Alternative Beverages 101: It’s Refreshment, Revisited

From our top picks for buzz-less beers and calorie-transparent wines to a lower-proof spirit and canned mocktails, it’s time to explore consciously crafted adult beverages with a focus on flavor.

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Enjoying a crisp, refreshing drink can coexist with your well-being goals. There’s a rapidly expanding universe of alternative adult beverages with full-on flavor that take a more conscious approach to imbibing. We’ve sifted through the newest buzz-less beers, calorie-transparent wines, mocktails and more to highlight the brightest, most effervescent options for those looking for something different in the new year.

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Buzz-Less Drinks

The FDA defines nonalcoholic adult beverages as beers, wines and spirits with less than 0.5% alcohol by volume. However, what these drinks lack in buzz, they more than make up for in bold flavor, from hoppy and bubbly to floral and fruity. Our experts have curated their favorites for your healthy lifestyle.

Calorie-Transparent Wines & Spirits

Self-care has become a little more fun with these light options that allow you to indulge without compromising your goals. These innovative wines and spirits receive high marks from our team for their sophistication and style.


Short for “mock cocktail,” mocktails mimic qualities of alcoholic drinks that contain a mixture of fruit juices or other carbonated beverages, with the caveat that they contain less than 0.5% alcohol by volume. We are big fans of the inventive flavors and canned format. Cheers!

Must be 21+. Please drink responsibly.

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