36 Fancy Non-Alcoholic Drinks to Make Tonight

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So, you’re interested in learning more about how to make non-alcoholic drinks. You’re not alone. Sober curious is a cutesy, marketing-friendly term that gets thrown around a lot these days, especially during Dry January, but the numbers don’t lie: Americans really are drinking less. A recent Gallup report found that not only are fewer adults drinking alcohol, but those who do are consuming less or considering alternative options, with sales of non-alcoholic drinks increasing 33% to $331 million in 2021.

That’s expected to only increase in the months ahead. According to Pinterest, searches for “fancy non alcoholic drinks” and “mocktail bar” have increased by 220% and 75% respectively. To answer the demand, retailers across the country have been stocking more non-alcoholic beer and wine offerings while restaurants and bars have increased the number of mocktail and low-ABV options on their menus.

The reasons why everyone’s suddenly so sober curious vary and are hard to pin down. You could blame Gen Z for consistently mocking millennials’ love of margaritas and wine or celebrities for touting the “California sober” lifestyle (that is, skipping alcohol but still enjoying weed and/or mushrooms). As more states legalize weed, it’s possible marijuana is simply the more popular vice.

But then again, Gallup found that three in four US adults say alcohol use has a negative effect on society so maybe everyone’s just more health conscious. “Drinking alcohol can be really hard on your body,” says Serena Poon, a certified nutritionist and celebrity chef. “Studies have shown it can lead to inflammation, destruction of the gut microbiome, liver, and heart, neurological problems, and even cancer. So I try to keep my alcohol intake to a minimum and substitute with delicious mocktails whenever possible.”

Not ones to miss out on a trend, we asked mixologists, nutritionists, and beverage directors at some of the country’’s best bars for their suggestions on fancy non-alcoholic drinks you can try tonight.

Serena’s Pomegranate Citrus Mocktail

Pomegranate and orange juice both provide “wonderful health benefits,” says Serena Poon, a certified nutritionist and celebrity chef. Below, find a mocktail she created that combines both.

16 oz. unsweetened pomegranate juice

16 oz. freshly squeezed orange juice

8 oz. citrus kombucha

2 oz. sparkling water

Combine juices and kombucha in a cocktail shaker with ice and shake to combine. Add sparkling water and swirl. Pour into chilled cocktail glasses and serve with a garnish of your choice. Some options: pomegranate seeds, an orange or lemon twist, or orange slices.


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This content is strictly the opinion of Chef Serena Poon and is for informational and educational purposes only. It is not intended to provide medical advice or to take the place of medical advice or treatment from a personal physician. All readers/viewers of this content are advised to consult their doctors or qualified health professionals regarding specific health questions. Neither Serena nor the publisher of this content takes responsibility for possible health consequences of any person or persons reading or following the information in this educational content. All viewers of this content, especially those taking prescription or over-the-counter medications, should consult their physicians before beginning any nutrition, supplement or lifestyle program.

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