Our 22 Best Non-Alcoholic Cocktails for Flavor-Filled, Booze-Free Sipping

Here’s something to sip on: nonalcoholic cocktails. The next time you’re craving a booze-free beverage that’s refreshing, flavorful, and admittedly far more interesting than seltzer water mixed with a splash of cran or OJ, turn to these 22 recipes. Fro…

Here's something to sip on: nonalcoholic cocktails. The next time you're craving a booze-free beverage that's refreshing, flavorful, and admittedly far more interesting than seltzer water mixed with a splash of cran or OJ, turn to these 22 recipes. From variations on homemade lemonade to a fizzy cooler that features a generous scoop of homemade orange sherbet (hey, you can have your ice cream and eat it, too!), these drinks are creative takes on punches, spritzes, and more.

These recipes call on beautiful seasonal produce like berries, watermelon, and stone fruit during the summer, rhubarb during the spring, and root vegetables like beets during winter. Rim a glass with fiery spices for a bit of heat, or add a sprig of thyme or rosemary for a subtle earthy flavor and a stunning visual aid. Low-ABV and nonalcoholic cocktails are finally getting their time in the spotlight, and we're so excited to celebrate them with these recipes from our superstar recipe developers.

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44 Recipes From Black Food Bloggers to Celebrate Juneteenth

This year marks the 156th commemoration of Juneteenth. The holiday has largely been celebrated in Texas and certain pockets throughout the American South, but in recent years, people across America and even around the world have taken an interest in wh…

This year marks the 156th commemoration of Juneteenth. The holiday has largely been celebrated in Texas and certain pockets throughout the American South, but in recent years, people across America and even around the world have taken an interest in what Juneteenth, shorthand for June 19th, is all about.

On that day in 1865, more than two years after the Emancipation Proclamation was signed, news reached enslaved African Americans in Texas, finally ending legalized slavery. The day represents freedom, hope, and new beginnings for the Black community, and it is celebrated with parades, educational events, and communing around special foods.

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Clean Wine, Hard Kombucha & the Science of ‘Better Alcohol’

“Alcohol” and “healthy” aren’t two words we typically put together, but many companies have been making an effort to present products in a more wellness-forward light. From “clean wine” to hard kombucha and low-ABV cocktails, “better-for-you alcohol” h…

“Alcohol” and “healthy” aren't two words we typically put together, but many companies have been making an effort to present products in a more wellness-forward light. From "clean wine" to hard kombucha and low-ABV cocktails, "better-for-you alcohol" has been trending over the past few years. Let's get real though: Is there really any such thing as healthy alcohol?

Health Benefits of Alcohol

A number of studies show there may be health benefits for those imbibing in moderation.

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Nonalcoholic Drinks Finally Taste Great—Here Are 12 of Our Faves

For too long, the options in the nonalcoholic section of restaurant menus or liquor stores were cloying “mocktails” and syrupy fruit sodas, or maybe a dusty bottle of barely-hoppy 0 percent ABV beer. Not the case these days. As sobriety, “dry” months, …

For too long, the options in the nonalcoholic section of restaurant menus or liquor stores were cloying “mocktails” and syrupy fruit sodas, or maybe a dusty bottle of barely-hoppy 0 percent ABV beer. Not the case these days. As sobriety, “dry” months, or even just saying “I’m not drinking tonight” become more socially acceptable than ever before, the beverages had to catch up.

“Serendipitously, I removed alcohol from my life right around the time that alcohol-free mixed drinks were starting to be taken more seriously,” says Julia Bainbridge, author of the book Good Drinks, noting that over the past few years, bartenders have looked beyond the mocktail (“ick!”), and that people—whether they were sober or not—were interested in the results. “I knew I wouldn’t be writing the first book on nonalcoholic drinks, but I also knew my work could capitalize on this newfound acceptance and energy.” Good Drinks is a collection of nonalcoholic recipes that aren’t just cocktails minus the liquor, but rather a celebration of, ahem, good drinks.

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Drinking Chocolate Is Chocolate You Can Drink! Let’s Make Some.

I am a sucker for anything chocolate, and I’m not very particular about the variety. I can appreciate and recognize a good chocolate, but I’ll never turn my nose to a Twix, a Kit Kat, or even one of those giant rabbit-shaped chocolates the …

I am a sucker for anything chocolate, and I’m not very particular about the variety. I can appreciate and recognize a good chocolate, but I’ll never turn my nose to a Twix, a Kit Kat, or even one of those giant rabbit-shaped chocolates the Easter bunny used to hide behind my bed (because it really was a good hiding spot).

I never go a day without at least one piece of chocolate—I find that it helps lower my stress levels and, overall, just makes me feel really good. Sometimes I’ll have a nice piece of dark 70 percent chocolate with a full-bodied glass of red wine, while other times I’ll enjoy a creamy piece of milk chocolate with my black coffee. No matter what form (cake, cookies, brownies, or drinking chocolate) it comes in, I love all chocolate.

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26 Highly Refreshing Drinks for Fourth of July Weekend

No matter how you spend this Fourth of July, there are likely three things you’ll need: sunscreen (a must if you plan to spend the day outdoors), plenty of snacks (we’ve got you covered here), and something to sip on.

It’s always a good idea to have p…

No matter how you spend this Fourth of July, there are likely three things you'll need: sunscreen (a must if you plan to spend the day outdoors), plenty of snacks (we've got you covered here), and something to sip on.

It's always a good idea to have plenty of water nearby, but you may want to mix things up a bit with a fun beverage or two. Think: super-refreshing drinks you can pour over ice and slurp through the afternoon and into the evening fireworks.

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What Is an Egg Cream, Anyway?

A well-made chocolate egg cream is hard to find. The beverage was invented by Louis Auster in 1980, and remained popular throughout the early 20th century. Famously containing neither eggs nor cream, the sweet treat was once poured freely by soda jerks…

A well-made chocolate egg cream is hard to find. The beverage was invented by Louis Auster in 1980, and remained popular throughout the early 20th century. Famously containing neither eggs nor cream, the sweet treat was once poured freely by soda jerks in candy stores throughout Bay Ridge and the Lower East Side of Manhattan in New York City. Recently, it’s been popping up on menus as a relic of the past or a novelty; but, if you order it, odds are you will be disappointed with the taste. Not many people know how to make it well anymore—egg creams often come out too chocolatey, too watery, too thin-tasting.

what is an egg cream?

When made correctly, a chocolate egg cream is made with cold, whole milk, chocolate syrup, and seltzer water in just the right proportions. Not eggs or cream. Not chocolate milk or ice cream. Too much chocolate results in a drink that's cloyingly sweet. Too much seltzer from the soda fountain, and the drink will taste diluted, a bubbly embodiment of disappointment. An egg cream is the perfect balance of sweetness, richness, and effervescence. And a very good egg cream is a frothy, refreshing treat. As for why it’s called “egg cream?” Auster’s grandson, Stanley Auster, has one theory: That the name had simply gotten mangled over time. The drink had been originally called “echt” (or “genuine, real” in Yiddish) cream, as in “good cream,” but somehow “egg” had stuck.

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The Most Common Smoothie Problems (& How to Solve Them)

Smoothies should be so simple: No cooking, just blending. What could go wrong? But they’re all too often watery, flavorless, or vegetal.

No more, we say! You can easily improve your relationship with your blender. If you’re on the “Drink one smoothie …

Smoothies should be so simple: No cooking, just blending. What could go wrong? But they're all too often watery, flavorless, or vegetal.

No more, we say! You can easily improve your relationship with your blender. If you're on the "Drink one smoothie every day" resolution track, we're here to support you—and give you easy fixes when your whizzing and whirring go awry.

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