Do you love the social aspect of drinking or enjoy a buzz but dread having a hangover the next day? We’ve got you covered with these healthy, alcohol-free drink alternatives that will still give you a slight buzz and make you feel good without draining your energy.
Whether you’re craving a cocktail, or just simply want a gentle buzz without the dreaded hangover from alcohol, these 8 drinks are for you!
Source: Matcha Latte With Coconut Milk
Matcha is a traditional powdered green tea that dates back centuries in China and Japan. In recent decades, matcha has become increasingly popular in the United States. Not only does it have amazing health benefits, but many people enjoy it for the gentle buzz that it gives. It contains L-theanine, an amino acid that is the relaxant that counterbalances caffeine. Sipping on this drink will give you calm, focused alertness without the crash from caffeine or the hangover from alcohol. Plus, it tastes delicious!
Source: Strawberry Lime Kombucha Smash
Kombucha gives you all the refreshing and satisfying fizziness without the dreaded hangover. This fermented drink is typically made from black tea, sugar, and a culture of bacteria and yeast. They generally contain trace amounts of alcohol and caffeine and come in a wide variety of flavors. Not only is this drink amazing for gut and immune health, but you also may notice a slight but fleeting buzz.
3. Beet Juice
Source: Good Morning Beet Juice
Beets are a sweet root vegetable that many people tend to either love or hate. However, beet juice will give you the energetic effects of drinking without a hangover! Not only is it known to promote blood flow, but this vibrant neon-pink drink contains flavonoids that may improve brain health and may also reduce blood pressure, and improve stamina.
4. Ginger beer
Source: Homemade Ginger Beer
Ginger beer is a great alternative to beer if you’re trying to avoid a hangover. It’s a sparkling probiotic beverage that’s sweet, spicy, and refreshing. Plus, it’s easy to make at home! It’s made using the ginger bug, a free-range culture that is made from sugar and ginger. When made with real ginger, it works wonders to help soothe an upset stomach and alleviate nausea.
5. Sparkling coconut water
Sparkling water is the perfect way to enjoy the fizziness and flavor of soda and alcoholic drinks without all the sugar. Sparkling coconut water is a fun step up from your average seltzer drink. Made with carbonation and fruit flavors, it has naturally occurring electrolytes to help replenish and recharge you. It even comes in flavors like grapefruit, lemon ginger, raspberry lime, and pineapple passionfruit! With this drink, you can reap the benefits of coconut water, with half the sugar and calories.
6. Non-Alcoholic IPA
Traditional non-alcoholic IPA contains animal-derived ingredients that you might not expect. However, there are plenty of vegan options to choose from! From rich, chocolaty beers to thick, fruity pale ales, there’s a flavor for everyone. Non-alcoholic beer can help reduce your risk of heart disease and reduce your risk of getting colds. Not to mention it’s full of vitamins and minerals such as folic acid and potassium.
7. Adaptogen drinks
Adaptogens are specific herbs and plants that are said to help the body offset the effects of stressful conditions. They have been known to help you sleep, reduce inflammation, curb fatigue, prevent cell damage, and more. These herbs and roots have been used for centuries in Chinese and Ayurvedic healing traditions, and they are available in teas, protein shakes, water, you name it!
8. Sparkling maple water
Sparkling Maple Water is packed with hydration, provides tree-based hydration, and has naturally occurring electrolytes, and prebiotics. This drink is nutrient-rich, antioxidant-packed, and may help boost immunity, fight fatigue and inflammation, and detoxify the body! Carbonation gives you a slight buzz and is a sensory experience that’s hard to resist. Sparkling drinks are a great way to stay hydrated and are available in an impressive variety of flavors!
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