5 Best Non-Alcoholic Summer Drinks

Peter Minkoff
Peter Minkoff 5 Min Read

Not so long ago, non-alcoholic drinks had very few fans around the globe, but then all of a sudden, their popularity surged, especially among young people who’ve grown aware of healthy ways to enjoy social time. On top of that, summer drinks sans alcohol is also refreshing and entail less risk of social embarrassment due to intoxication. This is yet another reason to swap your classic beer or glass of wine for a dose of these delicious liquids and ditch alcohol from your drink list. Still, not all non-alcoholic drinks are made equal so if you don’t feel like experimenting, here are the top five alcohol-free summer beverages you might want to try the next time you hit the bar.

1. Non-alcoholic beer

Alcohol-free beer has been around the summer drink block for a while now and if you haven’t tried it yet, now is the best time to do so. With a wide range of flavors to pick and choose from, non-alcoholic beer will make you feel thoroughly refreshed sans hangovers, nausea, and other ghastly morning-aftereffects that go hand in hand with having one too many cans on a special occasion. For an added boon, there are dozens of brands in this niche and the chances of not finding at least one after your taste and budget is truly minimal. 

2. United Sodas drinks

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A brand that brings back old summer memories, United Soda products come packed in minimalist packaging and are available in a wide range of flavors, such as peach, strawberry basil, toasted coconut and lemon verbena. Another smart aspect of United Soda alcohol-free beverages is that they are caffeine-free, which means that you can savor them at any given time of day without experiencing the highs and lows that commonly go hand in hand with classic caffeinated summer drinks on the market. Are you ready for the summer, at least beverage-wise?

3. Flavored kombucha

Although not as popular as alcohol-free beer and flavored sodas, kombucha is another healthy summer drink that deserves a place on a teetotaler’s list of beverages. In addition to a wide assortment of flavors, kombucha has a long list of health benefits such as improved digestion, ample doses of vitamin B, diabetes and cholesterol control, and antioxidant and detoxifying properties. For lovers of organic summer drinks sans alcohol, kombucha is a must-taste – and once you fall in love with its flavor, you’ll certainly make it a regular on your drink card.


4. Yuzu seltzers and sodas

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Asian-inspired sodas and seltzers have become all the rage over the past year – and if you haven’t tried them, now is the best time to do so. Yuzu-flavored seltzers and sodas are available from a range of brands, so you can pick one that either sweet or light, based on your personal preferences. If you’re new to this kind of beverages, make sure you try the original, as well as white peach and red shiso and apple. The hefty dose of citrus fruit combined with tart flavors will leave a unique, deeply refreshing bite on your lips and make you crave more of it with every gulp.

5. Non-alcoholic bubbly rose

Rose is a perfect summer drink for lovers of alcoholic beverages, but its non-alcoholic version is fast at its heels in terms of popularity. Booze-free bubbles have become a trend in the past few years, with non-alcoholic prosecco leading the lot. Nowadays it’s alcohol-free rose that is at the top tiers of every teetotaler’s wine card. For added flavor points, semi-dry sparkling rosé can be sipped on its own or combined in a spritz with fresh lemon or orange juice. 

Non-alcoholic drinks are all the rage these days, and their refreshing flavors and health benefits are just another reason to add them to your regular card of drinks. After all, if you’re going to make a toast at a celebration, you may just do so in alcohol-free style – and now you know which drinks to use for the purpose. Cheers! 

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Peter is a LGBT writer at Gay Republic and The Homo Culture magazine. A true craft beer and soy latte aficionado, he loves spending his days at the beach and visiting second hand stores on a daily basis. Follow Peter on Twitter for more tips.