Thursday, May 26, 2022

The New Mocktail Revolution

Around ~4 months ago, I had to go completely sober after a doctor told me I’d end up in a wheelchair in about a year if I didn’t quit everything entirely. As it turns out, alcohol triggers a rare disease I have that causes serious complications when combined with stress and exposure to sunlight. 

So, no cigarettes, no party favors, and no booze became my new status quo. (Sorry, I like to walk too much to keep doing wine reviews.)  This has led me to walk down a path of new mocktails that are hitting restaurants and resorts across the board. To my surprise, many restaurants and brands are starting to cater to people who don’t drink.

Mingle and Tost have already been reported on, but have you checked out these epic drink brands too? If not, you might be missing out on my latest discoveries…

The New Mocktail Revolution
Photo by Lucian Pirvu from Pexels

Grown-Up Soda Mixers

So, GUS unveiled a series of new soda mixers that are designed to make mixing cocktails easier than ever before. The thing is, these mixers are amazing to drink on their own—and not in the cloyingly sweet way that the margarita mixes from the 90s were. (Sorry Mr. T’s!)

Personally, I’ve gotten addicted to the taste of their Mojito mixer. It literally tastes just like a virgin mojito made at an upscale cocktail bar. I’m all for it. 

Seedlip Mocktails

My first introduction to Seedlip was via a luxury magazine article that I read a long time ago, featuring the owner of the company and how he brought his canned mocktails to the public. I then had the pleasure of trying Seedlip at Crystal Springs Resort on my honeymoon. 

Seedlip is amazing. If you are a fan of herbal, grassy, and slightly fruity drinks, you will love their goods. It really does taste like an artisan cocktail. You can also jazz them up with the soda of your choice, if you’re so inclined.

Recess

This is a brand that takes cocktails to a new level. Rather than focus on a buzz from alcohol, this mocktail brand focuses on delivering a crisp, light flavor that is packed with soothing hemp and adaptogen ingredients. 

Bottom line, this is a brand that features very lightly flavored drinks that taste good and help you feel good. Best part? No alcohol required, and it’ll chill you right the heck out. 

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Ossiana Tepfenhart
Ossiana Tepfenhart is a food critic, writer, and at home culinary enthusiast!

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