Just how hot is the non-alcoholic drink market? Some predictions anticipate that global market share for non-alcoholic beers will grow even more than craft beer in the next five to ten years. Increasing consumer demand for spirit-free sipping has savvy wineries, breweries, cideries and bartenders upping their game when it comes to their offerings. Whether you’re sober, sober curious, or just want to taste one of the most buzzed-about beverage trends for yourself this spring, here are a dozen drinks that are well worth a road trip … no designated driver required!
London Brewing Company’s Cascade Bubbles Hop Water, London
This sensational sipper isn’t just alcohol-free; it’s also calorie-free! The brewery’s other alcohol-free options include Forest City Botanical’s delicious organic tonics. The Organic Elderberry Tonic is flavoured with holy basil, black currant and dandelion. The Organic Nettle Raspberry Tonic, with ashwagandha and rosehip, is a ruby-red, restorative sparkling beverage with an herbal lemonade flavour that’s not too sweet and not too earthy.
Booch’s Moonbrews and Kombuchas, made in London, available throughout Ontario
In addition to a super-popular line of organic Kombuchas, Booch now produces Jun Moonbrews. These tasty probiotic tonics are crafted with raw jun culture, raw Ontario honey, pure filtered water, and organic Sencha green tea and infused with a variety of natural ingredients
Paradigm Spirits Co.’s The Cassia Kid, London
A place that offers its own cocktail classes is sure to have some truly outstanding mocktail options, and The Cassia Kid is a winner. With pineapple, jalapeno, lime, burnt cinnamon and ginger beer, this drink has serious layers of flavours that will quickly have you ordering another round!
Places to Stay Near London
The Cider Keg’s Sparkling Apple Cider, Vittoria
The Cider Keg’s delicious non-alcoholic ciders are crafted with care using only pure juice with no added water or sugar. There are lots of fun flavours to try, including Apple, Cranberry, Golden Apple, Peach, Tart Cherry, Raspberry, Strawberry Rhubarb, Christmas Apple, Blush Twist, Bubbly Blonde and Crimson Cabaret. Fun fact: King Charles and Camilla raised a glass of The Cider Keg’s cider to celebrate Canada’s 150th!
David’s Virgin Caesar, Port Dover
If you want to enjoy your alcohol-free beverage with a stunning view, it doesn’t get much better than sipping on a virgin Caesar and watching the warm Lake Erie waves roll in at David’s Restaurant in Port Dover. Order a few sides, like fresh oysters and a Dover Cheese Shop Platter, and you’ve got a recipe for a perfect afternoon.
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Upper Thames Brewing Co.’s Dam Good Cream Soda, Woodstock
This fizzy favourite has no funky dye or artificial flavourings, just simple ingredients like water, natural cane sugar, vanilla extract, and lemon juice. Enjoy it with a basket of onion rings from the brewery’s Brickhouse Brew Pub for a truly retro treat!
Places to Stay Near Woodstock
Colio Winery’s St. Tropez Non-Alcoholic Sparkling Cocktails, Harrow
Available in White Grape and Red Grape options, St. Tropez Sparkling Cocktails are a perfect pour when you’re looking to raise a glass of bubbly without the booze! Having won over 500 national and international competitions since opening in 1980, you can bet that this winery’s alcohol-free efforts are a tasty addition to its product portfolio.
Maiden Lane Wine & Spirits’ Spicy Strawberry Shrub, Windsor
Maiden Lane is a bar and bottle shop that rounds out guests’ sipping options with an impressive list of low- and no-ABV (alcohol by volume) drinks. The Spicy Strawberry Shrub sparkles with strawberries, spicy apple cider vinegar and soda.
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Refined Fool’s Placebo, Sarnia
You can count on the Refined Fool crew to make a beverage that’s 100% fun, despite having zero alcohol, calories, carbs, or sugar! This hop-heavy sipper features Idaho 7, which is known for subtle but distinct papaya, apricot, and pine flavours.
Places to Stay Near Sarnia
Glasstown Brewing Company’s Espresso Drinks, Wallaceburg
A craft brewery that builds serious hype for its alcohol-free espresso drinks? We’re on board and can’t wait to visit this beautiful new kid on the beverage block!
Hat Trick Farms’ Mint Tulip, Blenheim
As part of its two-hour Beyond The Vase Tulip Experience, Hat Trick Farms serves guests a signature alcohol-free Mint Julep. It’s the perfect way to quench your thirst after a scavenger hunt through the flower field and fun, hands-on flower art activities!
Places to Stay Near Wallaceburg and Blenheim
Twisted Lemon’s Zero Alcohol Negroni, Cayuga
Twisted Lemon’s impressive mocktail list includes options like Old Fashioneds, Manhattans, and Peanut-inis that are all top-notch. The restaurant’s Negroni, made with Lyre’s Dry London Spirit Style, Aperitif Rosso, Lyre’s Italian Orange Style Bitter Orange, Peychaud’s bitters and an orange wheel, is pure perfection!
Places to Stay Near Cayuga
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