A well-stocked bar is a lovely way to welcome guests when you are hosting during the holidays….but you shouldn’t forget the kids or anyone who’s avoiding alcohol. Here are some fizzy non-alcoholic ways to say “cheers!”
01 of 08
These are some of the coolest sparkling drinks around, far from your run-of-the mill flavors. Try Mojo Berry with Blackberry, Mint and Lime; or Summer Pear with Pear, Green Tea and Lime; or the newest addition to the line, Ruby Rose with Grapefruit, Honey and Rosemary. Clearly sophisticated, but the flavors blend really nicely. They come in pretty bottles or cans, which are more portable. Nothing artificial and caffeine free.
02 of 08
These are a very cool mix of cranberry extract and sparkling water, and in some cases, additional flavors. There is straight Cranberry, Cranberry Pineapple Passion Fruit, and a lovely Cranberry Raspberry Blackberry. Each 11.5 ounce can harnesses the “power of 50 cranberries” but contains only 10 calories, and plenty of proanthocyandins (or PACS), which are the powerful elements found inside cranberries that have healthful benefits. For anyone looking for fizzy flavor without calories, these... are a lovely, not too intense option.
03 of 08
We adored these. Bolivia Black Cherry, Bogota Blackberry Lime, Peru Pineapple, Gaimbi Pink Grapefruit, these are a few of the flavors of these carbonated antioxidant infusions. They have only 5 calories per can, 1 gram of sugar, and no artificial sweeteners, put they pack a wallop of flavor. They are delicious right out of the can, but we also made one can last even longer by mixing it with plain sparkling water for a milder version of the fruity flavors.
04 of 08
With only 40% of the sugar of other leading soda brands, what you taste with these sodas is the flavors of the drink, not the sugar. They use high quality ingredients, and bill themselves as “Grown Up Soda; Not Too Sweet.” No artificial flavors, colors or preservatives, just lightly sweetened with cane sugar. Dry Meyer Lemon, Dry Pomegranate, Dry Blackberry are some of the flavors. Yes, you can build cocktails with them, but you can also get your family to appreciate a less-sweet version of... pop. About 90 calories per bottle.Continue to 5 of 8 below.
05 of 08
These have been my kids’ favorite soda for a while. Their classic flavors are Orange, Blood Orange, Clementine, Grapefruit, Lemon, and we are going to be trying the Prickly Pear and the Pomegranate Blood Orange and Prickly Pear Blood Orange combos as soon as possible.
06 of 08
These are billed as drink mixers, but they are also great straight up or diluted with a bit of plain bubbly water. Ginger, Lemon Orange, Kola….all are made with high quality ingredients, and the flavors are a jump from the average sticky-sweet sodas. Their Ginger Beer (non-alcoholic!) contains organic agave, ginger extract, lime, coriander, cardamom and a bit of chili peppers and citric acid, with 90 calories per bottle. Sophisticated packaging, so they look nice out on a bar.
07 of 08
These naturally flavored unsweetened sparkling waters come is these very cool see-through cans with some pretty great flavors like Cola, Green Apple, and Watermelon – and also a plain old sparkling water. Nothing but water and natural flavors in each can.
08 of 08
If you are looking for a real change of pace, give this line of sparkling teas a try. There are very interesting flavors like Lemon Ginger Black Sparkling Tea, Mint Mate, Mango Lime Matcha….this new line of sparkling beverages are made from flavorful, India-inspired, fresh-brewed, sustainably sourced teas.