The Best Non-Alcoholic Spritzes to Buy or Make at Home

No drink so readily evokes the carefree, al fresco everything feeling of summer like the spritz. The traditional Italian cocktail is bitter and bubbly, with just enough sweet and tart flavors for balance, best served over ice in a balloon glass so big …

No drink so readily evokes the carefree, al fresco everything feeling of summer like the spritz. The traditional Italian cocktail is bitter and bubbly, with just enough sweet and tart flavors for balance, best served over ice in a balloon glass so big it goes past absurd into downright glamorous. Those who don’t want to drink alcohol don’t have to be left out of la dolce vita either, since there are plenty of options available for a zero proof spritz, from the classic Aperol or Campari flavor profile to more unusual combinations of fruits, herbs, spices, and, of course, bitters.

To make a spritz, the traditional ratio is two parts bitter aperitif, three parts sparkling white wine, and one part sparkling water, in that order. You want to make sure that the aperitif goes in first in order to preserve the bubbles. A spritz is built in the glass over ice, so you won’t need any fancy barware—you don’t even need to stir it.

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Hopped Beverages Are the No-ABV Drink of Summer

Hops are one of beer’s most integral ingredients, and beer is one of the world’s oldest beverages. As such, the relationship between hops and beer is a long one: German monks started adding hops to beer for preservation and flavor in the 8th century. I…

Hops are one of beer’s most integral ingredients, and beer is one of the world’s oldest beverages. As such, the relationship between hops and beer is a long one: German monks started adding hops to beer for preservation and flavor in the 8th century. It has always seemed an exclusive pairing, but recently, hops have been popping up in other beverages (alcoholic and not), demonstrating why they’re special along the way.

Hopped non-beer alcoholic beverages have appeared in different categories over the years: Charbay’s R5 Hop-Flavored Whiskey gets credit for paving the way in 2013. Now, one can find Wigle’s Hopped Whiskey, Citizen Cider’s The Lake Hopper, and Nashville’s Walker Brothers' hard kombucha made with Citra hops. More notably, however, is the current wave of non-alcoholic, non-beer options brought to life by hops, often billed as some iteration of ‘hop-infused sparkling water.’

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The Best Sparkling Water Brands (Trust Us, We Tried Them All)

This summer, I asked Amanda Sims if she wanted something at the grocery store: “San Pellegrino,” she specified: “Not Perrier.”

I found her predilection to be quirky until I realized that loyalty to sparkling water beverages runs far deeper than just a…

This summer, I asked Amanda Sims if she wanted something at the grocery store: "San Pellegrino," she specified: "Not Perrier."

I found her predilection to be quirky until I realized that loyalty to sparkling water beverages runs far deeper than just a fizzy way for staying hydrated.

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What Is Dirty Soda—& Why Is It All Over TikTok?

In a world obsessed with “clean” eating, a food trend called “dirty soda,” seems like an unlikely candidate for virality—even less so considering it comes from Utah. Don’t get me wrong, it’s a wonderful state, but in the popular imagination it doesn’t …

In a world obsessed with “clean” eating, a food trend called “dirty soda,” seems like an unlikely candidate for virality—even less so considering it comes from Utah. Don’t get me wrong, it’s a wonderful state, but in the popular imagination it doesn’t have much of a culinary reputation to speak of beyond funeral potatoes. Having spent a year living in Utah, though, I actually find it easy to believe Utah started a viral food trend—I’ve asked more than once why the rest of the country doesn’t follow the state’s example of having readymade fry sauce at any fast-food restaurant.

Dirty soda has been popular in Utah for almost a decade. An easy, sweet drink for a state with a large population of folks who don’t drink alcohol or coffee, it’s basically a diet cola over ice with coconut syrup, lime juice, and a bit of half-and-half (or just coconut creamer and lime juice, for a simplified version). Consider it the Italian-American cousin to the Italian soda: the Snooki to Sophia Loren, or the Guy Fieri to the Pasta Grannies. The Beehive State even has chains (multiple!) devoted to the drink—a fact less known outside the region.

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We Tried All the New “Psychedelic” Beverages (& Here’s What’s Actually Good)

There are a lot of reasons that people give for drinking alcohol: it helps them unwind, makes them less inhibited and more social, or relaxes them enough to sleep. For people who don’t drink, however, a whole new class of non-alcoholic beverages has bl…

There are a lot of reasons that people give for drinking alcohol: it helps them unwind, makes them less inhibited and more social, or relaxes them enough to sleep. For people who don’t drink, however, a whole new class of non-alcoholic beverages has blossomed in the last four or five years that purport to have the positive qualities of a pre-game cocktail or an after-party nightcap without the alcohol. Called “euphorics,” they are loaded with adaptogens, nootropics, and hemp derivatives that aim to keep you clear headed but promise everything from giving you more energy to party to increasing mental clarity to be more present in social situations, and helping you chill out and ease into sleep.

For the uninitiated, the ingredients that give euphorics their alleged benefits are roughly divided into three categories. Adaptogens, like ginseng and schisandra, are herbs and other botanicals that are described as mood and body balancing, counteracting stress and exhaustion, and some studies demonstrate that they do actually protect the body from cellular damage. Nootropics are compounds that are considered brain-boosting and energy-enhancing, a favorite among so-called “body hackers,” and include both natural and synthetic plants, vitamins, amino acids, and the most widely used nootropic, caffeine. Finally, non-intoxicating cannabis derivatives like full spectrum hemp oil, CBD, and terpenes are added to beverages to soothe both the body and mind.

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I Tried 12 Grocery Store Earl Grey Teas to Find the Best One

Pre-pandemic, coffee shops were basically my office. I’d sit at a corner table with an Earl Grey tea like I owned the joint—essentially becoming the classic, fictional mob boss who takes meetings in the back booth of an Italian restaurant. The only dif…

Pre-pandemic, coffee shops were basically my office. I’d sit at a corner table with an Earl Grey tea like I owned the joint—essentially becoming the classic, fictional mob boss who takes meetings in the back booth of an Italian restaurant. The only difference was that I did a little more “drinking tea,” and slightly less “murdering all my enemies.” But other than that, totally the same.

I’ve spent so much time buying Earl Grey tea at coffee shops that it’s embarrassing. Ellen Degeneres once made fun of me, specifically, for doing so. And when you’re called out for your tea obsession on national television, you know you’re pretty far gone.

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The Best Nonalcoholic Tequilas

Before bartenders and restaurants began to treat nonalcoholic drinks with the same respect as craft cocktails, the virgin margarita, often just some bottled mix thrown in a blender with ice, was sadly one of the more interesting beverage options for th…

Before bartenders and restaurants began to treat nonalcoholic drinks with the same respect as craft cocktails, the virgin margarita, often just some bottled mix thrown in a blender with ice, was sadly one of the more interesting beverage options for those abstaining from alcohol. But tequila (and its sister spirit, mezcal) can add way more than just a buzz to mixed drinks. The herbal, earthy, spicy, smoky flavor of agave-based spirits brings balance to sour citrus, sweet syrups, and savory tomato juice in margaritas, palomas, Bloody Marias, and other drinks.

As producers began to make zero-proof spirits to taste like and act as a substitute for liquor in mixed drinks, the selection of nonalcoholic gin, bourbon, and rum taste-alikes exploded, while the list of tequila and mezcal alternatives lagged (very) far behind. Luckily, producers of alcohol-free spirits have started to make up ground on tequila alternatives, at last. While there are still fewer nonalcoholic tequilas than, say, nonalcoholic whiskeys or gins, we tried a wide range of currently available options and found plenty worth drinking. Here are our recommendations:

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What Does a World-Famous Bartender Drink First Thing in the Morning?

First Things First is a series chronicling the morning beverage routines of some of our favorite people.

What can you learn about a person from their coffee mug collection? If that someone is Aaron Polsky, the Los Angeles–based founder of ready-to-d…

First Things First is a series chronicling the morning beverage routines of some of our favorite people.


What can you learn about a person from their coffee mug collection? If that someone is Aaron Polsky, the Los Angeles–based founder of ready-to-drink cocktail company LiveWire Drinks, you’d rightfully surmise that he’s a loving cat dad with an affinity for rock and roll, Larry David’s bristly sense of humor, and old-school Nintendo games. But then, as you make your way toward the back of the shelf, you may wonder about an outlier cup adorned with ballet slippers and more text than a Dr. Bronner’s soap bottle. Don't worry, there’s a story behind that one, too.

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A Foolproof Formula for Mocktails That Sparkle

We’ve teamed up with LaCroix Sparkling Water to share an easy formula for making any-occasion mocktails, from celebratory spritzes to sippable sparklers. Our tip for the best booze-free beverages: Start with a fresh and flavorful sparkling water base, …

We've teamed up with LaCroix Sparkling Water to share an easy formula for making any-occasion mocktails, from celebratory spritzes to sippable sparklers. Our tip for the best booze-free beverages: Start with a fresh and flavorful sparkling water base, like LaCroix Sparkling Waters, which are free of sugar and artificial ingredients (so you can feel good about drinking ‘em morning, noon, and night).


As someone who could always stand to be a bit more hydrated, sparkling water (or bubble water, as I like to call it) is my saving grace. Normal water? Snooze fest. Sparkling water? Yes, please! It’s basically how I trick myself into drinking an adequate amount of water on any given day, almost like a hidden vegetables mac and cheese approach to hydration.

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3 Non-Alcoholic Cocktails Inspired by Classics

We’ve teamed up with Seedlip—makers of top-quality, distilled non-alcoholic spirits—to share non-alcoholic cocktail recipes for the New Year and beyond. Inspired by classics, these satisfying sips all start with one of Seedlip’s unique flavors, from th…

We’ve teamed up with Seedlip—makers of top-quality, distilled non-alcoholic spirits—to share non-alcoholic cocktail recipes for the New Year and beyond. Inspired by classics, these satisfying sips all start with one of Seedlip’s unique flavors, from their herbal Garden 108 to the citrus-forward Grove 42. Ready to shake things up? Let’s go…


The last couple months of the year (aka the holidays) can be, well, a lot. But with New Year’s Eve around the corner, we’ll get a chance to take a reprieve from all the stress the season brings and the rich, festive food and drinks that come with it. Enter: Dry January.

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