    Also, another drink that is great but not so healthy is Orange Creamsicle Punch. This is one bottle of ginger ale, one carton of orange juice (or pop), and a generous amount of vanilla ice cream all mixed together by hand in a bowl.. When you think of all the calories and sugar alcohol has, as well as the suppression of our ability to burn fat because of alcohol’s effect on the liver, Orange Creamsicle Punch is actually quite innocent. by comparison, not to mention very pretty to look at when the ice cream creates beautiful creamy swirls through the orange colour.

  48. Anonymous 3 years ago

    have a care with the ginger beer – if the recipe has sugar and yeast and gets fizzy then you’re making alcohol. It will not be strong alcohol but just so you know.

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