There are lists galore out there on the internet of non-alcoholic drinks and “mocktails”. All you have to do is Google it and you can come up with a hundred or so options in just a few minutes. I’ve tried a few of them and most of the recipes out there are pretty tasty, but I have a few other caveats for beverages. I don’t drink soda, so anything soda-based is pretty much off the list (an occasional Sprite/Sierra Mist/7Up might sneak in there). I don’t like oranges or grapefruit–it’s more of an intense aversion that has led to me leaving the area when someone else is eating an orange. I also want whatever drink I’m making to be relatively healthy. Here are Ten Non-Alcoholic Drinks I’ve been enjoying during my Dry January 30 Day Challenge
Brew your favorite tea, I like to use caffeine-free fruit teas for this (like this Huckleberry Tea from Market Spice). Let the tea steep for a few minutes, then pull out the tea bag and add ice. Then add your sparkling water. I’ve used dry soda and sparkling water; I prefer the sparkling water.
2. Fruit Smoothies
There are so many options for fruit smoothies. You can use all sorts of things and make it what you want. The smoothie pictured here was a Green on Green smoothie that I threw together in an attempt to use up as much fruit as possible that was on the verge of going bad. In this mason jar is: 3 tablespoons of Trader Joe’s Matcha Green Tea Latte, half an avocado, two kiwis, a handful of basil, half a cup of blackberries, half a cup of raspberries, and one Honeycrisp apple. (Please note that the Matcha is caffeinated. You can find decaf green tea.)
I love hot tea. I take mine with a little sweetener and a splash of milk. I have a few Go-To favorites at the moment including Celestial Seasonings Honey Vanilla Chamomille and Tadin Siete Azahares (Seven Blossoms). You can also play with mixing flavors (vanilla mint and vanilla huckleberry are both super tasty). Don’t be intimidated by loose tea–find fun tea accessories like our Manatea or some of his friends!
4. Infused Water
This one is simplicity at its finest, but it does require a little bit of pre-planning. You want to make infused water ahead of time for the best flavor. Put it together before bed if you want it early in the day or first thing in the morning if you’ll drink it later in the day. Amy has a wonderful list of infused water recipes and more at Infused Waters.
5. Sparkling Pear Nectar
Find a bottle of Pear Nectar at your local grocery store and mix it with sparkling water for a quick, sweet drink. Adjust the amount to your taste. Pear nectar has some notable health benefits. Due to its sweetness, it makes a refreshing drink. It was so good, in fact, that The Tiny Human took a sip and then asked to have the rest.
I picked up some black cherry concentrate at our local health food store and added the recommended 2 tablespoons to some sparkling water. By itself, it was a bit too tart for my taste so I looked around the kitchen and decided to add basil. It worked beautifully.
I was reluctant to try this one. Aloe doesn’t seem like something one drinks. It’s something you rub on sunburns, right? But, I got a small bottle (this is a 30 day challenge, after all) and gave it a go. By itself, it’s a little…strange, but not bad. Like with everything that needs a flavor adjustment, I started by adding fresh herbs and mint seems to be the best with the aloe. There are mixed thoughts about aloe juice and I don’t know that I’ll keep this particular drink in my rotation once I finish the bottle I have on hand.
8. Raspberry Lemonade
One cup lemon juice, 1/2 cup to 1 cup sugar (depending on your preference), a cup or so of raspberries in a gallon jug and fill it to the top with water. Mix it well and serve it over ice. This is one of my favorite drinks. Add some fresh mint or basil or lavender for an extra kick of flavor. We have a hard time keeping this in the house because the guys drink it like it’s going out of style.
9. Agua Fresca
Aqua fresca is a lot like infused water, but it has the added component of sugar (not much) and the fruit is typically pureed (whereas it’s whole or chunked for the infused waters). Agua fresca is a little bit more labor intensive because you have to puree the fruit and then strain the pulp out with cheesecloth or a fine mesh seive, but every one I’ve tried has been a winner. And The Tiny Human agrees! Here are some wonderful recipe ideas for making your own agua fresca!
10. Plain Old Wonderful Water
Here are a few additional lists of mocktails that are worth looking at: