- Aug 5, 2004
2020 wasn’t the easiest year to cut back on drinking. With the constant cavalcade of anxieties, we often felt a little like a baby reaching for our bottles. Alcohol sales spiked by as much as 50% when the pandemic hit. This is because most of us, especially Americans, believe that alcohol...
Alcohol sales spiked by as much as 50% when the pandemic hit. This is because most of us, especially Americans, believe that alcohol relaxes us.
However, science has found that it’s more complicated than that. In fact, using alcohol to relieve stress can train the brain to be more anxious during the day. Plus there are lots of other reasons to cut back: better sleep, a thinner waist, a thicker wallet, a longer life… so why don’t we do it?
Most health experts agree that performing this ritual is genuinely beneficial. But they also agree that it actually has nothing to do with alcohol. It’s the act of self-care. Indulging in a good non-alcoholic drink can create the same sense of ease.
The good news is that it’s never been easier. Modern non-alcoholic drinks are sophisticated, widespread and delicious. Whether you’re making an intricate mocktail or popping a kombucha, there’s an exciting array of options that will help you relax, have fun, and explore...
Mocktails are increasingly popular, complex, and legitimately delicious. While most of these are refreshing, fruity and zesty drinks, others bring in teas, botanicals, spiced spirits or bitters into the mix to create a variety of flavors.
If you’re just starting out, you can easily mimic classic cocktails with easy-to-find ingredients:
The Gimlet: All you need is club soda, fresh lime juice and simple syrup
The Mule: Simple syrup, fresh lime juice, ginger beer, ice
The Mojito: Mint leaves, lime juice, simple syrup, club soda
The Paloma: Lime juice, grapefruit juice, agave syrup, sea salt
The key to making non-alcoholic cocktails satisfying is to make them with care...