The recent explosion in the variety of low-alcohol beverages opens a world perfect for those seeking a lighter alternative. Perfect for social gatherings or simply unwinding after a long day, these alternatives offer a guilt-free indulgence. There’s something for everyone in this approachable category. 

Mocktails: From fruity spritzers to more savory delights, mocktails offer a flavorful and satisfying experience without the buzz. The difference maker is investing in homemade ingredients: infused simple syrups, fresh juices, fresh-picked herbs. But if time isn’t on your side, you can’t go wrong with the creations at The Monk’s Cellar in Roseville, Taste in Plymouth, or Hawks in Granite Bay. Even The Kitchen has an entire pairing devoted to mocktails! 

Wine: Crisp and refreshing, low-alcohol wines provide the familiar taste of your favorite bottle without the alcohol content. When searching the shelves, keep your eyes out for these varietals that naturally lend themselves to a lower-alcohol experience: Riesling, Vinho Verde, Sauvignon Blanc, Moscato, Pinot Noir. 

Also, certain wine styles are crafted with the lower-ABV consumer in mind: Pet Nats, Piquets and Nouveau styles. 

Beer: Most craft breweries – and we are lucky to be among some of the best (check out our Wine & Ale Trail Guide for one in your neck of the woods) – offer a lower ABV option. To stay under 5%, check out lagers, a kolsch or pilsner. 

Sparkling Water with a Twist: Add some flavor to your sparkling water with a squeeze of fresh citrus, a sprig of mint, or a handful of berries. A splash of juice makes for a more colorful pairing. These simple yet refreshing combinations make for delightful and hydrating beverage options. 

Kombucha and Crafted Sodas: Explore the world of probiotic-rich kombucha or artisanal crafted sodas, offering a unique and flavorful experience that tantalizes the taste buds while keeping alcohol content low. 

With a wide array of low-alcohol beverage alternatives available, there’s never been a better time to embrace a lighter drinking experience. Cheers!