We are SO excited to be welcoming our little one in early summer 2021! Becoming a mom has been a desire of mine for as long as I can remember and I can’t believe it’s finally time! 😊 As thrilled as we are about this new addition to our family, I have to admit that I am missing (and will continue to miss for the foreseeable future) the occasional glass of wine or cocktail. Naturally, I did a bunch of research to find out what my mocktail options were and I was surprised to discover that there are actually a LOT of non-alcoholic beverages available beyond your basic Martinelli’s and O’Doul’s. LOL
I enjoy making my own concoctions by mixing La Croix and Spindrift sparkling waters with flavored Skinny Syrups, but I definitely miss my beloved sparkling wine. My go-to alcoholic beverages are champagne, margaritas, and Aperol spritzes. I enjoy a variety of other wines and spirits, but those are my LOVES so you know I tried to find non-alcoholic versions of each (keep reading to see if I was successful in my search)!
While there are a lot of nonalcoholic beverages available now, I will caution that not all products are deemed safe to use while pregnant / breastfeeding. Believe it or not, some natural flavoring ingredients can actually be harmful so please read each package carefully, research the ingredients, and talk with your doctor if you have any questions or concerns.
As part of this “research” I have learned that there’s a big difference between non-alcoholic wines and de-alcoholized wines. Non-alcoholic / alcohol-free wine tastes more like a robust fruit juice whereas alcohol-removed / de-alcoholized wine retains its complex and nuanced wine-like flavors even with the alcohol removed, therefore tasting a lot more like real wine.
Keep these terms in mind when you are shopping!
◦ St. Regis I tried the Nosecco Sparkling non-alcoholic wine and found it to be a bit sweet and mostly tastes just a sparkling fruit juice. You’ll be disappointed if you are expecting wine flavor. I don’t know if the other varieties are any better, but I’m less inclined to give them a try after sampling their faux Prosecco — we’ll see. If you’re interested in trying them for yourself, I was able to find the Brut, Chardonnay, and Cabernet Sauvignon varieties available on Amazon! *UPDATE: I tried the Brut and it was better than the Nosecco and less sweet than other faux sparkling wines I have tried, but still did not taste like wine.
◦ SipCLEAN You had me at de-alcoholized canned Rosé. I will admit that I was immediately drawn to trying this product because the can design is so elegant (points for product design / marketing)! But after hearing positive things about it from others, I’m so glad that I placed an order to try it! It’s not *exactly* like wine, but it’s dry and is more “wine-like” than the other varieties that I’ve tried. Overall, I’m pleased and would definitely order again. I love the convenience of the cans too because they would be an excellent option to take on a picnic, to the beach, pool, etc.
**Be warned that this brand also offers a variation of their de-alcoholized wine called SipCOZY which has been infused with broad spectrum hemp extract which is NOT pregnancy safe (but sounds interesting post-pregnancy and breastfeeding).
◦ Lyre’s “Classico” Canned Sparkling This product technically falls in two categories and I was originally only going to keep it in the “Pre-Made Mocktails” section, but at this point in my research this beverage has come the closest to resembling a sparkling wine so I felt that I should include it here! It’s so tasty and is perfect on it’s own or as a champagne substitute in cocktails (Aperol Spritzes, Mimosas, St. Germain Spritz, etc.)! I’m a big fan.
◦ BADASS Mom I really wanted to try these de-alcoholized sparkling white and rosé wines before my post went live, but both varieties have been sold out for weeks so I’ll have to update this post with my review once I can get my hands on some! (I am hoping that the reason that their products aren’t available is because they are so delicious and popular, but it could easily be related to pandemic delays… stay tuned!). A bottle would make a great celebratory gift for an expecting / breastfeeding mama!
◦ Ariel Vineyards This brand offers two varieties only: de-alcoholized Cabernet Sauvignon and Chardonnay. I’m personally not big on Chardonnay in general (it often tastes too buttery or oaky for my preferences), but the Cabernet Sauvignon definitely caught my attention. I am a proud “Basic B” and love my sparkling wine and rosé so I don’t always gravitate toward red wines, but I do love a glass of red with an Italian dinner, in a sangria in the summertime, or as a mulled wine in the winter. This brand and varietals actually both have pretty high ratings when it comes to non-alcoholic wine so I am definitely intrigued.
Chardonnay: “Our Chardonnay, with its tropical fruit character and subtle oak from barrel aging, has a distinctive combination of buttery apple and butterscotch flavors, combined with a toasty French oak bouquet.” // Cabernet Sauvignon: “Our oak-aged Cabernet Sauvignon offers aromas of black currants, cherry, blueberries and chocolate, with soft tannins and a dry finish.” Both are also available on Amazon!
◦ Be Well When I tried to grab a bottle of the Ariel Cabernet on our last visit to Total Wine, they were sold out (which likely means that it is as tasty as the reviews say!) so I ended up grabbing this bottle of de-alcoholized Cabernet Sauvignon as a last minute decision on the way to the register. Going in with low expectations, I was pleasantly surprised by the flavor! It certainly tasted a lot more like a complex-flavored wine than just a one-note grape juice; I’d buy it again if looking for a red wine substitute. The only knock I have on it is that it is relatively difficult to find — I can’t find a website for the Be Well brand, information on a possible parent company, or seeing it sold anywhere other than Total Wine which I find to be curious. The only way to try this varietal is picking up in-store or ordering directly from Total Wine, but I’d argue that it’s certainly worth giving a try if you have the opportunity.
◦ Carl Jung Wines Apparently Carl Jung has been making non-alcoholic wines for over one hundred and ten years so they must be doing something right if they’ve managed to stay in business for that long! The brand offers a full assortment of de-alcoholized wine in Cuvée Red, Cuvée White, Rosé, Riesling, Chardonnay, Merlot, Cabernet Sauvignon, Mousseux, and Sparkling Peach varietals. I really like the fact that they are all affordably priced and that they offer trial packs!
◦ FRE Wines A collection of alcohol-removed wine varieties by Sutter Home with pretty full line of non-alcoholic wine offerings: Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Red Blend, White Zinfandel, Rosé, Chardonnay, Moscato, Sparkling Brut, Sparkling Rosé. I tried the rosé style and it was okay, but definitely tasted more like a Martinelli’s fruit juice blend. Apparently, the best FRE styles are the Sparkling Brut and the Moscato. I’m not much of a moscato fan (too sweet!), but I’ll have to give the Sparkling Brut a try. All varieties are available on Amazon if you’re interested!
◦ Stella Rosa A brand hailing from Los Angeles that offers a line of alcoholic wine as well as non-alcoholic “wines” (in sparkling Red, Rosé, Peach, and Black). I found their non-alcoholic rosé to be sweet and not really resemble the flavor of wine. It’s tasty, but mostly just a sparkling fruit juice. You’ll be disappointed if you are expecting wine flavor.
◦ Töst This festive drink is described as a “dry, sparkling non-alcoholic beverages with white tea, white cranberry, and ginger” presented in a wine bottle, but no wine flavor to speak of. I would almost consider this beverage to be a mixer instead of a wine replacement. There are vendors that sell this as part of a gift set — I thought this one was the cutest package to send for a pregnancy celebration. *Note that there are trace amounts of caffeine from the white tea.
◦ Ready to Pop This sparkling wine replacement’s description sounds more like a cider: “non-alcoholic bubbly tastes of refreshing green apple and ripe pear flavors, followed by a crisp clean finish.” That being said, this bottle comes in three different label colors: pink, blue and melon which would be great for gifting / toasting a pregnancy announcement, a baby shower, or for a gender reveal party. The brand even sells mini bottles that could be used as as table “place cards” or as favors at a baby shower!
◦ Grüvi This brand offers both non-alcoholic wine AND beer! Both of their wine offerings come in 4-packs of 275 mL bottles which is pretty convenient, but most outdoor spaces don’t allow glass (pools, beaches, etc.) so even though they’re more eco-conscious as glass is more recyclable they’re less desirable than a can for those outdoor instances. The Bubbly Rosé is described as being both sweet and tart and the Dry Secco is said to be (you guessed it!) semi-dry, floral and tart. Both the Bubbly Rosé and the Dry Secco are available for order on Amazon!
◦ Domaines Pierre Chavin This parent company is coming in hot (or chilled?) with a whopping 32 varietals of non-alcoholic wine spread among seven subsidiary brands: Pierre Zéro, Opia, Zéra, Le Petit Étoilé, Le Petit Chavin, Les Cocottes, and Silhouet’! Of all of those options, I have heard that their Pierre Zéro Sparkling Rosé NA wine has high flavor rating so I look forward to giving that one a try sometime (if I can find it)! Some Pierre Chavin options are available on Amazon.
◦ Weibel Family Champagnette (I believe was previously known as Chateau De Fleur Sparkling Wine Champagne?) This one has previously received a high rating on flavor, but I was unable to find any recent news about them so I’m a bit confused as to what the current situation is with this non-alcoholic wine / winery. If you’re feeling adventurous, there are bottles available for purchase on Amazon!
I’ll definitely be updating this post as I try new brands and varieties, but I have been generally unimpressed with the nonalcoholic wine options thus far. I’m hoping that the de-alcoholized options that I try have flavors closer to wine than juice!
I’m personally not a huge fan of beer… I’ve had plenty of delicious ones, but they’re very rarely something that I reach for. My husband loves beer and in solidarity of my pregnancy has minimized his “real” beer intake so I thought I would try to find some tasty non-alcoholic options for him to enjoy too! Maybe you prefer beer or your partner is in a similar situation so I thought I would share our findings.
◦ Athletic Brewing This brand gets a ton of praise and for good reason! My husband and I were both really impressed by their IPA and Golden styles (those were the only flavors available at our grocery store) and my husband LOVES an IPA so for him to say that it was really good for an N/A beer, I think that’s really saying something. The brand also wins all kinds of awards in their field, so yeah — this brand is a really solid (and favorite) option on our house! They just launched the Free Wave Hazy IPA and All Out Extra Dark Stout seasonal flavors, which sound delicious to me!! Both IPA and Golden styles available on Amazon; seasonal Stout and Cerveza available on Amazon.
◦ Heineken 0.0 Okay, this tastes JUST LIKE it’s alcoholic counterpart! We’re not normally Heineken drinkers, but every so often it’s the best choice at the bar when you’re looking for a lighter beer. We were super impressed with the flavor profile and will definitely pick up again. Available for ordering on Amazon!
◦ Clausthaler This brand doesn’t exactly state what their beer style is, but given their descriptions I assume it’s akin to a Pilsner. They also offer “Lemon” and “Grapefruit” flavors which are likely similar to classic fruity Hefeweizen styles (thinking of Schöfferhofer), as well as a “Dry-Hopped” which may be close to an Amber Ale. The Pilsner and Hefeweizen styles would be great for summertime if you’re looking for something a little less bold than an IPA! Their website offers a storefinder to help you locate some of their brews in-person, but it’s also possible to find most varieties on Amazon!
◦ Grüvi This brand that makes non-alcoholic sparkling wines (as I mentioned in the last section) also makes beers in quite a few styles: IPA, Pale Ale, Lager, Sour Weisse and a Stout! All are available for purchase on Amazon!
◦ Bravus Offering a decent selection of beer varieties (IPA, Blonde Ale, Amber Ale, Oatmeal Stout, Peanut Butter Stout (YUM!), and a Raspberry Gose) this brand really has you covered no matter what your preferred flavor profile is! It looks like they can be ordered directly from the company’s website or found at select Total Wine locations.
◦ Two Roots Brewing Currently offering two IPAs (Straight Drank & New West), and a Helles (Enough Said) which is a lager style of beer. My husband isn’t a huge Lager fan, but if he gets tired of the Athletic Brewing beers and wants to switch it up we might give these guys a try. The beers are available for purchase on their website and offer a store locator option, but I couldn’t find their products in any stores near Seattle so I’m not sure how available they may be for in-person purchases.
◦ BrewDog This brand seems to have a pretty good selection to choose from: IPA (Punk AF // Ghost Walker), New England Hazy IPA (Hazy AF), Grapefruit IPA (Elvis AF), Hoppy Ale (Nanny State), and a Coffee Stout (Wakeup Call). Additionally, they offer bundles and a mixed pack! Available for purchase on Amazon!
◦ Wellbeing Brewing This brand offers an IPA, a Golden Wheat Ale, a Dark Amber Ale, a Coffee Cream Stout and a Citrus Wheat (that, interestingly enough, has electrolytes added?). I think it’s great that they offer a variety pack so that you can save money and sample all of their beer styles! However, I could only find their Golden Wheat Ale and their Dark Amber Ale available on Amazon.
◦ Surreal Brewing Current beer offerings: Kolsch, Porter, Red IPA, Hazy IPA, Creatives IPA, Milkshake IPA, and a Pastry Porter. I think these flavors and styles may be a bit more adventurous than the beers that my husband typically enjoys, but it’s certainly nice to know that they exist and if we feel like branching out we’ll give them a try. You can order all options directly from their website (including a mixed and variety pack), and select varieties are available at Total Wine and BevMo!
◦ Lagunitas Hoppy Refresher My husband and I both agree that this beverage is tasty, but doesn’t really taste like beer; more like a fruit-flavored sparkling water. It’s not really bitter in the way that you expect from a “hoppy” drink. My husband says it tastes raisin-y. 😂 It’s good, just not very beer-like so we probably wouldn’t reach for it as a beer replacement, more like
◦ HOP WTR I saved the worst for last: the Classic style tastes more like unsweetened iced tea and is NOT pregnancy-friendly due to adaptogens + nootropics! We would not consider this to be “hoppy” or in any way beer-flavored which is surprising given the “Hop Water” name; I think our expectation was more like a fresh hop flavor — literally hop-infused water. We were VERY disappointed as there was a minimum order that was a fairly large amount just to trial the product… and it was not cheap. It was super wasteful of us and I hate to admit it, but we ended up dumping all of them because we hated the flavor so much (and none of our friends wanted them when we offered to give them away! lol). We definitely DO NOT recommend this one; try at your own risk.
I love a craft beverage. In fact, it’s a field I have always been so proud of Seattle for being a leader in! Our city’s craft cocktail bars are full-on experiences and I love them all. Being pregnant during a pandemic has meant that I have had to get creative with my “cocktails” at home and I am so grateful that there are non-alcoholic alternatives out there that actually taste like the boozy options! I’m truly so impressed that I may permanently switch to non-alcoholic mocktails (at home) even after the baby arrives — that’s a major testament to how tasty some of these options are!
◦ Ritual Zero Proof This brand makes Gin, Tequila, and Whiskey alternatives. I ordered a bottle of the faux tequila because I’ve seriously been missing my margaritas… I was honestly surprised by how much it actually tasted like real tequila (confession: I’ve already ordered two more bottles)! Paired with some Skinny Margarita Mix, this one is a home run in my book! Yes, you could be legit and use a proper recipe with real lime juice (which is obviously preferred for an authentic margarita), but have you ever hand-squeezed enough limes to make multiple margaritas? It’s kind of a pain in the ass and I know you have better things to do with your day than squeeze limes. 😉 Whether you’re into using a mix or not, I still recommend getting a non-alcoholic Triple Sec to use in your margarita! Ritual Tequila // Gin // Whiskey bottles are available for purchase on Amazon.
◦ Lyre’s This brand offers a pretty full range of non-alcoholic spirits / liqueurs which makes me incredibly happy as I love having a fully stocked bar for maximum beverage combinations! I was the most interested in trying their Orange Sec (Triple Sec) and Italian Spritz (Aperol), but I’m also super intrigued by the Italian Orange (Campari), Malt (Whiskey) to share with my husband, White Cane / Dark Cane (Rums) for the occasional tropical drink, and Apéritif Dry / Apéritif Rosso (Vermouth) options because they would create a really well-rounded non-alcoholic bar collection. Being that I am due in June, I know I’ll be wishing for an Aperol Spritz alternative for the warmer weather, so I’m very happy to have discovered this brand’s line of non-alcoholic options! I have been super impressed with the Italian Spritz and Orange Sec so far and really can’t wait to try the others. An added benefit of these drinks being absent of alcohol is that the calories of these “spirits” are much lower than their alcoholic counterparts, so that’s nice too! (Click here for 10% off your first 700mL bottle purchase!)
◦ Ghia Aperitif — My blogger friend Jess (whose baby girl is due within two weeks of ours!) recently tried this product and really loved it! She and her husband Neal have a series on Instagram they’ve called “Cocktails with Neal” where he mixes up classic cocktails in their kitchen (which is a midcentury modern dream!) and shares an abbreviated history of the drinks so I know that given their appreciation for a cocktail she wouldn’t steer me wrong! Check her IG Highlights for their past concoctions. I love my Lyre’s, but I’ll have to give Ghia a try sometime too just to mix it up!
◦ Monday This brand offers a non-alcoholic gin option. This type of non-alcoholic spirit seems to be the most popular style to mimic since all of the other brands that I have shared are offering their own option, but because this brand is dedicated solely to the craft of just making gin, I can imagine those efforts result in a pretty amazing product. Available on Amazon!
◦ Free Spirits Carrying three spirit varieties: Bourbon, Tequila and Gin which are all available on Amazon! This brand is NOT pregnancy friendly, but their products still sound like interesting options to try! If you’re not pregnant, but interested in an alcohol-free beverage I’d check them out.
— From the Free Spirits website: “SO, “MOOD ENHANCERS”? SAY MORE WORDS — Part of any great cocktail experience is the way it makes you FEEL. So we started the Company with the question, “what if a cocktail made you happier AND healthier?” So, instead of Alcohol, we infuse each of our products with vitamins B3, B6 and natural Aminos like Taurine that your body naturally produces to aid in all kinds of good stuff, including helping your overall mood.”
I enjoy mixing my own drinks at home because I like to have the control over how much of each ingredient to include if I want to adjust the recipe a bit to suit my taste, but being able to sip a pre-made beverage obviously has its benefits too! Surprisingly, there are a decent number of them available on the market and I tried a few that were the most appealing to me.
◦ The Bitter Housewife Sparkling Bitters & Soda My husband and I were so thrilled to find these complex flavored “non-cocktail” canned Bitters & Soda! They’re great on their own, but they’re also tasty mixed with other items like NA spirits + ginger beer or apple cider with a twist of citrus to make a well-rounded and flavorful mocktail. My personal favorite for drinking on its own is the orange flavored sparkling bitters, but I love to pair the the aromatic flavored sparkling bitters with some ginger beer. I love the convenience of the cans too because they’re an excellent option to take on a picnic, to the beach, pool, etc!
◦ Lyre’s Pre-Mixed Mocktails Come in three options: mimicking sparkling wine (Classico), a Gin & Tonic (G&T) and an Aperol Spritz (Amalfi Spritz)! Currently only sold together as a three-pack or you can get a single pack of the Classico bundled with a bottle of their Italian Spritz as a “Spritz Set” — I’m completely in love with all three! They’re great for enjoying at home, but would be excellent options to take to the beach, the park, the pool, or anywhere really! I’m a huge fan. I may as well set up a recurring shipment, that’s how much I love these.
◦ Mingle Mocktails Pregnancy-safe pre-made mocktails: Blood Orange Elderflower, Cucumber Melon Mojito, Blackberry Hibiscus Bellini, Moscow Mule, and Cranberry Cosmo. All of these flavors sound so inviting and would be great options to offer at a baby shower! Available for purchase on Amazon.
◦ Spirity Mocktails Described as “non-alcoholic cocktails that are crafted with Spirits Distilled from Tea”. Mindful Mule, Mindful Margarita, Mindful Negroni (on Amazon!) sound so light and refreshing! *Note that there are trace amounts of caffeine from the tea.
◦ Casamara Apertivo Sodas “Our amaro club sodas are botanical and balanced, like an Italian bitters & soda. They’re also spritzy, refreshing, and non-alcoholic.” Enough said. Sounds like summertime in a bottle to me!
◦ Curious Elixir I like the idea of these already mixed “mocktails”, especially the No. 4 (Aperol Spritz!), but the warnings on their website may keep me from trying until I’m done breastfeeding. It’s tough to tell when companies make these declarations if they are just being overly cautious to prevent any legal issues or if there are very real concerns so I’m just going to err on the side of caution and avoid them altogether until I’m not growing / directly feeding my tiny human. That being said, these drinks sound tasty and very interesting (not to mention much easier than mixing my own mocktails!) so they’re something I’d definitely like to explore in the future.
— Be cautious about which Curious Elixir flavors you try; even though the beverages themselves are non-alcoholic, not all of the ingredients are pregnancy safe! If you are pregnant, definitely avoid Elixir #3! Just as you would for any other product, check the ingredient list to make sure items are safe to consume. From Curious Elixir’s FAQ page: “These statements have not been evaluated by the FDA. Those who have specific health issues or are pregnant should always consult with their doctors and health professionals before consuming products that contain rhubarb root, gentian root, and American ginseng.“
◦ Kin Right off the bat, I want to say that this product is NOT pregnancy safe due to the adaptogens / euphorics used, but is non-alcoholic so I wanted to share here anyway as it was something that I found intriguing. If you’re not pregnant, but interested in an alcohol-free beverage I’d check it out! The way I understand it is that the effects of adaptogens / euphorics are similar to the way CBD works… there isn’t really a “buzz” per se, but it will help you to mellow if you’re stressed out. I don’t know if this is something that I want to try, but it’s a cool new product in a rising niche in the beverage market so I thought I’d share in case that sounds interesting to you!
◦ Fauxmosa Just like the last beverages, this product is NOT pregnancy safe due to the adaptogens used, but is non-alcoholic so I wanted to share here anyway as it was something that I found intriguing. If you’re not pregnant, but interested in an alcohol-free beverage I’d check them out! There are four delicious flavor combinations: Orange & Turmeric; Pineapple, Lemon & Mint; Grapefruit, Raspberry & Holy Basil; Cranberry, Hibiscus & Ginger.
◦ Skinny Syrups I am pretty obsessed with my Skinny Syrups and Mixes. Not only are they affordable and low in calories, but they’re also super tasty. I’ve been so incredibly impressed by them since I discovered the brand in early 2020. My favorites are probably the cocktail mixes (margarita and piña colada in particular!) their Sugar-Free Simple Syrup, Grenadine, and the Lemon Elderflower (that I use as a St. Germain substitute!), but the other flavored syrups are great for sprucing up your coffee or a simple sparkling water (click here for $7 off your first order!). *Fair warning: you will go through the drink mixers a lot faster than the syrups, so just bear that in mind when ordering!
◦ Seedlip I think that these “distilled spirits” should actually be used in a beverage as a mixer to add a little complexity, but I would NOT use them as liquor substitutes. I have sampled all three flavor offerings and while I think they are well-blended and artfully crafted I personally don’t care for them, especially when compared to the other [non]alcoholic alternative options that I have tried. They would certainly add a little “je ne sais quoi” to your sparkling water, juice, or ginger beer, but overall not my favorite product.
*Side note: I don’t recommend taking a big whiff of them or drinking them on their own as I believe that they smell (and taste) a lot like fancy flavored vinegar.
◦ Palermo Amarino I found a great comparison review of this NA Bitter Aperitif here if you’d like to learn more before trying. Sounds like it’s a good replacement as a non-alcoholic vermouth for mocktails!
◦ Dram Bitters While these bitters are non-alcoholic, they do use adaptogens / euphorics and are therefore NOT pregnancy safe, but I wanted to share here anyway as this product was something that I found intriguing. If you’re not pregnant, but interested in an alcohol-free beverage I’d still check them out!
Of the non-alcoholic options that I have tried (so far), these are my favorites:
Lyre’s Italian Spritz
The Bitter Housewife Sparkling Bitters (both flavors!)
Lyre’s Sparkling Canned Beverages (all 3!)
Skinny Mixes // Skinny Syrups
Lyre’s Orange Sec
I love to follow @candacemread on Instagram for all of her content, but one major reason is because she shares delicious drink recipes on her channel for Mocktail Mondays and I have found a lot of the NA beverages that I have really enjoyed from her suggestions! Thanks, Candace!
If you are looking to recreate both classic and bespoke cocktail recipes with non-alcoholic alternatives, I can’t recommend the Canon Cocktail Book more! It was written by the owner of our favorite speakeasy style bar here in Seattle and Jamie really knows his stuff; his bar Canon is always winning national awards and accolades.
This Drinking for Two Mocktail Book came highly recommended for non-alcoholic recipes and would make an awesome pregnancy gift!
For even more beverage recipe ideas, I have an entire folder of nonalcoholic drink recipes saved in my Libations Pinterest board!
Whatever your reason is for going alcohol-free, just know that you can also enjoy a delicious drink that isn’t just sparkling water or fruit juice! 😉