Booze-Free Alternatives: Six Months Sober
First, let me say that I am writing this article completely of my own accord without any sponsorship or free products from any of the brands mentioned below. That said, if Fever Tree, Tiny Rebel, or Beavertown want to send me any free stock as a thank you for sending fellow sober sisters, misters, and non-binary twisters your way, please feel free.
Without further ado, to celebrate six months of sobriety (woop woop!), here is my list of recommendations for booze-free alternatives so you can make the most of your night out at the pub, feel included, and not get tempted to drink.
Gin & Tonic
Okay, hear me out: just the tonic. Back in August, I went to my first sober wedding. My oldest friend married the love of his life and, best of all, my mother happened to be in town for it. I managed to resist the offers of champagne and fancy martinis handed out by the waiters, but I was beginning to get anxious trying to tune out the siren call of the open bar. Then my mother appeared from nowhere and handed me a glass. “An alcohol-free gin and tonic!” she declared. It was delicious and perfect. When I finished it and went back to the bar to order my own, the bartender informed me that they didn’t carry any alcohol-free gin. I specified that a short, peppy New Yorker in her 60s had most definitely brought me something that tasted like a G&T but that I trusted was alcohol-free. Embarrassed, I realised I’d misheard my mom — she hadn’t said “alcohol free gin” and “tonic”, she had said “alcohol-free” “gin and tonic”, cleverly fooling me into thinking I had a fancier version of a booze-free alternative, when I was in fact just drinking tonic with some fresh lime squeezed into it. So now? Just the tonic. My pick? Fever-Tree cucumber tonic. They have a whole bunch of other options, but the cucumber is my favourite. I did not know that cucumber had a taste until I tried this.
I miss wine. Wine is the one weak point to my sobriety — I haven’t yet found a solid replacement for wine, and I’ve tried quite a few! That isn’t to say they’re not delicious (they are), it’s more that there is no true alternative that I can drink as much of as I could drink of wine. That probably says more about the…