If you’re cutting back on alcohol, you may often find yourself faced with rather paltry cocktail party options: sugary sodas and juices or hydrating-but-ho-hum sparkling water. Luckily, that’s no longer the case: a host of non-alcoholic drinks are emerging on the market that aren’t just as delicious as wine and spirits (if not more so) but are also quite a bit healthier than boozier beverages.
1. Monk Provisions
Folks looking for non-alcoholic drinks that still allow them to let loose will enjoy MONK Drinking Botanicals, which combine natural herbs, fresh-pressed juices, and a low dose of cannabis. Each four-ounce bottle provides a similar effect to one glass of wine within five to ten minutes of drinking, creating “an uplifting effect that is gentle and desirable,” according to the company.
“I’ve heard our customers say that MONK is like ‘a sigh of relief’ and that it makes you ‘feel relaxed and a little giggly,’” says Monk co-founder Aaron Burke. The elixirs are available in four flavors: Ginger-Maple Shrub, Grapefruit-Cayenne, Turmeric-Lemon, Rosemary-Orange Peel, and Cinnamon Citrus Peel, each of which is made with organic or sustainable ingredients and created with both flavor and healthfulness in mind.
“We started by looking at the known health benefits botanicals, even before focusing on taste profiles,” says Burke. “It was critical to us to have this foundation of health. Then the real fun began when we started playing with flavor profiles, leveraging the talent of a couple good friends, one who is a Los Angeles-based herbalist and wildcrafter, the other who is a well-loved mixologist in the LA cocktail scene.”
The goal, he says, was to marry exceptional taste and health benefits; MONK fans call it a big success.