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October 19, 2023

24 Best Non-Alcoholic Drinks for Men, Ranked

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The best non-alcoholic drinks for men should provide something for nothing (nothing being less than .5 percent alcohol by volume). Non-alcoholic drinks were once kid’s stuff. Not drinking tonight? Here’s a can of Coke, bottle of water, or maybe a Shirley Temple with a couple extra cherries. Isn’t that enough? Not even close. 

Thankfully, the last several years have seen non-alcoholic drinks grow up. Today’s quickly expanding slate of high-quality non-alcoholic drinks include everything you’d expect to buy at bars and liquor stores, from fragrant hazy IPAs to appetite-stoking bitter amaros, warming old fashioned cocktails, and wines that keep the grapes but eliminate the alcohol. 

Sales of non-alcoholic beverages have more than doubled since 2019, according to market research firm NielsenIQ, and they show no signs of decelerating. Of course, it’s not enough to have variety; they’ve gotta taste good.

Our top overall pick for the best non-alcoholic drinks for men is Ghia Le Spritz Sumac and Chili. Fiery and flavorful, Ghia’s latest version of Le Spritz is everything we want in non-alcoholic cocktails: It’s distinct, delicious, and still interesting after the second…or third.

Our Testing Process and Methodology

I’m a journalist and author who’s been covering the beverage industry for more than two decades—from the cocktail boom to the rise of craft beer and, now, the new wave of non-alcoholic drinks. Over the years, I’ve tasted dozens of non-alcoholic beers, non-alcoholic cocktails, non-alcoholic spirits, and non-alcoholic wines, as well as interviewed many makers in the NA space. For this article, I sampled more than 50 different booze-free drinks and spoke with Brianda Gonzalez, founder of The New Bar, a Latina-owned non-alcoholic bottle shop in Venice Beach, CA.

Here’s how to drink well when you don’t want a hangover.

Related: How to Master the Art of Going to a Bar Alone

Ghia Drinks

Since debuting in the summer of 2020, Ghia has become one of the breakout stars of the non-alcoholic cocktail market. Founder Melanie Masarin takes inspiration from Mediterranean aperitivo culture to build beverages from unconventional ingredients such as sumac, rhubarb root, and date concentrate. It’s hard to pick, but these are our favorite Ghia drinks. 

Ghia Apéritif

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Why It’s Great

Ghia Apéritif was recently reformulated to create a more consistent and concentrated product, nearly doubling the number of suggested servings per bottle. The company ditched figs, which contributed a cloudy character, and added plums, dates, and rhubarb roots for a slightly sweeter and less bitter profile.

Tasting Notes

The initial sweetness gives way to layers of not-too-bitter flavor that include pronounced citrus and herbal character supplied by rosemary and lemon balm.

How to Enjoy

Mix one part Ghia to three parts tonic (we like Fever Tree) or sparkling water. 

$38 at Amazon

Ghia Le Spritz Sumac & Chili

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Why It’s Great

Non-alcoholic cocktails can suffer by comparison to their alcoholic analogues. From mouthfeel to flavor, a one-to-one comparison is hard to achieve. We like it when beverage makers break free from boozy convention and carve out flavorful new territory. Ghia Sumac & Chili is a spritzer that stands apart. The aperitivo is layered with spice.

Tasting Notes

This is a teeter-totter of tangy, spicy, savory, and sour.

How to Enjoy

If you like a little burn, drink from the can. We prefer to pour Le Spritz over ice for dilution.

$60, 12-pack, at Amazon

Best Non-Alcoholic Drinks to Order at a Bar

Every good bar should have a couple great non-alcoholic drinks, including a hop water or NA beer. “If there are none, I often defer to ordering bitters and soda,” Gonzalez says. “It’s an easy way to sip on something a little more interesting than club soda alone, and every bar has the ingredients needed.” If you’re bellying up to a robust wine bar or cocktail lounge, these are the best non-alcoholic drink to order at a bar.

Lagunitas Hoppy Refresher

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Why It’s Great

Founded in 1993, Lagunitas helped pioneer a hop-intensified approach to create super-aromatic pale ales, IPAs, and all things hoppy. Fast-forward to 2019, and the California brewery used its decades of brewing know-how to develop Hoppy Refresher. It’s now a bar staple and a great option when you’re craving hops but no buzz.

Tasting Notes

The zero-calorie sparkling water has a fragrant and fruity aroma that evokes mango. Lagunitas also has two variants that taste of blood orange as well as berries and lemon.

How to Enjoy

Drink it from the bottle (available in 4-packs) or can (6-packs), or pour into a glass to be mesmerized by bubbles.

$9, 6-pack, at Amazon

St. Agrestis Phony Negroni

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Why It’s Great

The Negroni is one of the world’s greatest cocktails, an equal parts blend of gin, Campari, and sweet vermouth that’s both bittersweet and brawny. St. Agrestis, a Brooklyn, NY-based company, produces this ruby-colored carbon copy by steeping herbs and citrus in water. The carbonation in isn’t traditional, but the bubbles add a snappy bite reminiscent of alcohol.

Tasting Notes

Bitter, balanced, and invigorating, especially when served chilled. It’s a bartender-quality NA bev served by the bottle.

How to Enjoy

Drink from the bottle or serve over ice with a twist of orange.

$60, 12-pack, at St. Agrestis

Easy Non-Alcoholic Drinks to Make at Home

Creating great non-alcoholic cocktails doesn’t require a list of ingredients and equipment longer than a drugstore receipt. These easy non-alcoholic drinks to make at home pair ease of preparation with memorable flavors.

The Pathfinder Hemp & Root

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Why It’s Great

The Pathfinder cofounder Steven Grasse is the brains behind some of America’s most iconic modern spirits (he created Sailor Jerry Rum and Hendrick’s Gin, one of the best gin brands), a non-alcoholic amaro, is designed for sipping solo or stirred into drinks like a Negroni. It’s fermented from hemp—no THC here—and flavored with herbs, spices, and botanicals like Douglas fir, wormwood, and saffron.

Tasting Notes

The hemp fermentation doesn’t impart a dank flavor. The amaro-inspired NA spirit is bittersweet with an enlivening citrus character thanks to orange peel.

How to Enjoy

Sip it over ice, shoot it alongside beer, or blend it into this simple standout spritz.

How to Make The Pathfinder Spritz

Ingredients

  • 2 oz The Pathfinder Hemp & Root
  • ½ oz lemon juice
  • Seltzer

Instructions

  1. Mix The Pathfinder Hemp & Root and lemon juice together.
  2. Pour over fresh ice in a Collins glass. 
  3. Top with seltzer and finish with a lemon slice for garnish.

$40 at The Pathfinder

Monday Mezcal

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Why It’s Great

Following in tequila’s popular footsteps, Mexico’s smoky mezcal has become one of the country’s buzziest spirits. Eliminating alcohol doesn’t mean missing out on the trend, and Monday Mezcal hits all the agave high notes—no hangover included.

Tasting Notes

The smoldering mezcal proxy has a pleasantly floral and peppery aroma. On the palate, fresh citrus gives way to roasted agave, smoke, and a warming finish of jalapeño.

How to Enjoy

Sure, you can shoot or sip Monday Mezcal, but making this margarita is a mighty fine move.

How to Make Mum’s Signature Mezcal Margarita

Ingredients

  • 2 oz Monday Mezcal
  • ½ oz fresh lime juice
  • ¼ oz fresh orange juice
  • Dash of agave syrup
  • Tajín

Instructions

  1. Combine Monday Mezcal, lime, orange, and agave syrup to a cocktail shaker with ice. 
  2. Rim your favorite glass (a tumbler whiskey glass will do the trick) with Tajín.
  3. Shake and strain mocktail into glass with fresh ice. 
$42 at Amazon

Cut Above Gin

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Why It’s Great

“Cocktails without compromise” is the rallying cry of Cut Above and its collection of whiskey, mezcal, gin, and tequila-inspired agave blanco. You can build fully alcohol-free proxies, or use the non-alcoholic spirits to, well, cut down the alcohol content of your favorite drink.

Tasting Notes

Cut Above Gin blends woody juniper oil with Mexican lime, California lemon, Italian bergamot, and Turkish rose for a globetrotting NA spirit. It has a floral, citrusy profile that plays well with tonic and classic gin cocktails.

How to Enjoy

Pour two ounces of the zero-proof gin over ice and mix with your favorite tonic (again, use something high quality like Fever-Tree Premium Tonic Water). Or try this simple yet satisfying cocktail kit.

How to Make Bee’s Knees

Ingredients

Instructions

  1. Pour ingredients into a Boston shaker with ice.
  2. Shake and strain into a coup or martini glass. 
  3. Garnish with lemon slice.

Non-Alcoholic Christmas Drinks

Set aside those boozy bottles of prosecco and red wine. Non-alcoholic Christmas drinks can please the crowd without inducing a headache—though we can’t say the same for your extended family.

Non 2

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Why It’s Great

This Australian brand takes a culinary approach to creating non-alcoholic wine alternatives designed to pair with food. The numerically named NA wines include the dessert-friendly Non 1, which stars chamomile and salted raspberry, and your new friend to roasted meats, Non 2. Caramelized pears are combined with umami-rich Japanese kombu, a kind of edible kelp, and pressed unripe grape juice, called verjus.

Tasting Notes

“I drink this all season long,” Gonzalez says of the warming yet refreshing drink.

How to Enjoy

Pour Non 2 into your favorite wine glass and try it alongside artisanal cheese, mushroom Wellington, or dessert. We recommend seconds of everything. 

$34 at The New Bar

Free Spirits Spirit of Bourbon

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Why It’s Great

At is core, Christmas is about bringing people together around a table. Why not serve a drink that everyone can agree upon? Instead of using bourbon to make a batch cocktail, Gonzalez likes to serve an apple butter old fashioned that stars Spirit of Bourbon. “I made this last year and every single guest came back for a second drink,” Gonzalez says. 

Tasting Notes

The cocktail has “a gentle warmth and kick from the ginger, a rich depth from the apple butter, and a refreshing brightness brought by the apple cider,” Gonzalez says. It’s celebratory and on theme without being exhausting.”

How to Enjoy

Feel free to scale up this recipe to serve a crowd.

How to Make an Apple Butter Old Fashioned

Ingredients

Instructions

  1. In a shaker, combine apple cider/juice, lemon juice, bitters, apple butter, and Spirit of Bourbon. 
  2. Fill with ice and shake vigorously for 10 seconds.
  3. Rim glass with raw sugar.  
  4. Strain mocktail into glass with fresh ice and top with Avec Ginger. 
  5. Garnish with a cinnamon stick, candied ginger, or lemon peel.
$37 at Amazon

$39 at The New Bar

Bambucha Kombucha Hibiscus Rose

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Why It’s Great

It just takes one funky, overly acidic kombucha to turn off a drinker from the fermented tea for life. Bambucha (slang for “big” in Hawaiian) is a San Diego brand that dials down the acid and bumps up approachable, memorable flavors in its gastronomic kombuchas like Thai Ginger and Hibiscus Rose. Its hue is reminiscent of a sparkling rosé.

Tasting Notes

The tart and floral kombucha has a zippy edge due to the addition of ginger and lime.

How to Enjoy

Drink from the can or pour into a wine glass. We like it as a Christmas aperitif or paired with charcuterie.

$40, 12-pack, at Amazon

Non-Alcoholic Canned Cocktails

After a long day at work—wherever that might be—taking the time to make a cocktail can feel like too much fuss. These non-alcoholic cocktails offer bar-worthy libations in the time it takes you to crack a tab.

Avec Jalapeño & Blood Orange

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Why It’s Great

Avec aims to reinvent mixers by reining in the sugar and focusing on high-quality ingredients. Its cocktail-ready soft drinks, ideal solo or mixed, have flavors including Yuzu and Lime, Grapefruit and Pomelo, and Jalapeño and Blood Orange.

Tasting Notes

Jalapeño and Blood Orange is a spritzy, alcohol-free facsimile of a spicy margarita.

How to Enjoy

Drink it straight from the can or mix with a favorite non-alcoholic tequila alternative such as.

$11, 4-pack, at The New Bar
$11, 4-pack, at Boisson

Figlia Fiore Frizzante

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Why It’s Great

After founder Lily Geiger’s father succumbed to a struggle with alcoholism, she decided to create Figlia (Italian for “daughter”). The flagship product is the crimson-colored aperitivo Fiore (Italian for “flower”) that’s flavored with bitter orange, clove, rose extract, and ginger juice. The canned cocktail adds effervescence and a twist of lemon to the party.

Tasting Notes

Fizzy and fun to drink, Fiore is far less bitter than other non-alcoholic aperitivos on the market and has a pronounced pop of clove.

How to Enjoy

Pack for a picnic and sip from the can, or pour into a wine glass to enjoy with a spread of cheese and cured meats.

$34, 6-pack, at The New Bar

Non-Alcoholic Beers

The quality and quantity of non-alcoholic beers in America continues to increase by the week, it seems. When it comes to flavor, these non-alcoholic beers are missing nothing—except alcohol, that is.

Athletic Brewing Cerveza Atletica

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Why It’s Great

This year, Modelo Especial became America’s best-selling grocery store beer, cementing the ascension of Mexican lagers. Athletic Brewing has created the ideal lager in Cerveza Atletica to crush during Taco Tuesday with a side of tortilla chips and salsa. Or queso. Go wild.

Tasting Notes

The copper-toned, Mexican-style lager gets its gentle spicy scent from Germany’s elegant Hersbrucker hops.

How to Enjoy

Crush it in the can. If you’re feeling fancy, add a lime wedge.

$15, 6-pack, at The New Bar
$14, 6-pack, at Athletic Brewing

Guinness 0

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Why It’s Great

Creating an alcohol-free Xerox of a trusted beer brand is tough. There are consumer expectations to meet, flavors to match. Guinness 0 begins by brewing its classic Irish stout, no substitutions needed, before cold-filtering out every drop of alcohol. Better yet: The alcohol-free Guinness has just 57 calories per 12-ounce serving.

Tasting Notes

It’s packing all the roasty, bittersweet chocolate goodness that’s made Guinness beloved for generations.

How to Use

Pour it into a pint glass to appreciate the lustrous head.

$10, 4-pack, at Drizly
$14, 4-pack, at Boisson

Untitled Art Nonalcoholic Juicy IPA

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Why It’s Great

As a category, hazy IPAs have become the most popular craft beers in the country by prioritizing intensely juicy flavors and aromas and minimizing bitterness. The Wisconsin brewery begins by fermenting its Juicy IPA, flavored with Mosaic and Citra hops, to standard strength before running the IPA through a reverse-osmosis filtration system. Untitled Art Nonalcoholic Juicy IPA strips out booze but not flavor, leaving behind a 55-calorie hazy IPA.

Tasting Notes

It tastes like a trip to a tropical island where alcohol doesn’t exist.

How to Use

Crack a can and kick back with friends. 

$20, 6-pack, at Boisson
$16, 6-pack, at Total Wine

Low-Calorie Non-Alcoholic Drinks

Alcohol contains calories, but giving up alcohol doesn’t mean giving up calories. Many NA drinks still contain a caloric load on par with sugary sodas. These low-calorie non-alcoholic drinks, however, don’t go over 15 calories per 12-ounce serving.

Partake Brewing Blonde

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Why It’s Great

This Canadian brand has cracked the code on creating low-calorie craft beer that’s packed with plenty of flavor. The proprietary process results in a broad line of beers, from a peach gose to a hazy IPA, that top out at around 30 calories per 12-ounce can. Partake Blonde is our favorite year-rounder.

Tasting Notes

The agreeable, golden-hued blonde ale has a floral profile. It’s like sunshine in a can when winter’s icy grip takes hold.

How to Enjoy

Drink it straight from the can.

$30, 12-pack, at Amazon
$16, 6-pack, at Drizly

Revolution Brewing Super Zero

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Why It’s Great

Some hop waters can be overly bitter and taste like a terrible West Coast IPA. Revolution Brewing’s Super Zero, released in September, relies on two modern hop varieties, Sabro and Nectaron, to give the zero-calorie sparkling water a tropical aromatic punch.

Tasting Notes

Citrusy and super-bubbly, this satisfies any hankering for an IPA.

How to Use

Sip it straight from the can.

$20, 12-pack, at Revolution Brewing

Casamara Club Onda

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Why It’s Great

Sodas are often synonymous with empty calories: big flavors served with loads of sugar. Casamara Club’s Onda is a healthy soda that’s crafted with botanicals like lemon juice, sage leaves, and juniper berries. A sprinkling of Mediterranean sea salt and Demerara cane sugar bring a savory and barely-sweet balance. Better yet: Each 12-ounce bottle contains just 15 calories.

Tasting Notes

Slightly sweet lemonade with a bitter, herbaceous edge.

How to Enjoy

Drink it from the bottle or can, or pour over ice in a highball glass.

Winter Non-Alcoholic Drinks

When the evening temperatures tumble south, you’ll want to gravitate toward more warming cocktails and beverages, or perhaps a non-alcoholic cider that’s for adults, not kids. These non-alcoholic winter drinks fit the bill.

Curious Elixirs No. 5

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Why It’s Great

Curious Elixirs No. 5 is a newfangled take on the old fashioned cocktail. It’s built with smoked cherries, cacao, and digestion-friendly ginger. A little cayenne provides the belly-stoking heat that accompanies alcohol, while elderberry is added to increase immunity.

Tasting Notes

The complex sipper tastes a bit like eating chocolate-covered cherries beside a campfire.

How to Enjoy

Pour it over ice, stir, and garnish with rosemary, cherry, or an orange peel.

$45, 4 bottles, Curious Elixir

Three Spirit Nightcap

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Why It’s Great

This pre-bedtime wind-down drink is made with valerian root, a centuries-old sleep aid, and the fruity German hop variety Hüll Melon. (Beyond making IPAs taste great, hops reportedly have sedative properties.) The adaptogen-packed Nightcap “drinks like something reminiscent of a whiskey,” Gonzalez says.

Tasting Notes

It’s warm and woody, with notes of oak and vanilla.

How to Enjoy

“I like to drink it with club soda or on the rocks at the end of a long day,” Gonzalez says.

$40 at The New Bar
$43 at Amazon

Boisson Sips Small Batch Mixer Hot Toddy Mix

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Why It’s Great

Fast-growing Boisson is one of America’s leading retailers of all things non-alcoholic. The company’s growing line of mixers are also great, including Small Batch Mixer Hot Toddy Mix. The concentrated hot toddy mix is made from ginger, lemon juice, honey, and cloves.

Tasting Notes

The throat-soothing toddy tastes like fall distilled in a bottle.

How to Enjoy

Blend the hot toddy mix with hot water or your favorite tea, then drop in your favorite non-alcoholic spirit. Might we suggest The Spirit of Bourbon

$18 at Boisson

Ritual Rum Alternative

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Why It’s Great

Put aside those packets of powdered hot chocolate mix. This homemade hot chocolate, made with real chocolate chips, is indulgent enough on its own. Up the delicious ante with a splash of Ritual Rum Alternative made with bananas, Madagascar vanilla beans, and charred apricots, among other ingredients.

Tasting Notes

The rum has classic vanilla and toasted spice, giving the hot chocolate rich indulgence.

How to Enjoy

Use Ritual Rum Alternative in your favorite rum cocktail. In the winter, make a warming cup of hot chocolate. 

Ritual Rum Hot ChocolateIngredients

  • 2 oz Ritual Rum Alternative
  • 3/4 cup milk
  • 2 Tbsp chocolate chips
  • 1/4 tsp sea salt
  • 1/2 tbsp caramel (optional)

Instructions

  1. Add milk, chocolate, caramel, and salt to a saucepan over medium heat. 
  2. Stir until chocolate is melted and all ingredients are well-blended. 
  3. Add hot chocolate to two mugs. 
  4. Add rum alternative and stir. 
  5. Top with whipped cream and more caramel.
$30 at Amazon
$29 at The New Bar

Sparkling Non-Alcoholic Wines

Ditching booze doesn’t mean skipping the bubbles, too. To celebrate the holidays, birthdays, or just any weekday, seek out these sparkling non-alcoholic wines suited for your favorite wine glass. 

Proxies Gold Crush

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Why It’s Great

Instead of removing the alcohol from a grape-based wine, the Proxies team builds wine-like alternatives from the ground up with a blend of juices, spices, teas, and more to mimic the acidity, tannins, and body of wine. Effervescent Gold Crush unites peaches and kiwi with yuzu, plus juniper, fennel, and both milk oolong and white teas.

Tasting Notes

A sunny blend of summer-ripe peaches and citrusy yuzu.

How to Enjoy

Chill it, pop it, pour it in a glass, and toast the night away. 

$25 at Proxies

French Bloom Le Blanc

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Why It’s Great

Made with organic chardonnay grapes grown in France, French Bloom’s dealcoholized Le Blanc features a touch of lemon juice to create an enlivening sparkler fit for festivities, or just pairing with a nice plate of roast chicken or fish.

Tasting Notes

A lush, floral aroma gives way to snappy acidity reminiscent of biting into a green apple.

How to Enjoy

Serve ice-cold and pour into a Champagne flute.  

$39 at Boisson
$39 at The New Bar

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